Summer and cleaning up with the hose or the sprinkler allows your preschooler to experiment with paint all over themselves! This is the ‘larger canvas’ I was referring to above. It’s an experiment/experience they won’t forget.
Serve up your homemade facepaint with small brushes, and let the older kids decorate each others faces. Print off some templates for them to copy- just google ‘face painting templates’.
Do heed the warning about store bought food coloring and getting them cleaned up after.
Follow the link at the top for the recipe to make your own modeling clay– a wonderfully creative plaything that works on the right-brain creative side as well as those small motor skills. Unlike play dough, modeling clay air dries to a smooth non-crumbly finish so creations can be kept, even given as gifts to appreciative relatives.
And, of course, it’s all even more fun in glow in the dark colors! Made yourself with this recipe, it’s cheap enough to make a big batch and have the kids create as a party craft activity.
The summer Olympics in London were last year (this year it’s the Royal Baby), but that doesn’t mean your birthday child can’t have his or her OWN Backyard Olympics birthday celebration. It’s a great party theme for the energetic elementary school age set, and this free ebook includes Olympic themed games, crafts and snacks to get your party planning off to a great start:
Buy the boxes and add the directions any way you want. These have been painted in chalk board paint so the directions can be changed at will. One die is different movements, the other different directions. Change it up with more creative instructions, such as ‘like a cat’ or ‘like a crab’ or whatever you think of.
I virtually guarantee you’ll use these again and again– perhaps when an outside diversion is needed or with playmates. With more than two boxes, this would also make a great party activity for these young children.
Using just the simplest of shapes, requiring coordination but probably not inate artistic talent, they can create these simple animals without getting discouraged. Making their drawing that much more enjoyable.
Good ideas here for fostering a sense of ownership and delight in the books that allow for the experience of reading. Give the kids their own library full of their own books, be they new or found at tag sales or from the library. Print off bookplates to designate ownership and pride in ownership. Work together to organize the books as the child wants.
As the saying goes- ‘There’s an App for That!” And now there really is. An app that will help preschoolers explore emotions and feelings with these animals and different scenarios that evoke different responses. All without verbal communication, just facial cues- exactly what kids need to learn to ‘read’.