Simple 3-D model – Polar habitat

Kids love to learn about animals, where they live, what they eat, what sounds they make….

A fun way to teach them about animals in a setting of their own habitat, is to make a simple 3-D model/diorama.

Here is a diorama of arctic/antarctic animals that I made with my kid.

Things needed:

  1. Empty cereal boxes
  2. Egg carton
  3. Paper
  4. Cotton
  5. Kids safe Paint
  6. Tape, scissors, glue

Steps:

  1. To make the polar region setting, cut open one side of the cereal box. Cut out the mountains from the egg carton and paste it inside the cereal box. Paint them white.
  2. Use the cut side, and paste it as an extension to the box. This can be painted blue to look like the sea.
  3. Paste more cut outs from the egg carton to make it look like ice floating on water.
  4. Now make cut outs of polar animals from another cereal box/thick paper, color them and tape them to the polar region setting.
  5. Spread cotton around the mountains for snow. 

    Mommy! look how the polar bear waits on the sea ice to catch seals!!

 

Watercolor over crayons resist paintings

Came across this interesting technique of painting water color over crayons, and gave it try with my kid.

I first drew a girl with umbrella and made my kid color it in with crayons. Added rain drops and puddles with white crayons. Then painted it all over with different shades of blue water color. The rain drops and puddle (white crayons) beautifully popped out once the water color dried up. As a final touch, we pasted the sticker of puppies.

You can also try a variety of other scenes, like stars in dark sky, underwater creatures, etc or even secret messages with white crayons that reveal when painted over.

Here’s another resist painting we tried. A very amateurish take on Van Gogh’s  starry night.

 

 

Beach holiday keepsakes

Does your kid still relish the memories of your last beach holiday? If yes, lets make something that reminds her of those wonderful memories.

Kids love collecting sea shells at the beach. And there are a number of beautiful sea shell crafts you can make as a keepsake from the beach holiday.

Here is what we made with our sea shells collection…

Ocean treasure Jar

We filled a jar with colored rice, sea shells and all shiny little things (beads, unused jewelry etc.) that we could find lying around. My kid’s favorite pass time now is to shake the bottle to find treasure.

Refer to the link on how to make colored rice: Homemade colored rice

Adjustable Seashell and beads necklace

This one was pretty easy to make, no tools needed. A string, sea shells and some beads. String the beads and shells the way you like. Tie knots in between so the beads do not keep moving. Use a bigger bead to insert both the ends of the strings and tie a knot. This bead can be moved to adjust the length of the necklace.

 

 

DIY Magnetic Fishing Game

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish,  Blue Fish…

Do you want to build a simple fishing game for your kids.. Here’s how

Things you will need:

Foam sheet (or any light plastic that will float), Small bowl of water, Safety pins, A small magnet, String, Ice cream stick (or Pencil), Scissors.

Cut out Fish shapes from different colored foam sheets. Attach a pin to its nose. Make the fish float in a bowl of water (I added a drop of blue paint in our bowl).

To make the fishing pole, wind one end of string to the ice cream stick and to the other end attach the magnet. (I used a hairpin as a link to the thread and magnet as the magnet was too small.)

Now get ready for some fresh catch!

 

 

 

 

 

Ice cream stick picture puzzle

Here is a fun activity where your kids can make their own picture puzzle.

Use any picture from a picture chart or even news paper or magazine cut outs. Layout the ice cream sticks in a row and tape on the backside to keep them in place.

Glue the picture on to the front side of the ice cream stick frame. Let it dry completely. Remove the tape on the back side. Now help your child separate the sticks by cutting the picture along the edges of each stick. Ta-da! the puzzle is ready.

Watch your kid enjoy solving her own puzzle!

P.S: For toddlers/younger kids try paper cut outs of simple shapes instead of pictures with lot of details.

Abstract Galaxy painting for kids!

Can my little one paint an abstract galaxy? Why not…

Remember those childhood days when we used to blot ink on a paper and fold it to make different symmetric patterns? I tried this today with my kid with tempera paint.

To my surprise, she was so glued on to the activity that we stepped it up a notch to make this abstract Galaxy.

Things Needed:

  1. Paper/Chart
  2. Tempera paints (or any water based, washable kids safe paint)
  3. Dropper
  4. Crystal salt
  5. Glue

Steps:

Dilute the paint a little bit on your palette so that its easy to handle with the dropper. We used blue, white and purple colors for the galaxy painting.

Let your kid drop blobs of paint all over the paper in random patterns, then fold it atleast twice so that paper is completely covered with colors.

Let it dry. Then apply drops of glue randomly over the painting and sprinkle the salt on the glue to represent the stars.

Here is how it turned out!

 

 

 

Wriggly Wiggly pals…

Let’s make a wriggly caterpillar that twists and turns and moves forward.

All you need is just an empty carton of cereal/health drink mix and a piece of yarn/string. (Do not throw these away, there is so much you can do with these.. 🙂 )

Cut a long strip from the carton. Paint it green or any color your kid likes. Once the paint dries, make zig-zag folds in the strip. Punch two holes in each fold like shown in picture below. String a yarn or a cotton thread through the length of the strip, through the line of holes. Then make a loop by stringing it back through the length again, this time through the second line of holes.

Now watch the worm wriggle and move forward, when you pull and release the ends of the strings together.

(If your kid is too young to make it all by herself, involve her in painting the caterpillar, making the folds and stringing. This would help develop her fine motor skills.)

Make your own Moon that waxes and wanes

Mama, look how big the Moon is today! Mama, there is only half moon today. These are some curious observations that my toddler makes.

How about make your moon that grows bigger and smaller and surprise your kid? It could also be used to teach the different phases of the moon for bigger kids.

Here is how.

Materials Needed

  1. Empty cereal box
  2. White paper
  3. Craft paper (Black and Blue)
  4. Torch or Phone back light
  5. Scissors, Glue

Instructions

Cut open one side of the cereal box to make the screen. Cut out a circle (for the moon) on the other side. Cover the opening with a plain white paper or a butter paper. Stick a blue craft paper on the front side of the box (around the circle) to make it look like night sky. Poke some holes around the circle to make it look like stars. Cut out a black craft paper to match the hole in the cardboard.

Place your cardboard screen with the moon and a phone back light in a dark room as shown below.

Now, place the round black paper in between the light source and the moon in different ways to show the moon’s different phases.

 

Warli inspired postcard painting

How cool would it be if your kid sends his/her own painted postcard/greeting to a friend this summer?

Here is a Warli (Indian Folk art) inspired way to paint, that is simple yet enjoyable for kids to do themselves with some help from parents.

Materials Needed:

  1. Foam sheet/Sponge
  2. Plastic lids
  3. Postcards/Chart Paper
  4. Water based/Kids paint
  5. Scissors and Glue

Steps to follow:

Draw Warli people (like shown below) on the foam sheet and cut it out. Stick the shapes to the top of a lid. You can also bend the shapes in the middle to make it look like dancing figures.

Paint a bright color of your choice as a background on the postcard/chart.  Let it dry. Choose a different, contrasting color for the people and dab the shapes on the lid with these colors. Now stamp the same on the chart.

Complete the painting by adding legs and hands to the people (just straight lines will do). You could also add a finger painted sun and bird.

Hope your kid enjoys the activity!

To read more about Warli Art form go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warli