Pinkery Buttefly

While I was busy creating a party bucket prototype, I have to keep this little girl busy too.

Materials Needed:

– Construction paper

– Popsicle Stick

– Crayons/Color Pencils (or any coloring materials)

– Shape cutouts, acrylic gems, or anything you want

– Paste/glue

Inspired by the bucket I was making, I cut out a big butterfly from a construction paper and taped it on a Popsicle stick.

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Xomi wanted to use her watercolor, but we told her to use crayons since we were not in the mood to clean up. She got her color pencils and started coloring.

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She got so excited when she saw my craft punch that she asked me to make her flowers and circles. She used her paste stick in sticking the flowers and circles on her “pinkery” butterfly.

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That kept her busy while I finished the party bucket.

Marshmallow Pops

My daughter loves marshmallows and sprinkles. Today, we made marshmallow pops!

Materials Needed:

– Marshmallows (big and/or small)
– Chocolate bar
– Lollipop sticks (toothpicks)
– Sprinkle
– Shortening (optional)
– Styrofoam (optional)

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I sliced the chocolate bars into thin pieces and put them in a microwave-safe container. Melting the chocolate in a microwave can be a little tricky since chocolates burn easily. Yes, I used to burn them! But if it’s done right, it’s the easiest and most convenient way.

I melted the chocolate in the microwave oven at a medium heat for 30 seconds, removed the container, stirred, and then put it back inside the microwave oven. I repeated the process until the chocolates are all melted. I also added a little bit of shortening to get a more liquid consistency, but it’s really up to you if you want to add shortening.

Since we have colored chocolate bars leftovers (from Xomi’s birthday party), we used them to add more frills to the pops!

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Dipping the mallows in the melted chocolates.

While I was still melting the chocolates, Xomi started inserting the lollipop sticks through the big mallows, and she used toothpicks for the smaller ones. She dipped the small and big mallows on the melted chocolate and added colorful sprinkles!

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The marshmallow pops Xomi made.

Since we have a spare Styrofoam, we used it to mount the sticks on. It would be fun to decorate that Styro for a party!

How’s that for a party idea?

Bustle

We’ve been swamped with so many things to do this week, and we didn’t do any arts and crafts activity at all.

Today, I’m busy logging more work hours and completing few orders scheduled to be shipped tomorrow.

I let Xomi sit in front of her “Play ‘n Fold Art Studio”, and let her creativity take her wherever.

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She asked me to draw circles using different colors, then she just sorted the magnetic letters by colors. She sang the alphabet while putting all the letters on her white board. I think she also did some doodling to conclude her time with the “art studio.” 

During the afternoon, she played and talked with her dolls. She gave one of her Barbie dolls a complete makeover. She turned her into a girl scarecrow. I forgot to take pictures before she untangled her work of art.

She didn’t take a nap, so I’m hoping she’ll sleep early tonight, so I can accomplish a lot of things.

So what did your toddler do today?

Edible Popcorn Painting

If you have a toddler, I’m sure you’ve been thinking of creative ways to keep them preoccupied.

Xomi has been wanting to eat popcorn for weeks, but we keep on forgetting to pop one in the microwave. Then I found this blog.

For this activity you need:

– Microwave popcorn

– Clean paint brush(es)

– Royal icing

It has been an established fact that I’m not a kitchen person, so I asked my husband to make the royal icing for our popcorn painting activity.

To make royal icing, he used:

1 egg white

1 cup powdered sugar (confectioners’ sugar)

He just mixed the ingredients manually, but you can always use an electric mixer. Once we have the liquid consistency, we poured them in three small cups and added food coloring.

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Mixing colors to create purple is always tricky for me, and it’s something I haven’t perfected yet.

Once the microwave stops popping (or “stop microwave when pops are 1-2 seconds apart.”), then we’re all set to start painting the popcorn!

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Here’s our yummy and sweet painted popcorn!

