Posts Tagged ‘Toddler and Preschool Activities’

Vacation Memories


We recently returned from vacation.  Whenever we talked about something we had done on our vacation Hailey would act like she was thinking about it and trying to remember.  So I decided to create a simple little photo album for her to help her remember the fun we had.

First I found a cheap photo album (I actually already had it, but I’m sure you can find them at the dollar store).  Then I printed out some of Haileys favorite pictures and printed out some captions to go with the pictures.

Then I glued the captions onto the pictures and let them dry.

I put them into a photo album.

Finally I showed Hailey her Summer Vacation 2008 photo album.  And she loves it!

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Sea Shell Painting


This is the last of the beach themed activities I have to share with you.  A fun and easy painting project.

Here’s what you’ll need:

paint, paper plates, shells, paper

Put a little bit of paint on each plate and allow your child to have some fun with the painting.

First things first- Hailey painted her hands.

And now let’s mix all of the colors together to see what happens.

Now it’s time to paint the shells.

The finished sea shells.

Fun and easy!

We’re on vacation right now staying with my parents.  Tomorrow we will be heading out of the town with them to visit more family.  I probably won’t be doing much (if any) blogging while we’re away but I’ll be back next week.  See ya then!

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Sand Art


I did several beach themed activities with Hailey. And since the beach has sand I had a crazy fabulous idea to do some sand art. With my 21 month old.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Paper (I used card stock), sand and glue.

It started out pretty good. Hailey did have to mix the two colors together and play with that for a little while. Then she sprinkled some on her name. (The mark on her arm is a left over tattoo.)

Then the fun started. And the sand was everywhere.

Hailey spent a very long time pushing the sand around and decorating her paper. When she was done we went straight to the bathtub. When we came out Rich had cleaned up the entire mess the sand had made. And it was a huge mess. (Thanks Rich!)

The finished sand art.

This project actually was a lot of fun. And Hailey spent a very long time working on it. I will do this again with her. BUT, it will be done outside.

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Fish Craft


You must admit that the titles I come up with for my posts are quite original.  I guess that’s as good as it’s going to get since I’m usually working on my blogs around midnight.

Anyhoo, today I am sharing with you a super-duper, easy-peasy craft that relates to the beach theme we are doing this week.

Here’s what you need:

  • Tissue paper
  • Contact paper cut into the shape of a fish

I cut up the tissue paper into some little squares so it would be a bit more manageable for Hailey’s little hands.

And now for the fun- tear up the tissue paper.  This is excellent for strengthening the muscles in the hands which are very important for those fine-motor skills.  (As a side note-  the marks you see on Hailey’s arms are my attempts at re-doing her tattoo’s that had faded away since our 4th of July celebration.  It just broke her heart that her tattoos were gone, so I did my best to re-do them.)

Stick the torn up tissue paper on the fish shaped contact paper. 

Add another piece of contact paper to hold all of the tissue paper in.  Add a cute little face.  And you have an adorable little fish.

You can display it on a window, or let your ornery toddler carry it around for the rest of the day.

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