Carpet Square Painting & Sensory Board

Carpet Sample Painting @ Crayon Box Chronicles

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We love to explore the process of painting with everything but a paintbrush! I was cleaning out my sewing box today and stumbled upon these carpet samples from Home Depot! I tend to collect everything for projects, so I knew they’d come in handy someday! I set up these invitations to paint with no expectations in mind.  C really enjoys exploring the materials and bright colors! Continue reading

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Cookie Cutter Wrapping Paper

Cookie Cutter Wrapping Paper by Crayon Box Chronicles

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Let’s get creative today and make homemade wrapping paper! Ditch the brushes and let’s experiment with cookie cutters instead — fun! This is another fun and simple addition to our Homemade Fun Series.  Depending on your child’s ability they can do it all or just push the cut-outs down.  Today’s activity helps your child practice color recognition, sequencing, animal sounds, and counting.  Plus, who wouldn’t love homemade wrapping paper — right? Continue reading

Homemade Watercolor Chalk Spray

We love things homemade! So, let’s whip up a few batches of homemade chalk in spray bottles today! This watercolor-like version is fun, simple, and super crafty!

Materials Needed{per batch}

  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 10-15 drops of food coloring
  • 1/2  cup warm water

What’s Next:

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  1. Just add all the ingredients in a bottle, shake, and spray! It’s that simple! Below is {1} batch — made a small amount, so we did {3} batches per bottle.

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{note} The chalk spray will stain clothes, carpets, and or anything that food coloring would typically stain.  As always with play, adult supervision is required.

For a brighter, thicker, more paint-like version, try this recipe I found at crust, crafts, and curriculum.

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Homemade Stamps

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Let’s upcycle some old wooden blocks into homemade stamps today! With just a few materials, your child will be able to create simple stamps that are fun and reusable. Have a holiday coming up? Use festive foam stickers to make a personalized card.

Materials Needed:

  • Wooden toy blocks
  • Foam stickers
  • Stamping ink pads
  • Paper

What’s Next:

  1. Gather your wooden blocks. We used old alphabet blocks. If you’re using abc blocks, have your child identify the letters and the sounds they make or have them pick only vowels {love the lessons}.
  2. Next, have your child peel, then stick the foam stickers on the blocks. Peel & stick is a great activity to help their fine-motor skills needed for preschool.
  3. Lastly, press the stamps into the ink {we only has gold and tan, bright colors would be more fun} and stamp away! Set aside to dry and enjoy!  C wasn’t so sure about the bird, lol!

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Spray Bottle Tie-Dye

Spray Bottle Tie Dye by Crayon Box Chronicles

It’s totally tie-dye time – kid style! Using a spray bottle or squeeze bottle is much easier and a lot less messy than traditional tie-dyeing. Your child can choose their dye pattern and colors too. Up-cycle an old t-shirt into something new! Let’s explore cause and effect today! Continue reading

Dinosaur Sponge Paper

Dinosaur Sponge Paper by Crayon Box Chronicles

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Let’s create our own paper today using sponges! C and I are always exploring new ways to play with dinosaurs! The options with sponges are endless — hearts, christmas trees, bells, ghosts, shapes, clovers, bunny ears, eggs.  If you can cut it out of a sponge, you can make it! Continue reading