Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Handy Tree for Fall

Supplies to make this Handy Tree are in the pic below. If you would like to keep this project forever and ever and ever, I suggest using either pressed leaves or fake leaves. The one's we used are pretty fresh however in the interest of time and my 2 yo's attention span I decided to just go with them.First thing this morning (as you can tell by the very cute dino-jammies) we went for a nature walk out back to collect leaves. The Lil' Guy decided that his wheel barrel would be the best thing to put them in and I think he was right!We found lots of pretty leaves that had recently fallen. He was very picky about each leaf and thought the next one was always better than the last so he would take out the old leaf and put in the new one. Therefore I had to make a collection of my own while he was searching.
Once we found enough leaves we sat on the back patio and got to work. First we had to trace our forearms and hands.
Then, while I cut them out, I sent the Lil' Guy to collect some rocks to be used later. (I suppose I should have put that in the supplies pic...ooops.. if you don't have rocks available you can use your sissors)
Using the cutouts as the tree trunk, we began using glue to stick the leaves on our trees.

"Handy" tip: If you would rather your kiddo not be in charge of squeezing the glue out, another fun way to do it is by squeezing some on a paper plate and giving them a small paint brush to paint the glue on.
Because our leaves were not flat we used the rocks to hold down each leaf as we glued them on.
After attaching all the leaves we left our project in the sun to dry and then a couple hours later we had great new fall decorations for our kitchen!
Note: Inspiration for this project was found at I changed it up to suit our interests and skill level.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Turkey for me, Turkey for you

I like to eat turkey in my big brown shoe.... I love Adam Sandler.

I'm excited because we are in the middle of our craft project for the day and the Lil' guy has had so much fun with it. When he wakes from his nap we will get 'er done and posted up for your viewing pleasure. I can't wait!!


Turkey Puppet

Peek-a-Gobble Gobble Gobble

Well it is November and time to get started getting the Lil' guy to understand Thanksgiving. (I plan to tell all sides of that story when he's old enough but that's another blog.) So today we made a Turkey Puppet. Painting, glueing, taping... what's not to enjoy with a toddler? Other than the essentials (glue, sissors, tape, etc.) here is a pic of the supplies:

This is a two part project so I broke it up between early morning and afternoon to let the paint dry. It could be a two day project just the same. Either way I suggest having extra paper around to paint because they usually want to paint more than just the necessary materials. As well as extra stuff to glue so they don't overdo the project.
We took the sponges and used the orange and brown paint to paint the cardboard circle. I had every intention of using paper plates for this but I had these around from my 2 week stint in cake baking, they now have a new purpose :-).
Using the sponges quickly turned into using hands... tis okay, baby wipes and a little soap and water will fix that! Besides its much more fun this way.
Useful Info: I use a thick piece of poster board (the kind that has the styraphome stuff on the inside) to put down under painting projects or other somewhat messy activities. Its easy clean up, just let dry and reuse. Its also helpful to put projects on to dry if you need to move them from place to place.

After precutting all of the construction paper in the correct shapes I then let the lil' guy help with the glueing.

Thankfully it dries clear :-)Afterward I taped a papertowel roll to the back for something to hold it up. And when all the parts are put together you get a great turkey puppet to play peek-a-gobble gobble gobble with!
The glue is still wet here:

But eventually dried as he held it while he was watching Dora...

I'm sure we will have fun with these for a long time... remember to date the back and put it away with your fall decorations so you can play with it next year too!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Last Minute Stickers

Well this morning I had no plan for an activity because I thought the little guy was going to be getting his H1N1 vaccine. Turned out he had a small temp of 100.0 so we will have to try that another day. Therefore I hit up our activity/craft drawer and pulled out one of his favorite things to do..... stickers!!!!
This activity usually lasts us 30 minutes. For the Lil' guy I have to peel them off and hand him the sticker, saying what it is or what color it is. For his girlfriend who is the same age I give her a sheet and she can peel them off herself. We either stick them in the sticker book (spiral book I have of plain paper), on separate sheets so we can hang them up or give them to others. ooorrrrrrr..................


I think they had more fun putting them on me then on themselves.

Craft Supplies List 11/09/09

Week of 11/09/09 Plan

Turkey Plate


Paper Plates

Crayons or Paint

Orange, Brown, Red Construction Paper

Dowel or Ruler or Stick

Autumn Tree


Brown Construction Paper

Orange, Red, Yellow Construction Paper for leaves (or fake leaves or real leaves)