Yesterday was cold which doesn't make for a very fun Monday in our house. Monday being our play date or stay at home day turned into a stay in our PJ's the WHOLE day. In fact, when my husband came home I think he was confused if I had already changed the girls for bed or if I had just never changed them. Needless to say, we stayed at home and almost went stir crazy. As my 3.5 year old and almost 20 month old get older, they're playing is becoming more like 'sisters' and less like 'mommy and baby'. My 20 month is realizing she wants to do her own thing and not always follow her sister around like a puppy. This has been a shock for my 3.5 year old who assumed her sister would NEVER want to play with HER toys. Instead of listening to the bantering back and forth, I pulled out all stops and found 3 crafts for my 3.5 year old.
of these crafts used materials I found in my recycling bin (I did wash
everything). I think crafts that use recyclable materials are always
the best because I don't feel guilty pitching them after a couple of
days. Also, who cares what they look like because you paid less to
nothing for the materials. The 'pins' I followed will each be on a
separate post. They are so worth making.
A transparent plastic grocery bag
Plastic water bottle
1. Flatten the bag and cut off the handle and the bottom part
2. Cut along both sides to split into 2 plastic sheets (You'll just need one per bottle).
From the center of the plastic sheet, fold it like a tiny balloon to
make the head part and tie it with the thread – not too tight (I
inserted a golf ball to make it more sturdy). You must leave a little
hole in order to pour some water in
the head part.
4. Now you’ll get the head balloon part and the remaining will be its
tentacles. Cut from the edge up to the head part roughly. You’ll get for
about 8-10 tentacles.
5. For each of them, cut again into 3-4 small strings– and just cut off the remaining part.
6. Trim to make random long and short tentacles.
Remove the ball and put some water into the head part to make it be
able to sink. You must leave some air inside to make be able to float
8. Fill up your water bottle.
9. Put your jellyfish in the bottle with a few drops of blue food coloring. Screw on the cap.
10. Watch your little ones turn the bottle upside down over and over!!!