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Butterflies and Binoculars {More Paper Roll Ideas}

17 Jun

I guess we’ve been on a “roll” lately.

Last week was telescopes, this week it’s butterfly finger puppets (and room decor) and binoculars.

Butterfly Finger Puppets

Materials

  • toilet paper roll tubes (or paper towel roll tubes cut in half)
  • construction paper or coffee filters (the cone type)
  • pipe cleaners
  • crayons (or markers, paint or stickers)
  • double-sided tape (or glue)
  • scissors

Step 1

Cut a piece of construction paper to fit around the paper roll tube and tape or glue the paper to the roll.

Step 2

Cut along the two seams of the coffee filter and spread it out on your work surface to create butterfly “wings,” or cut out construction paper wings.

Step 3

Decorate the “wings” with crayons, markers, stickers or paint.  Then, lay the butterfly’s “body” in the middle of the wings and tape or glue down.

Step 4

Add butterfly “antennae” by folding a pipe cleaner in half and curling the ends.  You can tape or glue the antennae down if necessary.

Now, put them over your fingers and flap away!

Even Hubby enjoyed playing with the butterfly puppets!

*Tip #1:  if you have a small toddler, place all her fingers into the tube and it will be easier for her to manipulate.

*Tip #2:  When your toddler tires of her puppets, you can always use them as a fun new room decoration!

We taped ours to Jane’s bedroom mirror to go along with the butterfly theme:

Binoculars

Step 1

Use tape to stick two paper roll tubes together.

Step 2

Decorate!

Tell me that wasn’t the easiest toddler activity ever!

LEARN!  Fine motor skills, coordination, imaginative play

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Spring Fever – Part I

11 Mar

It’s starting to feel like Spring around here and with Daylight Savings only a day away, we’re going to have a lot more time for fun in the evenings after work and before bedtime!

On a spring fever morning before work this week, I stopped in to Office Depot looking for a card reader for my camera and *somehow* ended up in the school supplies aisle and found these fun Crayola products:

So Wednesday night, after work, we experimented with the Window Crayons:

When the sun went down, the crayons glowed neon in the kitchen light:

Jane loved this activity because she knows she’s not supposed to draw on the windows or walls!

Next time, we are going to try this great idea I saw at Chalk in My Pocket to satisfy more of Jane’s “off limits” creative fantasies.  Stay tuned for Spring Fever – Part II, where we try out our jumbo-sized Sidewalk Chalk.

The Simplest Homemade Wrapping Paper

16 Feb

Completely enamored by Chloe’s new fragrance, Love, Chloe, I bought my own Valentine’s present this year.  (Well, Hubby also got me something).  But buying your own gift doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be presented beautifully.  I didn’t have any wrapping paper handy, so I enlisted Jane’s help.  This is by the far the easiest wrapping paper we’ve made and it took just a few minutes.

Materials

  • construction paper*
  • tape (clear or double-sided is best)
  • crayons or markers

Step 1:  Arrange the gift in the center of the construction paper.  We chose red for Valentine’s Day, but any color works.  Keep in mind that the darker the color, the less crayon will show up.

Step 2: Fold one edge of the paper over the gift.  Then, do the same thing from the other side.  To keep the paper taut, tape down the first side to the gift before pulling over the second side.

Step 3: Fold in the two edges as you would normally do with regular wrapping paper, using tape to secure the construction paper.

Step 4: Give your toddler crayons or markers and free reign to decorate as s/he sees fit.

And voila!  The simplest homemade wrapping paper.

*In fact, you don’t even need construction paper — any paper bag (like a brown grocery bag or retail store shopping bag) can be your wrapping paper canvas by turning it inside out.
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