In our previous blog post, Crafts to Help Your Child’s Development Part 1, we gave some examples of crafts that you can do with your child to encourage their development. In this blog, we are going to go through the steps of a few more crafts that you and your children will have a blast making.
Crafts encourage children to share supplies, help with parent-child bonding, improve their motor skills, and teach children how to follow instructions. Your child will be engaged and interested, have fun, and be learning all at the same time.
If you would like to further your child’s development through creative activities, enroll your child at First Class Child Development in Houston. We have classes for children from nursery age all the way through elementary school and also offer after-school care programs. Contact First Class Child Development today to learn more!
Toilet Paper Tube Binoculars
2 toilet paper tubes
Paint or construction paper
We’ll start this craft off with the fun part — decorating your toilet paper tubes. This is where you can get as creative as you like. You can wrap the tubes in construction or scrapbooking paper, paint your tubes, or even decorate them with glitter glue.
Give your tubes time to dry, and then it’s time to add the strap. Cut a piece of ribbon long enough that your child will be able to carry the binoculars around their neck. Then glue one side of the ribbon to one tube, and the other side of the ribbon to the other tube.
Now, you’ll glue your two tubes together to form your binoculars, ensuring that the ends attached to the ribbon are on the same side so it works as a strap. Use the clothespins to hold the tubes together while they dry.
You are now all ready to go exploring with your new binoculars!
Lady Bug Rocks
A rock or two or three (you’ll want a smooth oval-shaped rock that is the shape of a ladybug)
Outdoor clear coat sealer
Prepare your rocks to be painted by cleaning and drying them. Start by painting the rocks the color of the ladybug body. Traditionally, you would use red, but you’re the artist here, so go ahead and make ladybugs in any color you choose.
Paint the head black and let your rock dry. Next, you’ll add the black spots to the ladybug’s body. You can use a small paintbrush or the handle end of your paintbrush. Also, add white spots about the same size on the head for eyes. And then dip the toothpick into the black paint and use it to add the black dot in the ladybug’s eyes. Allow everything to dry.
Finally, you’ll paint the ladybug with the clear coat sealer. You now have the cutest ladybugs on the block!
Paper Plate Turtle
Tissue paper, several colors
Cut the tissue paper into 1” squares. Use a paintbrush to spread the glue over the top of the paper plate and cover it with the tissue paper squares. Cover the entire plate, you can tuck the tissue paper underneath the plate as you near the edge.
With the help of an adult, cut out four turtle legs, one turtle head, and a cute little tail from the paper. The legs will be oval shapes, the head will look similar but a little rounder, and the tail is a long triangle. Color these with the green marker.
Next, you’ll glue the googly eyes to the head and draw a nose and smile with the black marker. Use the double-sided tape to attach the turtle’s head, legs, and tail to the paper plate (the shell).
Your turtle is complete!
Enroll Your Child at First Class Child Development in Houston
Crafts are a great way to have fun with your child while they’re learning. It helps with parent-child bonding, their ability to work with others and share, and encourages further development of motor skills.
If you would like to continue to encourage your children’s learning through creative play, enroll them for classes at First Class Child Development in Houston. We provide a loving and nurturing environment for children to grow and develop. Sign your child up today for our nursery, preschool, kindergarten and elementary school classes, or after school care.