Bouncy Ball Art – An Invitation to Paint and Play

bouncy ball art

Grab your bouncy balls, paint, and paper and let’s explore open-ended messy art today! Bouncy ball art is so much fun! Our invitation to paint and play is messy, encourages movement, and is a great sensory experience.  Trust me though, this mess is so worth it! Who needs a paintbrush when you have bouncy balls! It’s bounce, bounce, bounce time! Continue reading

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Spices & Sprinkles Painting

Spices & Sprinkles Painting by Crayon Box Chronicles

I’m really excited for today’s invitation to paint with Fall spices and sprinkles. C’s been gravitating towards more open-ended play lately.  I’ve been setting-up simple invitations to play that allow him to explore materials freely with no expectations or direction.  Continue reading

Dinosaur “Scaly” Paper Plate

Dinosaur Paper Plate by Crayon Box Chronicles

Rawr! Meet our scaly Brachiosaurus dinosaur! He’s super fun to make and a great sensory experience.

MaterialsNeeded
  • 2 paper plates
  • tempura paint (colors of choosing)
  • kid scissors
  • white glue
  • black marker
  • green lentils
Next
1.  Let’s start by cutting the plate.  First, cut one plate in-half to make the body of the dinosaur.
2.  Next, cut the rim or outside of the plate of the half you’re not using, it will be the neck of the dinosaur.  Use the plate scraps to cut an oval shape, it will be the head.  Set aside.
3.  Next, cut the rim or outside of the second paper plate.  Use the rim as the legs and tail of the dinosaur, cut into pieces.  I cut small triangles out of the feet for the claws!
4.  Now you’re ready to glue. Glue all pieces together, set aside to dry.
5.  Next, it’s time to paint.

Dinosaur Scaly Paper Plate by Crayon Box Chronicles

 6.  While it’s wet, add white glue, a lot of glue!

Dinosaur Scaly Paper Plate by Crayon Box Chronicles

7.  Add lentils and allow to dry.  Tip: We used a lot of lentils, so to prevent them from falling off, I added a heavy layer of glue over the lentils with a sponge brush once the lentils dried.
8.  Finally, using a black marker add an eye and mouth. Watch your child’s imagination soar –  RAWR!!

Dinosaur Scaly Paper Plate by 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!

Materials:

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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Pom-Pom Painting

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Pom-pom painting is a fun way to recycle those old clothes pins.  Let’s use them as our brushes today!

Materials:

  • clothes pins
  • pom-pom balls
  • non-toxic tempura paint
  • paper plate
  • paper

What’s Next:

  1. Attach pom-pom balls to clothespins, dip, and paint! Let your child’s inner Picasso shine!

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Sensory Activity: Hidden Shapes Bean Tray

Hidden shapes bean tray for sensory play

Sensory learning involves the processing of stimuli through your senses – taste, touch, smell, hearing, and vision.  It gives your child sensory experiences that help them develop dexterity – pincher grasp; teaches them about the properties of objects and substances – weight, balance, measurements; and helps them identify words associated with sensations – hot, cold. Continue reading