A Craft Perfect for Toddlers

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MATERIALS

Fabric paints
Paintbrushes
Solid-color dish towel or oven mitt

DIRECTIONS

Your children can use a brush to coat their palms with paint. It’s best to practice making a print on a paper plate, just to get the hang of it. Then do the real thing on the dish towel and mitt. The truly creative can go wild: think of green handprinted wreaths with tiny-toed red bows, or a menorah with yellow-fingered flames. Add names and the date with a fabric pen and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to heat-set the paint.

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A Springtime Craft: Flowerpot Chime

Give spring’s warm breezes a unique voice with this earthy wind chime. famf0400chime_chime1

Materials

  • 5 1/4-inch-diameter plastic flowerpot saucer
  • Five 1 1/2-inch-diameter clay pots
  • Clear acrylic finish
  • Pushpin
  • Acrylic paint
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Hole punch
  • Soda bottle
  • Craft knife
  • Small bells
  • Buttons

Instructions

  1. Paint the saucer and pots. When the paint dries, add a coat of clear acrylic finish. Let it dry.
  2. Using a pushpin, make a hole in the center of the plastic saucer and at four equidistant spots around the side of the saucer. Widen the holes with scissors or a compass point if needed (a parent’s job).
  3. Cut five leaf shapes out of the soda bottle (a parent’s job).
  4. Cut four 1 1/2-foot lengths of string.
  5. To make each chime, punch a hole in the end of a plastic leaf and tie it onto the end of the string. Next, slip on the bell, tie a knot about 3/4 inch above the bell, thread on a button and then a pot (upside down).
  6. Thread the end of the string out through one of the side holes in the saucer (thread from the inside and make sure the saucer’s upside down). To fasten in place, run the string up through one hole in a button and then down through another hole and knot tightly.

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Painting in the Rain

If you can sing in the rain, why not paint? A soggy day can transform drawings into Impressionist art.

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  • Card stock
  • Washable markers

Instructions

  1. Draw on card stock with washable markers, then place the papers outdoors in the rain until the colors have run.
  2. Bring the paintings back inside and put them on a flat surface to dry.

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Embrace the Winter Wonderland with an Easy Craft!

Welcome Frosty the Snowman into your house with these fun crafts!

Frosty the Doorstop

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  • Keyhole-shaped paver (available at many home improvement stores) *
  • Paintbrush
  • White and black acrylic paint
  • Orange modeling clay
  • Superglue
  • Fleece
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Two 1 1/2-inch pom-poms
  • Rubber band
  • Felt

Instructions:

  1. Rinse off the paver to remove any loose bits of dirt or cement. Paint it white and let it dry. If needed, apply a second coat and let it dry completely.
  2. Lay the paver flat and paint on the eyes, mouth, and buttons. Let the face dry, then mold a clay nose and affix it with superglue (a parent’s job).
  3. Cut a fleece scarf (ours measures 1 by 22 inches) and tie it in place. For the earmuffs, bend a 5-inch piece of pipe cleaner into an arc. Superglue the ends to either side of the head and the pom-poms over the ends (a parent’s job), then wrap the rubber band around the snowman?s head to hold the earmuffs in place until the glue dries.
  4. To protect indoor floors, superglue a small piece of felt to the base of the snowman.

Melty the Snowman

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  • White and colored felt
  • Tacky glue
  • White pom-pom
  • Black puffy paint
  • Craft foam (for nose)
  • Twigs (for arms)

Instructions:
  1. Cut a puddle shape from white felt and use tacky glue to attach a white pom-pom to the top.
  2. With black puffy paint, add eyes, a mouth, and buttons. Glue on a craft foam nose and twig arms.
  3. Wrap a felt scarf around Melty’s neck and glue it in place.

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