Monday, May 3, 2010

Toddler Activities: Paper Bag Kites

This idea came from Trish Kuffner's The Preschooler's Busy Book,
a great reference book for activity time.
I invited my friend and her 2 1/2 year old over to join us,
which made this activity even more fun.

Large paper bag
hole punch
paper ring reinforcements
markers, stickers, or sticky felt
stapler, glue, or tape
crepe paper streamers

First, we pulled out our Fancy Nancy box and started decorating.
I'm in love with my sticky felt. We had our girls pick two animals for each side of the kite and then cut them out of the sticky felt, the girls adding their finishing touch.
You can help your toddler write their name or the name of the animal they choose, or you could put letters all over for an alphabet kite. You could do the same with numbers.
We cut five strips of crepe paper and taped them onto the bottom of the bag
(the top of your kite) as streamers.

Punch a hole into each corner of your paper bag and place a paper ring reinforcement over each side of the hole for added strength. Cut two three-foot lengths of string and tie each end to a hole to create two loops. Cut out another three-foot length of string and tie it through the two loops, making a handle.

Even if it's not the windiest day, you can have fun running down the sidewalk with these colorful kites trailing behind.

Have fun and remember to send me pictures of your own creations so I can share your ideas!
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  1. Hi! I am new to your blog - but will be a definite follower! Paige's husband Trey and my husband Brian were roommates at BYU. (And I think Paige and my husband were in the same ward/stake growing up.) Anyway - thats how I found your blog. I love your ideas, especially the bunnies! They were so cute. I am excited to try out these activities. I feel the exact same way as you do - that so long as there is an activity and you've spent time with your child - you should not have to feel guilty for wanting to do something for you. Thanks for the great ideas! I'm looking forward to the next one!

  2. I am making "craft kits" for my kids for Christmas. These will be perfect! Great ideas!!