Treasure Vessel for Found Objects

Treasure Vessel for Found Objects

I am happy to have guest video content for this next post! My good friend and local artist, Wendy Sittner, originally created this tutorial video for the Urban Adventure Squad, a non-profit that provides outdoors-based hands-on learning programs for schoolchildren in...
Flat Kids

Flat Kids

I bought a roll of 24″ wide white kraft butcher paper long ago on Amazon and we still have it. It was 900 feet. We have made many banners and wrapped many gifts. Today, I rolled it out and traced each kid, then their job was to color themselves in, and cut out,...
Toddler Card Games

Toddler Card Games

Annika just turned 4 and can count and recognize some numbers. These are easy games with a standard deck of cards. Game 1: Speedy Card Match Pick one suit and lay out the letter cards in one row and the number cards in row 2. Turn the rest of the cards face down in a...
Scratch Off Game

Scratch Off Game

Maddie made this one for Annika…  You could put anything on the paper to be revealed. Maddie drew a treasure map. You could do a matching activity, scavenger hunt…  So, draw up your activity, then cover the paper with packing tape. Paint it with a mixture...
Window Cling Art

Window Cling Art

Tape a piece of Glad Press n Seal wrap to a window, with the tacky side facing out. Stick stuff to it! Tissue paper works well. You can draw on it to start things off. I drew a tree for Annika to...
Ice Discovery

Ice Discovery

Add small toys to an ice cube tray, add water and freeze. When frozen, let kids pour warm water over the cubes to uncover the...
Chore Chart

Chore Chart

Maddie came up with this project and made a chart for Annika. Lace a piece of thick paper with string or ribbon, adding a bead for every visible line. Write in chores or activities. Slide the bead over when each is...
Old Fashioned Construction Paper Crafts

Old Fashioned Construction Paper Crafts

Old fashioned glue and construction paper day! Here are a few things we did, but there are a thousand site that come up when you Google ‘construction paper crafts’ so I’ll let you have a go at that. I do have a few good supplies I found. Supplies:...
Connection

Connection

We first tried to call this game Boomerang, but Connection is what stuck. This is just a talking game we made up…we play in the car, waiting rooms, dinner table… one person starts with a random word (a toddler is a great random word generator) and you take...
Master Class

Master Class

Here’s how I explained it to the kids: Today’s project is to develop and run your own master class. Think of something to teach the other kids then teach it. You have 15 minutes to go think of the plan and gather materials. When it’s your turn, you...
Bucket Fishing

Bucket Fishing

Fill a bucket or plastic bin with water and bath toys. Let the kids use a net to catch the floating toys. Blindfold older...
Paper Egg Decorating

Paper Egg Decorating

Eggs are a little scarce and I honestly didn’t want that many hard-boiled eggs, so we didn’t dye them this Easter. Instead, my mom sent over 3 sheets of paper with eggs drawn on them. They colored and used tissue paper to decorate. Sort of lame, but I...
City of Boxes

City of Boxes

I kept all our cereal, cracker, granola bar boxes, as well as a few plastic jars and TP rolls for the past few weeks. The kids then were given the boxes, along with glue, paper, scissors, tape, and crayons and told to make a town. I told them to be judicious with my...
The Die Game

The Die Game

This game game to us from Ms. Erin, Annika’s teacher. Totally flexible and adaptable to any location or age. Get a die, fill out the chart with rules for what to do for each number. Kids take turns rolling the die and doing whatever you have written next to each...
Paint-a-Stump

Paint-a-Stump

To the forest, kids! We’re painting stumps today. Acrylic paint in an egg carton. Jar of water. Big brushes. Lots of stumps out there in the woods, get started,...
Design a Mermaid Tail

Design a Mermaid Tail

Print the mermaid tail and make it fancy. Or draw it, that will work too. Go Easy On YourselfPrint a Mermaid Tail Mermaid tails are a little hard to draw. I know, because I drew this one. It’s not too svelte, but I went for maximum coloring area. Print a school...
Design a T-shirt

Design a T-shirt

Draw a t-shirt. Design it. Cut it out. Go Easy On YourselfPrint a Shirt I know it’s easy to draw a shirt, but this way, you don’t have to! Print a few of them. Go pick up that book and take some deep breaths while the kids argue about crayons. Print...
Ultimate Clue Path (Quarantine Edition)

Ultimate Clue Path (Quarantine Edition)

I have set up a simple version of this game, called Clue Path in the past, but this Ultimate version turned out to be a nice alternative. Fewer clues, but more drawn out, and less of a race. Quite nice for a rainy Saturday morning.  Basically, it’s linked...
Tickets to the Show

Tickets to the Show

Perfect Friday activity. A good incentive to the kids to clean their rooms (or whatever task), yields some downtime for you, and–printable included! I have to say that this was my husband’s idea. The build-up and presentation is key. I mean, they were so...
Woodland Critters Bookmarks

Woodland Critters Bookmarks

I’m not gonna lie, this was a quick Google find today. So many activities out there involving materials I don’t have…or paint. (Are those people crazy?) This one had a few printables, which I printed on a black and white printer and made the kids...