Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ice cube Painting and more!

by Kelly Miller

As a nanny for a 10-month-old, I am searching for activities to do this month.  After all, this is his first Thanksgiving!  I know his parents will save all the special projects we do.  Here are some ideas!
Handprint Turkey -- Trace the child's handprint onto brown cardstock.  Cut out.  Glue onto construction paper.  Glue on googly eyes and draw the turkey's feet and beak.  Write "My 1st Thanksgiving!" on top!  This is a special keepsake for parents as it records the child's handprint for the year. 
Pudding Paint Turkey -- Print out a turkey from an on-line source.  Have the baby paint with chocolate pudding for the body.  Add food coloring to vanilla pudding, and the baby can use the various colors to paint the turkey feathers.  Use leftover paint on paper!
Ice Cube Paint --  Cut out large leaves from heavy paper.  Make ice cube paint by combining large amounts of food coloring with water in an ice cube tray. Freeze with foil over the top.  Poke toothpicks, popsicle sticks or straws into the cubes.  Once frozen, give the baby a leaf and a frozen paint cube.  The paint will slowly melt over the leaf, making a beautiful fall project.

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