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 Pilot Hat and Goggles

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In preparation for a field trip to the National Air and Space Museum with my little buddy I made the above Pilot Hat and Goggles.  The original pattern was made without a lining and my crafty self decided to adapt the pattern a little.

Click links for the free patterns from Parent Magazine

Pilot Hat Supplies:

  • 1/4 of yard of Brown Fleece
  • 1/4 of yard of Black Fabric

Instructions:

  1. Cut hat out of the brown fleece and black fabric.
  2. Place the brown fleece right sides together and sew the center seam of the hat.
  3. Place the black fabric right sides together and sew the center seam of the hat.
  4. Take the brown fleece and black fabric and put it right sides together.
  5. Pin the hat together leaving a gap at the base of the neck so you can turn the hat right side out.
  6. Sew around the hat leaving the gap open.
  7. Turn the hat right side out.
  8. Iron or finger press the seams flat.
  9. Fold in the unsewn edges of the gap.
  10. Top stitch around the entire hat

Although I love the look of my googles, I  suggest using foam per the pattern instructions. The felt and vinyl are hard to work with on such a small item. Blame it on my sewing skills but I promise you it’s not worth the headache.

 

 

 

 

DIY Sensory Bottles

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Sensory Bottles are a fun activity to make with children. Each sensory bottle is a unique creation. Through trial and error you have to figure out what makes the  coolest sensory bottle.

Sensory Bottle Supplies 

  • Water Bottles (I recommend either CORE or VOS bottles)
  • Food Color
  • Water Beads
  • Clear Handwash Soap
  • Clear Bodywash Soap
  • Clear Hair Gel
  • Clear Glue
  • Glitter
  • Confetti
  • Pony Beads
  • Buttons

Helpful Hints:

  • Add the objects first before using the water, handwash, bodywash or gel.
  • Add food color a little at a time.
  • You can find cool confetti at your local craft store.
  • The Dollar Store carries clear bodywash, hair gel and handwash soap.
  • Seal the water bottles with either Gorilla Glue or Super Glue in the ridges of the cap.
  • To make fast movement of objects – I would recommend using either a  water/clear glue  combination or a water/handwash soap combination.
  • To make slow movement of objects  – I would recommend using either body wash or hair gel.

 

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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I Need My Monster Activity

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I had a blast creating this DIY Monster Doll using It’s Always  Autumn Felt Monster Pattern. I had extra Halloween fabric so I decided to use that instead of felt for the body. I am very pleased with the outcome.  This adorable doll will accompany me as I read I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll to my little buddies. 

DIY Monster Doll

Supplies

Instructions

  • Cut out the monster pattern out of fabric.
  • Cut out felt eyes, mouth or teeth.
  • Hand stitch the felt piece on the front panel of doll.
  • Put right sides together and sew a 3/8 inch seam around the the monster. Be sure to leave a gap so you can turn the doll inside out.
  • Use a pencil or chopstick to make sure all the curves are pushed out.
  • Fill the doll with Poly-Fil. I would recommend making the doll firm by using an ample amount of filling.
  • Hand stitch the opening closed.

Bonus

I would also recommend watching Rita Moreno’s wonderful rendition of the I Need My Monster story on the Screen Actors Guild Foundation Storyline Online.

 

 

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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