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Cutting Practice for Preschoolers with Free Printable Version

Cutting Practice for Preschoolers with Free Printable Version

Cutting Practice for Preschoolers with Free Printable

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath! Check out the printable version!

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath! 

Multi-Step Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

What I love about this activity is that it is multiple activities all in one to keep kids busy and engaged longer!

The kids can start off by drawing and creating a rainbow. Once drawn, they can then help cut out strips of rain and clouds to cover up the rainbow. And finally, they can cut away the rain to reveal their rainbow! If you have multiple kids, or a classroom, it would be fun to switch papers to have the sibling or classmate do the big reveal!

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How to Create This Activity  

There are two ways you can do this cutting practice for preschoolers! You can do the multi-step handmade approach described above, or you can grab our free printable below.

Both ways are lots of fun and great for strengthening fine motor skills!

Keep on reading to get the free printable which includes 3 different scenes to discover! 

How to Create This Activity  

There are two ways you can do this cutting practice for preschoolers! You can do the multi-step handmade approach described above, or you can grab our free printable below.

Both ways are lots of fun and great for strengthening fine motor skills!

Keep on reading to get the free printable which includes 3 different scenes to discover! 

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath!

Get the Free Printable Version for This Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

We wanted to make things extra easy for you with a free printable version of this activity! Just print, cut along the dotted lines, and tape for a super quick activity to set up for your preschoolers!

In addition to the rainbow discovery, the printable set includes 2 other scenes to have kids uncover – dolphins hiding behind seagrass and ladybugs hiding behind grass!

For more printable resources to help with scissor skills, be sure to check out our Cut the Patterns and Scissor Skills Haircuts worksheets!

And to see all our printable resources including lots of freebies, visit our Printable Shop

Materials
Step-by-Step Instructions 
Step 1

Have your little one draw a rainbow on a piece of paper, or draw one for them, or grab our free printable! 

Step 2

Cut clouds and strips for the “rain” on blue paper, leaving a 1/4 inch border to keep all the strands together.

Step 3

Glue the rain just above the rainbow. And then glue the clouds above the rain.

Step 4

Hand your kiddo child-safe scissors and challenge them to cut the rain away to find the surprise underneath!

Step 1

Have your little one draw a rainbow on a piece of paper, or draw one for them, or grab our free printable

Step 2

Cut clouds and strips for the “rain” on blue paper, leaving a 1/4 inch border to keep all the strands together.

Step 3

Glue the rain just above the rainbow. And then glue the clouds above the rain.

Step 4

Hand your kiddo child-safe scissors and challenge them to cut the rain away to find the surprise underneath!

The Importance of Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

As a child strengthens their scissor skills, they are simultaneously strengthening their fine motor skills. These are the small muscles in the hands and fingers that will help kids accomplish many life skills including writing, buttoning, zipping, and so much more.

Read more about what fine motor skills are and why the are important!

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath!
Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath!

The Importance of Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

As a child strengthens their scissor skills, they are simultaneously strengthening their fine motor skills. These are the small muscles in the hands and fingers that will help kids accomplish many life skills including writing, buttoning, zipping, and so much more.

Read more about what fine motor skills are and why the are important!

Store-Bought Scissor Skills Activities

Here are my top picks for scissor skill products you can buy!

Scissor Skills Workbook

This set includes 3 workbooks all about scissor skills. Each book includes a pair of scissors!

Apple Picking Game

This unique game includes magnetic apples that can be picked from the tree using a scooper scissor!

Travel-Size Cutting Book

This small book is packed with scissor skills activities for children as young as 2 years old!

Decorative Scissors

This fun set of scissors comes with 6 designs of patterns for decorating paper crafts!

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Rainbow Pasta Recipe – A Vibrant Way to Eat

Rainbow Pasta Recipe – A Vibrant Way to Eat

Rainbow Pasta Recipe – A Vibrant Way to Eat!

rainbow pasta recipe

This rainbow pasta recipe is so fun to do with kids! It takes making homemade pasta to the next level with all the vibrant colors! Keep on reading to find out how we make it!

A Rainbow Pasta Recipe to Wow the Kids!

We loved taking homemade pasta to the next level with this rainbow pasta recipe! I love to get the kid’s in the kitchen, and they love to be there. So when your kiddo asks to try and make rainbow pasta, my first reaction is, let’s do this! 

I’m not going to beat around the bush with this —  making rainbow pasta, especially when you have all the colors on one strand, is a long process. I repeat, it is SO much easier to cook a box of dry pasta and add food coloring.

That being said, there is so much to enjoy and learn from the process — the sensory experience of mixing the flour and egg,  the fine motor of threading the pasta through the maker, the gross motor of cranking the pasta through it,  patterning the colors in rainbow order, and of course, the enjoying of food you have labored over with love.  

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Watch This Rainbow Pasta Recipe in Action!

In this video you’ll see the colorful explosion that took over our kitchen!

We enjoy using an old school homemade pastamaking machine – one that requires you to flatten and cut pasta through a hand crank.

It’s a truly beautiful process with a delicious plate of pasta to enjoy at the end!

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Watch This Rainbow Pasta Recipe in Action!

In this video you’ll see the colorful explosion that took over our kitchen!

We enjoy using an old school homemade pastamaking machine – one that requires you to flatten and cut pasta through a hand crank.

It’s a truly beautiful process with a delicious plate of pasta to enjoy at the end!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Tips for Cooking with Kids

Dealing with the Mess. Cooking with kids can get messy, but overtime, with practice it will get better and better. Making a mess is an essential step for kids to ultimately learn how to NOT make mess!

Kitchen Stool. While not necessary, a kitchen stool is a great way to get kids at the right safe level for helping in the kitchen!

Homemade Pasta Without the Color. If making homemade pasta colorful is too many steps, don’t be discouraged. Start out by just making plain pasta with the homemade pasta-making machine before jumping into the extra step of adding color!

Coloring. If you do decide to make the pasta colorful, try and find a plant-based food coloring to keep things natural!

rainbow pasta recipe

Materials

  • 1 Cups Flour
  • 2 Eggs

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

For each color, 2 cups of flour to a bowl. Make a hole or well in the center of the flour, crack the eggs into it, and add a squirt of food coloring. Use a fork to slowly stir the egg and flour mixture together.

Step 2

Knead the dough, first in the bowl, then transfer to a floured surface and continue kneading. Add more flour until elastic and not sticky. Split into 4 pieces and continue to knead.

Step 3

Roll out the dough, we use a hand crank machine and roll as thin as the second to last setting (the thinnest setting often results in pasta that gets stuck together during the cooking process).

Step 4

Cut the pasta using the pasta attachment or a knife if you prefer a handcut width!

Step 5

Boil water and cook the pasta for no more than a few minutes. Add salt and sauce to taste. Enjoy!

Note: To make the pasta so that each strand has the entire spectrum of colors on it, you’ll have to do the extra labor intensive step of laying each thin colorful piece on top of a large flat plain piece of pasta. Use your fingers to dampen the flat piece as you add the colors so that they adhere. Then, run the entire piece through the machine 2 times before cutting the pasta.

Step 1

For each color, 2 cups of flour to a bowl. Make a hole or well in the center of the flour, crack the eggs into it, and add a squirt of food coloring. Use a fork to slowly stir the egg and flour mixture together.

Step 2

Knead the dough, first in the bowl, then transfer to a floured surface and continue kneading. Add more flour until elastic and not sticky. Split into 4 pieces and continue to knead.

Step 3

Roll out the dough, we use a hand crank machine and roll as thin as the second to last setting (the thinnest setting often results in pasta that gets stuck together during the cooking process).

Step 4

Cut the pasta using the pasta attachment or a knife if you prefer a handcut width!

