Five Card Board Craft you should do with your toddler this Christmas

So after snow we wanted to do some decorations and get Christmas ready.If you have not checked the snow recipe yet I highly recommend you check that Christmas Activity : DIY Play snow

Usually every year we decorate a small tree as a part of our Christmas decorations but this year I wanted it to be little more as I have a little helper.And wanted to keep it easy enough for N so that he would enjoy it.

I kept the craft very basic and easy because more than beautiful and finished decorations it should be easy for a two year old.And very importantly I wanted it to be a best out of waste project.So that instead of buying a fake plastic tree we can use the waste and be eco friendly.

So lets get started


Materials required

Carton/Cardboard

knife

Glue

Googly eyes

some decorative sequence or stars

pom pom

Colours (acrylic/water any colour would do)

Empty toilet/ kitchen towel roll

Double sided tape

 

Ginger Bread Man 


Take an empty carton and cut it in the shape of ginger bread man.


Paste the eyes

Apply glue all over or

And decorate it with applying glue on the sequence, stars or any decorative item you come across the stationery store.


Tip- Apply some glue but let your toddler apply glue stick on the decorative items again.Glue stick wasn’t that effective on the sticking part hence applying glue (fevicol all over is advised)

 

Rudolf The reindeer


Put your hands on the card board and draw your hands, cut it with the help of knife.Your hands are the horns  of reindeer.

Paint both the horns and the toilet roll brown in colour or else you can leave colouring as toilet roll and cardboard both are brown in colour.


Paste the eyes

Use a double sided tape to stick the horns and

Use a red pom pom stick it with double sided tape.

Your Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer is ready


 

Wreath


Cut the cardboard in a circle I have used a plate to draw the circle as I don’t have a compass.Waiting for N to grow to bring back my school time memories of compass and Protractor.Gosh ! I have even forgotten the names of my geometry instruments. Anyways,Make a bigger circle and draw a smaller circle inside it. Cut it to get the base of the wreath.


Again apply the glue all over and let the toddler stick the pom pom all over it.N enjoyed sticking pom pom and when he was bored which honestly was just towards the end I did the finishing.

 

Star


No matter what I do I find it difficult to draw a star , so I simply draw two over lapping triangle to get my star.Did the same here and mad the cut in the centre to give it a more starry appearance.

Colour it with any colour of your choice.


Decorate it with sequence.

 

Christmas Tree

So this one is our first Christmas tree of this season yes we have planned few more and hopefully we would be able to do it.


Cut the cardboard in the shape of a Christmas tree and colour it green.Let your toddler colour it you can give the last coat to make it presentable.

Cut few shapes like circle, crescent ,triangle as decoration for the tree and a star for the top.


Draw the shapes on the tree and cut the shapes from a different piece of cardboard.Stick velcro with glue gun.


N loves this tree and this is his shapes tree.

 


While doing the craft you can tell the various stories associated with it and about Christmas and the joy of giving.


 

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Christmas Activity : DIY Play snow 

December is a month which is full of celebrations, winters make it even more special.And making a snow man from snow is the best thing but wait we don’t have snow here in Oman or rather had we been in Delhi getting a booking done for Shimla in december is next to impossible.So does that mean Little N will miss out on making snow man and his childhood winter memories will have no snow man in it? Well No he is going to have  better memories with snow man and will have no chilly hands too.

Do It Yourself is the word …Yes we make snow at home.

Materials Required

Googly eyes

Few decorative items

Pipe cleaner or ribbon

Snow Recipe

Two cups Cornstarch

1/2 cup  edible oil (I have used Coconut oil)

Prepration

In a bowl mix the corn starch with oil till the time it bind like snow.Take more cups if you wish to make a bigger snowman.We were able to make a small one but considering the fun factor I would suggest take some more.N was happy with his snow man so for us quantity was not an issue.

Set Up

In a tray or activity table put the whole snow mix and keep the items for decorations. Don’t forget to use a mat for easy cleaning.

Let the little one explore the texture, show them how to make balls and break it.Do it again and again and let them enjoy the snow for a while.After that show them how to make a snow man.

One small ball for face

one bigger ball for body.

Put the pipe cleaner as muffler

Put the eyes and if you can find a nose better (I couldn’t or rather I simply forgot about the nose of snowman)

And our seasons first snowfall snow man 😉

N was in love with the texture and making and breaking balls kept him busy for quite sometime.And we are sure doing this activity again but we are running out of corn starch already ;).Time to go and buy heaps of cornstarch and let it snow here in desert what say ?

 

 

Montessori Toy Series-Coin Slot Box

Coin slot box is one of the easiest to make toy and keep the toddlers busy for long.I have used an old plastic container with lid to make this montessori toy.

Take any plastic or cardboard box with lid.

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Cut the lid in the shape as shown below to let the coins pass through easily.

