Yesterday evening my preschooler dunked an entire (large) box of Kleenex in the tub. She thought the tissues made great bandages for her bath-time baby doll. At my computer (about 10 feet away from the tub) I was blissfully thinking that she sounded so happy playing in her tub, unaware of the clouds floating through the water.
When the Kleenex soup was finally discovered, I cleaned out the disintegrating paper with my bare hands as best as I could. And when I got out my old mesh kitchen strainer to get the rest, M promptly took over the “fishing net.” I was surprised that I really didn’t get mad – I suppose I was secretly proud of how imaginative she is! (I did ask her to promise never to do it again, though!)
Craft & Activity Books
I decided we needed something creative to do at home, that didn’t involve an entire box of tissues! I love craft kits and use them, but I have loads of craft supplies, nicely organized in clear storage boxes (my project last year). So, I went looking for some fun ideas on how to use them. Most of the art and crafts books I have on my shelves are for ages 5 and up, but I did find several projects for younger kids in the books listed below!
- Disney’s FamilyFun Crafts: 500 Creative Activities for You and Your Kids
- Hands on Crafts for Kids: 20-Minute Crafts (The bird craft on the right was made from this book.)
- More Prime Time Activities with Kids (This book has my favorite homemade playdough recipe in it – look for the one that is cooked on the stove and includes Cream of Tarter.)
Below are a few of my daughter’s favorite activity books for three and four-year-olds. These are particularly helpful in the morning when I am making breakfast – I tear out a few pages and she works on them one at a time, until she decides to do something else (I’m never pushy with these).
- Preschool Color & Activity Book by Roger Priddy (Includes lots of scenes with related stickers, so the child can create their own picture.)
- I Can Paste (Big Skills for Little Hands®)
- Preschool Practice Scissor Skills (Ages 3-5)
- A Beka Books for Preschoolers: Numbers & Skills with Button Bear, Arts & Crafts with Amber Lamb
Crafts For Preschoolers: Link-Up Your Project!
Included below are ideas I found across the web using simple supplies and directions. Perhaps this list will help keep your little one out of trouble for an hour or two! Don’t have time for crafts? Try keeping play dough, puzzles, and activity/sticker books on hand and ready to hand out when the kids become uninterested in their toys.
Do you have a craft project perfect for three and four-year-olds posted on your web site? Please feel free to link it up below!
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Text & Images (except thumbnails) Copyright 2013 Kathryn Depew