Create and Share – Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids

Welcome back to another Create and Share party with AliLily, Cheap Crafty Mama and Happy Go Lucky!
Valentines Day is about 2 weeks away and we have been looking for some fun Valentine’s Day activities to do with our kids!  We have found some that look like a lot of fun, and we can’t wait to see what you link up too!
Valentine's Day Activities for Kids - Create and Share
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Valentine's Day Activities for Kids - Create and Share
Crayon Hearts by North Texas Kids,  Festive Placemats by One Artsy Mama,  Free Valentines Preschool Pack by 3 Dinosaurs,  Dot Marker Art by Sun Hats and Wellie Boots,  Fingerprint Frames by Mom on Timeout,  Simple Heart Window Display by Inner Child Fun,  Marbleized Hearts by Cheap Crafty Mama,  Valentine Sensory Bin by Mama Miss,  Candy Heart Matching Game by Mess for Less,  Natural Hearts by No Time for Flashcards
Also be sure to check out last week’s “Create and Share” about Valentines Crafts!
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We also have a fun giveaway this week sponsored by J Home Studios.

J Home Studios Giveaway

J Home Studios specializes in gorgeous wooden picture frames and typography wall art.  We are pretty sure that you will love their shop as much as we do!!

And guess what?  They are giving away TWO items!  One winner will win a $15 shop credit and another winner will win any frame under $30.Use Rafflecopter to enter:
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Now we want to see your Valentines activities for Kids!


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Wheel of Fun!

This summer I’ve found that Connor has been getting whiny and cranky when he gets bored.  When I suggest an activity, he isn’t interested at all.  Turning 3 has been a little challenging!!  He seems to say “no” to everything I say.

So I had to come up with an idea fast!

I decided to create an activity wheel that he could spin.  The wheel provides activities that he can do when he is bored or just needs a suggestion for something fun to do.

I created the wheel by first cutting a circle from a file folder.

Then I covered the file folder with scrapbook paper I already had so it was brighter and cuter.

Then I printed out different activities that we can easily do together to stay busy during our summer days together.  I tried to keep the activities simple that used materials that we already have around the house.

I cut out an arrow from orange scrapbook paper to use as the spinner.  The key to making the arrow spin is to attach it to a safety pin or paperclip so it spins faster.  I taped the safety pin to the back of the arrow and laminated it.  Then I punched a small hole through the arrow where the end of the safety pin was and stuck a brad the small hole.

I laminated everything using clear contact paper.  I stock up with clear contact paper from the Dollar Store because I love laminating everything!

I used velcro to attach the activities to the wheel so I could switch our activities every couple days.  Just remember to be consistent with the sides of the velcro you attach to the wheel and the activities (I learned this the hard way).

The final step is to attach the arrow and place your different activities on the wheel.  I also attached magnets to the back so I could keep it on the refrigerator.

Now when Connor starts to get bored and whiny, we just go up and spin the wheel to pick a fun activity to do.

A fun and simple way for kids to pick an activity to do when they get bored throughout these summer months and all year long!

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Fun with Sponges

I recently bought a few sponges at the dollar store so Connor and I could have fun and be creative together.
The first thing I wanted to do was cut out letters to spell out Connor’s name with letters.  I really want Connor to learn how to spell his name so I thought this would be a fun way to help him learn the letters.
This was actually much easier than I thought it would be.  I took one sponge that was probably about 2 inches thick and used a bread knife to slice it in half.  Then I sliced the two halves into 3 pieces so I had 6 rectangles all together.
I drew the letters on the sponge and used scissors to cut them.
It took me less than an hour to do this and we have had so much fun playing with the letters in the bathtub.  The best part is Connor learns while having fun!!
Then Connor and I sat down with zip ties and the other sponges to have some fun.  Connor wanted to make a fish and I wanted to make a flower.
The fish turned out cute but I’m not crazy about the flower.
  
At least we had fun together and Connor enjoys playing with them in the bathtub.
Now we are thinking of other animals we can make using sponges.
What have you made using sponges?  I’d love to get more ideas.
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St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt – Free Printable

I wanted to create a fun activity to do with Connor this month that was related to St. Patrick’s Day and will also help him learn to follow directions a little better.

So I created a scavenger hunt! To incorporate St. Patrick’s Day, I put the clues on 4-leaf clovers.

Each clue has a picture along with the actual word to help him match words with pictures.  I also created clues without pictures for older kids to use.

