I’ll admit it: I LOVE flowers. However, I can’t have most of them in the house due to my pollen allergies. And especially flower pots. So I admire them from afar and… I craft them.
Today’s Creative Tuesday is about yet another flower we made with my last year’s toddler play group. It is super easy and helps develop fine motor skills, review colors and shapes.
What you need:
Few circles of different colors
A stem – simply cut one from green paper
2 leaves – any shape, cut out from green paper
A white sheet of paper, or – my favorite – upcycled paper
(in fact, making the whole thing from upcycled paper would be even more fun!)
How to make it:
First, glue the stem and the leaves on the paper.
Then, let the children fold the circles into halves.
Apply glue on just one side of each circle and arrange them above the stem in semi-circle.
Voilà! Your flower is ready!
You can either just use it to decorate the wall or even use it as a cover for a birthday card.
There are so many wonderful activities for babies and toddlers to introduce them to safe, edible and fun finger paint and homemade paint.
The question I am often asked by parents is when it is safe to introduce *real* i.e. commercial paint, especially such as tempura and acrylic.
I am back to Creative Tuesday with a lovely
Mother’s Day Flower and Ladybird Craft!
I learned upcycling art in the most natural way – through re-using my daughter’s art creations to wrap presents, using cereal cartons, egg cartons, plastic bottles and other handy things from around the house.
Growing up in Russia we didn’t celebrate Mother’s Day per se, but we celebrated Women’s Day on March 8th. It is only when I moved to China I heard about Mother’s Day. But until now I get constantly confused when it is, so I thought it was last Sunday (May 5th) while apparently it is on May 12th!
So, my daughter and her friend, and later – tots in my class, made this lovely Mother’s Day craft using miss T’s art creations, cereal boxes and left-overs from other crafts.
What you need:
Cereal box for foundation
(cut out one large rectangular or square piece)
Your child’s paintings or drawings
4 larger circles and 1 smaller circle
(you can use upcycle material or new paper)
2 cut-outs shaped as leaves
1 piece of paper that will serve as a stem
Red and black pencils or crayons
How to do it:
1. If using A4 paper with art, fold into half length way and cut into thin-ish strips. If using A3, first cut it into 2 and then follow the same instruction as with A4 paper.
2. Apply some glue at the tip of the strips and glue the tips together. Separate the unglued sides. Repeat as many times as you need to make petals.
3. At the top corner of the foundation, apply some glue and glue the petals to create a flower.
4. Take one larger circle and glue it in the middle.
5. Glue the stem and the leaves.
6. Anywhere where you have free space, glue on large circle for the body and smaller one for the head. Fold other 2 large circles into half, put glue only on one side of each circle, and stick them on top of the body to create wings.
7. Now the most fun part – coloring! Color the middle of the flower yellow or orange or whatever color the child likes. Color the stem and the leaves green. Color the ladybird red, draw smiley face and antennae, draw black dots on the wings.
You can personalize this craft with writing the child’s name and a greeting.
Do you have any Mother’s Day Craft to share? Post your link in the comments or simple send me a picture
and I can share it on my blog/Fb page!