Friday, March 30, 2012

Shaving Cream Painted Easter Egg Decorations

These turned out SOOO pretty! I definitely want to try this project again.

Supplies: shaving cream
                washable paint
                cardstock
                squeegie or cardboard
                tray or cookie sheet

Instructions: Cut out egg shaped pieces of cardstock. Spread shaving cream all over tray or cookie sheet and let your child swirl paint around in it. Dip cardstock in the mixture and let it sit for a few minutes. Then wipe the shaving cream off with a squeegie or piece of cardboard. Let dry. After they dried I put tape on the back and let Mercedes stick them  on walls all over the house.




Letting the shaving cream sit.


After we scraped the shaving cream off.





Thursday, March 22, 2012

Footprint Painting

This project turned out absolutely adorable! I am definitely going to do this one again using packing paper so I can hang the whole thing on a long wall in our house.

Supplies: Paper (packing paper for best results)
                tape
                washable paint

Tape a trail of paper on a hard surface floor. Let your child step in paint and walk all over the paper to make super cute footprints! I used a lot of different colors of paint to get multi-colored footprints.






Tuesday, March 20, 2012

St. Patrick's Day (2012)


Here are a few activities that me and Mercedes enjoyed during St. Patrick's Day weekend.



Green milk and cookies.


Green Jello Sensory activity.


Green pancakes for St. Patrick's Day dinner




Friday, March 16, 2012

Outdoor Finger Painting

Just another fun and simple project to take outside on a beautiful day. =-)

Supplies: Paper (I would love to use a huge roll of packing paper for this)
                Tape
                Washable paint

Instructions: Tape a row of paper to the side of the house, the fence, a patio wall, etc. and let your child finger paint it.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Jello Sensory

Yes, we did waste an entire batch of grape jello. And yes, it was totally worth it for 45 minutes of fun and learning (and a little bit of snacking).

Supplies: Jello
                cookie sheet
                tools and sensory materials to play with (we used play doh spoons, knives, etc., cookie cutters, pipe cleaners, craft puffs, dried beans and dried rice)

I set the cookie sheet of jello in front of Mercedes with all the tools and materials next to it and told her to have fun and play with it. Needless to say, this activity was a huge success!

Playing with pasta.
Squishing with her fingers.
Scooping with her play doh ice cream scoop.
And doing a whole lot of tasting.
Playing with the pipe cleaners.
And having SOOOO much fun!!!
Poking with a plastic pipe.
Smashing with a lid.
Sprinkling the rice.


Mercedes' finished creation

Friday, March 9, 2012

Discovery Bottle

This is a fine motor skills activity and also a craft that Mercedes will get to keep and play with for as long as it entertains her.

Supplies: empty water bottle
                distilled water
                 glue
                A variety of random items and materials to stick inside (I used beads, ribbons and craft puffs. I would love to add glitter. You could also use dice, ribbons, sequins, yarn, etc.)

Let your child practice fine motor skills by placing a variety of materials inside the water bottle. Fill it with distilled water and glue the lid shut. Let your child shake the bottle and watch the items float around.






Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sidewalk Paint

This is something we do on our patio on just about every nice day. It never gets boring. =-)

Supplies: cornstarch
                water
                food coloring
                paintbrushes

Make a thin paste with water and cornstarch. Add food coloring. Let your child paint beautiful artwork on the sidewalk! Cleans up just like sidewalk chalk. Just dump water on the sidewalk or wait until it rains.


Supplies:



When it dries it looks like chalk!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Volcanoes!

The mini volcanoes were such a big hit with Mercedes, my husband and I decided to make her some big ones outside.

Supplies: plastic bottle
                baking soda
                vinegar
                food coloring (optional)
                funnel

Instructions: Pour vinegar into plastic bottle (mix food coloring in ahead of time if you want). Our bottle was 12 oz. and we filled it about 1/4 of the way full...it's not an exact science, we're still experimenting to get the perfect explosion. With a funnel, dump about a Tbsp. of baking soda in the bottle with the vinegar, then stand back to watch the volcano erupt!


Great explosion!

We made several of these.


And tried different colors too!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mini Volcanoes

My daughter is a science lover! We spent 45 minutes filling up 2 cookie sheets with mini volcanoes. We only stopped because we ran out of baking soda, and Mercedes was VERY upset about stopping. For the next hour and a half she kept asking me if we could do it "one more" time.

Supplies: baking soda
                vinegar
                food coloring
                medicine dropper
                cookie sheet

Instruction: Mix food coloring with vinegar. Cover cookie sheet with a thin layer of baking soda. Let your child squirt vinegar onto the baking soda with a medicine dropper to watch the mini volcanoes erupt!




Mercedes begged to do more volcanoes for the rest of the whole day, so we bought more baking soda and did more the next day...


Oil and Water Experiments

Mercedes and I experimented with oil, water and food coloring today. Simple, easy, fun.

Supplies: glass cups
                oil
                water
                food coloring
                spoon for stirring

For the first project I just poured food coloring into a cup of oil and let Mercedes stir it around. The food coloring stayed in little droplets no matter how much Mercedes mixed it. She kept trying to catch them with her spoon.




For the second project, we mixed half a cup of water with food coloring and poured oil on top to watch it separate.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Confetti Collage

We had some leftover confetti from New Years. We decided to make a pretty collage out of it. Mercedes had a blast. Super simple, super fun.

Supplies: Construction paper
                glue

Instructions: Rip pieces of multi-colored construction paper to make confetti. Spread or paint glue all over a piece of paper and cover it with the confetti.