Four Seasons Transformation Rock Game

Arty Crafty Kids | Seasonal | Four Seasons Transformation Rock Game | A fun seasonal play and learning activity for kids. Position the rocks onto the tree and turns the rocks to change the season

Todays Four Seasons Transformation Rock Game takes an interactive and hands-on approach to engaging children in seasonal change observations and discussions. With a simple turn of a pebble, children can work through all four seasons, using the bright colours to identify and differentiate between Summer, Spring, Autumn and Winter.

The activity all begins with a fun rock hunt, so head down to your local beach or pebble rich location and start collecting – you will need a minimum of 40 small, flat and smooth rocks!

Four Seasons Transformation Rock Game: supplies and tutorial 

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40 Smooth, small and flat pebbles
Acrylic Paint
Metallic Paint
Black Sharpie
Pencil

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Arty Crafty Kids | Seasonal | Four Seasons Transformation Rock Game | A fun seasonal play and learning activity for kids. Position the rocks onto the tree and turns the rocks to change the season

Step 1. Wash the Pebbles and leave to dry.

Step 2. Divide the pebbles into two even groups.

Step 3. Paint a white leaf on both sides of pebble within group 1 (Summer & Autumn) .

Step 4. Paint a white leaf on one side of the pebbles in group 2 and a white circle on the other side.

Step 5. Once the white base layers are dry, paint one side of all the pebbles in group 1 Green and the other side in various Autumn Shades (yellow, red, brown) to create Summer and Autumn leaves.

Step 6. Paint the leaves in group 2 a Metalic Silver Shades (Winter) and add pink dots to the white circles using a Q-tip of rubber end of a pencil to create the appearance of Spring Blossom.

Step 7. Once the paint has dried, add a black outline to all leaves with a black sharpie marker.

Time to Play! 

Ask the children to divide and sort the colours into their groups, and add the pebbles to the tree template using the pretty swirls on the branches as positioning guidance.

Once the tree is complete with one colour, start turning the pebbles to reveal the next season and while they’re playing, use the discussion points below to enourage the children to think about why seasonal change occurs.

Seasonal Discussion Points: 

  • Why do you think the leaves change colour? – visit Science Sparks for a simple explanation.
  • Seasonal Order – What comes after/before Autumn?
  • How many seasons are there?
  • What colours represent Spring/Winter/Autumn/Summer?
  • What happens to the leaves during Autumn?

My own children have had hours of fun with our Four Seasons Transformation Rock Game and I hope your children do too!

For more seasonal tree crafts and activities, take a look at our Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree and Four Season Handprint Collection.

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Simple Baby Play Ideas

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | 21 Awesome Baby Play Ideas | A collection of fun, engaging and sensory play ideas for babies.

Motherhood is a shock to the system. When your first child is born you enter a world full of new terms and presumed common knowledge, developmental concepts and a never ending list of do’s and don’ts.  The pre-child me was pretty clueless to all things baby related. Who knew that babies could even play?

Sensory play, sensory bottles, discovery bottles, Montessori this and child-led that – it was all alien and the expanse of baby play ideas was nothing short of overwhelming. Clever marketers will have you believe that you need the latest loudest, brightest, all singing and dancing baby gadget to show your baby a good time and push them along to meet their milestones.

And as a new parent, I believed them!

Fast forward 7 years and I have three little darlings, and I can tell you with absolute confidence that you don’t need all the shiny singing baby gadgets. In fact, you hardly need anything at all all!

Baby play is an amazing process and today I’ve put together a collection of 21 simple play ideas we’ve tried and tested over the years. These ideas will not cost the earth, they’re devoid of pretentiousness and are all about having fun and playing.

Shall we take a look?

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Edible paint is a is fabulous way for babies to safely enjoy messy play. Many babies will love the sensation of squishing, squashing, moving the paint while trying to figure out the cause and effect of how paint found it way onto their tiny little hands

Some babies love noise and colour, and these simple sensory pots make use of items you’re likely to have in craft/kitchen cupboards.

Themed discovery baskets are a great way to introduce your baby to new sounds, textures and shapes,  and can be as simple as grouping a number of same colour items, to shiny objects or even coordinated to use alongside a reading of their favourite book!

Sensory play doesn’t get easier than these liquid and solid sensory bags, using a zip locked bag and basic kitchen items.

My own baby loves playing with a stuffed shape sorter and will spend a number of ‘baby hours’ pulling out the ribbons and fabric, exploring the varied textures.

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Can you imagine the fun of clambering over a soft cushion to then crawling over bubble wrap? Babies will LOVE this sensory runway!

