Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Earth Day Suncatcher


My tot and preschooler really enjoyed making Easter themed suncatchers, so I thought we would create new suncatchers in honor of Earth Day.  My preschooler knew the Earth was made up of land and water, but when looking at the blank coloring page she wasn't sure which was which.  So we started by discussing where the land and water was located then she was ready to start!  Here's our version of an Earth Day suncatcher. 



Materials
  • Earth coloring page (I printed one from the Internet) 
  • green and blue craft tissue 
  • red construction paper 
  • clear contact paper 
  • paper clips 
  • pencil
  • scissors 
 



  

Steps 
1. Trace half a heart on a folded piece of red construction paper.  Cut out the heart and set aside for later.
2.  Paper clip a sheet of clear contact paper to the Earth coloring page (sticky side up).  
3.  Use the blue and green craft tissue to cover the water and land on the Earth.
4.  Place the cut out heart over the tissue.
5.  Use a second sheet of clear contact paper to cover the globe, sealing in the tissue and heart.
6.  Use scissors to cut out around the Earth.
7.  Hang and enjoy!   




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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Flower Mosaic


Last week we ate lots of hard boiled eggs and egg salad sandwiches for lunch.  With Earth Day just around the corner I hated to see all those beautifully colored eggshells thrown out.  So instead I decided to turn what would be trash into a handmade treasure.  I found an eggshell mosaic craft at Teaching Tiny Tots and adapted this idea into the prefect Earth Day/Spring project.  My preschooler and tot used our colored Easter eggshells to create beautiful flower mosaics.  



Materials
  • colored Easter eggs
  • flower picture (I printed a flower coloring page from the internet, but you could draw your own)
  • glue
  • small dish
  • paintbrush 


 



 Directions
  1. Peel eggshell from egg.  Break eggshells apart into small pieces. 
  2. Pour glue into small dish and use paintbrush to spread glue onto flower picture. 
  3. Place eggshells onto glue.  
  4. Shake off any excess shells.  
  5. Let dry.  
 

  I love how this craft ties in Easter, spring and recycling!

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Easter Crafts

I know this post is a little late, but here are the Easter crafts my tot and preschooler worked last week.


We made paper plate Easter Bunnies.  This was a quick project that required only a few supplies.  My preschooler enjoyed creating her bunny while my tot simply enjoyed squeezing the glue!    


We used clear contact paper, tissue paper and construction paper to make "stained glass" crosses.  There was a little bit of prep work involved in this project, but my preschooler was happy to help!  I love the way the crosses came out and look forward to making more suncatchers for other themes.  If you're looking for a great tutorial on how to make these crosses check out Kinder-Craze.   


We used an egg shaped cookie cutter, beads and boondoggle to make playdough Easter eggs. 



And yes we colored Easter eggs!  Nothing fancy here.  Just a classic Easter egg decorating kit bought from the grocery store!





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