My youngest boy is now 3 years old. It is important to work on his soft motor skills. At this age, I pay more attention to his finger muscles and hand strengthening as it is crucial in helping him to hold the pencil when he starts going to school.
Stamping is one of the best activity to work those finger muscles as he will be utilising all four fingers and his thumb to hold the stamp. It helps in his coordination and when I make it a little more challenging by getting him to draw something out of the circle he stamped, it becomes a bilateral activity that activates the non-dominant hand (to hold the paper) as well as his creativity in painting his thoughts on paper.
Watch this video on how he started by stamping random circles and proceeded to paint a spider, lollipop as well as a goldfish from just a circle.
The hot spell brought many leaves to the ground and what better way to appreciate them then by making a leaf stamping art?
All you need is lots of leaves, paint brush, tempera paste and a piece of paper for stamping on. We used plastic egg cartons to store paints and empty drink bottles to wash the paint brush. We try to recycle stuffs before disposing them.
Enjoy this video of my 2 1/2 year old boy enjoying painting and stamping:
This is a really fun craft that doesnt require any fancy materials. You’ll most likely have everything already at home. It’s also ‘magical’ and I’m sure your kids will love it!
Amazing Balancing Butterfly Craft
Coloured Paper Card board from cereal boxes (or any other box) Glue Coins
Fold a coloured paper half. Draw one half of a butterfly making sure the top wings are way above the butterfly head to enable it to balance. This is also a good time to teach your child about the centre of gravity.
Cut and paste onto the card board. Cut again.
Decorate the butterfly.
Paste a coin each on the back of the top wings.
The butterfly should be able to balance itself now.
It can balance almost anywhere.
Your kids will have a whole lot of fun balancing the butterfly everywhere!
You can also make a balancing bird instead of a butterfly.
It’s just as beautiful and fun to play with. This is a great craft to make at any parties 🙂
This is a great school holiday crafts for kids. Today we will be transforming a simple plastic bottle into a cool Airplane Pencil Case.
Papier Mache Airplane Pencil Case
– Slit open an empty plastic bottle.
– Cut wings and tail out of old carton boxes and tape them onto the bottle
– Cut strips of old newspaper into small pieces and soak them in water
– Glue paper all over the entire bottle with the last layer being plain white paper.
– Let dry overnight
Paint the airplane and glue a 20cm zipper around the opening.
The Papier Mache Airplane Pencil Case is ready for your kids to show off to friends when school reopens ^_^
We have lots and lots of old CDs in our TV cabinet. Some of them have scratches all over that I thought of disposing them when I was spring cleaning the other day. But we never throw away old stuffs now do we? We recycle them! 😀
Besides CDs we also have lots of these eco-friendly shopping bags. Too many of them in fact! So I decided to recycle them too!
Let’s make a magnetic note holder from recyclables today 🙂
Use the CD as a guide and draw a circle on the black shopping bag.
Draw another circle on the red shopping bag and cut.
Paste the black circle cut-out on the CD. Cut the red circle into half and paste. Cut smaller black circles and paste on the wings.
Paste two googly eyes.
Add the back, paste used clothes peg and a magnet over it.
I think the only items you needed to purchase is the googly eyes and magnet. The rest are totally from the cabinet!