Thursday, February 23, 2012

Easy Craft for my Daughter to Give to New Baby

Easy Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Glue Paint Project
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My daughter loves babies, whether real or pretend, so she is thrilled that she will be getting two baby cousins this Spring!  I'm really excited too (especially since I won't be the one having to get up for midnight feedings haha!) 

We traveled to the joint baby shower last weekend and Munckin Girl (3.5 years) was excited to help me wrap the presents so I decided to come up with a cheap craft so that she could give a gift that was just from her.  I mixed up a little bit of Elmer's glue and a little bit of water with a small drop of food coloring. Then I cut hearts out of tissue paper.  She simply used a paintbrush to "paint on the glue", then it stuck the paper:

use tissue paper to make paint project for toddlers

Even the little guy was able to participate without making too much of a mess (22 months)

even toddlers can make neat art projects

After we finished the hearts portion, we even snuck in some work on letters.  First, I traced in pencil and then I gave her a nice fat marker so she could trace over my writing and work on her letters.  She was very proud of being the one to write on the gift.

learn letters with preschoolers using markers

And finally, our finished product...we made two of these and I put them inside our gift bags.  During the shower, they let Munchkin Girl help unwrap the gifts and she was so excited when they opened our present and saw what she'd made for them!

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