Wednesday, October 15, 2008

WFMW - "N" Crafts

With Mommy's blogging break, we got to spend 3 weeks on "N"! (We wouldn't want to get ahead of the blogging, you know.)

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 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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Grammy said...

Looks like great fun.

Jolanthe said...

Great crafts. :) Love the noodles one!


Unknown said...

I LOVE all your craft ideas and inspirations.

Elise said...

I have just come over from Dani's blog and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your recent posts.

I am going to pray that Mavinga is able to receive the proper treatment for malaria and that he makes a full and speedy recovery.

Your little girl is gorgeous and oh so clever.

I am going to try the noodles, paint and newspaper idea with my little girl.


carrhop said...

Maybe you were so good in honor of 'N' week--after all, N is for Nails!


Dusty (To the Moon and Back) said...

Oh, what cute ideas! I may have to borrow some of them!

Kori said...

I want to come visit you and take a nightime walk on the beach with you!

ShEiLa said...

This always blows my mind when I see how busy you keep Esme... or is it how busy Esme keeps you. Either way... so many [N] words and things to explore and so little time.

You(both of you)continue to amaze me!


One Mom said...

Esme, you should have your mommy publish a book of your alphabet adventures! Other mommies would love to have this information in one book! Go ahead, ask her!

Pennies In My Pocket said...

Ohhh great crafts! I need all the ideas I can get. My 17 month old isn't that into them yet, but I try. I need help! lol

Your bebe is BEYOND precious!! Beyond.


Breanne said...

What great things for her to do!!! She isjust soo cute.

Dana said...

she is such a cutie... and you always have the best idea!!!

Putting the FUN in DysFUNctional said...

Your mommy is so creative! It looks like you had a lot of fun.

Andrea said...

Sounds like you had a busy week with "N"! Tate was pretending to be a Doctor this a nurse like you would probably have been perfect for helping to do check-ups on all his stuffed animals! :)

Pregnantly Plump said...

What great ideas! Little Elvis and I are big fans of the nature walks, and we actually saw a real nest yesterday. He was "n"ot impressed. Oh well...

Anonymous said...

Love the noodles on newspaper.

Damselfly said...

I continue to be amazed at Esme's crafting abilities!

Anonymous said...

Looks like so much fun! I love the noodles on the newspaper- definitely going to do that one when we get to N.

ohAmanda said...

So so creative! I love it!

I have a crafty kids' blog where I post about our letter of the week crafts too. Is it ok if I link to you?