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Name Trace: Toddler Activity

I have one toddler at home with me during the week. With everyone else at school I like to try and find activities that will help my youngest guy grow and thrive without weighing him down with things he would find boring. He loves arts and crafts, and he loves stickers. I recently started having him try to recognize his name. So we have been finding different ways to have him work on recognize his own name either by coloring it, tracing it, or playing games with it.

I loved this rainbow sticker tracing activity from Preschool Inspirations. It allows him to see and recognize his name while making it fancy and fun for him. He can choose any sticker color he wants, or all Captain America (his favorite) stickers. It is a great activity that helps with fine motor skills while still teaching the child their own name. You can even do this with the alphabet.

It really is a simple and straight-forward way to begin the skill of spelling and recognizing their own name. It can also keep them busy for a few minutes while you finish loading the dishwasher or make lunch. For more incredibly easy yet educational based activities for toddlers check out Preschool Inspirations and get learning!

Holiday Crafts: Jumping Elves!

My kids love their elf on the shelf. My two youngest are so infatuated with their elves that they want elf everything this year. So instead of doing a Santa Claus craft this year we searched high and low for an elf craft. This one jumped right out at us. 

This adorable elf craft will wow your little ones. It is fun, easy-to-follow, and it is an out of the ordinary craft. After all, we love all of our santa crafts and tree crafts, but it is so nice to have something new to do. This craft is not only a fun craft when you are building it, it is also fun to play with since it is actually a little elf puppet. My kids could not get enough of them. They even put on a little elf puppet show for the whole family last night. 

It really is an adorable craft that is sure to be loved for years to come. Head on over to Kids Craft room for the full tutorial now. It is sure to be a new holiday favorite. 

Holiday Crafts: Christmas Light Fingerprints!!

It is my favorite time of year. The holiday time can be really busy and hectic, and I find that with little kids under the age of four to entertain while I get everything done it is best to have some sort of art or busy activity to keep them happy. I love to give them activities that will turn in ot keepsakes for me later on. Bonus if they are something that I can use as a decoration. 

This fun craft is perfect for holiday time, it is festive, uses fingerprints so it reminds you how tiny your little ones were every time you see it, and it can be put out every year as a Christmas decoration. It can be messy, so if you do not have children that can handle that alone they will need help. I have a designated art space in our kitchen area that is easy to clean so I allowed my toddler to do this craft alone. 

I found this fabulous craft at Camp Slop, a fabulous blog that has incredible activity ideas perfect for camp, pre-school, home-school, or at home play. You can get the full details on how to create the craft at their blog. They even have other fun handprint/fingerprint holiday crafts. 

As I said earlier I allowed my little man to do this craft on his own, it was the perfect distraction while I wrapped presents. I simply made the line for the christmas lights ahead of time. I even made this as a christmas gift for the Great Grandmothers in the family. So I simply made the canvases with the “string” line pre-made and let my toddler go nuts with the finger paint. I always leave a picture of the sample so my son can see what it will look like, but gives him the chance to make it his own as toddlers will do.

Now I just have to wait for them to dry and I can package them up as gifts for the holiday season, but do not worry, I always keep one for myself!