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Sponge Painted Sunflower Craft for Kids

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Create your own stunning sunflower with a sponge!  Try this sponge painted sunflower craft to brighten your walls; I just love the vibrant yellow petals!  Add in a few books, and this is an easy craft to learn about these gorgeous yellow flowers.

sunflower craft for kids
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The first year we grew a garden at our (then) new home, I planted sunflower seeds by our garage.  Who knew these tiny little seedlings would grow a few feet taller than the nearby garage door!  They were massive, but oh so gorgeous!  

.... And then because they were so tall, they began to fall over... so coming in and out of the garage was truly an "attack of the sunflowers!"  

Watching them grow from little seeds into these giant flowers was such a fun process for the kids and I!  Definitely try growing your own patch of sunflowers!

Sunflower Craft for Kids


Supplies:
  • sponge
  • scissors
  • cardstock
  • q tip
  • yellow paint
  • black paint
  • glitter


Create your own sunflower prints

As with any painting activity with kids, lay some type of paint mat, newspaper, etc. to protect your table space from paint splatter.  I know from experience ; ) ha! I bought the green mats at our local dollar store.

To set up the activity, cut a 'tear drop' shape from a sponge and provide your child with yellow and black paint, piece of cardstock, and a q-tip.

Paint the sunflower seeds.

Since the center of a sunflower is so large, we opted to create the "seeds" with black paint and q-tip first.  Create a circle with by dipping the q-tip in the black paint and then onto the cardstock.

painting sunflower seeds

Next, create the sunflower petals.

Dip the tear drop sponge into yellow paint and press the sponge onto the cardstock around the black seeds.  Create a circle of petals and if there is room, overlap the petals by sponging more petals.

For a little sparkle, add some yellow and/or orange glitter to the petals.  

Add a stem using green paint and a paintbrush (optional).


painting a sunflower with a sponge

We made two sunflower prints. 

On the turqouise blue background, we sponge painted the petals first but realized the middle of our sunflower was just too small, so... we made another sunflower.  

Don't these stunning sponge painted prints make you happy?! Enjoy this easy sunflower craft with your kids!

sponge painted sunflower craft for kids


After creating your own sponge painted sunflower prints, read a few books to LEARN about sunflowers!  They make the perfect theme for summer and/or fall!

We actually did this craft while learning about Kansas with my 1st grader.  As we "visit" each state, I try to read a book and also add in a craft or activity.  And it just so happens that sunflowers are the state flower of Kansas!




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Plastic Egg Shape Matching Activity for Your Preschooler

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Save those plastic Easter eggs for this fun, hands-on shape and color matching activity for your preschooler.  

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egg activity for preschoolers

Don't put those plastic Easter eggs away yet, give them new life by putting together these simple shape and color puzzles.  

If you are a procrastinator like me, though Easter has come and gone, Easter stuff has made its way to the basement stairs to be taken down...  some other time.  While the pile grows, upcycle the Easter eggs and make this fun shapes game.

If you happen on this activity before Easter, set a few aside for this matching activity! 

Preschool Matching Activity



Supplies:


Grab several plastic Easter eggs; I used 9.

To create an element of self correction, keep the Easter egg puzzles the same color for the matching activity-- this also reinforces color matching!!

If your child is up for the challenge, mix and match the colors.

On each plastic Easter egg draw a shape using a black sharpie marker.

plastic eggs matching activity


Put the top and bottom of the Easter egg together and draw a shape.  I drew a circle, heart, square, oval, rectangle, triangle, diamond, pentagon, and a star.

Feel free to add more shapes such as an hexagon and octagon, too!

plastic egg shape matching puzzles


Once the shapes were drawn on each Easter egg, I took the egg apart and set them on a tray for my preschooler.

Now it was my preschoolers turn to match the shapes! 

This hands-on puzzle proved to be a challenge at first until he realized he could match the colors of the Easter egg.  Once he put the egg together, he was able to recognize the shape.

shape activity for preschoolers

Try this activity with your little one!  

It's simple

fun

hands-on

low-prep

works on shape recognition

strengthens fine motor skills

plastic egg shape matching activity

Another fun way to use this idea is to turn it into a scavenger hunt.  Hide the individual pieces of each Easter egg around the room and have your preschooler find and match the eggs by color revealing the shape.

Such a simple way to LEARN with plastic Easter eggs!!

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Photo Flower Bouquet | Adorable Keepsake for Mother's Day

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Give this sweet photo flower craft to someone special in your child's life.  It is sure to be a keeper! Whether it is for Mother's Day or just because, it is the perfect keepsake for a loved one.

Flower Craft for Kids

If you have have more than one child, create a photo flower bouquet!


What you need:


Flower Craft for Kids


How To Make A Photo Flower Bouquet

1.  Print out the flower template available at the end of this post.  Cut out the flower and the middle circle to create the flower template.


Photo Flower Printable Template


2.  Choose a piece of colored card stock for the flower.  Trace the template on the card stock.  Cut out the flower and the circle in the middle-- this is where your child's picture will go.

3.  Cut a picture of your child to fit the center of the flower.  A school  yearbook picture works well as it is just a picture of your child's face.

