Easy craft suggestions
Shannon - posted on 10/23/2009
My 2 year old and 4 year old helped me make spiders and bats for decorations. I cut the bats out of foam paper and they glued on eyes and they painted white foam balls black for the spiders. The four year old completed a spider, although the legs (pipecleaners) were put in at funny angles and the eyes were off center. My 2 year old messily painted the bodies and I finished what he didn't and I added the legs. With my help he put the eyes where I put the glue spots. It was messy, but fun. They each have one "painting outfit" that any time we craft we put that outfit on because it can and does get paint on it. They both also like to add pony beads to yarn for necklaces. I use big blue plastic needles. My daughter whips through hers, but it takes my son some time. He is so meticulous trying to work on his hand and eye coordination. He just turned two Sept 25 if that gives you an idea of where he is at developmentally. Other than that, he colors while my 4 year old and I do bigger projects that she needs more of my attention for.
Kirsten - posted on 10/23/2009
Is your two year old still mouthing stuff a lot? Paper marbling is fun, and you can use the resulting paper to make something else again. Spread out shaving cream on a tray, drop a few drops of food colouring on it, swirl gently with a toothpick or similar, lay the paper on top, leave it a while, then scrape off the foam with a ruler. Check your beautiful paper. I often let my eldest write letters and numbers etc in the foam, but the youngest tends to attempt eating it. She gets whipped cream to mess with instead!
Use red and green for a base for home-made xmas cards...
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