Step 5

Boil water and cook the pasta for no more than a few minutes. Add salt and sauce to taste. Enjoy!

Note: To make the pasta so that each strand has the entire spectrum of colors on it, you’ll have to do the extra labor intensive step of laying each thin colorful piece on top of a large flat plain piece of pasta. Use your fingers to dampen the flat piece as you add the colors so that they adhere. Then, run the entire piece through the machine 2 times before cutting the pasta.

The Importance of Teaching Your Children to Cook 

Cooking skills are a great way to teach life skills with educational value. Not only does cooking show them that they can make great food at home, but it helps them learn math skills and planning skills, too. 

When you teach your child to cook, work on learning measurements and the importance of following recipe directions as well. These are life skills that they can use long after they leave the house.

If your kiddo loves making pasta dough, they’ll love making play dough too – check out our easy no-cook recipe!

rainbow pasta recipe
rainbow pasta recipe

The Importance of Teaching Your Children to Cook 

Cooking skills are a great way to teach life skills with educational value. Not only does cooking show them that they can make great food at home, but it helps them learn math skills and planning skills, too. 

When you teach your child to cook, work on learning measurements and the importance of following recipe directions as well. These are life skills that they can use long after they leave the house.

If your kiddo loves making pasta dough, they’ll love making play dough too – check out our easy no-cook recipe!

Sensory Bases to Explore

Homemade pasta dough is definitely rich in providing a sensory experience. Here are some non-food related sensory bases you can explore as well!

sensory sand play for kids

Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

play dough wild dough sensory

Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

slime kit sensory play for kids

The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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Life Skill Activity for Toddlers – DIY Zipper Board

Life Skill Activity for Toddlers – DIY Zipper Board

Life Skill Activity for Toddlers – DIY Zipper Board

girl playing with diy zipper board

This DIY zipper board is an easy-to-make life skill activity for toddlers. It’s such a fun way for kids to learn how to zip up and down! Keep on reading to find the simple instructions on how to make one yourself!

A Life Skill Activity for Learning How to Zip and Unzip

Life skills are exactly what they sound like – skills that we will use throughout the course of our life! There are a lot of life skills that kids can start practicing at an early age – zipping, buttoning, cutting, washing, brushing – to name a few!

And this zipper board has the zipping and unzipping category covered! 

Learning practical life skills like this at an early age not only allow kids to be independent, but can also provide grown ups relief by allowing their kids the opportunity to learn to dress themselves!

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Watch this Life Skill Activity in Action!

There are loads of sensory boards and books you can buy (and I have some really good recommendations for them below!). But there are also easy life skill activities like this that we can make ourselves!

In this video, you’ll see how much fun my 1 year old and 3 year old had practicing the skill of zipping this colorful board over and over again! It is one of those DIY items that made it’s rotation in our play room just as much as a store bought toy!

Watch this Life Skill Activity in Action!

There are loads of sensory boards and books you can buy (and I have some really good recommendations for them below!). But there are also easy life skill activities like this that we can make ourselves!

In this video, you’ll see how much fun my 1 year old and 3 year old had practicing the skill of zipping this colorful board over and over again! It is one of those DIY items that made it’s rotation in our play room just as much as a store bought toy!

girl playing with diy zipper board

Tips for Creating This DIY Zipper Board

Colorful Set of Zippers. It is not necessary at all to have all of these colors, however it is a great opportunity to talk about colors during the activity to build on language development and vocabulary!

Glue. When gluing down the zippers make sure you keep the glue as far away as possible to the zipper itself. If it gets inside the zipper, it will be really tricky to zip it up and down without it getting stuck in the dried glue!

Cardboard. This is definitely a fun activity to save cardboard for! Cardboard is such a great DIY resource for kids activities since it is durable and basically free (if you get as many packages as we do!).

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Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Get a piece of cardboard that is square in size and large enough to hold multiple zippers. 

    Step 2

    Apply hot glue to the material on the side of the zippers making sure to leave plenty of space from the zippers themselves. 

    Step 3

    Let the glue dry completely, and that’s it! 

    Step 1

    Get a piece of cardboard that is square in size and large enough to hold multiple zippers. 

    Step 2

    Apply hot glue to the material on the side of the zippers making sure to leave plenty of space from the zippers themselves. 

    Step 3

    Let the glue dry completely, and that’s it! 

    More Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

    The greatest benefit of creating this zipper board is strengthening the muscles and coordination in the hands in fingers to move the zipper up and down. In other words, strengthening fine motor skills!

    When your kiddo is ready, cutting activities are another great way to practice this skill! This free printable haircutting activity is so much fun and will allow your kiddos to strengthen their fine motor skills while also learning the practical life skill of cutting!

    For more fine motor skills activities, visit our comprehensive list!

    scissor skill printable fun haircut worksheet for preschoolers and toddlers learning how to cut and strengthen fine motor skills
    scissor skill printable fun haircut worksheet for preschoolers and toddlers learning how to cut and strengthen fine motor skills

    More Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

    The greatest benefit of creating this zipper board is strengthening the muscles and coordination in the hands in fingers to move the zipper up and down. In other words, strengthening fine motor skills!

    When your kiddo is ready, cutting activities are another great way to practice this skill! This free printable haircutting activity is so much fun and will allow your kiddos to strengthen their fine motor skills while also learning the practical life skill of cutting!

    For more fine motor skills activities, visit our comprehensive list!

    Top Picks for Strengthening Practical Life Skills

    Here are some great gifts for continuing to strengthen practical life skills!

    fabric busy book fine motor skills practical life skills

    Fabric Busy Book

    This high quality fabric busy book is jam packed with practical life and fine motor skill activities! From dressing, to tying, buckling, and beyond!

    wooden sensory bin tools that are great for fine motor skills through play

    Sensory Bowls and Tools

    Scooping, pouring, and transferring are all important practice life skills! This set of wooden bowls, scoops, and a tong are great for sensory play!

    practical life skill construction toy screw driver board

    Screw Driver Board

    This car shaped screw driver board is a fun way for kids to learn how to screw and thread real life objects while using real life tools!

    practical life skills busy board book fine motor skills

    Activity Board

    This alligator shaped busy board will help young kids learn even more practical life skills. It is lightweight and folds into a book for easy carrying on the go!

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    DIY Toddler Activity – Make a Caterpillar Puzzle with Pouch Tops

    DIY Toddler Activity – Make a Caterpillar Puzzle with Pouch Tops

    DIY Toddler Activity – Make a Caterpillar Puzzle with Pouch Tops

    DIY Toddler Activity - Make Your Own Caterpillar Puzzle for Color Learning

    Your early learner is going to love this DIY toddler activity. Making your own caterpillar puzzle, is a fun way to use some of those plastic lids from food containers and put them to good use at home! Great for fine motor skills and color learning!

    A Budget-Friendly DIY Toddler Activity

    Since I’m a big believer in reusing things around the home, it just makes sense that using these colored lids is perfect! I hate throwing things out that have another use left in them, and this is what this puzzle proves. 

    It’s a great way to test kids interest too! If you find your kiddo absolutely loves this DIY toddler activity, then it’s a good reason to invest in buying a store-bought puzzle that is more durable and long-lasting! If you find they lose interest quickly, then save the money and bring out your DIY version from time to time instead!

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    Watch This DIY Toddler Activity in Action!

    In this video, you’ll see my daughter (less than 2 years old at the time), enjoying this DIY puzzle. She is at a stage when she is still learning her colors. When kids don’t match the color correctly, that’s ok! This is the perfect opportunity to use our words and guide.

    While kids learn colors with this puzzle, they are also majorly working on their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination by placing the caps into the receiver and twisting it open and close!

