No Glue Window Collage Toddler Activity

20140805-145255.jpg
This activity has bags of learning potential and is great fun. You can create a collage with any age toddler, using any number of materials from around the house from cotton wool to bottle tops and pop sticks. Today we are exploring paper and card.

For this activity you will need:

Sticky back plastic,
Scrap paper/ card e.g old birthday cards and sweet wrappers,
Toddler scissors,
Optional extras are paper crimpers and shape cutters.

My two little munchkins set about cutting and crimping paper and card developing their hand strength and fine motor skills.

20140805-150224.jpg

20140805-150239.jpg

20140805-150259.jpg
The fruits of their labour get stuck to their sticky window. Will (4) puts stars in a row counting them and Poppy (2) places objects randomly.

20140805-151246.jpg

20140805-151312.jpg

20140805-151327.jpg
Things progress to outside and some flowers from the garden are added by Poppy and Will uses a glue stick to add more layers to the collage.

20140805-151653.jpg

20140805-151711.jpg
It’s lovely to have the light come through the collage and have the backdrop of the garden. The best thing about this collage is it can be changed about and worked on all day! 🙂

Advertisements
Toddler Tapestry Project

Toddler Tapestry Project

I took inspiration from Sewing School’s blog and decide it would be fun and a challenge to bring tapestry to toddlers! I saw this lovely tapestry table Sewing School had created.

20140115-155730.jpg I loved it. But how to get toddlers sewing? I repurposed a large empty picture frame and chose some netting I’d picked up from Gloucester Scrap Store. This left the problem of needles! With no budget for this I found a perfect solution knocking about in the garage. Plastic plant seed labels!

20140115-160301.jpg
These have pointed ends but aren’t sharp and they have a ready made hole that wool can be threaded through. I sewed the netting to the frame with wool and attached needles with various threads including ribbon, wool, curling ribbon, and string. We clamped the frame between two chairs to stand it up and…

20140115-161103.jpg
It’s good team work, passing the needle through to each other!
We quickly got the hang of it and over a couple weeks lots of Tiny Adventurers added to it!

20140115-161356.jpg

20140115-161406.jpg

20140115-161421.jpg
.

20140115-162141.jpg
I added buttons to the netting and shapes that could be buttoned on or sewn on and after a while its started to look really lovely!

20140115-162255.jpg

20140115-162433.jpg
This is a great collaborative project that can be added to over long periods!

Creative messy play toddler classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers in Cheltenham.

Peg People- Angels / Fairies Play Box

I loved making these peg people angels / fairies out of scrap and felt. I also loved watching the children play with them.

20131126-193957.jpg

20131126-194152.jpg
They are very simple to make! Cut out a dress shape in felt or scrap fabric. Tie on using wool or ribbon crossing over the chest and knot at the back, where you can knot some scrap organza or ribbon as wings. The idea is to use no glue. Finally draw on your face and hair.
Next I made a fairy garden play box for them, using sand as the main medium.

20131126-195125.jpg

20131126-195154.jpg
They are super little sensory toys and with all the places to peg them in the box, they are a great fine motor skill activity too!

20131126-195635.jpg

20131126-195718.jpg

20131126-195724.jpg

Creative messy play toddler classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers in Cheltenham.

Autumn Conker Kebabs Fine Motor Activity

We are bonkers for conkers! They are a super, free and plentiful resource this time of year. We’ve been exploring how we can use them. We’ve drilled holes in a few and added some hole punched leaves to thread them on to sticks and laces.

20131031-171134.jpg

20131031-171459.jpg

20131031-171645.jpg
With a bit more sparkle they could make lovely christmas decorations!

Creative messy play toddler classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers in Cheltenham.