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Valentine's Day Crafts

My three year old is super crafty and since I am off on mat leave, she does crafts A LOT lately. She wanted to make valentine's for her friends. I actually had found her a template, but she had a better idea.
You will need: construction paper, scissors, tape, lollipop, google eyes and glue. (I also had to get a heart shaped cookie cutter as neither of us could free hand a good heart.)
Glue google eyes to sucker. Draw two hearts and cut out. Glue heart tips together. Tape sucker to the hearts as the "body/head". Write your holiday greeting.

Mother's Day Crafts *update 2010*

I found this great alternative to the classic tissue paper flower. Kaboose is an awesome site for crafts for the early school-age set. A little more difficult then the typical preschooler crafts, but easy enough they can do on their own.

Check out: http://crafts.kaboose.com/tissue-paper-carnations.html

Tissue Paper Carnations

What you'll need:

* Pink, green, and white tissue paper
* Chenille stems
* Scissors

How to make it:

1. Layer three to four sheets of pink tissue paper together then cut them into 4-5” wide strips that are 12” long.
2. Cut about 1.5” off the end of a chenille stem and set aside.
3. Take the remaining piece of the chenille stem and lay about 2” of it onto the tissue paper and roll up (starting at the short end) around the chenille.
4. Once completely rolled up, take the short piece of chenille that you cut off earlier and twist it around the bottom of the tissue paper to hold it in place.
5. Use scissors to cut 2-3” long slits down from the top of the rolled tissue paper. Continue around until all strips are cut.
6. Roll up a 6”x2” piece of green tissue paper and place at the top of the flower stem.
7. Grab the bottom of the stem and bring it up and over the green tissue paper and twist tight. These are the flower’s leaves.
8. Repeat, making several different flowers, then combine the stems to make a bouquet.
9. Twist the stem of any one of the flowers around the rest of the stems to hold them all together.
10. Place them in a vase and use them as a table centerpiece.
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It's been a while since we've had an update, but today we have a couple of Mother's Day crafts, and a cute song for the kids to sing.

Christmas Crafts

Here are two great Christmas themed crafts for Toddlers, and one for Preschoolers.

Remembrance Day Activities

Here's a few simple crafts that should be good for all age groups, to celebrate Rememberance Day.

Halloween crafts

You asked, we answered! Here are more Halloween crafts for your little witches and goblins (or princesses and spidermen) to help decorate your classroom.

Pasta Skeletons

Materials: Different shaped pasta, glue, black construction paper.

Tie in your science discussion on the human body with some spooky crafts. Simply let the children use the pasta as bones and create their own skeleton.Older children may choose to paint the pasta white beforehand, but either way makes a nice contrast to the black paper.

Some Older Crafts

As we get in to October, I thought now would be a good time to revive a few older articles. For our Canadian readers, next week is Thanksgiving, so here are some activities for your Toddlers to do:

http://www.askanece.com/crafts/toddler-thanksgiving-arts-and-sensory-activities

And for everyone, Hallowe'en is coming up, and we know how exciting that is. Here is our two part article from last year on Hallowe'en crafts:

http://www.askanece.com/for-teachers/crafts/halloween-crafts-1

http://www.askanece.com/for-teachers/crafts/halloween-crafts-2

Winter Crafts

A winter/snowperson theme is perfect for dreary January with no major holidays to celebrate and lots of snow days to look forward to. We have had lots of success at my centre with some of these creative (and snow based) tactile activities with our preschoolers and toddlers.

Halloween Crafts - Part 2

As promised in Halloween Crafts Part 1, we now present the Gross Haunted House crafts. This is 5 simple crafts that really work well together, and are great fun for the kids. The theme here is "body parts", as you will see. You can use these to create an awesome haunted house afternoon, and is a nice candy-free Halloween day.

Toddler Thanksgiving Arts and Sensory Activities

Here is a few fun activities for your toddlers to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Halloween Crafts - Part 1

It's October, and that means Halloween is coming. This is a great time of year in daycare, since the programming pretty much takes care of itself. That means you need some craft ideas for the season. I have several that I use, and I'm going to start here with one of the most popular. This is a nice, short craft, and works for toddlers as well as the older kids.

Don't forget to check out our other Halloween crafts when they're posted in the next few days.

Styrofoam Ghosts

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