arts and crafts for a 4 yr old

Yvonda - posted on 04/23/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone...I'm at home all day with my 4 yr old (I have other children in school) but now that the weather is getting pretty in Ky., we were hoping to do some creative arts and crafts outside...any suggestions? Thanks in advance

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Laura - posted on 04/23/2010

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Check out these sites:
familyfun.go.com
marthastewart.com
crayola.com
michaels.com

Laurie - posted on 04/23/2010

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Placing leaves under a piece of white paper and coloring over them with a crayon makes a lovely leaf print on the paper-even shows the veins.
Collect small pebbles, seeds, or whatever, and then after drawing a large letter of the alphabet or their name in large letter on a piece of construction paper, have them glue the items on the letters.
Teach him/her how to make grass whistle by placing a thick blade of it between your thumbs that are held side by side, nail to knuckle with the grass running lengthwise between them. blow right where there is a little pocket made between the thumb knuckles. It makes some wonderful noises.
Make dandelion chain necklaces
Pour plaster of paris in animal footprints, let it harden and then identify the prints.

Shannon - posted on 04/23/2010

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Leaf print painting is fun. Clear contact paper is great for sticking leaves, sticks, flowers and other stuff too. Crayola has some great outdoor sidewalk chalks and paints. You can make a bird feeder by rolling a pine cone in peanut butter then birdseed. Colorful bubble painting is great if you don't mind the mess. Pour a small amount of bubble solution into several cups. Add 4-5 drops of food coloring to each cup (you need a good amount of coloring in the solution). Dip bubble wands into the colorful solutions and blow bubbles onto plain white paper. Allow the bubbles to settle and burst on their own. When dry, you will have beautiful note paper! Cornstarch and water is also a fun activity. Use equal amounts of both for a fun exploration of "is it liquid or solid?". It's pretty neat stuff! Check out some of the funny things people do with it on you tube...

Brennis - posted on 04/23/2010

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With a little help you could go outside and pick up things like sticks grass, pretty rocks....

Then help them to make a picture out of it, glue... tape.



Also, if you don't mind the mess, and depending on your child, you could go outside and let your child finger paint.

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