Saturday, November 06, 2010

Toddler time!

Okay, so I mentioned the other day that I was going to be making some changes to my blog and adding some new dimensions. A lot of this has to do with the teacher in me, but mostly because I really want my two year old to have some amazing experiences that really help him to grow into the man that God created him to be. Art activities are so important to the growth and development of a child that I just can't not give these opportunities to my child.
Another reason is that I want to give my fellow mamas out there some quick and easy activities they can do with their own kids without having to spend hours searching for things and having to run out and get the supplies needed or spend an arm and a leg to do it. As MOPS coordinator this year, I really want to give something to my fellow MOPS mommies that might help and encourage them.
One of the great things about doing art projects with toddlers is that it really helps divide up the morning. I choose a morning that we don't have anything going on. . . usually Wednesday. Right now, I am working on thematic projects because we are in the midst of so many fun holidays.

My first project is kind of belated, because we did this last week for Halloween. But, it turned out so cute that I had to share. Plus, I will start a page just for Toddler Time stuff, so it can easily be found next year when looking for something fun to entertain/stimulate
your little one with.

Paper Plate Jack-o-Lantern

This project was a two day project. On day 1, I got my kiddo in just his diaper and let him finger paint the back of his paper plate orange. He was surprisingly clean. I used the Crayola washable finger paints. . . they are awesome and wash off so nicely! Because the weather was cooler and finger paints are thick, it took awhile to dry, so we just finished this project the next day.
I cut out some eyes, a nose, and a mouth out of construction paper and showed them to Ethan. We talked about where those parts are on our body. I showed him what we were going to do with the eye and glued it on for him. Then, he showed me where to put the glue for the next eye and he put it on himself. We did this with all the rest of the face.
After he was done, he was so excited to tell me all the parts on his pumpkin's face. This is him saying "Nose," in his own cute way. I love it!

He was so proud of his creation, he didn't want to hold it up for me to get a picture. He wanted to keep looking at it!

Happy Creating!


  1. I totally support your plan. When my girls were small I was part of a group we called God's Lambs. Each mother would take turns having all the children do a project. Some mothers were more comfortable baking, some painting and so on. It was a wonderful time and helped socialization, following directions, taking turns and so much more. Go Jolie!

  2. we made these EXACT same pumpkins just before halloween also =-) we also made bats with our handprints and spiders with handprints. glad you are having fun together!!


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