All you need are the following:

  • The clues.  Feel free to use the ones I’ve already made.
  • Green paper to print the clues on (optional)
  • Gold coins or a prize
  • Black pot (optional)

Directions:

  • Print out the clues provided on green paper or have your child color them before you play.
  • Hide clues 2-18 around the house and place a pot of gold (the prize) at the location of your last clue.  You can choose to do all 18 clues or stop at any number depending on your child’s age and attention span:)  My two year old could probably only handle about 8 or 10 before he wanted his pot of gold.
  • You will want to place the clues according the next clues picture or description.  Ex.  Clue 1 is a table, so you will want to place clue 2 on or under a table.  Then they will know to look for clue 3 near the refrigerator, and etc.
  • Provide you child with the first clue.
  • Final step:  Enjoy watching your child or children find the pot of gold!

I also put the clues in regular boxes so they can be used all year long.  You can also cut the clue number off each card if you want to switch the clues around the next time you play.

Download your copy of the St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt and/or Everyday Scavenger Hunt HERE, along with a set of directions:

Just make sure you have fun and enjoy the pot of gold at the end!!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy this activity!

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Magnetic Dry Erase Board

I was driving home from work the other day trying to think of a way for Connor to learn the letters of his name.  I knew I wanted a dry erase board of some sort and then I happened to be at the Dollar Store.  I saw that they had cookie sheets for $1 and then I saw the contact paper so I knew exactly what I could make.

I made a magnetic dry erase board.  It is so easy and there endless ways that it can be used.
Materials Needed:  ( I was able to get all the supplies at the Dollar Store)
  • Cookie sheet
  • Contact paper
  • Magnet sheets
  • Letter magnets
  • Flashcards

I started by adhering the contact paper to the cookie sheet so we can write on it with dry erase markers or crayons.

Then I cut out the pictures and shapes from the flashcards.  The flashcards I found were to teach shapes and colors so the pack included pictures of objects that were different colors and shapes.

The last step is to cut the magnetic sheets into smaller pieces and stick on the back of the pictures.

This was super easy, inexpensive and will provide hours of fun while learning at the same time.

I was able to create 4 different activities with the one pack of flashcards I bought.  Now I’m keeping my eye out for more flashcards I like.
Color Sort:
We sorted the different pictures by identifying the color and placing it under the matching color.

Shape Sort:
We sorted the pictures by the shape and placed it under the shape that it matched with.

Letter Sort:
I placed different letter magnets at the top of the board and we matched the different pictures with the letter that the word begins with.

And, for the original purpose that I wanted to create this activity.  I wrote Connor’s name at the top of the board and we identified each letter.  Then we sorted through the different pictures and matched them the letters in his name.  I realized I didn’t have that many pictures to use so then we went around the house and looked for objects that started with that letter.

So many different ways to use this magnetic dry erase board!  Have fun and let me know if you make one of your own.  I’d love to hear what activities and sorts you come up with.

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I Spy Jar

My 2 year old son, Connor, loves playing I Spy.  We play it at the grocery store, in the car or whenever he is getting a little impatient.  I came across the I Spy bags on another blog but wasn’t in the mood to sew anything.  So I decided I could throw everything in a jar and glue the lid on with super glue.  In my house super glue seems to fix everything:)

I started with a trip to Hobby Lobby.  This was actually my first time in a Hobby Lobby because they just opened a store in Maryland.  We went home to visit my parents for Thanksgiving and I was so excited.  I could have shopped in that store all day.

Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic jar with lid:  Mine were two for $7.99
  • Plastic Pellets:  $3.99
  • 20-30 small objects
  • Self-Laminating Sheets:  $3.49
  • Small piece of elastic – enough to stretch around the top of the jar
Directions:
  • Gather your small objects:  I went through all my junk drawers and art supplies to get random objects:  paper clip, penny, dime, screw, buttons, stickers, letter beads, fishing worm, etc.  Anything I could find that was small enough to fit in the jar.
  • Take a picture of the objects or create a list of the objects:  I placed the objects on my printer/copy machine and made a color copy of all the objects.  You could also take a picture of your objects and print the photo.  The list of objects would be perfect for older children.
  • Make smaller cards of objects:  I cut the copy of my objects into 4 sections so the cards would be smaller.
  • Laminate the cards:  I took two cards and put them back to back.  Then I used the Self-Laminating sheets to laminate the cards – two cards per sheet.
  • Place all the objects into the jar.
  • Pour in plastic pellets.
  • Glue the lid to the jar:  I placed super glue around the inside of the lid and placed the lid on the jar.
  • Attach cards to jar:  I punched a hole in the cards and put elastic through the hole.  I wanted it to stretch around the top of the jar and easily come off when Connor was playing with it.
Spin the jar and start searching for the items shown on the cards.  Connor was so excited to look for the different items and he was just as excited to shake the jar around.
I think this will be perfect for long car rides when we travel to Maryland:)
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