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post #141 of 191
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post #142 of 191
Hi. I have a couple of ideas too (from my days of teaching pre-school) I hope it's ok to post them!

Marble painting.

If you're ok with your child using marbles this is a lot of fun. You'll need paint, paper, a bowl for paint, a high sided pan, some kind of soap and marbles. Mix some paint and a little dish soap in a bowl, drop in the marbles and stir them around so they are covered in paint. Line your pan with paper. Drop the marbles in with a spoon and have the child tip the pan back and forth to get the marbles moving across the paper. It's fun to use more than one color of paint so they can see how they combine to make new colors.

Car and truck painting

You'll need a long sheet of paper, like from a roll of butcher paper, paint, soap and some cars and trucks or whatever has wheels. It's really neat when you have some that have a texture to the wheels. Mix the paint and soap on a plate, roll the vehicles through the paint and then on the paper. By adding the soap, it makes it really easy to get the paint off the cars. Double the fun by giving the kids a tub of soapy water to wash the cars when they're done.

Washable paint would work too, but they didn't have that way back when! If you are using tempra paint though, adding the soap still helps with clean up and it also stretches the paint a bit so you're saving a little $$.

Wax paper butterflies and flowers

This one is a bit involved and requires an iron so a lot of adult supervision is required!


Have an adult shave some crayons in different colors, we used scissors to do this. Take a big piece of waxed paper and fold it in half, unfold it and let the kids sprinkle the different colored shavings on the paper. Fold the top piece over and have an adult iron it until the shavings have melted. When it's dry cut them into various shapes. You can then use construction paper to add details liek eyes and antenaes if you'd like. They look really pretty when taped up to a window and the light can shine through them.

This is a slightly different version on the tie dyed disks posted earlier.

Mix food coloring and water and use eyedroppers to squeeze drops onto the coffe filters. The colors blend beautifully and then they can be made into flowers!

Use your old paper towel tubes to make "binoculars" for the nature walks mentioned earlier. Have the child color or paint the tube, cut it in half and glue the sides together. (You can cut the tube in forths if the half is too big)
Using a paper punch, punch holes on the outside of each tube and thread with yarn so they can hang from the child's neck while you're out for your walk.

I have tons more ideas, but my messy house and impending MIL visit need immediate attention!
post #143 of 191
OK, Amy, you can go clean your house if you promise to come back with more ideas - these are great, and I have two more kids almost old enough to enjoy some of them!
post #144 of 191
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Originally Posted by Megs Mom
OK, Amy, you can go clean your house if you promise to come back with more ideas - these are great, and I have two more kids almost old enough to enjoy some of them!
:LOL Be careful what you wish for! You just might create a monster, I can go on forever!
post #145 of 191

Holiday activity ideas...?

Hi, I'm new to this thread, and am wondering if it is still active?
post #146 of 191
Well...I'm waiting for Amy to finish cleaning & come back w/more ideas... :LOL
post #147 of 191
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Originally Posted by Megs Mom
Well...I'm waiting for Amy to finish cleaning & come back w/more ideas... :LOL
:LOL Can you tell how messy my house is since I haven't been back?

I'll have time next week in the evening, how's that?
post #148 of 191
post #149 of 191
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Originally Posted by cj'smommy
:LOL Be careful what you wish for! You just might create a monster, I can go on forever!
Please feel free!!! I love the ideas and I can't wait for more.
post #150 of 191
I highly recommend magical childhood check out all her sections especially the newsletter for lots of great ideas!!

Jen
post #151 of 191
Yes! I love Magical Childhood!
post #152 of 191

"leaf pounding" natural artwork

Here is an idea for what to do with the leaves, flowers your little one collects on a nature walk.
It can be a simple project or more fancy, you can do a t-shirt, or placemat or napkins. For the pounding I would suggest a wooden block or rubber mallot instead of a hammer!
you can also google the idea for more ways to use this technique.

basically you are using the natural pigment of a leaf or flower and smashing them into a fabric for a permanent stain. it is fun because of all the banging.

http://www.flower-press.com/leaf-pounding.htm

i guess you will have to figure out if your little one can handle this project.
post #153 of 191

stuff to do

Ijust signed up for a new newsletter from
www.babyzone.com

It is not a very holistic website, but you can sign up for a local newsletter and each week it tells you things to doin your area for famlies.

It also has places to post your buisness, for you homebusiness mommas!
post #154 of 191
: just found this.
post #155 of 191
I don't know if this was already posted, so sory for a possible duplicate.

We took brown lunch bags and colored faces on them for puppets.

For Christmas, we let DD put her painted handprints on t-shirts and aprons for family members.
post #156 of 191
is this group still going?
post #157 of 191
Thread Starter 
no, it's two years old, but people are apparently still using it for ideas!

feel free to post more if you'd like!
post #158 of 191
thanks, didnt even see the year, just feb and march
post #159 of 191
What awesome ideas here! Thanks for a great thread!
post #160 of 191
Any chance of having another thread start up? I just found this and would love to get more ideas.
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