Here is another diorama of animal habitat.
Follow the same steps as the polar habitat model. We chose to add the following animal cut outs – Moose, Frog, Turtle, Duck, Snail, Dragonfly.
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.
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.
Here’s another resist painting we tried. A very amateurish take on Van Gogh’s starry night.
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
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.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish…
Do you want to build a simple fishing game for your kids.. Here’s how
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!
Here is a fun activity where your kids can make their own picture puzzle.
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!
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.
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.
Let’s make a wriggly caterpillar that twists and turns and moves forward.
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.
(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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hope your kid enjoys the activity!
To read more about Warli Art form go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warli