The Pom Pom

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Reagan is always ready to paint! Color identification, color recognition and fine motor skills are all put to good use throughout this craft!

Materials

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Various colors of paint
Clothes pins
Pom Pom balls
Cotton balls
Large white sheet of paper
Construction paper
Scissors
Egg carton

Directions

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Pinch Pom Pom ball and/or cotton ball with clothes pin.
Squeeze different colored paint into separate egg shell carton sections.
Fold a piece of construction paper in half and free hand cut out the shape of half an egg. Hold the cut out against a piece of larger white paper.

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Designate one clothes pinned Pom for each color, which probably won’t last for long- Reagan was mixing colors within the first few minutes.
Assist your child in making dots, swirls, and whatever other designs they can create with the pinned Pom. I found that I needed to create a boarder around the edge of the construction paper because Reagan wasn’t completely filling in the egg.

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When they have finished painting, lift off the construction paper stencil and allow the egg to dry!

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Chevron Pumpkin

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Simple Chevron Pumpkin!

materials

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materials
Pumpkin
Painters Tape
Scissors
Spray Paint

directions

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Create a pattern towards the top of your pumpkin, using small pieces of cut painters tape. I did not measure the pieces of tape that I cut, nor did I measure the distance between each piece of tape. I wasn’t concerned with this pumpkin being perfect. If you are, just measure the tape and distance between each piece, so that it’s perfect.

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Follow top pattern an inch or two ( eye balled) bellow the top pattern. Cut pieces of painters tape and continue until your pattern covers the pumpkin.

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Tape off stem, so that it is covered during painting.

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Place pumpkin outside on top of something that you don’t mind getting a little paint on. Spray your pumpkin with chosen color paint. I ran out of paint, but again, I wasn’t shooting for perfection, so I wasn’t disappointed.

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After paint is dry; slowly peel painters tape off of pumpkin.

Car Painting

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Reagan has been totally into matchbox cars lately, so it was no wonder that on a recent Michael’s trip she was immediately drawn to a small wooden race car and a train engine. So, for a dollar a piece, we brought them home to be dolled up and played with!

Materials
Paint
Paint Brushes
Egg Carton
Wooden Toys
Something to cover work area

Directions
I like Reagan to be able to make her own choices, especially when she’s creating something. I line up the paint bottles in front of Reagan and have her choose which colors she would like and which egg hole each color should go in. We only squeeze a small amount of paint into each hole; that way when Reagan needs more of a specific color, she can ask for it by name (I need more ‘red’ paint). This activity aides in the strengthening of her color identification skills.

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The paint color will inevitably get mixed together, but who cares, it adds to their creativity. Fine motor skills are practiced by holding a paintbrush, dipping it into paint and then carefully placing it onto the wooden toy.

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The finished products are awesome! The race car has already been designated to daddy’s desk at work, while the train engine has already made it’s way into the ‘parking garage’ in Reagan’s playroom!

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Paint Stamps

I attempt to entertain Reagan’s requests to do various activities.  Lately, she has been asking to paint…’I paint’.  I’ve said this multiple times, but I really do need to get my butt in gear and get a variety of colors for my daughter to work with.  Blue and pink, although lovely, are getting a bit old.

Instead of pulling out the paint brushes, I decided that we would do some stamp painting with an apple, which turned into stamp painting with a potato, animal crackers and pretzels.  Who would have thought that food could be so much fun to paint with!  Our project got cut short, when daddy started watching a motorcycle race on the computer.  I was left high and dry by my 18 month old for her daddy and motorcycles… whatever floats her boat!

Materials:

The potato, animal crackers and pretzels were afterthoughts, so they aren’t pictured with materials.
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Paper

Knife

Paint- in our case…washable

Plate- or paint dish

Apple

Potato

Animal Crackers

Pretzels

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Reagan and I talked about the color of the outside of the apple and the various colors on the inside of the apple.  We talked about the stem and the seeds and how apple trees grow from apple seeds!  I then attempted to sing her the Johhny Apple Seed Song, which I butchered, thank god for youtube!  The apple that I used was small, so Reagan was able to hold the cut half in her hand.  I showed Reagan what to do and off she went!

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Earlier that day, I pulled out a bag of 6 or 7 potatoes that I had completely forgot about that needed to be trashed.  I brought one over to the table and talked to Reagan about why we couldn’t/shouldn’t eat the potato anymore.  I cut out different shapes and designs on various potato pieces to be used as stamps.

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Reagan spotted a few pieces of her left over snack on the table and asked to paint with them…’I paint pretzel and manimals’. So we painted with pretzels and animals!

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Reagan painted for about 20 minutes before she quickly moved to her daddy’s lap to watch motorcycle racing… a girl after her dads heart!

IMG_9214Excuse the random pizza slice…whatever it takes for Reagan to eat, even if it is while painting!

Envelopes with Love


Reagan took one of her paintings that she made last week off of the fridge, held it up to me and said ‘paint mama paint’. Seriously, could she get any cuter? Without hesitation we headed to the basement and grabbed the needed materials. While setting up, I noticed the white envelopes that I had pulled out the night before to mail a letter to my cousin in Canada. What better way to show a little love to our favorite out-of-towners than custom made envelopes. As usual, I allowed Reagan to go to town and be as creative as she wanted. We talked about who we were going to send each envelope to and what we would put inside. This was a fantastic way to practice the names of the ones we love:)

Materials
envelopes
paint
paint brushes
dish for paint (we used a tupperware container because they’re easy to clean)
something to protect the surface of your table (we have a cardboard mat that we use)

Project is self explanatory. Allow your child to paint the envelopes one at a time. Allow to dry for at least an hour. Use a black Sharpie marker to address the envelope. IMG_4344