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Beads and Strings

Just like any other toddler, Xomi is very active. She loves running around, crawling on her fours, climbing on the bed post and falling, tumbling, jumping on the bed, and other seemingly exhausting physical activities.

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We always try to come up with activities to lure her into sitting down in one place, just a little downtime. Especially when it’s too humid, and she hasn’t fully recovered from her bout with cough (and asthma) yet.

She loves sharing with my arts and crafts materials, and recently, I got her her own craft boxes, so she can start organizing her craft accessories.

This wasn’t her first encounter with beads and strings, but I think she appreciates it more now because she has fully developed the fine motor skills necessary in stringing the beads on her own.

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She made this necklace for Alyssa (her little aunt). I loved the fact that she put a wooden strawberry pendant on it.

Few nights back, Arianne (her little aunt) and her best friend, Kelsey, were on a duo pajama party. She told me she wanted to make bracelets for Arianne and her friend, Kelsey. She made it quickly because she wanted to give it to them before they go to bed. How’s that for a friendship bracelet?

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That was the time when Xomi asked, “Mom, can I sell these?” It was surprising to hear something like that from a 3-year-old toddler.  She has a good grasp of the concept “pay”, “buy”, “money”, and “sell”. The idea was very appealing—inspiring entrepreneurship at an early age.

The next day, we set off to get her more beads, which she happily selected, and she asked me to get her new strings. We also got her a new tin can coin bank for her “sales”.

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An idea came up, I told her I’m going to buy the bracelets she made, and I’m going to give them to the little girls whose moms buy hair accessories from me. I know she won’t be able to keep this up for long, so mommies, don’t keep your hopes up. If she feels like making bracelets, I buy them and give them away.

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So far, she made almost enough money to buy a book (her motivation to make more bead accessories) she was eyeing, coming from her own pocket, or shall I say tin can—her hard-earned money.

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**Make sure you supervise your toddler during this activity. Beads and other small pieces can pose a choking hazard.

Magically “Sew” Simple Coloring Activity

“Sew magical! Sew cute!” But really, this is a no-sew activity.

Lalaloopsy is relatively the latest fad among little girls. It was a hot seller in 2011. They are super cute colorful dolls made from fabric with button eyes. Oh and they have adorably delicious names!

Since my little girl loves these silly-haired and button-eyed dolls, I came up with this simple activity, but entirely a hit with my 3-year-old curly toddler.

My husband printed out this Lalaloopsy coloring pages from Cartoon Jr.

Materials:

– Lalaloopsy doll coloring pages
– buttons
– double-adhesive tape
– acrylic gemstone (optional)
– crayons

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Xomi got her crayons and arts and crafts can ready, and then she started coloring her favorite character, Featherbed Pillow (we got it from another online source).

Her coloring skill has improved greatly. She tried her best to color within the line and started to use multiple colors in one subject.

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She put buttons on the eyes and some on Pillow’s clothes. We used double-adhesive tape for the buttons. She also stick some acrylic gemstones on her work.

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This activity is soooo simple, but my daugher enjoyed it so much. She loves showing her work to everyone!;) She beams with delight when people praises her work, and she cheerfully said, “Thank you!”

Animal Finger Puppet

Fighting the summer heat off with an easy and fun craft.

Materials used:

Card stock paper
Crayons
Wool felt or sponge paper (or whatever you think would work)

We were planning to use wool felts in making the animal finger puppets, but it would require a lot of work, so we used a card stock paper instead. My husband drew elephants and a lion. Xomi wants to be the baby elephant, and obviously, I’m the mommy elephant and Daddy is the lion.

We cut out the elephants from the card stock, and let the little artist color the elephants’ heads.
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I quickly measured Xomi’s index finger, and I cut some wool felts and hot glued the ends. They look like rings.
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I hot glued the animal heads on the ring wool felts, and voila, the finger puppeting fun began!
Pretend play is always imagination at it’s finest.
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Happy Monday!