Paper Towel Tube Octopus

Yesterday morning while I was cleaning our room, Xomi wanted to make a toilet paper tube octopus. We saw a YouTube video of this craft few nights back, so she basically knew what to do.

I told her to find a toilet paper tube, and she went straight to the bathroom. I asked her dad to check what was keeping her. She was removing the toilet paper off the tube! I should have given her clear instructions!

Materials needed:

– Toilet paper tube

-Watercolor or poster paint and paint brush

– moving eyes

– Scissors

– Glue

Since we don’t have empty toilet paper tubes, we used a kitchen paper towel roll. The tubes are white, so it was easier to paint. I cut the tube into half since it was too long for the project.

I was finishing up cleaning the room while Xomi was painting the tube. She used a blue watercolor for her octopus. Obviously, that’s her favorite color. We stuffed the top of the tube with a toilet paper for the head of the octopus.

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When the blue-painted tube was dry, we glued the moving eyes, and I assisted her in cutting the bottom of the tube for the arms.

An octopus has 4 pairs of arms. A common mistake is calling the arms of the octopus tentacles.  I miscalculated it, so the octopus has more than 8 arms!  Then she curled the 4 pairs (or so) of arms.

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So there it is! Xomi’s blue octopus made out of a kitchen paper towel tube.

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Learning Secondary Colors

The night before, Xomi kept on asking me about color combinations, “Mommy, if you mix blue and red, what color comes out?”

I told her dad that the next day’s activity would be mixing colors.

We came up with this interactive and simple color mixing activity to teach Xomi how to mix primary colors to make secondary colors.

Materials needed:

– Watercolor (red, yellow, blue)

– 6 clear plastic cups (3 empty ones and 3 for watercolor)

– Stirrer

My husband put the primary colors in small plastic cups and added water.

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He let Xomi poured the red and blue colors in an empty cup, and she watched as it turned to purple. Next were yellow and red, it turned to orange. Then blue and yellow turned to green!

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Mixing colors

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Primary and secondary colors!

I’m not sure what happened next because I was doing something. But I’d bet, she ended up mixing everything!

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?

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!”