Cotton Ball Sheep

August 15, 2008

This cute cotton ball craft is a lot of fun for preschoolers. Use cotton balls, tongue depressors and clothes pins to make these cute sheep.

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you’ll need

# Cotton balls
# Tongue depressor
# 2 clothes pins
# Glue
# Marker

Directions:

Use the tongue depressor as the body, put the clothes pins on each end to make legs. One clothes pin should be about 1 inch from the end because that is where the head will be. Glue cotton balls all over the frame, and draw a face on one end.

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Butterfly Craft – Preschool

August 14, 2008

This cute paper butterfly makes a great craft for any child in preschool. You can easily turn it into a butterfly magnet or use it as decoration on a gift.

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You’ll Need

* Leftover Wrapping Paper
* Scissors
* Chenille Stem
* Clothes Pin

Directions:

Cut two pieces from the Wrapping paper. One should be a large square, the other a rectangle as wide as the square with rounded edges. Exact measurements don’t matter. The wingspan of your butterfly will be as wide as you cut the square.

Fold both pieces of paper fan-style (starting with the long side of the rectangle in front of you for the piece with the rounded edges).

The square will be your bottom wing, the rectangle your top wing.

Use the clothes pin to hold the fan folded pieces of paper.

Fold the chenille stem in half. The folded part will be the tail of your butterfly. Twist it a few times to create the bottom body of the butterfly. Add the bottom part of the wing and twist the stem once or twice to hold it in place. Repeat with the top wing. Twist the stem a few more times to create the head of your butterfly. Use the rest of the chenille stem to create your butterfly’s antennae.

Make a few more of these fun butterflies to create a butterfly mobile.

Hint – instead of wrapping paper you can also use colorful magazine and catalog pages.

You may also enjoy this balancing butterfly craft.

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School Bus Craft

August 14, 2008

Get your kids ready for the new school year with this easy school bus craft.

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You’ll Need

* Top of Egg Carton
* Yellow Paint
* Scissors
* Black Marker
* 2 Milk caps
* Glue
* Popsicle sticks
* Magazine or coloring book cutouts of people.
* Construction paper

Directions:

Paint the top of the egg carton yellow. While the paint dries, cut out people from magazines or coloring books. Glue them on construction paper and cut them out again. Glue the Popsicle sticks to the back of the magazine cutouts to use the people as little stick puppets.

After the paint on the egg carton is dry, glue the milk bottle caps on as wheels and write School or School Bus on your egg cartoon top with black marker.

Use the Popsicle stick people to practice safely getting on and off the school bus.

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