Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Easy Heart Matching Game

EasyValentine's Day Hearts Toddler Matching Game

EasyValentine's Day Hearts Toddler Matching Game 

You Will Need:
  • Paper of any color (which fits standard printer)
  •  Microsoft Word to create 9 rectangle grid (or you can use a ruler and pen)
  •  Scrapbook paper 5"X7" cube with different patterns or any paper of different colors or patterns or heart sticker that are different colors or patterns
  • Scissors
  • White glue or scrap booking adhesive roll
  • Printer (if you decide to print the grid, otherwise you can draw it out)
  • Laminating pouch and laminating machine if desired
     Cut out two hearts of each pattern together so that they match, making enough to fill two nine rectangle grids. Alternatively, you could use stickers.  I do not recommend the foam stickers with a laminating machine.  I tried this and it creates air pockets around the hearts and the paper becomes warped.   Make a grid on Microsoft Word that has nine rectangles (or any other program, or draw by hand with ruler).  Print two copies on to paper color of your choice.   Attach the heart cut-outs on to the grids to make two identical sheets of hearts.  Laminate them if desired.  Cut around one of the grids so that it can be used to match the hearts on the sheet that is intact.  Hand your children the stack of hearts and have them match the patterns and colors. 

 Grayson enjoyed matching the patterns on the different hearts.

Sunday, January 27, 2013


     The Sugar Snaps have explored finger paint, pudding and play dough and embraced the sticky feeling of glue.  I never imagined that this would lead to poo as a sensory experience.  Looking back on it, I suppose I should not have been surprised. It is a home grown sensory adventure perfectly packaged awaiting exploration.  The first time it happened, the fragrance of poo drifted down the hallway and greeted our noses with pungent aroma.

     When we opened the door, to our shock and horror tiny balls of poo were littered on the floor and  smeared on tiny fingers that had been used to create poofetti.  It had been thrown in every direction in a sensory party to which we were not invited.  We have been witness to the aftermath of several poofetti parties since that day.  One of note was Thanksgiving, when one of the Sugar Snaps, dressed up for the special day celebrated during nap time by throwing handfuls of homemade poofetti all over the nursery and caking it into freshly washed hair at Grandma and Grandpa's house.  Those involved shall remain anonymous out of respect for their future teenage selves. I will simply say that some have thrown the parties while others were merely spectators.

Grayson asleep with his lovie in his backwards sleep sack

     Since the start of these celebrations, we have tried various methods of prevention.  We snapped onesies on the outside of their pants prevent access to the party supplies.  This worked for a while, except for the occasions when we regrettably forgot to do it.  They outsmarted this method by learning how to unsnap the onesies.  So Greg researched online and found out that you could zip the pajamas (easiest with the footless) on backwards.  This was also effective until they figured out how to unzip them by reaching behind their heads.  We are now on to a new method which is still working.  One aspect is reinforcing the lesson we have worked on since the first poo-fest which is, "yucky poo poo, no touch."  They understand this and repeat it.  Next, all four are now wearing sleeveless sleep sacks on backwards that zip from top to bottom.  They have no idea why this tradition started and all think it is cozy and fun to wear them.  So far, so good.  Hopefully, this will last until they outgrow the urge to create poofetti.  Have you had any poo-fests at your house?  What did you do to prevent the celebrations?  I would love to hear from you.  As always, comments are welcome.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Artsy Play Wednesday

Artsy Play Wednesday with Capri +3

     Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3 and Caution! Twins at play!  Each week, creative blogs join together and share their arts, crafts and play posts so that we can embark on new adventures with the children in our lives.  I will get things started with footprint hearts that I did with the Sugar Snaps this week and then please join in and link your posts.

Footprint Sparkle Hearts:
You will need:
  1. Construction paper in color of your choice
  2. Tempera paint (red, or any color you like)
  3. Paint brush
  4. Glitter
  5. Baby wipes, paper towel, wash tub or other method for cleaning feet
     For those of you who follow Artsy Play Wednesday, you know we made hand print hearts a couple of weeks ago.  I will say that the footprint hearts are harder for you to do with your child but if our little ones are a good toddler sample, they like it even better. It is a little harder for you because they tend to curl their toes when the paint tickles and are unsure of how to put weight on the painted foot that feels funny when they stand.   When their feet are painted they giggle with hilarity and truly enjoy the process.  Paint one of your child's feet and have him or her stand on the paper in the desired angle to make a heart then wipe the paint off.    Repeat with the other foot angling to make the heart shape.  Have your child sprinkle glitter while the paint is still wet.

     Now it is your turn.  Feel free to add as many links as you like to arts, crafts and play posts, old or new.  Please link directly to your posts rather than your homepage so that everyone can find your great ideas later.  Feel free to pin any of the ideas you like, or you can simply pin Artsy Play Wednesday so that you can come back at your leisure and access all the creative ideas at once.  It is time to inspire and be inspired.  Enjoy. 

