Without wanting to be a pushy parent, I am enjoying the prospect of gently nudging Freddie into the world of all things crafty. This is for his benefit (obvs) and not mine (ahem), and now he is a bit older I thought it would be lovely to have a go at a very basic craft activity: Sponge Mud Pigs and Cotton Wool Lambs. The farm theme is in celebration of the fact that the other week Freddie overcame his long-standing phobia of farm-animals-in-the-flesh, and now can stroke ponies/get nibbled at by cows/get chased by geese like any normal farm-going tiddler. The weather is also expected to be crap for the rest of the week so this is IDEAL for filling some of that enforced 'indoor time' that can have us reaching for the gin by 4pm!
Sponge Mud Pigs:
You will need:
A4 pieces of pink card
bits of cut-up sponge
brown, washable, paint (for the mud)
black felt tip
1. On a piece of pink card, draw an outline of a pig with the black felt tip pen. Make sure it is big enough for your toddler to sponge the 'mud' onto.
2. Squirt some of the brown paint onto a small tray/saucer.
3. Dip the sponge, or help your toddler dip the sponge, into the brown paint, and then splodge on the pig to make muddy sponge prints.
4. Repeat until toddler gets bored!
5. Leave to dry, and then you have a fabulous 'muddy' pig to display somewhere appropriate!
Cotton Wool Lambs:
You will need:
Pieces of white A4 card
Small tray/saucer of PVA glue
Cotton wool balls
Black felt tip pen
1. Draw an outline of a groovy lamb with your black felt tip pen.
2. Spread some PVA glue, or help your toddler spread some PVA glue onto the body of your lamb drawing.
3. Then help your toddler to stick cotton wool balls onto the glue to create a lovely woolly coat for your lamb (making sure your toddler doesn't try and eat the cotton wool- careful supervision needed for this!).
4. Leave to dry, and ta-dah - you have your very first arty-crafty lamb!
Two very easy first crafts to do with your toddler!