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Peacock Paper Cup Art and Craft

Learning about birds?  Have a kiddo obsessed with peacocks?!  Then you might enjoy this stunningly simple Peacock Paper Cup Art and Craft! Kiddos of all ages will be able to help create this fun paper cup craft using many materials you may already have around the house!

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Truth be told, I love love love checking out the peacocks during a trip to the zoo.  Their feathers are absolutely beautiful!

I think my daughter is a fan, too.  For the past several years the first thing she claims she wants to dress up as for Halloween is.... a peacock-- although, that still has yet to happen.  Something else always comes to mind!  Nevertheless, if you can't dress up as one (or won't!), at least make this peacock paper cup art and craft!


Peacock Paper Cup Art and Craft



I love setting up crafts to go along with books we find at the library.  To set up this peacock art and craft, read a few of these books:


After reading make your own paper cup peacock! 


Peacock Art and Craft Supplies:




peacock art and craft supplies

How to Make Peacock Art and Craft Using a Paper Cup


For ease, we used a blue paper cup.  However, if you happen to have white paper cups on hand by all means, use those-- just paint them blue first!

Using a paper trimmer, cut strips of paper- blues, purple, greens- about no more than an inch wide.  

For the beak, cut a small triangle from orange construction paper.

To start assembling your peacock craft, take the strips of paper and loop them in half.  Staple the ends together.

peacock paper craft

Once you have made several feathers from the colored construction paper, start adhering them to the back of the cup with tape.

Tape a few starting at the middle of the cup.  Then create another row by taping another set of looped paper "feathers" above the first row.  

If desired, add a few more paper "feathers" to fill in any gaps.

peacock feathers paper craft

Next add two googly eyes and orange beak to the front of the paper cup.

To add some sparkly, glue small sequins onto the paper feathers.  

Allow the sequins to dry

If making this craft with little ones, tiny sequins such as the ones we used may be a bit frustrating.  Other ideas would be to use larger sequins, stickers, or have q-tip dipped in sparkly paint!

Finally, tape a feather to the top of the paper cup. 

paper cup craft - peacock

So stunning and simple was this peacock art and craft!  We hope you enjoy it during your next Storytime and craft session!! 

Or just because... 

because who wouldn't want to create one's very own Peacock Paper Cup Craft?!

peacock paper cup craft

Valentine's Day Alphabet Matching Game

With Valentine's Day upon us, here is a fun and colorful way to practice letter recognition with your little one(s).  Use this hands-on Valentine Theme Alphabet Matching Game Printable to work on abc recognition with your toddler, preschooler, and/or Kindergartner! 

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Valentine Theme Alphabet Matching Game Printable


Enjoy this low-prep alphabet matching game printable to use with your other preschool Valentines activities.  However, it would be a great one-on-one activity to teach letter recognition with your toddler, too.

Or, adjust this alphabet matching game to work on letter sounds and it can be used with Kindergarten kiddos!

Alphabet Matching Game Printable


This versatile alphabet matching game printable is great for hands-on learning!   I'm all about setting up easy and quick learning games, so whether you are using this during a Valentine themed week, shapes theme, and/or just because you need a quick abc recognition activity, this is a great way to learn and play today!


Supplies:


  • Heart Match & Cover Printable


Valentine Printables for Preschool



This print and play alphabet matching game makes it a quick and easy Valentine's Day activity for preschoolers (or toddlers & Kindergartners!)

First, choose and print, the uppercase matching printable or lowercase ABC matching printable.

Place it in a page protector to save it for later/ to keep it clean.  (Because it's always when I DON'T think a mess will happen, it does.  Go figure!)

Provide your child with letter manipulatives.

Encourage your child to pick up a letter, identify the name and/or sound of the letter, and then find its match on the Heart Match and Cover Printable.  

abc recognition Valentine printable for preschool

As much as this alphabet matching game printable is low-prep, it's quick to play, too!  The ease in setting up this valentine's day activity for your preschooler won't take away from the other fun valentine theme activities you may have planned for the day!  

