Discovery Bottles – Preschool Play

You can make a variety of discovery bottles for your toddler and  preschooler using rice, glitter, marbles and many more ideas.  Here are some ideas from pre-school play.

Animals hidden in shredded paper. Lots of twisting and turning of the bottle required to get the animals to appear.

Car in rice. We use this one to learn about the different parts of a car.  Can you see the wheels / windows / lights / mirrors etc.

Cut up pipe cleaners.  Use magnetic wands to draw the pipe cleaners up the side of the bottle

More activity bottles…

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DIY Make a Lawn Ghosts

Are you looking to add a new outside Halloween decoration?  Then this project is for you.  It is easy and doesn’t cost very much.  Get the whole family involved they will love making Lawn Ghosts in your yard.

DIY Make a Lawn Ghost

Click here for instructions on how to make this project.

Halloween Treat Tubes

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These Halloween treat tubes are super easy and fun for kids to make.  Your can use them for party favors, school treats, or just a fun activity for your own family.

Supplies:

  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Tissue Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Halloween stickers or other decorations
  • Treats

Directions:

Fill your toilet paper rolls with candy or other treats.  Wrap the toilet paper roll with the tissue paper leaving 2″ on each side.  Tie each end with ribbon and decorate with stickers or other decorations.  And whalaa your done.

Activity: Simple Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Your kids will have no problem making these cute pumpkins made by craft elf.

toilet paper pumpkin craft

Supplies:

  • Fabric 22″ square, solid orange or calico
  • Green felt 5″ x 2 1/2″
  • Craft paper 3″ x 6″ *
  • 1 Green pipe cleaner
  • Glue stick
  • Roll of toilet paper; the full roll not just the tube
  • Pencil or round chopstick

* If you don’t have craft paper, use a paper bag

Directions:

  1. Lay a 22″ square of orange fabric right side down on you work surface.
  2. Place a full roll of toilet paper in the center of your fabric square.
  3. Working your way all the way around the toilet paper, neatly tuck the fabric into the center of the toilet paper roll.
  4. Cut a 3″ x 6″ piece of craft paper.  Starting at one of the 3″ ends, roll the paper to form a tube which will be you stem.  Run a glue stick across the other 3″ end before you finish rolling the craft paper to secure it in place.
  5. Using the leaf pattern provided, trace and cut out one leaf from green felt.
  6. Lay the stem on top of the leaf.  Securely wrap one end of the green pipe cleaner around both the stem and the leaf.  Curl the other end of the pipe cleaner by wrapping it around either a pencil or chopstick, then slide the chopstick/pencil out.
  7. Place the end of the stem/leaf piece into the center of the roll of toilet paper and your pumpkin is ready to display.

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Activities: Easy Ghost Decorations

Supplies:

1 1/2″ Styrofoam ball

12″ Square white fabric (old sheets or pillowcase works great)

Black sharpie

Thin orange or black ribbon

White thread or fish line

Directions:

1    Lay the styrofoam ball in the middle of the fabric.

2   Gather up the fabric around the ball

3   Tie the fabric tight with the ribbon

4   Draw eyes with the sharpie

5   Thread the white thread or fish line through the top of the ghost head with a needle or tie it around the neck.

6   Hang the ghost up outside on a tree or outdoor lighting.

Activity Toddler Time: Busy Bag Exchange Part 3

This is part 3 of the Busy Bag Exchange.  Secondstorywindow.net has some great ideas check out their website.

I’m sharing some experiences and ideas from the recent busy bag exchange I posted.

Today I’m sharing the preschool aged busy bags from the exchange.

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Activity Toddler Time: Busy Bag Series Part 2

Now that you have completed part 1 of the busy bag exchange, here is part 2.

Today I’m sharing the 19 activities that were part of our toddler exchange. You can see the rest of the ideas I gathered for the swap on this google doc.

I’m also sharing what my 18 month old daughter, Adelaide, thinks of the activities we’ve tried as well.

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