Bubble Wrap Indian Corn

bubble-wrap-painted-indian-cornI love this craft because it adds a twist to our usual painting methods.  Painting on the bubble wrap is a fun sensory experience all by itself with an added bonus of looking like Indian corn when you are done!

 

For this project, you will need:

  • Bubble wrap
  • White or yellow paper
  • Corn Cob template (optional)
  • Washable paint (I used orange, yellow, brown, and white)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Brown paper for the husks
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape

 

Before I invited the kids to paint, I prepared our craft by tracing corn cob shapes onto our paper.  (I always do this first but it can easily be done after the paint has dried if you prefer.)  I cut pieces of bubble wrap slightly larger than the corn cob papers and taped them bubble-side-up to our craft table.  When I first introduced bubble wrap painting, we spent some time exploring the bubble wrap before bringing out the paint.  Since B and G are experienced with bubble wrap crafts, they jumped right into painting this time.

I let them paint freely with an occasional reminder to cover all the bubbles with paint.  Once they were satisfied with their paintings, I helped them lay the corn cob papers (blank side down) onto their bubble wrap and showed them how to press down gently so the paint would transfer.

We let the paint dry during nap time before cutting out our cobs.  B wanted to do most of the cutting himself and I was happy for him to have an opportunity to practice scissor skills.  (G was sleeping so I cut hers out this time).  We cut out some simple leaf shapes from brown construction paper and glued them onto the back of the cobs.


This Indian corn craft provided a fun sensory experience, fine motor skills cutting practice, and made a lovely addition to our Thanksgiving decor.


Paper Plate Turkeys

One of my favorite Thanksgiving crafts is this simple and adorable turkey made from a toilet paper roll and a paper plate.  This craft is appropriate for children of all ages and uses materials you probably already have around the house!

 

For this craft you will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Orange, red, and brown construction paper
  • Googly eyes or black marker
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Scissors

 

Before I introduced this activity to the kids, I cut several paper plates in half to form the turkey’s feathers.  I gave each child half a paper plate, paint, and a paintbrush and they got busy designing the feathers for their turkeys.  I taped the paper plate to the painting surface for the little ones so it didn’t move around while they was painting.

 

Baby Q was especially excited about painting his turkey!

 

While our turkey feathers were drying, each child got busy making the turkey’s body.  They glued a piece of brown construction paper over the toilet paper roll to give the turkeys a nice brown color and a more finished look.  (I found that a piece of scotch tape helped the paper stay on while the glue was drying).  Alternately, you can paint the toilet paper roll brown and let it dry.  Either way looks great!

After your toilet paper roll is painted or covered with paper, cut out a beak and snood from construction paper.  Glue or draw eyes, a beak, and a snood/waddle onto the toilet paper roll to make the turkey’s face/body.  The kids were creative in how the positioned the turkey’s features!

Lay the toilet paper rolls flat until the glue is thoroughly dry.  Once the paint and the glue are completely dry, glue the toilet paper roll onto the paper plate to complete your turkey.  A hot glue gun works perfectly for this part of the craft but liquid glue will work also.  If you use liquid glue, I recommend using a paper clip or clothespin at the top and bottom to hold the tube onto the plate until the glue dries.

 

I have never seen a cuter flock of Thanksgiving turkeys!


Fall Sensory Bin

With the arrival of (slightly) cooler fall weather, I wanted the tots to have an opportunity to explore some autumn items.  R and H are 20 months old and still fond of putting things in their mouths, so I chose (relatively) taste-safe items that were large enough for them to explore freely.

 

I used a large plastic tub with a lid from Target and added the following items for our sensory experience:

  • Hay (from a bale I got at JoAnn)
  • Small white and orange pumpkins (Trader Joe’s)
  • Small gourds (Trader Joe’s)
  • Indian corn (Sprouts; also saw at Super Walmart)
  • Cinnamon sticks (had in the pantry; also saw at Hobby Lobby and Walmart)
  • Pinecones (Hobby Lobby)

 

Tots had recently been introduced to pumpkins and were eager to dive into the sensory bin.

 

They smelled, tasted, and felt most of the items.

Then they discovered the hay and pumpkins lost their appeal.  The tots LOVED the hay.  They especially enjoyed putting hay on their heads and dropping/throwing hay out of the bin.

Since we were outside and I try to allow messy play when possible–and because they were just so adorably delighted– I didn’t stop them from exploring the hay however they wanted.  I drew the line at throwing pumpkins, though!

 

After a while, it was time to clean up the sensory bin and go inside for baths and dinner.  Even though this was a moderately messy sensory bin, it didn’t take too long to gather up the sensory items and sweep up most of the hay.  Since I was concerned about the hay getting wet and possibly molding, I didn’t put the swept hay back into our sensory bin.  Instead, I scooped it into one of our outdoor buckets to play with another day!