This DIY play ring is an amazing way to stimulate very young babies and encourage tummy time!

I adore the idea of this spread of rainbow sensory bottles – a great way for babies to explore colour.

I child’s love of cardboard boxes starts early. Add ribbons and something amazing happens….

This baby’s engaged face tells you everything  you need to about this shiny foil blanket experience.

Zip locked bags are an amazing tool for sensory play and can be used for mess-free art (perfect for babies who don’t like messy play), water beads and colour Polka Dot play.

Sensory bottles can be filled with all sorts of household items, but I love the way this blogger added ice and warm water for her baby to explore hot and cold.

This ball drop idea is just pure fun!

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You could also try dying household ingredients like rice or pasta to create rainbow themed sensory bags for babies to explore colour and texture.

Babies love to look at themselves and I love the way natural items have been combined with a mirror to create a fantastic mirror baby play idea.

While some babies don’t enjoy mess, there are some that do and if your baby is one them, then this messy gloop idea is one to try!

Here you will see my baby boy playing with bubble wrap and paint. He loved squishing the paint (with the help of big sister) and was utterly bemused by the popping sound and feel of the bubble wrap.

Here’s a fabulous DIY baby play idea using ribbons.

And to finish off our collection of 21 Baby Play Ideas, here’s a simple rainbow musical shaker made using recycled materials!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of baby play ideas and have found a number of ideas to try with your baby!

 

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Toddler Rainbow Activity DIY Felt Story Board

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Toddler Rainbow Activity | Toddlers will have fun creating pictures and building their own simple rainbows. A great little colour identification and sequencing activity for toddlers.

This simple  ” I can make a Rainbow” Toddler Rainbow Activity is great for colour identification, sequencing and fine motor skills.

It’s also REALLY fun!

My toddler built rainbow after rainbow and enjoyed simply playing with the arches.

She made patterns, various unusual shapes, made up stories and a few, rather funny messy pictures.

It’s an activity you could also bag up and take out n’ about.

And, here’s the best bit –  takes just minutes to set up!

Toddler Rainbow Activity DIY Felt Story Board 

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Multiple Sheets of Felt – Rainbow Colours
Scissors
Cardboard (optional)

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Toddler Rainbow Activity | Toddlers will have fun creating pictures and building their own simple rainbows. A great little colour identification and sequencing activity for toddlers.

Simply cut out a number of rainbow arches of different sizes and colours.

You may notice that we only used four colours.

On the one hand, it keeps the activity really simple, but in this instance we didn’t have all the colours to hand!

Sometimes it’s all about working with the materials you have available at the time.

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Toddler Rainbow Activity | Toddlers will have fun creating pictures and building their own simple rainbows. A great little colour identification and sequencing activity for toddlers.

Hand the felt materials over to your toddler, along with one full sheet of A4 blue felt – this will form the background.

To create a solid board, try sticking the felt sheet onto cardboard.

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Toddler Rainbow Activity | Toddlers will have fun creating pictures and building their own simple rainbows. A great little colour identification and sequencing activity for toddlers.

The rest is all down to your toddler as they play with their rainbows.

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Toddler Rainbow Activity | Toddlers will have fun creating pictures and building their own simple rainbows. A great little colour identification and sequencing activity for toddlers.

Without any intervention at all, my toddler would mutter to herself the colours and naturally sequence the arches in relation to size.

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Toddler Rainbow Activity | Toddlers will have fun creating pictures and building their own simple rainbows. A great little colour identification and sequencing activity for toddlers.

As the activity progressed, she created her own little stories and soon the arches and clouds adopted funny voices.

As a mummy, I love watching my child’s creativity naturally evolve and this Toddler Rainbow Activity proves that activities do not need to be complicated.

More often than not, it’s best to keep it simple!

For more Rainbow inspiration, take a look at our Rainbow Scrape Painting, Rainbow Straw Blowing Art and our Rainbow Butterfly.

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Creative Play Woodland Trees

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Creative Play Woodland Trees | Transform beautiful process art into woodland trees for some magical woodland play!

Today I will be showing you how a simple process art session can inspire imaginations and be transformed into a magical moment of creative play.

Now, I have to admit. We didn’t set out to make woodland trees.

I had vision of creating a colourful Christmas tree garland, but it just wasn’t meant to be…

And that’s ok!

Art and Crafts with kids always has the potential to follow its own path and it’s important we allow a childs creativity to shine and flow in whatever form it presents itself.

In this case, the will of my three year old took control. I listened to her suggestions and the entire process evolved into something beyond my own imagination and it was awesome!

