Friday, January 31, 2014

Mouse Mess Craft

I'm doing a mouse themed Storytime next week and one of the books I will be reading is Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley

I decided to have the kids make a craft based off of this book.

What you need:
  • Small paper plates
  • Mouse picture ( I made mine ahead of time at home with a Cricut machine)
  • Small pictures of food for the kids to color
  • Crayons
  • Glue sticks
  • Pop-up glue dots

Have the kids color all the food pieces and then glue them at random onto the paper plate.

Put two pop-up glue dots on the back of the mouse.  I put one behind the head and one behind the belly.  Have the kids place their mouse on the plate.  And you're done. Mouse mess!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Puzzle Heart Valentine's Day Craft

Here's a fun craft I will be doing with my evening Storytime kid's in a couple weeks.  It's great for Valentine's Day and it uses some old puzzle pieces I saved years ago.  

With a little prep work this craft can be done in a short amount of time.
What you will need:
  • Popsicle sticks (12 each)
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Cardstock cut into hearts (about 3" big)
  • Ribbon
  • Paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • School glue
  • Ribbon
  • Permanent marker
I made the popsicle frame ahead of time using hot glue.  This is also a good time to add a piece of ribbon to the back of the frame for hanging.  

Hint:  Glue the puzzle pieces onto the heart and paint them before gluing to the frame.  My first attempt above was glued to the frame before I painted it.  It was a disaster.  
Use school glue to attach the puzzle pieces on the heart and then paint them.  Once the painted heart is dry (I will be reading a story during this time) use the glue to attach it to the front of the frame.  With a permanent marker write: "Love You To Pieces".  I'm going to let the kids write it out on their own-it will look so much better than mine!