Valentine’s: Food + Art

Valentine's Pasta Art

Here’s what I had on hand today. Heart-shaped pasta. Glue. And sprinkles.

Valentine's Pasta Art

I thought, nothing beats good old fashioned macaroni art.

Valentine's Pasta Art

Ok really, I’m just running low on craft supplies…

Valentine's Pasta Art

But surprisingly, this worked out really well. And Els had a blast.

Valentine's Pasta Art

And she really took care in staying within the lines. It was very cute.

Valentine's Pasta Art

The sprinkles kind of got out of hand. I mean, they were everywhere.

Valentine's Pasta Art

But, what can I say? Sprinkles makes little ones happy. And it totally beats glitter clean up. Fun fun all around!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

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But a butterfly…

I found it quite endearing after reading the Llama Llama books when Els would call me Mama Llama and I would love to call her Llama Llama back. Eventually, it all turned into Llama Llama, no more Mama Llama, and I was fine with that too. But tonight, a strange development occurred as I was putting her to bed. As I leaned over beside her to kiss her good night, she lovingly cupped my chin into her tiny hands and said, “Good night, piggy piggy.”

I brushed my feelings aside quickly, as to not rouse her from her sleepy slumber, while mentally trying to recap my entire day, wondering if she indeed noticed me scarfing down that entire box of bunny crackers, when it dawned on me. The last book we read centered on a mother and child who happened to be upright, walking, talking pigs. Exactly like the upright, walking, talking Red Pajama llamas.

HA!

Now on to crafts! What is it… But a, but a butterfly.

Toddler Butterfly Crafts.

We made these little creatures on the weekend and hung them from our trees with some clear fishing line. We sat on our steps and lazily watched them flit and fleet in the wind.

We used:

Toddler Butterfly Crafts.

Toddler Butterfly Crafts.

Toddler Butterfly Crafts.

Toddler Butterfly Crafts.

Toddler Butterfly Crafts.

Multi-colored Butterfly card stock. Googly eyes. Glue. Pipe cleaners. Crayons/Markers. Beads. Feathers. Gems. Pom Poms. And popsicle sticks. (I painted these with some acrylic paint and let it dry beforehand).

Toddler Butterfly Crafts.

Hard at work.

Toddler Butterfly Crafts.

Obsessed with glue.  And eyes. And more glue.

Toddler Butterfly Crafts.

Finished product, hiding out in the trees.

Toddler Butterfly Crafts.

My hubby’s requested close-up of his 3-eyed proud creation.

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Getting Ready for St. Patrick’s Day: Decorating Clovers

In my 20’s, St. Patrick’s day was look silly in green and pub night. Fish n’ Chips, beer and good times.

Now, I decorate clovers with my toddler while eating Cheerios. Either way, it’s still good times. Perhaps, on the day, we will all go out for some fish n’ chips together. Now that’s an idea.

Here’s what Els and I have been up to. Getting ready for St. Patty’s Day!

Getting Ready for St. Patrick's Day. Toddler Craft: Decorating Clovers.

Inspired by Els’ art class. Just a ton of shiny baubles and things…

I cut up gold and green sparkly pipe cleaners. Collected some clover foam boards, gold coins, foam clovers, and little emerald looking gems.

Getting Ready for St. Patrick's Day. Toddler Craft: Decorating Clovers.

Perfect for St. Patrick’s day decorating.

Getting Ready for St. Patrick's Day. Toddler Craft: Decorating Clovers.

Here’s Els taking this decorating thing very seriously. Exercising creativity, fine motor, concentration and all that good stuff.

I just squiggled some foam glue on top of the clovers and she had a great time sticking all her ornaments on top.

Getting Ready for St. Patrick's Day. Toddler Craft: Decorating Clovers.

Must wait for the glue to dry… It should dry clear.

St. Patrick's Day Arts and Crafts.

And tada! Clover central! Els’ handmade art work on display in her playroom.

St. Patricks Day Arts and Crafts. Decorating Clovers.

Simple and pretty.

Now, I can’t wait to go and eat some fish n’ chips! Only a couple of more weeks to go…!

Getting Ready for St. Patrick's Day. Toddler Craft: Decorating Clovers.

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Popsicle Fun with Play Dough

Popsicle Play Dough

Inspired by Els’ Favorite Food.

Popsicle Fun with Play Dough

I gave her some play dough rolled up in little balls, her favorite heart beads, a handful of popsicle sticks and some googly eyes and told her to go buck wild.

Popsicle Fun with Play Dough

The idea…

Popsicle Fun with Play Dough

Els and dad having fun.

Popsicle Fun with Play Dough

They built a popsicle house. The popsicles became popsicle people. Bunnies and chipmunks were added to the mix. And then —

After an hour of fun, mommy cleaned up all the mess.

Popsicle Fun with Play Dough

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Can’t Get Enough of Those Beads

The beads and pipe cleaners from the last post have been a huge success with Els. She can’t get enough of them. But she has moved on from the actual beading to (in her books) bigger and better and more fun things! Here is how the rest of the day and the day after that, transpired…

Fun with Beads.The animals are hungry. Time to feed them hearts.

Toddler fun with beads.

The train’s coming with more food. And more hungry animals!

Toddler Fun with Beads.

Time to give the beads a bath.

Toddler Fun with Beads.

Squish. Swoosh. Splash.

Toddler Fun with Beads.

Can’t forget the animals. They need a bath too! Jump piggy.

Toddler fun with Pipe Cleaners

“I need my pipe cleaners!” Time to play again. Phew. The animals made it  safely to the top of the squiggly mountain.

Endless! How much toddlers can do with simple materials.

I just wish my energy could keep up with her imagination…

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Getting ready for Valentine’s: Beads and Pipe Cleaners

One of my favorite things about being a mom, is — Arts n’ Crafts. There’s something about glue and glitter, clear glass jars filled with colorful pom poms and  beads, paint, ribbons etc. that make me giddy. Much like a two year old’s enthusiasm.

That being said, since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought I’d get a little head start and do some Valentine-themed crafts with the babe. You may see a little ‘heart’ motif/trend going on for several more posts leading up to Valentine’s. I’m a little obsessed lately. With hearts that is. But not as obsessed as Els and her polka dots. Which is a huge relief, seeing as though she’s been wearing the same polka dotted pants for one whole week straight.

Here’s what we have been up to:

Toddler Valentine Crafts with Beads and Pipe Cleaners.

Playing with beads and pipe cleaners.

This is actually an idea I got from one of Els’ art classes. I’ve come to discover, toddlers LOVE to string beads. Not to mention, beads are great for sensory play. It’s also great for hand-eye coordination, concentration, and keeps them busy for a solid amount of time. Els had a blast making these.

*Please note: You should always supervise your children while playing with beads.

Toddler Valentine Crafts with Beads and Pipe Cleaners.

I got a variety of beads in size, shape and color and got a few select shades from the Valentine family of pipe cleaners. The pipe cleaners are great to work with because it’s big enough for little toddler fingers, but slips through even the smallest bead with ease.

Toddler Valentine Crafts with Beads and Pipe Cleaners.

Just string them through! Put the beads through the pipe cleaner one by one. Add a bell for a little jingle. Make decorations.

Toddler Valentine Crafts with Beads and Pipe Cleaners.

Make Bracelets.

Toddler Arts and Crafts

Make gifts.

Valentine's arts and crafts

Make fun.

Toddler Valentine Crafts with Beads and Pipe Cleaners.

But most of all, make mommy and me time.

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