     

    Watch This DIY Toddler Activity in Action!

    In this video, you’ll see my daughter (less than 2 years old at the time), enjoying this DIY puzzle. She is at a stage when she is still learning her colors. When kids don’t match the color correctly, that’s ok! This is the perfect opportunity to use our words and guide.

    While kids learn colors with this puzzle, they are also majorly working on their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination by placing the caps into the receiver and twisting it open and close!

     

    dot the rainbow color matching activity with dot markers

    More Ways to Learn Colors!

    Grab this free printable Dot-the-Rainbow activity for another fun way to play and learn with colors! You can use dot stickers, dot markers, or simply color in the circles!

    We have even more free printable activities that are all about learning colors while being hands on. For example, our Rainbow Color Matching Game utilizes cotton swabs, our Discover the Color activity uses cotton rounds and watercolors, and our Color Mixing bundle is filled with ways to learn color mixing that extends beyond the page!

    For even more printable activities that cover lots of early childhood education skills, check them all out in our Printables section!

     

    Materials

    • Cardboard Box
    • Pouch tops with the twisty bottoms
    • Tape

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Reuse a small cardboard box and on one end, cut six holes.

    Step 2

    Place the screw-end of a pouch top into the holes, taping them down inside the box for added security.

     

    Step 3

    To make the caterpillar come to life, add a googly eye and pipe cleaner antenna to the first cap. As well as legs to the body!

    Step 1

    Reuse a small cardboard box and on one end, cut six holes.

    Step 2

    Place the screw-end of a pouch top into the holes, taping them down inside the box for added security.

    Step 3

    To make the caterpillar come to life, add a googly eye and pipe cleaner antenna to the first cap. As well as legs to the body!

    The Benefits of This DIY Toddler Activity

    One of the biggest benefits of this DIY toddler activity is that it will help kids learn and match colors. Grown ups can talk about the colors, giving their names, and having the child repeat them as a way to strengthen language development and build vocabulary.

    Plus, this activity also gives kids ample opportunity to work on their hand-eye coordination and their fine motor skills. Placing those pouch tops into the twisty-bottom receiver is tricky and requires a ton of concentration for young kids!

    DIY Toddler Activity - Make Your Own Caterpillar Puzzle for Color Learning
    DIY Toddler Activity - Make Your Own Caterpillar Puzzle for Color Learning

    The Benefits of This DIY Toddler Activity

    One of the biggest benefits of this DIY toddler activity is that it will help kids learn and match colors. Grown ups can talk about the colors, giving their names, and having the child repeat them as a way to strengthen language development and build vocabulary.

    Plus, this activity also gives kids ample opportunity to work on their hand-eye coordination and their fine motor skills. Placing those pouch tops into the twisty-bottom receiver is tricky and requires a ton of concentration for young kids!

    More Ways to Match Colors

    Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen color recognition skills!

    color recognition sorting rainbowa

    Color Sorting Rainbow

    Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

    rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

    Wooden Rainbow Stacker

    This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

    color sorting magnetic game color recognition

    Color Sorting Maze

    This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

    Color sorting game color recognition

    Color Sort the Objects

    This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

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    Baby Hand and Footprints – Tips and Tricks to Get Good Prints!

    Baby Hand and Footprints – Tips and Tricks to Get Good Prints!

    Baby Hand and Footprints – Tips and Tricks to Get Good Prints!

    Baby Hand and Footprint Tips and Tricks

    Getting baby hand and footprints can be tricky! These simple tips and tricks can make the process a whole lot easier! Keep on reading to find out!

    Baby Hand and Footprints Make the Perfect Keepsakes!

    There is no denying that kids grow up so fast! One way to freeze time is by making hand and footprints. During my babies first year of life, I try my best to get hands and footprints every single month because it is incredible to see how fast they grow! After the first year, I get their hands and footprints every birthday.

    Plus, handprints and footprints make the perfect gifts and keepsakes. You can include them in a card, or use them in a piece of artwork as well!

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    Skills: Early Math

    Ages: 2 Years +

    Prep Time: 20 Minutes

    Mess-Free Ink Pads versus Large Washable Ink Pads

    In this video, I test out mess-free ink pads for babies and compare them to the large washable stamp pads.

    There are definitely pros and cons to each of those that I further explain below! 

    Alternatively, you can always use regular washable paint, though this technique is the most messy!

    Mess-Free Ink Pads versus Large Washable Ink Pads

    In this video, I test out mess-free ink pads for babies and compare them to the large washable stamp pads.

    There are definitely pros and cons to each of those that I further explain below! 

    Alternatively, you can always use regular washable paint, though this technique is the most messy!

    mess free stamp pads Baby Hand and Footprint Tips and Tricks

    Baby Hand and Footprints Using Mess-Free Ink Pad Technique

    These mess-free ink pads are a great choice for infants and babies. Baby is able to place the hand or foot down on top of a non-ink side, thereby transferring the ink onto a piece of paper without getting any ink on themselves!

    I found a set that comes in lots of different colors, not just the jet black one that you may have seen before or that hospitals often use.

    No doubt, there is a big benefit in this being mess-free, but there are a few cons. First, these pads are small and won’t be usable for older kids. Second, the number of uses is extremely limited. I was able to get 2-3 prints only from each ink pad.

     

    Baby Hand and Footprints Using the Large Stamp Pad Technique

    These large stamp pads do require getting ink on the skin, but they solve the big cons associated with using the mess-free ink pads.

    They are much larger and can be used by kids of all ages, even adults too! They also have a much longer life-span with lots of ink to create one handprint or footprint after another!

    And while they are not contact-less, they are non-toxic and easily washable.

    In addition to the two ink/stamp pads described below, you can also use regular old washable paint! It will do the trick just fine, even if it is a little bit messy!

    stamp pads Baby Hand and Footprint Tips and Tricks

    More Tips to Getting the Perfect Baby Hand and Footprints 

    Clipboard. Use a clipboard, hard cover book, or another hard surface when making prints! Just using a paper is too flimsy and may result in not so perfect prints!

    Heel to Toe. When making footprints, gently hold baby’s foot by the ankle and guide it from heel to toe onto the paper. The foot should open up and give you a nice print!

    Open Hand. Getting an open hand from an awake baby can be really tricky! With that in mind, try to grab baby’s handprints while they are sleeping. If that’s not possible, make sure baby is happy and fed, and gently add pressure at the top of the wrist before placing the hand onto the paper. This will often open the palm for optimum placement!

    simple subtraction free printable activity for kids

    Create artwork with those precious prints! Pictured, is a fun project I did with my daughter after getting her footprints every month for her first year. You can also create lots of fun images out of handprints like this dinosaur, bee, and spider art projects!

    Baby Hand and Footprint Tips and Tricks

    More Tips to Getting the Perfect Baby Hand and Footprints 

    Clipboard. Use a clipboard, hard cover book, or another hard surface when making prints! Just using a paper is too flimsy and may result in not so perfect prints!

    Heel to Toe. When making footprints, gently hold baby’s foot by the ankle and guide it from heel to toe onto the paper. The foot should open up and give you a nice print!

    Open Hand. Getting an open hand from an awake baby can be really tricky! With that in mind, try to grab baby’s handprints while they are sleeping. If that’s not possible, make sure baby is happy and fed, and gently add pressure at the top of the wrist before placing the hand onto the paper. This will often open the palm for optimum placement!

    Create artwork with those precious prints! Pictured, is a fun project I did with my daughter after getting her footprints every month for her first year. You can also create lots of fun images out of handprints like this dinosaur, bee, and spider art projects!

     

    More Ways to Create Baby Hand and Footprints

    Here are some beautiful ways to capture baby’s hands and feet while they are still little!