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Keep the caps of bottles (I have chosen the size which my baby’s mouth can’t accommodate) as coins.As real coins can be hazardous.

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Try and keep the caps of different colours.

Your coin slot is ready.

This helps in honing the fine motor skills, hand and eyes coordination.

This is a tried and tested way to keep the toddler busy.My baby tries to put the caps of the bottles in use as well.So when we find a cap missing, we straight away check his coin slot box for it.

Montessori Toy Series -DIY Colour Wheel

Now that my baby is already one and shows lot of curiosity to learn I decided to make some toys which he can enjoy at the same time learn new things.This one is Colour wheel and the easiest that I could have ever thought of.

Materials required

Cardboard

Glue

Scissors

clothespins

acrylic colours

A4Size white paper

How to 

I have identified some basic bright colours that catches babies attention and are easily identified by them as this is the first stage of colour recognition ,later on more colours can be added but to keep it simple I have used only four bright colours.

Cut The cardboard into a circle ,I have used two and pasted them to make it stronger.

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Paste the A4 Size paper and cut it to cover the whole cardboard in a circle.Paste it on both the side as we will colour both the sides.

Divide sections to be coloured.

Start Colouring the sections and make sure you colour the same section with colour on the opposite side as well.

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Take clothespins and colour them with the colour matching the one on the wheel.I have coloured only two clothespin each for the colours, you can make more.

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How to introduce it to the toddler

First You need to play it by loudly telling the colours you have matched the clothespins with in the wheel.

Let your baby learn to clip the clothespins first matching can come later.

The more you do ,more the baby will learn how to match and can differentiate the colours and will gradually start identifying.

This is my DIY series of Montessori toys that I will be doing for my baby who is currently almost 14 months old.Watch the section for more Fun DIY Montessori toys.

DIWALI DECOR DIY

So Diwali is round the corner and is the festival of DIY …Since childhood I have been excited about this festival. Diwali means rangoli, decorations, diyas,candles and fun.We celebrate a no cracker diwali and hence crackers are not a part of our celebrations.This will be again one of the diwalis I will be celebrating away from home but I don’t want to miss out on the fun with Nirvaan (N).This year has been special and all festival celebrated will have a mark on him and his upbringing.Anyways so while you all are busy with the diwali cleaning and shopping here is a DIY I did for Diwali hope you like it.

Materials used

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The glass jars used here are the ones we usually throw like the jam,pickles,garlic paste jar.I cleaned them removed the label using hot water.

Corals and sand we got from maldives you can use salt if you don’t have sand and instead of corals you can use uncooked pasta ,rice,chick peas etc.

Start with painting the pebbles as they take the longest of time.I have given a coat of acrylic paint first to the pebbles and then painted them with nail paint (cheap ones from the local shop)to get the glossy look.

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Use a container to paint the sand take some acrylic colours in your finger and mix it well with sand let it dry

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Keep them in any cosy corner of the house ,lit the candles to get the perfect look.

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Here are some more pics after the candles were lit

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Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali ..May this festival of light bring happiness ,prosperity and most importantly enlightenment into our lives.

DIY BALOON CHANDELIER

A brain which is pre occupied by the thoughts of how to keep a baby busy becomes creative.My babies never ending love for balloons made me make a super easy cheap chandelier for him.

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How to

Simplest DIY ever

Inflate the balloons using the pump,tie the balloons hang them to the clothespins. viola !!! its done.

Hang it anywhere where it would attract your babies attention, my baby started walking with support so the wardrobe is the best for us.

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BALLOON CHANDELIER

And we love this one as well…

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DIY-ROPE VASE

You are suffering from DIY fever That is how my husband makes fun of me but seriously its fun.DIY’s are stress busters , easy to do and results always make you think ‘did I have it in me, why didn’t I try this earlier’.

So let’s get started with the fever, today i am going to make a simple rope vase out of a juice bottle which i usually use to throw.

 

Materials required

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  1. Plastic  bottle (I liked the shape and hence chose this one you can choose any bottle of any shape or size)
  2. Rope
  3. Glue

No you don’t need a baby hand ,ignore the little thief who is trying to steal stuff 😉

How to

Place the bottle upside down and apply the glue over the rope.

Stick the rope to the end of the bottle and press it for a while so that it sticks properly

Once the rope has stuck to the bottle you can start  wrapping the rope around the bottle.

Glue won’t be required in every round that you make as it will stick on its own to the bottle but if you want to you can use. I have used glue at the bottom and at the neck rest it stuck on its own.

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I have not removed the cap and wrapped the cap with rope as well.I liked the shape the cap was giving to the bottle.

This is the final result you can make to decorate the shoe rack at the entrance like I did or else you can place it right below the lamp shade.

Its perfect if you shift  regularly like I do and don’t wish to spend much on decor yet want to make your house look beautiful.

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