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Mom and Tot Craft Time is a short period of the day when my toddler (soon to be preschooler) and I craft together! We create and connect at the same time. I love it and so does she. Sometimes my 5-year-old joins in too.
This week we are having fun with animals! We have loads and loads of play-doh lids in our recycling cupboard, so we decided to use some of them to make lid animals.
My daughter is a lover of all animals, so she was really excited about this activity!
Here are the materials we used...
- play-doh lids
- glitter poms (from Craftprojectideas.com)
- googly eyes
Here's how we made them...
First we brainstormed all of our current favorite animals. The kids have been watching Mike the Knight: Knight in Training a lot lately (they are a bit obsessed) so they wanted to make a frog since the character Evie (Mike's sister) has a pet frog in the DVD.
We've also read The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood a lot lately... so we had to make a mouse... though my son says it looks more like a bear.
They also picked a bunny, dog, cat, and lizard. My son and I cut shapes out of cardstock for ears and tongues... while my daughter was the official gluer. She especially loved adding the glitter pom noses. I added some black marker details once we were done.
My son also spent a great deal of time creating intricate ears for his dog that were huge! He hasn't finished his creation yet... but here is a glimpse.
This project was simple and fun and we plan to add some popsicle sticks with masking tape so that we can turn the lid animals into little animals puppets. It will be so awesome to retell some of our favorite animal stories using these lid animals (and any others we create).
Here are a few of our other favorite animal books that we are reading this week...
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Honey... Honey... Lion! A Story from Africa by Jan Brett
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton
What is your favorite animal book? What lid animal would your child create?
For more animal crafts and activities head on over to The Educators' Spin On It to see the cute Mouse Count inspired activities they are doing! Here's a sneak peak.