Welcome to this week’s edition of the Weekly Kid’s Co-Op!
I’m sorry to be a couple of days late this week with my Kid’s Co-op post. I hope your weekend has been fun! If you’re looking for a little inspiration for something fun to do with your kids this week, here are a few of my favourites from last week.
R’s 4th birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I’m in full party planning mode. Right now, I’m putting together ideas for the favors. I’ve been seeing those cute DIY molded crayons all over Pinterest for so long and I decided to make some as a practise run for the party. There are a few different ways to create them, so I made two batches using a different method each time. My goal was to discover which was the simplest method while producing the best results.
Welcome to the Small Hands Creating Hope project! I am so excited to be a part of this exciting fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, together with an incredibly talented group of bloggers who focus on fun, creative, and education activities for kids!
Each of us has worked with our children or students to create a craft that could be made by or for someone facing cancer. The projects in this book are stunning, and several include tutorials so that you can recreate the crafts at home with your own children or students.
R and I made two special creations for the Small Hands Creating Hope project – some colorful crayons and a sweet little butterfly picture. For both of these projects, we used paper created from our blow painting – painting with straws activity which we did a few weeks ago. Full tutorials for both of our art projects are included in the Small Hands Creating Hope book. Here’s what we created…
Marble painting. It’s one of those classic painting crafts and it’s all over the blogosphere but we’d never tried it before. R (3) had been asking to do this for some time and so last week we finally tried it out – with some unexpected, but very beautiful results.
Here’s a fun pre-writing exercise that I set up for R (3). It was quick and simple to put together and R absolutely loved it. I was inspired by this post at Teach Preschool. It looked like fun and I decided to add some number and letter recognition to the activity since R is all about letters and numbers at the moment!
YOU WILL NEED:
A chalkboard – this is actually optional. If you don’t have an easel or chalkbard, you could simply draw with the chalk on a path or your drive-way.
A container of water
I began by using the chalk to write some letters and numbers on the board. I showed R how to dip the paintbrush into the water and then paint over the letters and numbers with the water. Here he is painting over the “R” that I wrote.
Want to put together a fun, messy, sensory play activity for your kids for less than a dollar? This sensory tub cost me 59 cents! Seriously! Read on…..
Last week, R (3) was looking over my shoulder as I scrolled through Pinterest and he saw my pin for hosting a messy playdate from the lovely Crystal at Growing a Jeweled Rose. Messy play is one thing, I’ve never been shy about getting messy around here, but Crystal is one brave lady to host an entire play date based on messy play! I take my hat off to her. Anyway, the picture R saw was of a sensory tub filled with blue coloured spagetti. “That looks like fun! Let’s do that!” (Honestly, I think R enjoys Pinterest even more than I do.)
This would have to be the cheapest sensory tub I’ve ever created for R. (Well, apart from the tubs we do which are filled with water, that is.) All I outlayed was 59 cents for the cheapest packet of spagetti I could find. The other components were items I already had in the cupboard.