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I LOVE doing crafty things with my DS - but usually lasts all of 5 mins before he is bored - which is fine, but i wonder if any of you out there have some fresh ideas for me?:idea:
we do the usual finger painting, chalk board, we made a letter box the other day to post letters to daddy while he is at work which was fun. playdoh (:thumbsdown: not workings so well just yet!), drawing etc etc.
Sooo do you have any new ideas or good websites perhaps? I will look around too and see what i can find to share on here so that we can possibly compile a nice little kit bag for ourselves!
have you tried making your own bubble mix and blow bubbles? ds loves bubbles, we are going to make some later today!
and making things out of paddle pop sitcks? we made a picture frame for daddy the other day, ds went running to the door with it to give to daddy as soon as he came home!
We used to have a book filled with all sorts of fun things to make when i was a kid, i wish we still had it, it would come in so handy!
or make a parachute man/peg! get a hanky (or a plastic bag or something, i prefer hanky its safer) tie some string from each corner down to a peg/army man depending on what you have. something like that, i dont remember very well, haven't done it since i was a kid!
Get some rectangular pieces of paper, 2 inches high and about 6 inches long. Get some wooden clothes pegs, and some stick on googly eyes. Get him to decorate the paper, paints/crayons whatever. Then twist in the middle (like a bowtie pasta only longer ends) and put the peg on the middle. Stick the googly eyes on. Et voila, a bird!! :D
(saw it on playschool, fantastic resource that show)
Another easy craft idea is drawing or collage on a paper plate then punch in a hole & hang like a mobile. :)
How about getting an old paint brush and some water and painting the concrete. You can draw with chalk on the concrete too.
What about collecting things like leaves/feathers/shells and painting them or something like that?
Or picking some flowers and pressing them into a book or card or a picture frame?
Maybe when he does finger painting you could get some sand (or something like that) so he can feel the different textures and make different patters on the paper.
On a hot day fill a small bucket/container of water, get a few clean paint brushes and let him 'paint' the windows or whatever (the windows outside)
Water play is also good, pots, pans, plastic containers (Hayley loves this as it teaches her how to drink from a normal cup)
Instead of actual paint you could use food colouring and sit him in his highchair and just let him feel it (rather then just painting) if he gets dirty, thats what baths are for and if he eats it its only food colouring (might not taste that great though)
Maybe use other things (old toy cars, vegies, fruit) instead of paint brushes to do paintings so that he can see what other patters come out (like dip the car in the paint and run the wheels along the paper) we did this in the daycare center I worked at and the kids loved it. Also old spnges are good too.
collect rocks, pebbles and paint them with him
you could get some old magazine pics or photos and make a collage (get him to help stick the pics on) and other things like sparkes, tissue paper, old wrapping paper (whatever you have around the house) and use these too, also old cards (cut out the pic on the front so he can stick it on some paper or cardboard etc)
Well thats all I can think of atm, but I will let you know if I think of anything else. Good luck with it all I know how hard it is to keep your baby/toddler entertained for more than a few minutes at a time.
I used to pop the top off an empty roll-on deodorant bottle, wash it well. allow it to dry, and then fill it with poster paint, and it becomes like a giant paint pen. Add a smock and some paper, and you are set.
We sometimes lather shaving cream over a mirror or window and let him play with it. When he wipes it away he gets to see himself or the inside of the house.
Azalea likes glueing.
I just bought her some Clag glue & have been letting her glue stuff like patty cake papers, cut up junk mail, wrapping paper etc'
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