New Year’s Craft for Children

With just two more days in 2013, we had to make a cute New Year craft. I decided on making a simple 2014 sensory art project.

First I cut out the numbers and we glued them to the paper. This gave us a chance to name the numbers and the colors and talk about it being a new year.

Then I found some shapes and colored cotton to glue onto the numbers. We named the shapes, talked about the feel of the cotton, and counted out the objects. Then we glued them on and waited for them to dry. Voila!

So colorful and festive!

Some Goals, Objectives, and Developmental Steps…
Construct objects with simple tools using a variety of materials.
Demonstrate skills, such as cutting, pouring, and fastening necessary to make things.
Describe orally objects they constructed.
Use their senses to identify differences of objects, such as size, shape, color, texture, and

Christmas Ornaments for Children

This was a fun, easy craft for the children that we did this year. The age of my daycare children ranged from 18 – 30 months.

Day One we made the dough by adding together 1 cup flour, 1/2 c salt, and 1/2 cup water. I measured and the children poured it in the bowl and then they took turns mixing.

I gave them each a ball and they pushed and pounded and rolled it out. Then they used cookie cutters to make various shapes. I helped them get it off the table onto a piece of foil for each of them, marked with their name.

They went into the oven at 200 degrees for 2 hours.

Day Two they painted one side.
Day Three they painted the second side and after it dried, we finished them off by twisting pipe cleaners for them to be able to hang on their Christmas trees at home.

This was a fun craft they enjoyed and were very proud of their creations! 🙂

We also made these cute little handprint reindeer the week before Christmas.

And we made these sweet little stockings!

Merry Christmas!

Areas of Learning:
Reading/Language Arts – comprehension skills through listening to and comprehending the directions
Recognize sequential order – predicting ‘what comes next’
Math – Counting and Matching pairs of objects in one-to-one correspondence. Identifying and sorting by color. Building an understanding of quantity while measuring and pouring.
Science – following simple step by step direction. Using measurement words and some standard measurement tools.