Wednesday, October 15, 2008
So here are some of the crafts and ideas that worked for this barely-18-month-old:
Notes. I wrote some thank you notes to people on pretty note cards.
Notes. But there are two kinds of notes! Mommy also showed me what musical notes look like. She printed some out and put double-sided tape on them, and I got to create my own music by sticking the notes to musical staff paper. And then I played my composition on the flute! At least I tried to.
Noodles on Newspaper. We put some spaghetti noodles in a bowl with paint, and then draped and rolled and slid the noodles around on newspaper. Very cool newspaper art!
Some parents might be a little concerned that this reinforces playing with food or encourages kids to eat paint, but I already do both those things all the time, so why not channel it into something creative?
Needle. Mommy cut a needle out of cardboard and gave it to me to paint. Then we practiced threading it with ribbon.
Nicodemus. Mommy read me the Bible story about Nicodemus at bibleforchildren.org. Then we played a variation of peekaboo - I was trying to hide from all the other temple leaders as I snuck over to see Jesus.
Night. I love nighttime! "Moon" and "star" are some of my favorite words, and I can show them to you outside or in any picture book.
Here I am taking a nighttime beach walk!
Nature Walk. Speaking of walks, Mommy and I took a nature walk throughout the yard, checking out lots of nature things, like bugs and dirt and rocks and plants. Here I am checking out the bouganvillea.
Nest. We made a nest with Easter basket grass. Then we rolled up some eggs from play dough(rather, Mommy rolled them and I squeezed them into funny shapes) and put them in the nest.
It would have been fun to make a nest out of real grass, but Antonio keeps our grass so short that there wasn't enough grass to be found to make one.
Nails. We traced my hands and feet lots of times. I REALLY like the tracing part! Then we drew nails on the hands and feet.
By the way, Mommy cut my nails last week, and for the very first time I didn't fuss at all! Usually she has to pin me down kicking and screaming and it takes forever. This time went quick and easy!
Number Nine. We spent lots of time on numbers, seeing as we had so much time on "N." Nine was the best, since that starts with "N" too! Here I am putting nine candles (backed with double-sided tape) on a cake that Mommy traced for me.
Nurse. I got to play being a nurse! We made two nurse hats - I got to color and paint them. The other one looked more authentic, but I didn't want to wear it, so here's the easy one.
Nose. One of my absolutely favorite words! Mommy drew a face on paper (minus the nose) and cut a nose out of pink paper. She put double-sided tape on it, and then I had to put the nose on the face.
I DID not want to put the nose where it was supposed to go. I put it on the mouth several times, and then I just stuck it next to the face. Mommy thinks maybe it didn't look like a nose to me?
Neighbor, Nursery Rhyme, Noah's Ark, Noisy, No, Nuts, Necklaces, Napkins, Never... There are oh so many great "N" words that we got to play around with!
So that's what worked for us! Check in next week for "O" crafts!
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