Independence Day is quickly approaching, I am seeing fireworks frequently at night. The fireworks look beautiful against the dark sky and my children get very excited to watch a free show from our balcony. Then, they ask the dreadful question: Mommy, can we get firecrackers?". In my head, I am screaming, “Absolutely not! You might lose a finger.” As a parent, I am sure you would never want to put your children in danger for the sake of having a little fun. I told them firecrackers were off limits, but there is a fun and safe way to create the look of fireworks bursting into the air without actually using firecrackers. They were intrigued…
Gather your materials:
Step 1: Cut a piece of paper the width of the toilet paper roll. Then, glue or tape the paper. You can also use markers or crayons to decorate the roll if you choose not to wrap it with paper.
Step 2: Cut off the top half of the balloon and place it on one end of the toilet paper roll.
Step 3: Place a piece of tape around the balloon to secure it.
Step 4: Use your hole puncher to punch holes into the red, white, and blue paper. I like to do all 3 at once to save time. If you do not have a hole puncher, you can simply ask your child to cut or tear small pieces of paper. Regardless of which method you use to get the small pieces of paper, they are all targeting fine motor skills.
Step 5: Place all the paper pieces into the toilet paper roll.
Step 6: Your confetti popper is ready for use. Pinch the bottom of the balloon, pull it down as far as it will allow you and release. The kids will love this step!
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That time of year to celebrate Dad is quickly approaching. I searched Pinterest for Father's Day crafts and came across too many to share. My search was narrowed down to 10 crafts that range from toddlers to older children of which I chose two crafts to do with my children and slightly modified each. You are always free to modify these crafts based on your children's abilities.
This cute Coolest Dad card was inspired by a craft I found on Pinterest. I modified it a bit and allowed my 3 year old to write the words. I wrote the words on a separate paper, had him copy it onto his card with a pencil. Last, he traced the pencil letters with a marker.
This craft was inspired by Michael's craft store. My daughter who is 6 years old wanted to shorten the reasons why she loves her dad. I'm sure there are a thousand more reasons, but due to time constraints, we'll settle for 3 reasons. You may or may not have noticed something odd about the second sentence. You see, she is ending kindergarten in two weeks. All school year she was encourage to use her knowledge of letter sounds to spell words. Some words may come out the correct way, and others, well, they'll look like her version of the word 'movie'. In early childhood grades, phonetic spelling is totally encouraged, and I absolutely love it!
Here are some other crafts you may be interested in:
This cute I Love Dad Thumb Print craft is great for toddlers and preschoolers especially because they get to tap into a little sensory while crafting.
Here is a Fin-Tastic Card that Dad is sure to love. It's super easy for toddlers and preschoolers, and also provides an opportunity for sensory time as those little fingers dip into the paint.
If your children enjoy a game of baseball with Dad, then this is the perfect craft for you.
This adorable rocket ship craft is super easy for toddlers, preschoolers, and kids of all ages.
I'm sure Dad doesn't have to Guess Whooo Loves him, but this is a super cute Father's Day card.
What's Father's Day without a new Shirt and Tie? Okay, it's paper, but it's still cute!
Sometimes buying a Father's Day gift for Dad can be hard. This Building Memories With Dad is a great idea to get children thinking about all the wonderful memories they've had with Dad.
Here’s a really simple one, which dad can put on his office desk or bed side table: ‘My Dad Rocks’ Father’s Day Craft.
Hi, I am Odessa. I'm a mom of two wonderful children and a teacher. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Science in Childhood Education with over 10 years of PreK and Kindergarten experience. I am a lover of all things literacy for children and their curiosity of the world. Get comfy and click around my site. I hope you find something you'll like, and something your kids will love! P.S. Akwaaba means 'welcome' :)
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