    Baby Hand And Footprint Kit 

    This kit comes with everything you need, including the cute rustic frame. 

     

    Baby Hand and Feet Casting

    A beautiful way to capture those tiny hands and feet! This kit includes mold material, plaster, and detailed instructions!

    clay handprint bowls footprint keepsakes

    Handprint Clay Bowls

    This set includes 38 polymer clay blocks in 12 different colors. It can make 3-6 handprint bowls.

     

    Baby Ornament Keepsake

    This kit comes with everything you need to create a lovely clay casting of your baby’s hand or footprint. 

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    Easy Heart Craft – A Fun Technique with Geometric Shapes

    Easy Heart Craft – A Fun Technique with Geometric Shapes

    Easy Heart Craft – A Fun Technique with Geometric Shapes

    easy heart craft valentine's day

    This easy heart craft is a fun project for kids! The hot glue border guides little artists to stay in the lines to make geometric shapes! 

    Create Geometric Shapes with This Easy Heart Craft

    If you are a young kid, creating geometric shapes inside a heart shape may not be the easiest task! That’s why creating a hot glue border is a genius way to help guide these budding artists to stay in the lines!

    Kids will have fun filling in the shapes while utilizing the raised edges in between to keep colors separate and vibrant! This is a fun craft to do during Valentine’s Day or as a fun art project while learning about shapes! 

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    How to Make This Easy Heart Craft

    Setting up this easy heart craft for your kiddo can be done in minutes! You’ll see how I outlined the shape of a heart using hot glue and randomly created shapes inside.

    Hot glue dries super fast, so in no time, my daughter (aged 3) enjoyed painting inside the lines with her huge watercolor set!

    How to Make This Easy Heart Craft

    Setting up this easy heart craft for your kiddo can be done in minutes! You’ll see how I outlined the shape of a heart using hot glue and randomly created shapes inside.

    Hot glue dries super fast, so in no time, my daughter (aged 3) enjoyed painting inside the lines with her huge watercolor set!

    Tips for Making This Easy Heart Craft

    Hot Glue. You’ll need a hot glue gun for this, so make sure you heat it up in advance! 

    Watercolor Paper. You’ll need some thick paper to create this art project! Hot glue will adhere to this kind of paper perfectly.

    Heart Shape. One of the trickiest parts of creating this heart craft is the grown ups job of making the heart shape! If you find it is difficult to make a symmetrical heart freestyle, you can always trace in pencil first!

    For more arts and crafts projects, be sure to visit our comprehensive list

    easy heart craft valentine's day

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Use a hot glue gun to make the shape of a heart.

    Step 2

    Inside the heart, make geometric shapes of your choice!

    Step 3

    Provide a watercolor set and paint brushes to decorate and paint!

    Step 4

    Cut the border around the heart, optional!

    Step 1

    Use a hot glue gun to make the shape of a heart.

    Step 2

    Inside the heart, make geometric shapes of your choice!

    Step 3

    Provide a watercolor set and paint brushes to decorate and paint!

    Step 4

    Cut the border around the heart, optional!

    Valentine’s Day Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

    If you are looking for even more fun activities to do that have a Valentine’s Day theme, definitely check out our printable worksheets!

    These Valentine’s Day activities are a fun way to play and learn! The set includes over 15 Valentine’s Day themed activities that strengthen early childhood education skills, including scissor skills, tracing, the alphabet, coloring, numbers, matching, writing, phonics, and so much more!

    easy to make play dough recipe homemade no cook
    easy to make play dough recipe homemade no cook

    Valentine’s Day Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

    If you are looking for even more fun activities to do that have a Valentine’s Day theme, definitely check out our printable worksheets!

    These Valentine’s Day activities are a fun way to play and learn! The set includes over 15 Valentine’s Day themed activities that strengthen early childhood education skills, including scissor skills, tracing, the alphabet, coloring, numbers, matching, writing, phonics, and so much more!

    More Ways to Explore Artistic Mediums

    Want more projects after doing this easy heart craft? Here are my top picks for arts and crafts kits that encourage hands on creations!

    arts and crafts kit marbling

    Water Marbling Kit

    Create beautiful marbled art with this easy to use kit. This is water based art and comes with all the tools needed to create 10 masterpieces!

    arts and crafts kit spin and spiral art

    Spin and Spiral Art

    This fun kit allows kiddos to explore both spin art and spiral art. The kit comes with 3 spiro gears, 6 markers, 3 ink bottles, 15 paper discs, and an art station base.

    arts and crafts kit sand art

    Sand Art Kit

    This sand art kit comes with 8 different colors of sand to create sand bottles and pendant bottles. A great way to discover art through a different medium!

    arts and crafts kit string art

    String Art Kit

    This kit is a fun way for kids to create and display amazing shapes and designs artistically made with string.  Use a pattern included in the kit or create your own!

    What’s Next?

    Valentine Handprint Craft – Make This Adorable Bee Mine Keepsake

    Valentine Handprint Craft – Make This Adorable Bee Mine Keepsake

    Valentine Handprint Craft – Make This Adorable Bee Mine Keepsake

    valentines handprint craft

    This Valentine handprint craft is so adorable! It’s a fun and simple craft for the kids to make for Valentine’s Day! Using a leftover toilet paper roll proves that once again, you can easily make something adorable out of items that you were just going to toss in the trash! 

    Where a Valentine Handprint Craft Collides with Paper Tubes

    Can we all just agree that heading to the store and trying to buy Valentine’s cards is a lot of work? It can be super stressful at times to try to pick out options from the ones that are left at the store.

    This is why I love this fun Valentine activity. It allows the kids to be a part of creating their cute Valentine and lets us create fun memories together as well.

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    How to Make This Valentine’s Handprint Craft

    This is so simple to make! You can see the easy steps that we took to create this fun Valentine’s Handprint craft. 

    In the video, I demonstrate the process, but this is definitely a project that the kids can do from start to finish! Of course, they may need some help tracing their dominant hand!

    How to Make This Valentine’s Handprint Craft

    This is so simple to make! You can see the easy steps that we took to create this fun Valentine’s Handprint craft. 

    In the video, I demonstrate the process, but this is definitely a project that the kids can do from start to finish! Of course, they may need some help tracing their dominant hand!

    Tips for Making This Valentine Handprint Craft

    Tacky Glue. We used tacky glue to create these Valentine handprint crafts because it is a strong adhesive that dries super fast!

    Paper Roll. If you’d like to sterilize your paper roll before using it in a craft, you can bake it on your oven’s lowest setting around 200F for 20 minutes.

    Handprints. Getting handprints from young children can sometimes be tricky. Instead of tracing, you may want to use a mess-free stamp pad instead!

    For more arts and crafts projects, be sure to visit our comprehensive list

    valentines handprint craft

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Cut a yellow piece of paper the length of and width of your paper tube. Cut three black stripes of paper and glue them in a bee-like pattern on the second half of the cut yellow paper.

    Step 2

    Glue the yellow and black paper around the paper tube. Hold for 30 seconds while the glue dries. Cut two small stripes of black paper for the antenna, and for a festive Valentine’s look, glue two small pink hearts to the top.

    Step 3

    Glue the antennas to the paper tube.

    Step 4

    To make the wings, trace your child’s hands on white paper, and cut out the handprints.

    Step 5

    Glue the wings to the paper tube. Add googley eyes and a smile to make your bee come alive!

    Step 1

    Cut a yellow piece of paper the length of and width of your paper tube. Cut three black stripes of paper and glue them in a bee-like pattern on the second half of the cut yellow paper.

