Friday, April 27, 2012

"My Favorite Things" Collage

Mercedes spent a LOOONG time finding pictures for her collage. She loved helping me glue the pictures down too!

Supplies: Magazine
                Glue Stick

Go through a magazine with your child and let them pick out pictures of their favorite things to cut out and glue to a piece of construction paper.

The magazine we used was not even a kids magazine, but Mercedes still managed to find plenty of things she loved...swimming pools, bikes, dogs, flowers, trees, pancakes, milkshake, camera, computer, purse, etc.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Paper Towel Painting

These turned out so pretty! The colors were amazing.

Supplies: Paper towels
                Food coloring
                Paint brush

Instructions: Mix food coloring with water and let your child paint paper towels.

Bubble Wrap Prints

Mercedes loves these print-making projects.

Supplies: Bubble wrap
                Washable paint

Instructions: Squirt paint all over a cookies sheet. Let your child dip bubble wrap in the paint and press it to the paper. The designs are so fun!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt

We had a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt the other night in our house after dark. Mercedes had so much fun we ended up hiding the eggs and letting her find them in every single room of the house.

Supplies: Easter eggs
                Glow Sticks

Instructions: Fill eggs with glow sticks and tape the eggs shut. Hide the eggs (could be indoor or outdoor) and let your child find them.

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Fly Swatter Painting

This is another great project we will do over and over again.

Supplies: Paper
                Fly Swatter

Instructions: Tape paper to a hard surface floor. Squirt paint in a cookies sheet. Let your child dip the fly swatter in paint and swat the paper over and over again. This makes really great designs!

Crayon Melting Art

This project turned out great, and it was so easy and fun! Next time we go to the dollar store I'm going to buy some glass plates for Mercedes to use for this project so I can keep them and hang them on the wall.

Supplies: Glass plate

Microwave a glass plate for about 60 seconds. This makes the plate warm enough to melt crayons but not too hot to burn little fingers. (I did warn Mercedes not to touch the plate anyway just in case). Let your child color on the plate. Results are amazing! The plate washes easily if you scrub it with soap and water.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Bird Feeders

This project has turned out to be so rewarding because several times a day we see cardinals and finches on our patio eating from Mercedes' homemade bird feeder. She is so proud of herself and loves to watch the birds eat.

Supplies: toilet paper rolls
                piece of cardboard
                bird seed

Instructions: paint toilet paper rolls with honey and roll them in bird seed. We used 3 toilet paper rolls and glued them to a piece of cardboard so they would stand up on our patio without blowing away in the wind.

Mommy and Daddy cardinal came to check it out...about 5 minutes after we put it outside.

Balloon Stamping

After Mercedes got to play with her sensory balloons for a few days, we did this project with them. She loved it! Turns out you can just wash them, dry them and keep on playing with them afterwards.

Supplies: Sensory Balloons (balloons filled with beans, rice, play-doh, pasta, salt, air, etc.)
                Washable paint

Instructions: Dip sensory balloons in paint and stamp them to the paper to make different designs. Each balloon is a different texture making each stamp unique.