messyplayforeveryday

A collection of fun activities for little hands!

Home-Made Finger Paint

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During my son’s nap today my daughter decided she wanted to paint.  When we went to get our finger paint, however, we were out!  Since she really wanted to paint I decided to try a recipe for home-made finger paint I had tucked away and boy was it a hit!!  She painted for over an hour and made things for everyone!  Here is what you’ll need

3 Tbs sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup cornstarch

2 cups water

saucepan

spoon

food coloring

bowls for each color

paper

newspaper

In your saucepan combine the first 4 ingredients and warm slowly until it has thickened.  Pour into the bowls and let it completely cool.  When it’s cool add your food coloring to create the colors you want.  Cover your work surface with the newspaper and set your child up with a piece of paper to begin their work of art.   I provided my daughter with sponge stamps, brushes and popsicle sticks to assist her in her exploration! Hope your little one has as much fun as mine did!!

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Valentine Mice Book Marks

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We are completely snowed in here in the Northeast so what a great time to get started on our Valentines!  My daughter is in kindergarten and is just learning to read so really wanted valentines to reflect that fact.  We finally decided on these easy to make mice.  There is some prep work for these on your part (unless your child wants to help with the cutting), but once that is complete the project itself goes quickly.  Here’s what you need

Various Colors of Construction Paper

Glue

Scissors

Yarn

Markers

From the different colors of construction paper cut various sized hearts, some will be for bodies, some for ears, some for eyes and some for noses.  Cut a length of yarn for each mouse and you can either braid this or tie a knot in the end.  Spread some glue on one half of the largest heart and place the length of yarn in the center before folding the heart in half (this creates the mouse’s body).  Now glue the other, smaller hearts to look like the nose, eyes and ears.  We then used the markers to create the eyes and mouth and to write on the back of each mouse, “Be my reading buddy!”  So simple!  Have a great Valentine’s Day!

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