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Trim Santa’s Beard Cutting Activity

My daughter loves using scissors. She got her first pair of safety scissors when she was two. She loves cutting activities and crafts. Among some of her favorites were a simple paper plate hair cutting activity and a trim the Christmas tree one. Trim Santa's beard cutting activity for Christmas. A wonderful kid's arts and crafts and fine motor skill activity. A fun way to teach toddlers and preschoolers how to cut. Paper plate crafts.

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Working on scissor skills is great for your child’s fine motor skills and their hand eye coordination. Scissors are also a useful tool and if your child is anything like mine is, it is also a fun activity.

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Paper Plate Hair Cutting Activity

Paper Plate hair cutting activity & craft - this activity is a great fine motor skill activity. My daughter had so much fun with this.

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I cut my daughter’s hair. If you have ever tried to cut a 3 year old’s hair, you should know that it is not an easy feat. I had to pretend that we were playing hairdresser in order to get her to stay still. While I was cutting, she kept asking if she could have the scissors and cut her own hair. When I was done, she asked if she could be the hairdresser now & cut mine. I had to say no to both, but it did give me an idea.

We have been working on using safety scissors lately.  She likes to practice cutting & is still trying to find her comfort level in holding them. I thought that we could make a hair cutting activity for her.

All you will need is:

A paper plate

Construction paper

Glue

Markers

Googly eyes

Safety scissors – My daughter actually wanted to use scrapbook scissors for this activity. (Use caution & supervise your children when working with scissors.)

Directions:

Cut strips of paper in the color of your choice to form the hair. We made our hair wavy, so we cut wavy strips.

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Glue a piece of construction paper of the same color around the back of the paper plate & trim any excess that hangs over the plate. Glue a flesh-toned piece of paper to the front & trim the excess as well. Add ears. Glue the strips of paper to the back to form the hair in the back.

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Glue googly eyes onto the front & draw in the nose and mouth. Glue on a couple of strands of hair to the front & add long bangs for them to trim as well.

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I gave Mai a few different pairs of scrapbook scissors & let her cut away. She is still trying to figure out the best way to hold her scissors, so I demonstrated on a separate piece of paper.

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She had a lot of fun with this one & even told me that she has the most fun doing projects with me. Awwww. She is getting better each time with her scissors. Practice does make perfect after all.

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Pop-up Animal Puppets with Printables

If you are anything like me, you probably have a collection of empty cardboard tubes laying around in a bin somewhere just waiting to be turned into a fun craft. If this sounds like you, then you are in luck! These pop-up animal puppets are adorable and fun to play with.

Free printable animals are included.

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30 Farm Animal Crafts & Activities

It has been a busy year and we have not been posting nearly as much as we would have liked. We are ready and hoping to get back into the crafting swing of things. Last year was a big year for us with the release of our first children’s book, ‘Farmer Pete Has Stinky Feet.’ We are getting ready to print our second book and couldn’t be more excited. But, before that hits the presses, we wanted to share with you a collection of fun farm animal crafts, in honor of our favorite stinky farmer.
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Mixed Media Fallen Leaves

Fall is coming, my friends. Soon the air will get cooler and our landscapes will be filled with warm fall colors. I can hardly wait. I love the beauty of the changing leaves. They are even beautiful as they fall to the ground. My daughter and I made these lovely mixed media fallen leaves over the weekend to celebrate our love for the fall. I have to admit that, once again, my daughter’s project came out better than mine. So, here is my talented 6-year-old showing you how it is done.
Mixed Media Fallen Leaves Arts & Crafts Project - Use newspaper, watercolors and other media to make this lovely autumn / fall art project . Kids artwork # falling leaves

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Pete the Cat Paper Bag Puppet

A special thanks to Shikha from The Joy of Sharing for sharing this wonderful Pete the Cat inspired puppet craft with us. She has a lot of fun and creative ideas, be sure to head over to her page.

Hello! I am Shikha from The Joy of Sharing. Craft is my passion. So much that, my three-year-old daughter and I create crafts together in her play time. My daughter loves doodling and cutting so it’s a lot of fun for both of us. I love sharing easy , fun and educational crafts that can be created by moms with their tots or preschool teachers with their students. Happy crafting!

“Not everyone is the same. But being kind is always cool.” Pete the Cat (James Dean)

Pete the cat is wise and funny. That’s why we introduced her to our tot in the last few weeks If our tot adopted Pete’s attitude early in her life, she would take a lot less stress and be a happy person.

So, this post is to celebrate this spunky book character in our characteristic craft style – a paper bag puppet craft of Pete as the tooth fairy. It turned out really well with her magic wings while giving our tot some preparation for the future: she will lose some teeth but should she panic? Goodness No! Pete does not panic!

Enjoy making this craft with your little ones and see them pick up some life skills on the side.

Happy Crafting!

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Hummingbird Craft with Printable

The thing that I love about printables is that there is no one way that you have to use them. My daughter teaches me that every time we do a project together. This week we had fun making hummingbirds. Our hummingbird template got a lot of use and we made several using different media.

Hummingbird arts and craft for the spring and summer. Free printable template available for painting, coloring, mixed media and more. Kids art ideas

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Hot Air Balloon Suncatcher

I don’t know what it is about hot air balloons that make them so fascinating and beautiful. Maybe it is their bright colors or the fire dancing below them powering them up higher and higher. Either way, a sky full of hot air balloons is just mesmerizing. This mixed media suncatcher captures some of their magic. This is a pretty and simple project for the spring or summer.

 

Hot Air Balloon Suncatcher craft. Mixed media project for kids with watercolors and tissue paper.

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Wax Paper Bubble Art

The spring is here!! Hip hip hooray! One of our favorite warm weather activities is blowing bubbles. My little girl is crazy for bubbles. Bubbles are so beautiful and magical and just make you happy. These were enough reasons to make a bubble project for the spring. This pretty mixed media bubble project combines watercolors, wax paper and pastels. Wax Paper Bubble Art - a mixed media bubbles art project for the kids. Perfect for spring or summer. Watercolors and pastels

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Mixed Media Elf Shoes

We love mixed media art projects. Last winter, we made several mixed media artworks including a Christmas village, a snowy birdhouse and even a cute and cuddly little penguin. This year, we started our first, of I am sure many, Christmas projects with these adorable elf shoes. We say elf shoes, but the fun and focus is on the tights. Break out your paints, newspaper, markers and anything else you can think of and make your own cute and funny elf project.Mixed media elf shoes with printable template for your convenience. - Use paint, paper, newspaper, markers or watercolors to create these fun and colorful elf shoes. Winter and Christmas arts and crafts.

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