This preschool valentines activity is a great way to learn and play today!  

Valentine Theme ABC Recognition

To extend learning, once your child has matched all the letter manipulatives on the printable, call out letters to your child and have him/her find the letter and take it off.  

This is a great way to "clean up" and get extra use out of the printable before putting it away!


Preschool Valentine Activity

For an extra sensory experience, hide the letter manipulatives in a simple sensory bin or add fine motor skills practice by having your child unwrap each letter first like we did in this activity. 

Or, hide the letter manipulatives around the room and have your child go on a little scavenger hunt to find the letters prior to completing the matching game.

As you can see there are plenty of ways to take a simple activity such as this Valentine theme alphabet matching game printable and tailor it to meet the needs of your kiddos!




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"You're A Star" Valentine's Day Treat Bag Toppers

These easy Valentines Treat Bags make the perfect little gift for friends, neighbors, or family this Valentine's Day.  Grab the FREE printable bag toppers, add a few sweet treats or small toys and you have a sweet and thoughtful Valentine to gift for anyone on your list!  


Valentine's Day Treat Bags
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Valentine's Day was always fun to celebrate as a kid.  Book work was pushed aside as our class played Valentine's themed games, ate valentines treats, and passed out Valentines to fellow classmates.  

Fast forward to our first year of our homeschool co-op and I didn't plan anything.  Yup, #momfail!  Year two, I knew better and went above and beyond by MAKING valentines treat bags my kiddos could pass out to their friends.  

Luckily for you, I am sharing the treat bag toppers I made for you to use, too!  These printable "You're A Star" treat bag toppers make these Valentine's treat bags super simple to make!  


Valentine's Day Treat Bags



Grab a few materials, a valentines treat, and print the treat bag toppers for an easy Valentines treat bag.  

Supplies:

How to Make These Valentines Treat Bags



These "Valentine, You're a Star" treat bag toppers are versatile for boys and/or girls.  Friendly and sweet, but not over the top mushy, ya know what  I mean?!

Print out the treat bag toppers.  There are four toppers, so print out as many pages you need for the number of kids you are giving them to.

Grab enough cellophane bags, scissors, and stapler.  Cut apart the bag toppers.

To assemble the treat bags, fill the cellophane bag with your desired treat.  Cut 1/2- 3/4 of the bag.

Take a teat bag topper and fold it in half.  Place it over the bag and staple both ends in place.

Voila!  Treat bag assembled!  


Valentines Treat Bag Toppers

OH!  One more thing, simply have your child write his/her name on the back of the treat bag topper to share who gave them this Valentine's Day Treat Bag!  

My daughter has her own name stamp, and so she just quickly stamped the back of each treat bag and they were ready to be passed out!  We made sure we had enough (+ a few extra just in case) for each child in her co-op class, so we didn't fuss with writing names out.  THAT saves time!! 

Filling the Valentines Treat Bag


Inside each treat bag, we chose to put a few starburst candy and star confetti.

You may not want to put candy inside a treat bag, so here are some other ideas:
  • star stickers
  • make your own star crayons
  • plastic star ring(s)
  • star sunglasses
  • ...  anything star themed! 



Valentine Treat Bag


My kiddos were so excited to pass these out last Valentine's Day!

These Valentine's Treat Bags came together pretty fast-- they were simple to put together and are versatile to what you can/want to fill the treat bag with!








Snowman Pom Pom Painting Craft


This preschool snowman craft is perfect to make during the cold winter months.  It's a low-prep snowman arts and crafts idea and is great for little hands!  Just grab 4 materials and you can make this cute snowman craft with your little one, too!

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preschool snowman craft

Sometimes it is just too cold or the snow isn't snowman material, but you have a little one eager to make a snowman right now!!  What are you to do?

The next best thing to making a snowman outside with real snow, is to make snowman arts and crafts inside!

This preschool snowman craft is easy to make.  No major preparations needed!  Just grab a few simple household materials and your little one can make this cute pom pom painted snowman craft, too!