She had a brilliant time from start to finish and LOVED playing with her homemade forest, where the animals came out to play.

So for now, we’ll save the Christmas Tree Garlands for another day and here’s how you can set up this fun creative play session at home!

MATERIALS: Creative Play Woodland Trees

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Paint
Paper Tube ( Toilet Rolls)
Scissors
IMAGINATION

DIRECTIONS: Creative Play Woodland Trees

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Set up a “creation station” (aka a table) with paint, paper rolls and pre-cut triangular cards.

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Take a step back and let them paint.

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As you can see, going with the process isn’t always neat and tidy!

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Paint the paper rolls brown.

Suggest mixing the paints to see what happens – preschoolers rarely have a problem colour mixing to make brown!

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Let the “trees” and paper rolls dry.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Colourful Woodland Tree Art

Next put it all together by cutting the paper tube into smaller segments and then cut two small opposite slits into the tube.

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Place the trees into the paper tubes.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Creative Play Woodland Trees | Transform beautiful process art into woodland trees for some magical woodland play!

And then it’s play time!

This is a super simple craft that’s perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!

Open-ended and free, inspiring hours of creative play – how will your child play with their woodland trees?

For more creative play ideas check out how we play with waterbeads and make a DIY play rainbow!

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Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Chrismas Tree

I am really excited to be sharing our Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree activity with you today.

It strikes me as funny that this activity evolved from girls balancing pebbles at the dinner table rather than eating their meal!

Sometimes you just to have to go with the flow and actually, while they were playing there was some serious learning going on.

The aim of the game is the stack all the pebbles, fill the “branches” with sequin baubles and finish off by balancing a pom-pom on top.

It’s trickier than it looks!

Through play, they were developing reasoning and fine motor skills. Hand and eye-coordination, as well as problem solving skills.

All applied using a little creativity, with a pinch of patience and determination – as there was a lot of trial and error involved!

This is one those activities, we’ll be bagging up and taking it out and about with us. It’s a great to keep the kids entertained with something fun, but I have to warn you…

You will find yourself having a go or two yourself!

MATERIALS: Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Activity Christmas Tree 

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Pebbles
Acrylic Paint
Sequins or Buttons
Pom-pom

DIRECTIONS: Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Activity Christmas Tree

Start with a trip to the local beach.

Have a play and search for flat smooth pebbles of various sizes and when you get home, either leave them as they are or paint the pebbles using some acrylic paint.

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree | This pebble stacking fine motor Chrismas Tree activity is an awesome challenging game that encourages problem solving, hand eye-cordinaton and fine motor skills!

Lay the pebbles out, along with sequins and pom-pom.

At this point, I left my three old to play without any instruction.

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree | This pebble stacking fine motor Chrismas Tree activity is an awesome challenging game that encourages problem solving, hand eye-cordinaton and fine motor skills!

She quickly worked out that she needed to start with the biggest pebble and work her way up.

Shape was also important and cakes adjusted the positioning of each stone to find the best fit.

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree | This pebble stacking fine motor Chrismas Tree activity is an awesome challenging game that encourages problem solving, hand eye-cordinaton and fine motor skills!

The sequins add to the fine motor development and enhance the challenge!

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree | This pebble stacking fine motor Chrismas Tree activity is an awesome challenging game that encourages problem solving, hand eye-cordinaton and fine motor skills!

The pom-pom is the trickiest element and I can assure you, the pebbles all came crashing down time and time again.

But that’s ok, because ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again!’

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree | This pebble stacking fine motor Chrismas Tree activity is an awesome challenging game that encourages problem solving, hand eye-cordinaton and fine motor skills!

It’s a game of perseverance and as you can see, Cakes had so much building her Christmas Tree.

It’s amazing that such a simple game can have so many developmental benefits and it can be varied in a number of ways. For example Emma at Adventures of Adam adds a colour sorting element with her rainbow pebbles – perfect for colour recognition!

I hope your kiddies enjoy our fine motor pebble stacking Christmas tree and if you a need a reason to visit the local peach or park, then here’s a good one!

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Baby Bubble Wrap Art

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At six months, my baby boy may not be able to crawl or walk or talk yet, but he can create art using bubble wrap!

I call it Art. It’s actually more about the process and I have to say, this baby bubble wrap art idea was more successful than I could have ever imagined.

At first touch, he withdrew with a scrunched up face of pure disgust.

I wish I had captured his reaction to show you – it was pretty amazing.

And then he tentatively went back for more.

First with one hand. Brushing lightly over the bubbles.

