Fire Prevention Week Activities for Kids

Fire Prevention Week Activities, Crafts, and Books for Kids

According to the National Fire Protection Association, roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep.  Fire prevention week takes place the week of Oct 4-10, 2015.  Firefighters will be emphasizing, “Hear The Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” Continue reading

Origami Halloween Puppet Theatre

Origami Halloween Puppet Theatre by Crayon Box Chronicles

Welcome! It’s showtime! Today’s not-so haunted house is full of imaginative play, origami characters, and spooktacular fun! Mr. Ghost, Miss Bat, and Mr. Pumpkin are gearing up for their first production of Spooktacular Halloween Puppet Theatre! You don’t want to miss the show! It’s sure to amaze! Before we start the show, let’s go behind the scenes to the making-of Spooktacular Halloween Puppet Theatre and see how’s it’s all done! We’ll visit the cardboard stage construction, creaky webbed door, and glittery roof-top! Continue reading

Egg Carton Caterpillar

Egg Carton Caterpillar

We love recycling materials to make fun, easy crafts for kids.  Our egg carton caterpillar is great for story-time and pretend play.

Material Needed:

  • Paper egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paint or markers

What’s Next:

First, cut the egg carton in half lengthwise. I used adult scissors for this part, it was tough. Tip: To make it look more rounded, cut the base off around the edges, but AFTER you paint it.  If you cut before, it compromises the strength of it.  The seams at the top started to break where the colors met.  Next, choose your medium — paint or markers.

Egg Carton Caterpillar @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Little C started to paint, then it was ATTACK of the animals, lol!

Egg Carton Caterpillar @ Crayon Box Chronicles

He ended up doing an animal foot print painting and I finished the caterpillar.  Set aside to dry then draw a face on the front of the caterpillar.

Egg Carton Caterpillar @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Turn the carton upside down and help your child poke two short pieces of pipe cleaner through one end to create antennae; bend over tips, they are pointy! Let your child’s imagination soar as they play with their new caterpillar! Little C decided to have a snack with his, lol! 😉

Egg Carton Caterpillar @ Crayon Box Chronicles

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Pom-Pom Caterpillars


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Caterpillars are too cute! This fun, simple craft will challenge your preschooler in color recognition, sequencing, and counting!


What’s Next:

  1. Run a line of white glue down one flat side of the clothes pin.
  2. Have your child carefully place their pom-poms in the line of glue to form their caterpillar. Discuss color recognition, color sequencing, and counting.
  3. Next, bend the pipe cleaner into a “V” shape to create the antennae. Insert the antennae between the first and second pom-pom, adding glue if necessary.
  4. Put two dots of glue where the eyes will go and put the eyes in place.
  5. Add the mouth using a black marker.
  6. Let the glue dry completely.

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