I have found an awesome source for crafty, messy, fun projects perfect for toddlers and wanted to share. It is a blog called Play Create Explore that I came across on Pinterest. A mom with two young boys (3 yrs and 6 months) writes the blog about all the fun little projects she does with her 3 year old. And boy, does she have some fantastic, easy ideas. Many of the ideas are art / craft based and utilize stuff you have in your kitchen cabinets.
Stella and I have already done several of them over the last couple weeks. They are all things I would have never thought of doing on my own... it has been a great way to spend a little more one-on-one time with Stella during Hazel's nap. The best part is, I have as much fun (more fun?) doing the projects as Stella does.
Here's a picture overview of the fun things we've done so far, with a link to the 'how to'...
|Painting with milk and food coloring -makes a cool marbleized look|
|Baked cotton balls - dip them in a mixture of water, flour and food coloring and put them in the oven...|
|....they turn into "rocks" with a hard shell that you can smash open to reveal the soft inside!|
|Indoor bubble blowing - all you need is water, dish soap and paint/food color|
|Painting snow - put food coloring and water in squeeze bottles and 'voila!'|
|Spice painting - get out some of those old spices that need to be tossed, let them squeeze glue on paper and then sprinkle on the spices|
If you have a toddler between 1-3 years, definitely check out her site. And if you know of any other great sources for toddler activities, let me know!