Then he noticed the bubbles could be squished and if he banged his little fist, he discovered that a new popping sound occurred. Which took him by surprise.

With each new discovery, he went back for more.

And If that wasn’t enough, he tried so hard to grab the colours lurking underneath the bubble wrap.

The concentration on Baby D’s face was incredible.

He was absorbing everything and you could almost see the cogs ticking over as he explored the bubble wrap.

He hardly noticed we were there!

Sound good?

Here’s what you need to try baby bubble wrap art at home.

While I am largely focussed on babies here, my preschooler loved this process too! And with a small adaptation, they can produce real works of art from this process.

MATERIALS: Baby Bubble Wrap Art

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A Large Sheet of Bubble Wrap
Paint
Thick Strong Tape (Brown Packaging Tape)


Let’s Make It

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First we need to create a bubble wrap packet.

Simply take a sheet of bubble wrap, fold it over with the bubbles on the outside and the seal sides with some strong tape.

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Place some paint inside the packet and seal the remaining edge.

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Tape the entire bubble wrap packet to the tray. This will prevent baby picking it up and putting it in his/her mouth.

As you can see, my preschooler couldn’t resist a touch!

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To extend the sensory play, pick your baby up and bounce them on the bubble wrap!

Baby D couldn’t stop giggling and definitely loved this part the most!

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To adapt this idea to create actual art, simply attach one layer of bubble wrap to a sheet of thick paper with paint inbetween.

This now becomes a sensory activity with some cool abstract art at end!

A perfect adaption for older children. Both my preschooler and six year old loved this process, and I have a feeling it will be one we return to time and time again.

If you love this idea then you must check out  cling flim art idea and sensory art for babies and toddlers!

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More bubble wrap process art inspiration:

No-Mess Baby Bubble Wrap Painting from Arty Crafty Kids
Bubble Wrap Fish Thank You Cards from Play & Learn Every Day
Bubble wrap autumn tree craft by Messy Little Monster
Bubble Wrap Lichtenstein Art from Teach Beside Me
Fused Bubble Wrap Snowflakes by Mum in the Mad House
Sensory Stomp Painting with Bubble Wrap by Views From a Step Stool
Bubble Wrap Trees for Every Season by To Be a Kid Again

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No Sew Felt Owl Finger Puppets

Wowee where do I begin? These adorable Owl Finger Puppets have gone down a storm in my owl mad household.

For one, they’re NO-SEW, which makes them incredibly easy to make and can be put together within minutes – perfect for people like me who are less inclined to sew.

They have  entertained my kids for HOURS.

Inspiring some incredible made-up stories, with my preschooler happily chatting to and making up voices for her finger puppets.

She has adapted nursery rhymes to include her little “owly Owls” and sung the revised versions to her baby brother. THIS, I can tell you, made me all mushy inside!

Before I go into full gush mode, I had no idea that my kids would love these owl finger puppets as much as they do.

And the more they play, the more potential I see.

For example, they could become fun gifts for kids alongside a relatable picture book. They may also help a reluctant child engage with a book on a different level or simply encourage some good Ol’ fashioned imaginative play.

Sound good? Here’s what you need…

MATERIALS: No-Sew Felt Owl Finger Puppets 

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Felt (US Link / UK Link)
Hot Glue Gun (US Link / UK Link)
Buttons
Sharp Pair of Scissors

A Word of Caution: Hot Glue Guns are amazing, however they do get very hot!


Let’s Make It

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Using a sharp pair of scissors cut the felt to create a body, wings and eyes.

Arty Crafty Kids - Craft - Craft Ideas for Kids - No Sew Felt Owl Finger Puppets

Using the hot glue gun (US Link / UK Link), glue along the dotted line of owl 1, leaving a finger gap.

Place owl 2 on top and press down firmly.

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Add the felt wings, eyes, beak and buttons.

We included the buttons to add an alternative texture and pattern. You could swap the buttons for patterned paper or fabric.

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The best thing about hot glue, is that dries really quickly and is very strong! So within no time my little lady was able to start playing with her owl finger puppets.

If you don’t have a hot glue gun (US Link / UK Link) to hand, you could try this craft with another strong adhesive or adapt it into an sewing project for kids by using a simple running stitch.

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Oh, and if you like this idea you may also enjoy our 25 Owl Crafts, Owl Suncatchers and Fine Motor Felt Circle Art.

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Fine Motor Circle Art

Fine Motor Circle Art is all about the process and less about the end product.

My six year old is ambidextrous and bizarrely, this tends to put her at an advantage when it comes to gross motor activities.