Flower Bouquet Craft

3.  Glue your child's picture to the flower.

4.  If your child is interested, provide glitter glue and/or sequins so the child can decorate the flower.  If working with lots of glue, you may want to delay gluing the picture in the middle until the decorations have dried.

5.  Once everything is dry, glue a green craft stick to the back of the flower craft.

Flower Craft for Mother's Day

6. Grab an empty mason jar and stuff it with Easter grass or tissue paper.  Then add the photo flowers!

And you have a beautiful flower keepsake to be cherished all year round!
Photo Flower Bouquet Mother's Day Craft


It's perfect for Mother's Day or just because!

For another keepsake idea, check out our I Love You More Than idea.

Download our Flower Template to make your own bouquet today!

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3D Parts of a Plant Craft Using Recycled Materials

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Looking for a fun way to teach the parts of a plant?  Make a 3D model using recycled materials!  Such a great hands-on science activity!


parts of a plant activity for kids

Egg cartons happen to be the material of the month over at TinkerLab's Creative Challenge.  I stumbled on the site somehow and was intrigued by the challenge, but had just thrown out a ton of empty egg cartons from my craft stash (because I had yet to use them).  However, a couple days later, an idea hit me!

We are currently rowing, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and spent a day talking about what plants need to survive and the parts of a plant.

Wanting to reinforce what we learned without worksheets, we turned to my supply of recycled egg cartons!

Parts of  a Plant Craft


Supplies:
  • egg cartons
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • canvas
  • hot glue gun
  • alphabet stickers


We separated most of the egg cartons into individual pieces, except for the stem; leave at least 4 individual egg cups connected.
  
For the roots we ripped up an egg carton into little pieces.

 I set out some paint and the egg cartons and Big Brother went to work painting!

Egg Carton craft challenge - parts of a plant

To make the Parts of a Plant using egg cartons, use at least:
6 pieces for the flower
5 pieces for the stem
2 pieces for the leaves 
1-3 egg cartons for the roots

Paint the pieces accordingly -- green for the stem and leaves and brown for the roots.  

recycled egg carton parts of flower craft

After all the work in ripping the egg cartons apart and painting, preserve this craft on a canvas! 

Once it was all dry, assemble your plant on two pieces of flat canvas; hot glue the pieces in place.

Use stickers to spell the parts of a plant, but if your child is willing, have him/her write them out-- stem, flower, roots, and leaves.

parts of a plant labeling activity

This turned out to be such a fantastic, hands-on science activity teaching my son the parts of a plant.... and also use my stash of empty egg cartons! 

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Easy Easter Fine Motor Skills Craft

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Do you ever scroll endlessly looking for a craft that is easy, simple yet educational?  I do!  And I come across some amazing activities, but with 5 kiddos and homeschooling in the mix, I need activities that use everyday materials and are easy to set up.

This Easter craft is all those things: easy to set up.... check!
Uses materials I had on hand.... check!
Worked on fine motor skills.... check!

Put those little hands to work crafting up some Hole Punched Easter Eggs!

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As part of the Virtual Book Club, we've joined in with several other bloggers sharing an activity to go along with The Easter Egg by Jan Brett.  I love tying in our crafts or learning activities with children's books.  I think setting up an activity after wards helps make the story come alive and gives me a theme to center our activities after.  

The Easter Egg by Jan Brett....  


Hole Punched Easter Egg Craft


Supplies:

Prepare this easy Easter craft by cutting out egg shapes from card stock.  I used an egg shaped cup from our Easter egg dying kits.  But free-hand if you are able!  

Provide a hole punch for your child to use.  I used a standard hole punch, but if you have some fun shapes, let your child use those, too!  

The activity is all about getting your child to strengthen their fine motor skills.

Fine Motor Skills Easter Activity



Invite your child over and show him/her how to use the hole punch if they are not familiar with one.

Encourage your child to punch holes in the card stock Easter eggs:
  • Punch one hole or many holes.  
  • Punch holes around the edge of the Easter egg or closer to the middle.
  • Try to make designs in the Easter eggs or punch holes in random places.


Have fun punching holes!!  Join in, too!!  I found the activity kind-of a stress reliever! ha! Punching holes {in paper} was good for my soul! 


Extension Ideas:

  • Work on number sense by writing a number on each egg and have your child hole punch the corresponding number of holes in the Easter egg
  • For your kindergarten - 1st graders, write addition sentences on each egg
  • Draw various kinds of lines or shapes for your child to hole punch.

  • Turn it into a craft with Easter grass.
Above are some extension activities to do if you'd like to add a little more educational "value" to the activity, but I guarentee your little one will get plenty of fine motor practice with this activity! 

Since my little one worked so hard at punching all those holes into the Easter eggs, we turned it into a simple craft!  

On a piece of construction paper, glue the hole punched Easter eggs.  Next add a layer of glue to the bottom and do your best to push Easter grass into the glue; we got a bit messy trying to do this-- fair warning!

And since we had tons of loose paper confetti, we added those to our picture as well! 

Enjoy working with your little ones on this easy Easter Egg Craft! 




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