    Step 2

    Glue the yellow and black paper around the paper tube. Hold for 30 seconds while the glue dries. Cut two small stripes of black paper for the antenna, and for a festive Valentine’s look, glue two small pink hearts to the top.

    Step 3

    Glue the antennas to the paper tube.

    Step 4

    To make the wings, trace your child’s hands on white paper, and cut out the handprints.

    Step 5

    Glue the wings to the paper tube. Add googley eyes and a smile to make your bee come alive!

    Valentine’s Day Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

    If you are looking for even more fun activities to do that have a Valentine’s Day theme, definitely check out our printable worksheets!

    These Valentine’s Day activities are a fun way to play and learn! The set includes over 15 Valentine’s Day themed activities that strengthen early childhood education skills, including scissor skills, tracing, the alphabet, coloring, numbers, matching, writing, phonics, and so much more!

    easy to make play dough recipe homemade no cook
    easy to make play dough recipe homemade no cook

    Valentine’s Day Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

    If you are looking for even more fun activities to do that have a Valentine’s Day theme, definitely check out our printable worksheets!

    These Valentine’s Day activities are a fun way to play and learn! The set includes over 15 Valentine’s Day themed activities that strengthen early childhood education skills, including scissor skills, tracing, the alphabet, coloring, numbers, matching, writing, phonics, and so much more!

    More Ways to Explore Artistic Mediums

    Want more projects after doing this spider handprint activity? Here are my top picks for arts and crafts kits that encourage hands on creations!

    arts and crafts kit marbling

    Water Marbling Kit

    Create beautiful marbled art with this easy to use kit. This is water based art and comes with all the tools needed to create 10 masterpieces!

    arts and crafts kit spin and spiral art

    Spin and Spiral Art

    This fun kit allows kiddos to explore both spin art and spiral art. The kit comes with 3 spiro gears, 6 markers, 3 ink bottles, 15 paper discs, and an art station base.

    arts and crafts kit sand art

    Sand Art Kit

    This sand art kit comes with 8 different colors of sand to create sand bottles and pendant bottles. A great way to discover art through a different medium!

    arts and crafts kit string art

    String Art Kit

    This kit is a fun way for kids to create and display amazing shapes and designs artistically made with string.  Use a pattern included in the kit or create your own!

    What’s Next?

    Scented Play Dough – How to Make Rose Swirls

    Scented Play Dough – How to Make Rose Swirls

    Scented Play Dough – How to Make Rose Swirls 

    scented play dough rose valentine's day kid activity school gift

    This rose scented play dough recipe smells divine! It is a fun activity to do around Valentine’s Day. Keep on reading to find out how we make it!

    Give A Scented Play Dough Gift!  

    After you make this scented play dough, you may want to give it to all your friends (like we did!). Put the play dough into a small jar and pair it with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and rolling pin and you’ve got the most adorable Valentine’s gift for kids!

    This play dough recipe is sensory-packed! Not only is including a scent amazing, but the swirls are so easy to make and fun to look at. Once kids begin to play with the dough, it also becomes a lesson on color mixing – what color does white and red make when combined?!

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    How to Make Swirl Rose Scented Play Dough!

    Watch the video to see how easy it is to make this play dough recipe! You’ll see that my son (age 3 years old at the time) enjoyed doing most of the steps on his own!

    Grown ups, of course, will need to mix in the boiling water. And, depending on a child’s age, it may be preferred for a grown up to create the layers and cut the dough into swirly sections!

    How to Make Swirl Rose Scented Play Dough!

    Watch the video to see how easy it is to make this play dough recipe! You’ll see that my son (age 3 years old at the time) enjoyed doing most of the steps on his own!

    Grown ups, of course, will need to mix in the boiling water. And, depending on a child’s age, it may be preferred for a grown up to create the layers and cut the dough into swirly sections!

    Easy to Make Play Dough – Tips and Tricks!

    Mix while hot, but use caution! 

    I wear gloves and mix the *very hot* play dough by hand to make sure that the dough is kneaded thoroughly, which spreads the heat, dissolving the granules to make a smooth texture. Don’t have your kiddos do this part!

    Why is my batch too sticky?

    Too much water was added! If too sticky add a little more flour.

    Why is my batch too dry?

    Not enough water was added! If too dry add a little more water.

    Do I need to add oil?

    The coconut oil gives the dough a super silky texture. You could also use glycerine. Alternatively, other vegetable oil will work too, but I’ve found that coconut oil makes it super silky!

    What is cream of tartar, and do I need it?

    The cream of tartar is a preservative and it makes the play dough have a longer shelf life. You can omit it, but the dough will not last as long!

    scented play dough rose valentine's day kid activity school gift

    How can I store and how long does it last?

    Play dough can last up to 6 months if stored in a sealed container. We like using 4oz jars as pictured below. But with all things that kid’s touch, there is risk of germs entering once touched, so always be sure to look for mold – seen as black dots. If black dots form, it’s time to throw out!

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Mix together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a bowl.

    Step 2

    Add the rose extract and coconut oil.

    Step 3

    Add food coloring into the 3/4 cup of water.

    Step 4

    Boil the water. (In my microwave, it takes about 2 minutes to reach best temperature.)

    Step 5

    Mix the water into the flour mixture, transferring to a flat surface to knead until smooth and not sticky. Don’t miss my note above about wearing gloves to protect your hands from the heat!

     

    Step 6

    Repeat above recipe except skip the food coloring to make plain white play dough.

    Step 7

    Roll out 2 layers of white and 2 layers of red.

    Step 8

    Stack the layers on top of each other in red, white, red, white order.

    Step 9

    Use the rolling pin to flatten all the layers together a little more.

    Step 10

    From bottom to top, roll the play dough into a roll to desired thickness.

    Step 11

    Cut into individual portions and enjoy!

    Step 1

    Mix together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a bowl.

    Step 2

    Add the rose extract and coconut oil.

    Step 3

    Add food coloring into the 3/4 cup of water.

    Step 4

    Boil the water. (In my microwave, it takes about 2 minutes to reach best temperature.)

    Step 5

    Mix the water into the flour mixture, transferring to a flat surface to knead until smooth and not sticky. Don’t miss my note above about wearing gloves to protect your hands from the heat!

    Step 6

    Repeat above recipe except skip the food coloring to make plain white play dough.

    Step 7

    Roll out 2 layers of white and 2 layers of red.

    Step 8

    Stack the layers on top of each other in red, white, red, white order.

    Step 9

    Use the rolling pin to flatten all the layers together a little more.

    Step 10

    From bottom to top, roll the play dough into a roll to desired thickness.

    Step 11

    Cut into individual portions and enjoy!

    The Importance of Playing with Play Dough

    Playing with play dough in general is such a sensory rich experience. The tactile experience provides wonderful hand strengthening opportunities. Rolling, squeezing, twisting, pulling, and more — all of these actions are great for fine motor skills.

    When you add a scent into play dough, it takes the sensory experience to the next level. This recipe had rose extract, but you could incorporate lots of different types of scents. Lavender, for example, would be a great way option for a calming, soothing recipe!

    For more sensory play activities visit our comprehensive list!

    scented play dough rose valentine's day kid activity school gift
    scented play dough rose valentine's day kid activity school gift

    The Importance of Playing with Play Dough

    Playing with play dough in general is such a sensory rich experience. The tactile experience provides wonderful hand strengthening opportunities. Rolling, squeezing, twisting, pulling, and more — all of these actions are great for fine motor skills.

    When you add a scent into play dough, it takes the sensory experience to the next level. This recipe had rose extract, but you could incorporate lots of different types of scents. Lavender, for example, would be a great way option for a calming, soothing recipe!

    For more sensory play activities visit our comprehensive list!

