Thursday, January 31, 2008

Heart "Flower" Pots

Every Wednesday I keep my nephew, Ethan (6 mos), and my niece, Jamie (age 2). I am trying to think of fun things for the girls to do. Today I had them color on hearts that were glued to popsicle sticks.

Scribbling is the first step to writing and it is good for developing fine motor skills. This is something we will be doing more often since I found out today that Jamie doesn't really know how to hold her crayon and to scribble.

To finish off the project I placed the girls colored heart into a soup can that had been wrapped in scrapbook paper.
Megan would hand me her finished heart and then say "more." (Her project is on the right.) The girls had so much fun that I need to find some more ideas for crafts with toddlers. If you have any suggestions or know of a good resource please let me know.


  1. Very cute idea. I love this resource for ideas for toddlers...

  2. Those are darling...and a great idea for the honorary grandmas that we have for Valentine's day...

  3. This is so cute! I'll have to have my 2 little one year old boys do something like this for their parents. My favorite resource is The Toddlers Busy Book by Trish Kuffner. It is awesome with lots of great ideas for the little ones rather than just watered down preschool activities, lists of junk to keep, and recipes to make your own paint, play-dough, etc. I purchased mine off of a while back. Hope this helps!

    One of my very favorite toddler activities is to use a large piece of contact paper and let them stick collage materials on it. No glue needed! A couple of weeks ago, I did a big snowman shape and they stuck cotton balls on-it was a hit!

    As you can probably tell- I LOVE toddlers.:-)

  4. Anonymous9:23 AM

    Cute idea.
    Are those prescription containers on the lazy susan? With toddlers around, they need to be out of reach.
    I used to license day care homes, and those things just jump out at me.

  5. These are so sweet!

    We did pudding finger paints yesterday with my toddler and five year old. They loved it. I posted the recipe yesterday so feel free to check it out. I was having trouble loading pictures, but I will try to post them today.

    I am going to feature this idea in my notebook entry today- so precious!

  6. Try this site. It has crafts for all ages but some for smaller ones too. I got a few cute Valentine ones for Aynslee off this site.

  7. Cute! I think you have inspired me to do something with my 14 month old. He hasn't ever done coloring yet, but whenever he gets one of my pens (cap on) he pretends to scribble just like he see's mommy do. I'll bet he's ready for scribbling! Thanks for the motivation... maybe we will make some sort of Valentines for grandparents!


  8. Wendi,

    Thanks for sharing--those are so cute! You have great craft ideas with patterned paper.

  9. That is such a fun thing to do. I think I will borrow it for children's church...Mary

  10. What a great idea! Family Fun magazine has fun ideas & so does their website

  11. These are beyond adorable!!! Ssshhhhh... don't tell Mr. U, but I am going to "help" Elizabeth make some of these for him for Valetine's Day!! :)

    Thank you for a sweet idea!!

    Mrs. U


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