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I showed you our spider we made out of playdough and pipe cleaners yesterday to go along with “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” song that Hailey loves.
So, I had a fabulous idea that we could do some “ball painting” to create a spiderweb look. It didn’t exactly work.
Here’s what you’ll need- paper, ball, paint, bowl, something to stir if you want to mix your paint together, and a box with sides.
Put some paint in the bowl.
Stir it up to create a fun new color. Or make your toddler upset because she has just decided that she doesn’t like mixing the colors together.
Next you should be able to put the paper inside the box with sides, add some small drops of paint to the paper, and then tilt the box to make the ball roll which will create lines all over the paper (our spiderweb in this situation). The problem was that I used one of Hailey’s golf balls- so it is hollow and didn’t really weigh enough to roll through the paint. It kept getting stuck in the little paint blobs.
So, we tried a deeper box so that Hailey could shake the box harder without the ball flying across the room.
This is the reason we didn’t use marbles (which will give you the best results- but only if your children no longer put everything in their mouths). The golf ball is covered in paint and is being inserted into Hailey’s mouth.
Here is our finished spiderweb. Which looks nothing like a spiderweb. BUT, Hailey had fun making it and that is what matters.
Hailey loves “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” song so I thought I would do an easy project with her to make our own fun spider.
Here’s what you’ll need: Playdough and pipe cleaners. We used pink because that is Haileys favorite color. And also to keep our spider looking fun instead of scary.
Cut up the pipe cleaner into eight pieces to be used as legs.
We made our spider and then sang “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” This is Hailey doing the hand motions for the “down came the rain” line.
And then Hailey decided she didn’t like the spider anymore, so she pulled all of the legs off.
Just in case you need the lyrics here they are:
The itsy bitsy spider
Climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider
Climbed up the spout again.
And if you need the tune- check that out here.
Last week was our first official week of Tot School. I have been doing crafts and learning activities with Hailey for a while but I decided that with the new school year I would start doing Tot School with her- which is basically just like pre-school except on a 2 year old level. I am going to break up our activities we do by category when I post about them- for example today I am going to share with you all of our letter activities we did last week. Then on the other days I will share with you our activities related to our theme, number, shape, color and Bible story.
So, our letter last week was the letter A- here are some of the activities I did with Hailey to help her learn the letter A.
On the first day we colored this Letter A Template. Hailey wasn’t feeling very well and I ended up doing most of the coloring.
Then I glued the A onto a piece of construction paper. The letter of the week paper will hang on our refrigerator all week since that it a high traffic area and I want Hailey to see it as often as possible.
For our next letter A activity- you will need a large A on a piece of construction paper, another piece of construction paper, red paint and an apple cut in half.
Dip the apple in the red paint and stamp it onto the letter A.
Cut the A out and glue onto a different color piece of construction paper. This also hangs on our refrigerator.
We also made this Letter A Book.
We played a hide the letter A game as well. I have a lot of felt and foam letters so I hid several A’s around our living room. Here is Hailey finding one of the A’s in the trunk of her car.
We also did the Letter A activities on the Star Fall website which was one of Hailey’s favorite activities.
Lastly, we made this really cute ant- I saw the idea for this over at No Time for Flashcards.
Here’s what you’ll need: black paint (I don’t have black, so I mixed these colors together to try to get a dark color), paint brush, 2 pipe cleaners, scissors, 1 section of egg carton that is three pieces long and 1 section that is just one piece, and wiggle eyes (I used black and white construction paper to make the eyes because our last project that had wiggle eyes on them- Hailey pulled them off and tried to eat them, so we aren’t ready for wiggle eyes yet)
Paint the egg carton. Why yes, Hailey did eat some paint- how could you tell?
After the paint had dried- cut two holes in the top of the 1 piece of egg carton and thread pipe cleaner through to create antenna. Then add your eyes to that piece. Cut holes in the three piece section of egg carton to thread pipe cleaner through for the legs. Then glue the head piece right on top of the first section.
Here is the finished ant.
In case anyone is wondering what else we do around here besides crafts, I thought I’d share. Caterpillars and butterflies have been our theme for the last 2 weeks. We did several caterpillar art projects (Paper Towel Caterpillar, Caterpillar Name and an Egg Carton Caterpillar) as well as several butterfly art projects (Coffee Filter Butterflies, Butterfly Finger Painting and a Butterfly Sun Catcher).
In addition to our crafts we did the following activities:
We played a butterfly counting and matching game.
Hailey practiced spelling her name on butterfly shaped paper. (Side note- I usually only use uppercase for the first letter in her name and lowercase for the rest. But I had these completely made and covered in contact paper before I realized I had used all uppercase letters and I was not going to re-do it.)
We also read a lot of caterpillar and butterfly books. While I thought some of these might be too old for Hailey she loved them. Here are some of her favorites:
“My, Oh My–A Butterfly!: All About Butterflies” by Tish Rabe
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
“Monarch Butterfly” by Gail Gibbons
“The Butterfly Alphabet” by Kjell B Sandved
I made some butterfly life cycle sequencing cards for Hailey too. She enjoyed naming the stages but didn’t understand the concept of putting them order, which I did not expect her to, but it was fun anyways. If you’re interested in the cards I used- you can get them here –> butterfly life cycle sequencing cards.
And the main focus of our caterpillar to butterfly theme was this:
Later on in the day of Day 13
Day 16- we let the butterflies fly away.
So, that’s what we’ve been up to. This week we also started our official “Tot School” and I will be starting to post about our activities next week (I’m usually about a week behind in posting what we’ve been doing).