     

    More Sensory Bases to Explore

    Here are my top picks for sensory bases you can buy!

    sensory sand play for kids

    Sensory Sand

    Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

    mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

    Modelling Dough

    This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

    play dough wild dough sensory

    Premium Play Dough

    This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

    slime kit sensory play for kids

    The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

    This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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    Shaving Cream Art – A Vibrant and Sensory-Packed Activity

    Shaving Cream Art – A Vibrant and Sensory-Packed Activity

    Shaving Cream Art – A Vibrant and Sensory-Packed Activity

    shaving cream art for kids marbled craft

    This vibrantly colored activity is all about making shaving cream art! It is easy to set up and such a rich sensory experience for kids!

    Shaving Cream Art, Sensory Play and Fine Motor Skills Collide!

    So many fun skills collide with this shaving cream art activity. Using droppers to transfer liquid watercolor on top of the shaving cream is great for fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Plus, after using paper and a squeegee to make marbled artwork, kids are left with a brilliantly colored shaving cream mixture they can use for sensory and imaginative play! My son enjoyed making “ice cream cones” out of it!

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    Skills: 

    Ages: 3 Years +

    Prep Time: 5 Minutes

    Watch How to Make Shaving Cream Art!

    Setting this up takes all of a few minutes, and the rest is all for your kiddos to do! Well, except squeezing out shaving cream can be tricky, so kids may need a grown up to help! But once the shaving cream is out, that will be their canvas for creating some super fun and sensory packed artwork! And once the art has been made, definitely don’t toss the shaving cream mixture away! Use it for some fun sensory play!

    Watch How to Make Shaving Cream Art!

    Setting this up takes all of a few minutes, and the rest is all for your kiddos to do! Well, except squeezing out shaving cream can be tricky, so kids may need a grown up to help! But once the shaving cream is out, that will be their canvas for creating some super fun and sensory packed artwork! And once the art has been made, definitely don’t toss the shaving cream mixture away! Use it for some fun sensory play!

     

    shaving cream art for kids marbled craft

    Tips for Making Shaving Cream Art

    Prepare for the Mess. Just remember that this is going to get messy – that’s all part of the fun! Try to do this outdoors so everything can be hosed down, but if that’s not possible, place a waterproof mat underneath the workspace and have a bucket of water nearby to wash off hands.

    Colors. You can use either food coloring or liquid watercolor for this activity. We prefer liquid watercolor because, once diluted, it is washable!

    Large Droppers. Using large droppers is a great tool to strengthen fine motor skills. We like these extra large droppers because they are not too tricky to use!

    For more sensory-packed activities, visit our comprehensive list!

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions

    Step 1

    Fill up a tub with shaving cream.

    Step 2

    Use a dropper and liquid watercolors to create a design on top of the shaving cream. Swirl the colors around if you want!

    Step 3

    Place a piece of paper on top of the shaving cream color design.

    Step 4

    Use a squeegee to remove the excess shaving cream in top of the paper to reveal a fun marbled-design artwork!

    Step 5

    Use the leftover shaving cream mixture for sensory and imaginative play!

    Step 1

    Fill up a tub with shaving cream.

    Step 2

    Use a dropper and liquid watercolors to create a design on top of the shaving cream. Swirl the colors around if you want!

    Step 3

    Place a piece of paper on top of the shaving cream color design.

    Step 4

    Use a squeegee to remove the excess shaving cream to reveal a fun marbled-design artwork!

    Step 5

    Use the leftover shaving cream mixture for sensory and imaginative play!

    Beyond Shaving Cream Art 

    Process art is one of the biggest benefits of this rainbow activity. It’s a great way for the kids to see the entire process from start to finish on how art can be easy and simple to create. 

    They can then use that to understand the artistic impression and see if they can recreate or create a rainbow (or something else) all on their very own.

    Plus, as mentioned above, this activity isn’t just about art! It’s a fun way to strengthen fine motor skills, explore sensory play, and tap into their imaginations! 

    shaving cream art for kids marbled craft
    shaving cream art for kids marbled craft

    Beyond Shaving Cream Art 

    Process art is one of the biggest benefits of this rainbow activity. It’s a great way for the kids to see the entire process from start to finish on how art can be easy and simple to create. 

    They can then use that to understand the artistic impression and see if they can recreate or create a rainbow (or something else) all on their very own.

    Plus, as mentioned above, this activity isn’t just about art! It’s a fun way to strengthen fine motor skills, explore sensory play, and tap into their imaginations! 

    More fun for the ice cream lover!

    Here are my top picks for ice cream themed play items you can buy.

    Scoop and Serve

    This wooden set is perfect for the ice cream lover! It comes with 28 pieces including ice cream flavors, toppings, cones, a cup, a menu, and the counter!

    Life-Size Food Cart

    This large scale imaginative play food cart is adorable! Plus it has two different food cart themes: sweets like ice cream, and snacks like pretzels and hot dogs!

    Ice Cream Truck Walker

    This adorable walker is a great gift for toddlers! Removing and placing the ice creams back into the holder is great for fine motor skills! 

    Paint Your Own Ice Cream Cone 

    Such a great arts and crafts set! Your ice cream lover will love decorating these magnetic scoops that stick together! 

    What’s Next?

    Color Matching Activity – Make Your Own Sorting Game

    Color Matching Activity – Make Your Own Sorting Game

    Color Matching Activity – Make Your Own Sorting Game

    color matching activity with paper tubes and pom poms great for fine motor skills

    Make your own color matching activity out of paper tubes and pom poms. This is a fun way to play with color recognition and fine motor skills! Keep on reading to find out how easy this activity is to make!

    Where Color Matching Activity and Fine Motor Skills Collide!

    This easy-to-make color matching activity is also a great way to strengthen fine motor skills. The kids will be able to use tongs and place the correct colored pom poms into the same colored tube all on their own! This is great for both finger muscles and hand-eye coordination!

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    Watch This Color Matching Activity in Action! 

    In this video, you’ll see how both preschoolers and toddlers can enjoy this activity! While many preschool aged kids can easily match colors, this game takes it to the next level by using tongs. This may be tricky for some kids to use, but the more they practice, the more their hand-eye coordination and finger muscles will strengthen. Toddlers who are not quite ready to use tongs yet, can use their hands to transfer the pom poms into the paper tube.

     

    Watch This Color Matching Activity in Action! 

    In this video, you’ll see how both preschoolers and toddlers can enjoy this activity! While many preschool aged kids can easily match colors, this game takes it to the next level by using tongs. This may be tricky for some kids to use, but the more they practice, the more their hand-eye coordination and finger muscles will strengthen. Toddlers who are not quite ready to use tongs yet, can use their hands to transfer the pom poms into the paper tube.

     

    color matching activity with paper tubes and pom poms great for fine motor skills

    Tips for Making This Color Matching Activity

    Colors. Make paper tubes colorful by using acrylic paint, or an even faster process for grown ups to do is use spray paint!

    Cardboard. Cardboard makes the best puzzle boards! It is thick and durable. But the best part? It’s a free resource if you have constant at-home deliveries like us! 

    Tongs. For the added fine motor strengthening component of this activity, get some tongs that are kid-friendly! We bought a set that are for serving hors d’oeuvre – they are small and easier for kids to use.

    For more color matching activities, be sure to visit our comprehensive list of ideas

     

     

    Materials

    • Cardboard
    • Paper Tubes
    • Paint

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Cut toilet paper tubes in half (or leave them whole for double the filling!). Paint tubes — acrylic paint, tempera paint sticks, spray paint, whatever you have on hand!

    Step 2

    Glue painted tubes down to a piece of cardboard. I used hot glue since it dries super fast. For the older kids, grab a tong and set aside pom poms, or bottle caps, or erasers, anything smallish that will fit inside. And watch those fine motor skills at work!