Preschool Snowman Craft


Supplies


Enjoy making this cute snowman arts and crafts activity! 


To make this simple preschool snowman craft, pinch a pom pom with a clothespin.  

Dip the pom pom into white paint.

On a sheet of construction paper, have your child make pom pom prints.  

Encourage your child to make a large circle on the bottom, a medium circle in the middle and a small circle on top to resemble a snowman shape.

pom pom painted preschool snowman craft

Next, add eyes, nose, smile, and more with a smaller sized pom pom.


Pinch a small pom pom with the clothespin.  

Dip the pom pom in black paint and make eyes, a mouth, arms, hat, and buttons.

Use another pom pom to make a carrot-like nose with orange paint.

Attach another pom pom to make a scarf.

preschool snowman craft

If desired, add some snowflakes around your snowman!  

Isn't this simple snowman craft adorable?  

snowman arts and crafts

Add this preschool snowman craft to your list of winter theme ideas!

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10 Cool Christmas Paper Crafts for Kids


Over the years, we made so many crafts with different mediums, but somehow, we always return to paper crafts! Same thing happens over holidays and we end up making so many Christmas paper crafts! From simple cut and glue, to origami and quilling Christmas themed decorations, we love to make all of them!

Christmas Paper Crafts


Hi friends! Tis the season for all things crafty, right? I'm happy to have Maggy from Red Ted Art sharing with us, again! Knowing my love for children's literature, Maggy once put together an awesome collection of Story Inspired Kid Crafts. She is your gal for easy and fun crafts for the kiddos! With Christmas around the corner, enjoy these Christmas Paper Crafts kids can make! Fill the tree, decorate your house, and keep the kids busy over break with these fun Christmas paper craft ideas!

Christmas Paper Crafts




  • Christmas cards can look amazing but still be pretty simple to make. The best example is pop-up Christmas tree card. Looks complicated? It really isn’t so hard to make as it looks! Give it a try and make some with kids this Christmas!
  • Have you tried quilling before? It’s fun and finished projects look amazing! We used it to make quilled Christmas tree card but you can use same process to recreate a number of Christmas themed items on your card!
  • Hard to believe, but quilling has been used to make these lovely quilled Christmas tree decorations. Make them larger to use on your mantel or smaller to use as centerpieces for your Christmas table!
  • Ahhh, we just love to work with paper! So easy to use and possibilities for projects are practically endless! Grab some of your favorite patterned papers to make loads of paper ornaments for your Christmas decorations!
  • Have you seen this little paper reindeer printable ornament? Super cute! Print, cut, assemble and glue! And little red nose Rudolph is ready to decorate your Christmas tree.
  • For book loving friends and family members, along with new book to read, add a personal touch to y gift with lovely Christmas tree bookmark you created yourself. They will never forget on which page they stopped their reading!
  • Even little ones love to participate in Christmas activities. Let your toddlers and preschoolers to tear paper to scraps and then make adorable little torn paper Christmas wreaths to display on your door.
  • We adore these 3D paper trees! They look amazing displayed as Christmas decoration even when left plain white! But of course, it’s up to you to decide if you want to add decorations on them or make them in different color to match your Christmas decor!
  • When it comes to paper crafts, origami is must try! There are many different ornaments you can make by simply folding paper, did you know? Personally, we love the look of these 3D origami ornaments! Hard to tell they are made from paper, right?
  • A single paper plate, some paint and decorative items and kids are all set to make their own paper plate tree craft. They will also work on their fine motor skills when lacing ribbon to connect all the pieces together.


Paper is amazing as crafting medium, wouldn't you agree?

It’s wonderful how changing paper you use to make your Christmas ornament from plain white to patterned can change to whole feel of the finished item! Or how you can make so many beautiful and decorative items by simply folding piece of paper! Hope you will get inspired by our selection here to make many paper crafts this Christmas with your kids!

Christmas Paper Crafts Kids Can Make


More Christmas Craft Ideas for Kids