We, meaning myself and the kids, collected lots of pebbles while on our recent trip to the seaside. Once we got them home we decided we would paint them for the garden.
Our pebbles would be used to brighten up flowerpots and flower beds. Here’s what we used…
Various Pebbles (collected from the beach)
Acrylic paints (various colours)
You can paint your pebbles anyhow you like the possibilities are endless. This is a great little craft project that you can do with the kids. My very own toddler loved it.
The activity held my creative little three year olds attention for over an hour. He painted in various colours before adding different coloured googly eyes and painting on red smiles.
His little stones were painted and glittered… Messy but fun.
Once the toddlers pebbles were dry I added a layer of Mod Podge to give them a shine as well as a protective layer.
Yourself, along with the kids, can let the imagination run wild painting & creating allsorts of designs and patterns from funny faces to dinosaurs, dots to hearts.
We also made some pebble bugs using paint and googly eyes. For our bees and lady birds we used some foam pieces to form the wings. For our spider we used some garden wire for the legs. These are currently busy drying on the window pane, but I’ll be sure to post another little update once they are dry and ready to display.
As for Harley’s wacky face pebbles, we plan to place them around the flower beds in our garden today (given it remains bright and sunny that is).
Hope we have inspired you to have fun with paints.
Remember… Painting on paper is fun but painting on pebbles is awesome!
This is really easy and great fun for pre-schoolers.
The idea is for you to create the felt shapes and then for your toddler to use them to create and decorate an Easter egg.
What’s great about this craft idea is that your child will require nothing other than that of the felt to create his egg. There is no sticking, cutting or mess to be made by your child! Once they have designed their egg, they can simply remove the felt pieces and do it all again! The kit can then be stored away and played with again at a later date.
All you will need to create this kit for your pre-schooler is that of the following….
An egg template (or make one with card)
Various coloured felt
Scissors and craft knife
A3 coloured card
A4 card any colour
A4 foam sheet
A5 self Adhesive foam sheet
Here’s what to do (Note – This is so easy you could do it in as little as ten minutes.)
Firstly use an egg template like mine below and with a pencil transfer the shape onto some felt. Do this by drawing around the shape. Once you have finished, cut out the felt egg shape with a craft knife and leave to one side for later.
Next use different pieces of contrasting coloured felt to cut out various shapes in various sizes. You could cut out felt strips, hearts, triangles, squares, circles, zig zags and much more besides.
Once you have cut out all your shapes your felt art is almost ready to play with.
First though, take the A4 card line it with glue dots making sure all the corners are also covered and lay your foam of the same size on top.
Now your card and foam are attached, again with glue dots attach the green felt sandwiching the foam in the middle.
Now cut the sandwiched piece of board in half and trim down excess if needed (my felt slightly overlapped the card base).
Once you have two halves , put one half to one side and cut the other in half again. Place the two halves to one side.
Now Bring back your bigger halve and stick it to your thick self adhesive foam making sure you stick it down on the card side (not felt).
Trim down any excess if needed. By placing my egg in the centre of the felt, it allowed me to see how much I wanted to cut off. My felt base finally resembled the base of a standard birthday card.
I then brought forward my large coloured card, folded it in half like a birthday card and stuck my felt board onto one side of the centres fold with double sided mounting tape .
I now had the two smaller halves I cut earlier on left. I got rid of one ( this isn’t needed) and stuck the other halve long ways up on the opposite side of my cards centre fold with mounting tape.
Lastly, bring forward your felt egg that you prepared as one of your first steps and use mounting tape to stick it to the centre of the large green felt board.
The card should now be able to close like a book with the felt being on the inner side.
How to use…
The felt board on one half of the card would be the place for your toddler to get creative and decorate his/her egg. The felt stripe alongside it (opposite halve) would line the pieces of felt that are not currently in use.
Now that you’ve completed the felt kit, simply give it to your child and watch as they get creative, letting their imaginations run wild.
The best bit for me is the lack of mess involved! Felt sticks to felt really well without being hard for little ones to remove it! Its heaven not having to mop up after him, he can easily pack this away himself once his finished playing with it. Harley honestly thinks that felt is magical, especially considering his so used to using gloppy glue.
When your felt game isn’t in use, close it like a book, keeping the felt and all its pieces inside and store in a plastic zip bag, tin or ice cream container ready to play with again on another day.
Here’s some ideas for your kits…
Make additional cards for different occasions like Christmas and Chinese New Year.
Use the cards to help your child’s recognition of the various seasons, events and celebrations.
Use the felt game to help your child grasp the various different shapes and colours contained within the kit.
Create new cards together as your child grows and develops new interests.
Add new shapes when existing shapes begin to age, or just add new shapes every now and then to keep the game fun and exciting.
This is a lovely craft idea that is in a sense very educational too. Felt play will benefit your child’s development both physically (fine motor skills) and academically (shape, colour recognition, creative art).
So why not have a go? I’m sure your little ones will be mighty impressed!
Amy-Leigh is my sisters little one, born 10 weeks after my Harley, she will be 2-years-old next month! A right little character is our little Amy-Leigh, she’s also a pretty messy one too!It’s obviously double as messy when my little monster “Harley” meets up with cousin “Amy-Leigh” I’m pretty sure, (No, certain) that I’ll catch a 366 image for that, in the not to near future!
Wow in true Claire fashion I started the 366 photography project some 10 days later than everybody else! That means I will be sharing the last 10 days of my project in January 2013, when most bloggers are starting afresh. I don’t mind, after all it wouldn’t be me if I did something the conventual way, would it? I like to be that bit different, anybody who knows me will know that to be true! However, on just the second day of the 366 project, I actually almost forgot to post a photo and at just gone 10pm here’s me rushing to the laptop to post this beauty of an image I took earlier today… My beautiful 2 year makes a stunning addition to my first weeks set of images, don’t you agree?
My beautiful 2 year old Harley (one of three of mummy’s monster)