    Step 1

    Cut toilet paper tubes in half (or leave them whole for double the filling!). Paint tubes — acrylic paint, tempera paint sticks, spray paint, whatever you have on hand!

    Step 2

    Glue painted tubes down to a piece of cardboard. I used hot glue since it dries super fast. For the older kids, grab a tong and set aside pom poms, or bottle caps, or erasers, anything smallish that will fit inside. And watch those fine motor skills at work!

    Get a Free Printable and Other Fun Ways to Explore Colors!

    This printable worksheet is such a fun way to learn and match colors! Be sure to read all about this hands-on, sensory-packed way of learning colors!

    To dive even deeper into learning colors, you have to download our All About Colors printable bundle. We shine a light on every color of the rainbow and beyond! Each color gets a dedicated page where kiddos can dive deep into learning all the vibrant details.

    These pages are hands on and fun, integrating paint, scissor skills, and games too! If your kiddo loves colors, don’t miss our full printable bundle all about colors!

    discover the colors worksheet printable color matching

    We also have the following free worksheets: Dot the Rainbow, Rainbow Color Match using Cotton Swabs, and our bundle that is all about Color Mixing!

    discover the colors worksheet printable color matching

    Get a Free Printable and Other Fun Ways to Explore Colors!

    This printable worksheet is such a fun way to learn and match colors! Be sure to read all about this hands-on, sensory-packed way of learning colors!

    To dive even deeper into learning colors, you have to download our All About Colors printable bundle. We shine a light on every color of the rainbow and beyond! Each color gets a dedicated page where kiddos can dive deep into learning all the vibrant details. These pages are hands on and fun, integrating paint, scissor skills, and games too! If your kiddo loves colors, don’t miss our full printable bundle all about colors!

    We also have the following free worksheets: Dot the Rainbow, Rainbow Color Match using Cotton Swabs, and our bundle that is all about Color Mixing!

     

    More Ways to Explore Colors

    Here are more color and rainbow activities that make great gifts!

    wooden rainbow color sorting toy

    Color Sorting Rainbow

    Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

    rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

    Wooden Rainbow Stacker

    This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

    color sorting magnetic game color recognition

    Color Sorting Maze

    This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

    Color sorting game color recognition

    Color Sort the Objects

    This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

    What’s Next?

    Aladdin Party Idea – How to Make a Themed Play Dough Kit

    Aladdin Party Idea – How to Make a Themed Play Dough Kit

    Aladdin Party Idea – How to Make a Themed Play Dough Kit

    aladdin party idea play dough kit sensory play

    This Aladdin party idea will be a hit with the kids! It is such a fun activity to play with and also makes a great homemade gift! Keep on reading to find out how to make your own play dough and where to find all the items to include in the kit!

    Unique Activity Makes a Great Aladdin Party Idea

    Does your little one love all things Aladdin? Whether you are looking for Aladdin party ideas or gift ideas, this kit is an awesome thing to include!

    One of my go-to activities for kids at parties is to have a play dough station with several colors of play dough and loose parts to spark their imaginations. It is so much fun to create a kit based on a party theme and this one, with the colorful gems and gold nuggets, did not disappoint!

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    Prep Time: 

    How To Make Play Dough

    In this video you’ll see our favorite play dough recipe! It comes out so silky and smooth. You can use food coloring to make any color you’d like as well.

    We use this play dough recipe in all of our play dough kits. It can last for several months, up to 6 months if stored properly!

    For all the details on how you can make play dough, I’ve explained the step by step instructions and other tips for making the perfect batch.

    How To Make Play Dough

    In this video you’ll see our favorite play dough recipe! It comes out so silky and smooth. You can use food coloring to make any color you’d like as well.

    We use this play dough recipe in all of our play dough kits. It can last for several months, up to 6 months if stored properly!

    For all the details on how you can make play dough, I’ve explained the step by step instructions and other tips for making the perfect batch.

    aladdin party idea play dough kit sensory play

    How to Assemble This Aladdin Party Idea

    There is always a benefit to making play dough kits! We have made lots of different themes including ocean, cupcake, Frozen, and insect, to name a few! Here is my handy list of items to think about including when assembling kits of any theme. Plus, keep reading for the specific items I included in this kit!

     

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Start by making the homemade play dough. Don’t forget the coloring to make the play dough fun and different colors. 

    Step 2

    Let the cooked play dough cool down, and then the play dough will be ready to add to the kit. 

    Step 3

    Load the container up with all the decorative pieces, and it’s ready to go! 

     

    Step 1

    Start by making the homemade play dough. Don’t forget the coloring to make the play dough fun and different colors. 

    Step 2

    Let the cooked play dough cool down, and then the play dough will be ready to add to the kit. 

    Step 3

    Load the container up with all the decorative pieces, and it’s ready to go! 

    Benefits of Creating a Play Dough Kit

    Playing with play dough in general, is such a fantastic way to strengthen fine motor skills and provide a rich sensory experience.

    I love that these play dough kits are a great way to keep everything neat in one simple storage case. This teaches the kids the importance of picking up after themselves, too, and keeps it all compiled in one easy and accessible location. 

    The kits allow the kids to stay focused, be creative, and use their imaginations all at once. As a mom who is always busy, this is such a great bonus to have these kits on hand! When the kids need activity, they have their kits to turn to!

    aladdin party idea play dough kit sensory play

    For more fun sensory play activities, check out our comprehensive list!

    aladdin party idea play dough kit sensory play

    Benefits of Creating a Play Dough Kit

    Playing with play dough in general, is such a fantastic way to strengthen fine motor skills and provide a rich sensory experience.

    I love that these play dough kits are a great way to keep everything neat in one simple storage case. This teaches the kids the importance of picking up after themselves, too, and keeps it all compiled in one easy and accessible location. 

    The kits allow the kids to stay focused, be creative, and use their imaginations all at once. As a mom who is always busy, this is such a great bonus to have these kits on hand! When the kids need activity, they have their kits to turn to!

    For more fun sensory play activities, check out our comprehensive list!

    More Sensory Bases to Explore

    Here are my top picks for different types of sensory bases.

    sensory sand play for kids

    Sensory Sand

    Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

    mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

    Modelling Dough

    This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

    play dough wild dough sensory

    Premium Play Dough

    This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

    slime kit sensory play for kids

    The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

    This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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    Matching Letter Game – A DIY Puzzle Made with Recycled Materials

    Matching Letter Game – A DIY Puzzle Made with Recycled Materials

    Matching Letter Game – A DIY Puzzle Made with Recycled Materials

    matching letter game using recycled egg carton bottle cap diy alphabet puzzle

    This DIY puzzle is an easy-to-make matching letter game! It’s a fun way to use recycled materials for playful learning!

    A Matching Letter Game You Can Make!

    This DIY puzzle is made up of items you likely already have, but are either tossing away or recycling! 

    It so amazing to be able to make a playful learning resource out of these materials. It’s a great way to save money and you may just find that your kiddos prefer playing with the bottle cap “pieces” and egg carton “board” over a fancy puzzle anyway!

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    Watch to See This Game in Action!

    In this video, you’ll see my kiddo enjoying this DIY matching letter game. Since he was still working on uppercase letter identification, both the letters on the caps and the letters in the egg carton were both uppercase. However, you could use this same exact set up for uppercase and lowercase matching once your kiddo is ready for it!

    You could also create a DIY uppercase and lowercase puzzle out of cardboard like we did with our DIY Alphabet Matching Puzzle!

    Watch to See This Game in Action!