Bouncing Fun

     The Sugar Snaps' aunt, uncle and cousin gave them the wonderful gift of a trampoline for their second birthday.  They had been in physical therapy and their therapist suggested that it would improve their motor skills.  I found out that jumping is an important skill.  Who knew?  It would not have occurred to me to get a trampoline for them at this age, but now that they have it, I can see how much they love it and notice that it has improved their coordination.   Ryder's skills improved so much that he graduated physical therapy!  Grayson was the most nervous about jumping, but with the help of his occupational therapist, he began to enjoy it.  The photos with Ryder, Capri and Xayden happened when Grayson was still too scared to join in.  In the matter of one week, his whole outlook has changed and now he's unstoppable. His photo was taken one week later.




and Grayson love their new trampoline.

     They have had hours of fun bouncing and watching balls fly into the air as they jump.  What toys or activities do your children, students or grandchildren enjoy?  I would love to hear from you. If you have an extra moment, I would appreciate it if you would click on the Picket Fence icon on the upper right side of the sidebar.  That is all you need to do to vote for Capri + 3 (and you can do it once a day).  As always, comments are welcome.  

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Egg Carton Heart

     I save our egg cartons because there are so many crafts that can be made from them.  They can also be used for sorting and counting.  I think Greg sometimes wonders why I save all the egg cartons and cardboard tubes. Since we have four little ones, we need four times the amount for crafts. 

Egg Carton Sweet Heart Face with a Candy Kiss Nose

You will need:
  • Egg carton (cardboard) 
  • Scissors
  • Red tempera paint
  • Paint brush
  • glitter
  • Hershey's kiss with red wrapping
  • White glue
  • Google eyes 
Capri had fun painting her sweet heart face. 

     Cut out the egg carton in the shape of a heart.  An adult or older child should do this part.  Then, have your child use the paint brush to paint the heart red.  When the paint is still wet, your child can sprinkle glitter on it.  Once it dries, have your child glue on the eyes and place the candy kiss nose in the hole at the lower end of the heart (see picture).  No glue is needed for the candy kiss.  This activity should be supervised as the candy kisses could pose a choking hazard for younger children.  Our little ones do not know that they are candy so they made no attempt to eat them as I did this activity one on one.  

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hand Print Sparkle Heart


 Hand Print Heart for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day or any day...

Hand Print Sparkle Heart:
You will need:
  • Red tempera paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Glitter
  • Construction Paper
     This is a quick and easy project that makes great Valentine's Day or Mother's Day cards, a framed art piece or scrapbook entry.  Paint red paint onto your child's hand with the paint brush, and with closed fingers help press his or her hand onto the paper.  Do the same with the other hand, angling to make the heart shape.  Then, sprinkle glitter on the paint while it is still wet.  Shake off the excess and allow to dry.  Enjoy.


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Holiday Highlights

     The Sugar Snaps enjoyed Christmas this year and were able to identify Santa, though they did not know that he filled their stockings with goodies.  It was fun to spend time at Grandma and Grandpa's house as they graciously let our four toddlers take over their home. The Sugar Snaps had fun seeing their Uncle David and their Great Grandma too.  I will share a few photo highlights of the holiday week.

Capri looked like a package as she played peek-a-boo with her holiday headband.

Ryder took an important call on his hammer while at Great Grandma's house.

Great Grandma and Grandma enjoyed cuddling with Xayden.

Uncle David opened a fun new drawing toy that he got for each of the Sugar Snaps.

Capri and Ryder shared a holiday hug.

Their Elmo stockings sat ready for Santa on Christmas Eve.

The Sugar Snaps loved their new simulator and took turns driving.

     It was a wonderful holiday season spent with family and friends.  We feel so fortunate to see the Sugar Snaps growing, changing and developing connections.  How was your holiday season this year?  I would love to read your stories and thoughts.  As always, comments are welcome. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year Hand Print Art

     I love to do hand and footprint art to capture moments in time.  We did this project on New Year's Eve with seven two year old toddlers--our four and a set of triplets we babysat to give their parents a date night.

Happy New Year Hand Print Art
You will need:
  • Colored printer paper or construction paper in two colors
  • Printer to print out 'Happy New Year,' the year, and the child's name
  • Glue stick or white glue
  • Tempera or other non-toxic paint in color of your choice
  • paint brush
  • scissors
  • Photo of the child
  • Laminating pouch and laminating machine (optional)
     Print out 'Happy New Year,' the year and the child's name in a font you like onto a sheet of colored paper and cut them out (or have your older child do this).  Have your child glue the signs onto the paper leaving enough room for the photo and hand prints.  Use the paint brush to paint your child's hand and print it onto the paper.  Repeat with the other hand.  If desired, cut out the child's image from the background of the photo.  When the paint is dry, attach the photo with the glue stick.  If desired, put the finished project into a laminating pouch and laminate it so that your child can compare his or her hand print at the end of the new year.  You could even have your child make a new one each year for a fun comparison.

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