DIY Pom Pom Rug

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GOAL -Make TUMMY TIME an adventure for my twin buddies. Create different ways for the babies to explore their new world. Build their gross motor and fine motor skills. I started researching different ways to make tummy time fun.

This was my first tummy time inspired creation a DIY POM POM RUG.  95 Pom Poms later and WE HAVE A RUG. Or shall I say we have a runner – LOL.

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Make at least 90 Pom Poms. I suggest purchasing heavy duty scissors otherwise cutting through several layers of yarn is difficult.
  2. Attach the Pom Poms on the liner by using the tie off strings
  3. Do a running stitch through all of the pom poms
  4. Trim the back of the rug
  5. Enjoy your new tummy time rug

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It is super soft  a cool activity mat I am confident the girls are going to love.  Happy Crafting! 

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Straw Drop

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DIY Straw Drop

Drop games are a great way for children to work on their problem solving skills not to mention it develops their fine motor skills as well.  If you are looking  for more drop activities check out Pom Pom Drop and Eyeball Drop. Here how to make one for your Straw Drop Game.

Supplies

  • Plastic Container
  • Plastic Straws
  • Hole Puncher

Instructions

  1. Using the hole puncher, begin to make holes around the brim of the lid
  2. Cut the straws into varying sizes
  3. Place the lid back on the container
  4. Begin to play Straw Drop by placing the straws in the holes.
    • For younger children, you will need to practice the skill a few times so the child could eventually mimic the skill.

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DIY Ribbon Tugging Toy

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DIY Ribbon Pulling Toy

This toy might look FUNNY but my buddy loved pulling all the ribbons and swinging it from side to side.  It is super easy and inexpensive to make. Another cool fine motor skills game for infants.

Supplies:

  • Plastic Container
  • Ribbons
  • Scissor or Exacto Knife

Instructions:

  1. Puncture the sides of the  plastic container
  2. Thread the ribbon from one side of the container to the opposite side
  3. Tie knots at the end of the ribbons
  4. Place the lid and the container and play

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Sticker Art

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STICKER ART ROCKS!

Every child loves stickers. Rather it’s pulling the sticker off or placing it perfectly on a sheet of paper, children can be rather creative with stickers.  It also helps children develop  their fine motor skills.  Hence the reason I always have a sketch pad and stickers in my nanny bag.  Here are three of my buddies enjoying Sticker Art .

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Check out the following places to find inexpensive stickers

  • Target $1 Bins especially around the holidays
  • Dollar Tree
  • Oriental Trading
  • Five and Below

HAPPY CREATING! 

 

 

DIY Coffee Mud Playdough

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Raise your hand if you love the scent of coffee?  ME!!!! When I saw the recipe on Pinterest I was like “Definitely going to make that!”

I used the Mud Like Coffee Playdough recipe from Kid Activities blog. I slightly adapted the recipe since I did not have instant coffee. I actually brewed a cup of coffee instead and used 2 tablespoons of the coffee. I drank the rest – no need to waste a good cup of coffee. LOL. However the next time I make a batch I plan to substitute the hot water for a cup of coffee.

Here is Kid Activities Mud Like Coffee Playdough Ingredients with my adaptions:

  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Coffee Grounds
  • 1 Cup of Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Cream of Tartar
  • 1 Cup of very hot coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons of oil

 Instructions:

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients
  2. Add the oil and hot cup of coffee
  3. Mix together.
  4. Allow it to cool for a few minutes
  5. Knead the dough
  6. Store the playdough in a ziploc or plastic container

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DIY Halloween Taggy Ball

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Play time with infants is often a little on the quiet side and a lot of repetitive motions to discover their world. Around 6 months infants will start reaching and grabbing for items. Taggy toys encourage infants to develop their pincher grasp and learn how to pick up items. Find

I used Purl Bee Soho Beach Ball free pattern. You can make three different sizes (small, medium or large). The photo above is a medium size ball. In order to make the ball a taggy you will need to add ribbons.

DIY Halloween Taggy Ball

Supplies 

  • 1/4 of yard of fabric of your choice
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Poly-Fil Fiberfill

Instructions:

  1. Cut out the 8 spheres
  2. Cut 4  ribbons 6 inches long
  3. Fold the ribbon in half and pin the edges to the right side of a sphere.
  4. Tact or base stitch the ribbon to the sphere.
  5. Take a pair of spheres, place them right sides together and sew along one side of the sphere.
  6. Repeat step 5 for the remaining 3 pairs of spheres. You should have four 2 panel spheres now.
  7. Next take a pair of 2 panel sphere panels, place them right sides together and sew along one side of the sphere. You should have a two  4 panel spheres now.
  8. Put together the 4 panel spheres right sides together.
  9. Sew one side of the sphere together
  10. For the last side of the sphere, you will sew it together leaving an opening you can turn the ball inside out.
  11. Turn the ball inside out and begin stuffing it with the fiberfill. Make sure to make the ball firm.
  12. Top stitch the opening together

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DIY Edible Paint

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I love painting, however when I’m watching toddlers who love to stick everything in their mouths I recommend using edible paint as a safer choice. It’s super easy to make and fun to use on watercolor paper or cardstock paper.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbs Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch
  • 2 cups Water
  • Food Coloring

Recipe:

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients.
  2. Add water to a saucepan on medium heat.
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients to the saucepan.
  4. Stir constantly.
  5. The mixture will begin to thicken.
  6. Once the mixture is smooth and thick remove it from the heat.
  7. Evenly divide the mixture between four containers.
  8. Add food coloring to each container. I used the Neon Food Coloring.
  9.  Allow the paint to cool for an hour before using.

HAPPY PAINTING!

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Felt Animal Puzzle

 

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Supplies:

Helpful Tips:

The felt puzzles are wonderful fine motor skills and good segue to dramatic play. The children can also practice the sounds each of the animals make.

I take my puzzles to many babysitting gigs and they are always a HIT.  I would suggest when making the puzzle pieces to use a heavy heat bond fusion fabric to help maintain the shape.

 

 

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Q-Tip Bat Silhouette Art

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Q-Tip Bat Silhouette Art 

Supplies 

  • Tempra or Acrylic Paint
  • Wax Paper
  • Q-tips
  • Black Cardstock or Construction Paper
  • Bat Silhouette Template  (Click link for  8 x10 printable)

Template originally posted by Love and Anarchy

Instructions

  1. Print out the Bat Silhouette templates
  2. Put tape on the back of the bat silhouettes
  3. Arrange the bats on the black paper
  4. Squirt paint onto either wax paper or a paper plate
  5. Dip the q-tip of your first color and begin to stamp around the outside of the bat. Be sure to cover all of the edges of the bat so the silhouette will be crisp and visible.
  6. Continue to add more dots to the painting until  you like your creation
  7. Allow the art to dry for about 30 minutes before pulling up the silhouettes

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Pom Pom Drop

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Pom Pom Drop

Supplies

  1. Trace two or three circles on the lid.
  2. Cut out the circles using either an exacto knife or a sharp pair of scissors.
  3. Arrange the stickers on top of the lid.
  4. Trace the inner circle of the lid.
  5. Cut out two inner circle lid size out of clear contact paper.
  6. Place the clear contact on each side of the lid.
  7. Cut out a strip of the pattern contact paper to cover the outside of the coffee tin.
  8. Place the pattern contact paper on the tin
  9. Place the pom poms inside the tin can

How to Play the Game:

  • Take the pom poms out of the can.
  • Allow the child to place the pom pom into the holes.
    • For infants or toddlers you will need to model the skill a few times before they catch on.
    • For preschool children, this game is also a great way to practice counting numbers and identifying colors.

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