    In this video, you’ll see my kiddo enjoying this DIY matching letter game. Since he was still working on uppercase letter identification, both the letters on the caps and the letters in the egg carton were uppercase. However, you could use this same exact set up for uppercase and lowercase matching once your kiddo is ready for it!

    You could also create a DIY uppercase and lowercase puzzle out of cardboard like we did with our DIY Alphabet Matching Puzzle!

    matching letter game using recycled egg carton bottle cap diy alphabet puzzle

    Tips for Setting Up This Activity

    Save your bottle caps! Since you’ll need quite a few for this activity, it may take some time to save these up! I washed them clean and placed them in a sealed container until I had enough for the game!

    How to Sanitize Egg Cartons. Before you use egg cartons for arts, crafts, and playful learning be sure to sanitize them! Cardboard egg cartons can be sanitized by heating it in an oven set to 170F for 20 minutes.

    Don’t Have Stickers? If you don’t have stickers, no problem! Just write the letters with a permanent marker on top of the bottle caps!

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Stick alphabet letters on top of bottle caps, or simply use a permanent marker to write a letter.

    Step 2

    On one of the egg cartons, tape an extra 4 egg containers so that there are enough spaces for each letter in the alphabet. 

    Step 3

    Write the letters of the alphabet at the bottom of each of the egg carton holders.

    Step 4

    Have kids match the letter on the bottle cap to the letter written in the egg carton.

    Step 1

    Stick alphabet letters on top of bottle caps, or simply use a permanent marker to write a letter.

    Step 2

    On one of the egg cartons, tape an extra 4 egg containers so that there are enough spaces for each letter in the alphabet.

    Step 3

    Write the letters of the alphabet at the bottom of each of the egg carton holders.

    Step 4

    Have kids match the letter on the bottle cap to the letter written in the egg carton.

    More Matching Letter Games!

    I know that grown ups get busy, and it may be hard to find the time to make DIY learning games like this.

    That’s why we made a printable version of a letter recognition activity! And it’s totally FREE! This is all about picking the apples from the tree, and then matching them to their lowercase version in the basket.

    If you are looking for more printable activities related to the alphabet, be sure to check out our Alphabet Tracing Cards, Alphabet Flash Cards, and our Alphabet Matching Puzzle as well.

    And don’t miss our full comprehensive list of alphabet learning activities!

    letter recognition alphabet matching worksheet printable
    letter recognition alphabet matching worksheet printable

    More Matching Letter Games!

    I know that grown ups get busy, and it may be hard to find the time to make DIY learning games like this.

    That’s why we made a printable version of a letter recognition activity! And it’s totally FREE! This is all about picking the apples from the tree, and then matching them to their lowercase version in the basket.

    If you are looking for more printable activities related to the alphabet, be sure to check out our Alphabet Tracing Cards, Alphabet Flash Cards, and our Alphabet Matching Puzzle as well.

    And don’t miss our full comprehensive list of alphabet learning activities!

    More Ways to Match the Alphabet!

    Here are some top picks for puzzles that are all about matching letters!

    alphabet matching game puzzle
    Wooden Uppercase and Lowercase Matching Puzzle

    This beautifully crafted interlocking wooden puzzle is a great way to explore uppercase and lowercase letters. 

    alphabet matching game puzzle
    ABC Picture Puzzles

    This picture puzzle not only encourages letter recognition, but can be used for word creation, color recognition, memory, and fine motor skills!

    alphabet matching game puzzlealphabet matching game puzzle popsicle
    Alphabet Popsicle Match

    This hands on alphabet recognition game is a fun way to match uppercase and lowercase letters!

     

    alphabet matching game puzzle worm
    Alphabet Worm Puzzle

    This fun puzzle is shaped like a worm. By including both lowercase and uppercase letters, this is a fun way for kids to be able to match the alphabet!

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    Activity for Toddlers – Colorful Taste Safe Sensory Play With Cereal

    Activity for Toddlers – Colorful Taste Safe Sensory Play With Cereal

    Activity for Toddlers – Colorful Taste Safe Sensory Play With Cereal

    activity for toddlers colorful taste safe cereal sensory bin

    This activity for toddlers is a colorful way to use stale cereal for sensory play that is also taste safe! Keep on reading to find out how easy this is to set up! 

    A Taste Safe Activity for Toddlers

    This activity is not about eating the cereal! Taste-safe and edible play are not synonymous. We prefer not to do edible play because to avoid the confusion of what sensory bases are safe to eat versus not safe to eat. I want my kiddos to assume that all sensory bases are not meant to be put in the mouth! 

    Therefore, this activity is taste-safe. Allowing a toddler to explore the sensory bases while learning not to put it in their mouth. Of course, if a toddler were to eat some, grown ups will know that it will not be harmful!

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    How to Make This Activity for Toddlers

    Watch this short video to see how easy it is to make stale cereal colorful. I want to emphasize to use stale cereal because there is no use in wasting good cereal you can eat! However, if you have cereal that would otherwise go in the trash bin, always think about how you could use it for sensory play first!

    My daughter, two years old at the time, had so much fun scooping and pouring and mixing it all up!

    How to Make This Activity for Toddlers

    Watch this short video to see how easy it is to make stale cereal colorful. I want to emphasize to use stale cereal because there is no use in wasting good cereal you can eat! However, if you have cereal that would otherwise go in the trash bin, always think about how you could use it for sensory play first!

    My daughter, two years old at the time, had so much fun scooping and pouring and mixing it all up!

    activity for toddlers colorful taste safe cereal sensory bin

    Tips for Setting Up This Activity for Toddlers

    Bowls and Spoons. Make sure to include them in the set up! They are perfect tools for young kids to learn the practical life skill of scooping, pouring, and transferring!

    Keep it stale! As mentioned above, we don’t want to encourage playing with good food that can be eaten. Instead, this is about utilizing stale cereal that would otherwise hit the trash bin!

    Food Coloring. We used a gel-based food coloring as it spreads a bit more evenly. The water-based food coloring is likely to absorb too quickly into the cereal and not spread as well. Also, be sure to let the cereal dry before playing with it to avoid the color transferring to the skin. However, if it does, wash hands with baking soda as this has been an effective way to remove stains on skin.

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    In a sealed container, add 1/2 cup of cereal. We used Cheerios. Add a squirt of gel based food coloring. (It may help to squirt it to the side of the container, not directly on the cereal itself.)

    Step 2

    Seal the container and shake, shake, shake! Once the color is spread throughout, lay the cereal out to dry for an hour to minimize the color from transferring. Repeat for each color.

    Step 1

    In a sealed container, add 1/2 cup of cereal. We used Cheerios. Add a squirt of gel based food coloring. (It may help to squirt it to the side of the container, not directly on the cereal itself.)

    Step 2

    Seal the container and shake, shake, shake! Once the color is spread throughout, lay the cereal out to dry for an hour to minimize the color from transferring. Repeat for each color.

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    The Importance of Sensory Play 

    It’s important to teach kids sensory play because it teaches them to learn with their bodies’ various senses. 

    This also teaches them colors as well as lets them feel the shapes of the cereal and hold the various colors with their hands. 

    Teach them the importance of not putting things in their mouth without understanding that it’s safe to do so as well. 

    This is one fun colorful activity that is perfect for toddlers and younger learners.

    activity for toddlers colorful taste safe cereal sensory bin
    activity for toddlers colorful taste safe cereal sensory bin

    The Importance of Sensory Play 

    It’s important to teach kids sensory play because it teaches them to learn with their bodies’ various senses. 

    This also teaches them colors as well as lets them feel the shapes of the cereal and hold the various colors with their hands. 

    Teach them the importance of not putting things in their mouth without understanding that it’s safe to do so as well. 

    This is one fun colorful activity that is perfect for toddlers and younger learners.