However, when it comes to scissor skills, writing and all things fine motor…that’s when the fun begins!

She still can’t decide which hand to use and switches between the two for everything.

This activity is a simple one to help develop the fine motor skills necessary for cutting with scissors.

It also doubles up as a creative work of circle art that my toddler used to colour sort and arrange in size order.

It turns out that our Fine Motor Circle Art activity is a good all-rounder!

MATERIALS: Fine Motor Circle Art 

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Stock Paper/Card (US Link / UK Link )
Felt
PVA Glue
Scissors

Let’s Get Started! 

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Present a selection of stock card, felt and any other suitable materials you have to hand – maybe they could try cutting bubble wrap or cellophane? and get cutting!

Your arty kid may want to draw their circles first and try to follow the lines, or free-hand it as Miss O did.

Cut lots of circles using different materials.


TIP: The use of different textures and materials will make this activity more challenging, as your arty kid will have to adapt their cutting technique with each – Great for Fine Motor Development

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Keep cutting until there’s a good pile of circles!

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Next, begin sticking the circles onto a piece of stock card.


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Layer the circles until the card is full with circles!

As you can see, my toddler approached this task from the angle of colour sorting, whereas her sister went for pretty using contrasting colours.

I love that both of my children got something out of this activity, each focusing on different fine motor elements; Miss O cutting and Cakes, Sticking!

And of course, both children were left with a gorgeous piece of circle art.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity!

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Rainbow Small World Play

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My girls love small world play and frequently challenge me to come up with new and exciting ideas.

Angel requested something “magical” and after seeing a my little pony play scene from The Imgaination Tree, I knew Rainbows were the way forward and came up with this simple rainbow prompt to inspire small world play.

Made from a piece of recycled cardboard, I can hardly believe how successful this idea is. My girls (5 & 20 months) LOVE it! I’ve seen ponies jump over the arches, snails climbing the rainbow, cars driving underneath and so much more.

Angel has even folded it up and taken it out with her, making family meals at restaurants a little more ‘magical’.

Rainbow Small World Play: Materials

2 Large Pieces of Thick Cardboard
Red,Yellow and Blue Paint
Scissors

Rainbow Small World Play 

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Draw a rainbow shape on both pieces of cardboard. To ensure they’re the same size, draw and cut out one and then use it to trace around on the second piece of cardboard.

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Paint both sides of the arches in rainbow colours.

This is a great opportunity to introduce some colour mixing into the craft by encouraging the arty crafty kids to make the colours of the rainbow using the primary colours.

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Once dry, cut a slit into each piece cardboard – one slit at the bottom and the other at the top.

Connect the pieces of cardboard together and adjust as needed by increasing the length of the slit to ensure the rainbow prompt rests nicely on a work surface.

Hand over to your kids, with a few toys of their choice and watch the magic happen!

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Seashell Sensory Shaker

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Give the Seashell Sensory Shaker a ‘shake shake shake’ and watch the shells and bubbles dance. Shake it some more and it becomes a musical instrument.

A wonderful toy and discovery bottle that excites and entrances kids. My girls LOVED it!

As well as all the fun stuff, the intrigue and the noise element, sensory bottles are a great tool for young children to use as an outlet to the big emotions. Whenever my eldest feels a little cross, giving her sensory bottle a shake and watching the bubbles, achieves a sense of calm and gives her time to consider about her feelings.

However your child uses their sensory bottle, with just a few materials, it couldn’t be easier to make.

Seashell Sensory Shaker Materials:

A clear bottle – I recycled a shampoo bottle
Shells
Baby Oil
Water
Food Colouring
PVA Glue

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Seashell Sensory Shaker How-to: 

Step 1. Fill 1/3 of the clear plastic bottle with baby oil.

Step 2. Add a few drops of food colouring.

Step 3. Add the shells.

Step 4. Add another 1/3 of cool water.

Step 5. Place a small amount of glue into the lid and seal.

Step 6. Leave the glue to dry before using.

Once the glue is dry, hand over to your kiddies and give the Seashell Sensory Shaker a good ‘Shake Shake Shake’ – why not see for yourself how much toddler Cakes enjoyed it on instagram!

The concept for our sensory bottle comes from Happy Hooligans Ocean in a Bottle. With living by the sea, the beach is a big part of our lives and I loved the idea of incorporating the colours; recreating the motion of rolling shells that naturally tumble across the seabed with the waves and  an auditory element to complete our Seashell Sensory Shaker.

I hope you’ve enjoyed making your own shakers and watching the kids play.

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