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Lollipop Valentine butterfly craft

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Valentine Tootsie Pop butterfly

Valentine Tootsie Pop butterfly

These easy-to-make butterfly hearts form the perfect classroom Valentine once a Tootsie Pop is added. I’ve seen several variations of this idea on Pinterest. You could help a preschooler write a message on the butterfly, or even around its edges. Have fun!

What You Need: Red and pink cardstock (it’s sturdier than construction paper; look for Valentine paper packs at chain retailers such as Michael’s); foam hearts (some are glittery!); Tootsie Pop (I sprung for the Valentine’s Day variety); 2 googly eyes; black marker; scissors; glue.

How to Make It: Pre-trace folded wings for children to cut out. You could just provide the red wings and have kids practice their scissor skills by cutting glued-on pink wings a little larger. Glue eyes to lollipop and draw smile. Adult should cut two slits to stick the Tootsie Pop through. Decorate wings with foam hearts, messages, and more!

Sunflower hands craft

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Sunflower hands

Sunflower hands

Capture the size of your preschooler’s little hands with this fun sunflower craft that’s quick to make at home or in school, with just a few basic supplies. It’s a great summer day camp activity, too.

What You Need: Yellow construction paper; pencil; glue; sunflower seeds; black pipe cleaner; brown pipe cleaner; scissors; stapler.

How to Make It: Trace child’s hand 8 to 10 times on yellow construction paper, using pencil. Have child cut out the hand shapes (littler kids will need help). Arrange the hands upside down (so the pencil marks don’t show), overlapping in a circle, and glue, tape or staple together. Staple straight brown pipe cleaner to back of sunflower. Cut black pipe cleaner in half and bend into circle. Staple to center of flower. Use glue to add sunflower seeds to center.

Apple tree popcorn art

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
Apple tree

Apple tree

Great for a Johnny Appleseed unit, or just to celebrate nature, this apple tree project combines food with fun! (Remember, though, popcorn can be a choking hazard to the littlest kids.)

What You Need:  1 sheet blue construction paper; brown and green poster paint; paintbrush; popped popcorn; glue.

How to Make It: Children paint tree trunk and leaves and then glue on popcorn for blossoms!

Spooky popcorn Halloween hand

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

This craft doubles as a party treat! Make sure kids wash their hands before making this one. They’ll love shoving the candies and popcorn into the glove fingers. (But remember, popcorn can be a choking hazard for little kids.)
popcorn and candies in glove
What You Need: Clean disposable clear plastic glove; popped popcorn; five red gumdrops or jelly beans; ribbon or yarn.
How You Make It: Shove one red candy into the tip of each glove finger and thumb. Fill glove almost full with popcorn. Tie shut (with adult help) to secure. Yum!