My kids and I recently discovered an easy craft to make for their preschool-aged cousins. It is inexpensive, very fun to make, and looks nice when it’s finished. It is also a great teaching tool for 1 to 4-year-olds.
Thought most of the crafts on this blog are complements of Lydia, I do usually keep card stock, markers, and glue sticks on hand. (AIthough I did not have a glue stick for this craft since our last one was partially eaten and then left to dry out by some short, unidentified culprit.)
With these couple of items the kids and I make cards for friends and family, and we decided to make a special book for their cousin. He has some learning disabilities, and his special ed teacher had suggested a book that would teach the correct uses for his mouth, hands, eyes, and legs.
I think it’s also a great book for one and two-year-olds to teach their different body parts.
Supplies: nine photos, glue stick,
card stock (3 black, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 green, and 5 white)
1. We took pictures of the kids doing the different actions. Most of the pictures in the book are staged. This was actually super fun. (15 minutes)
2. I sent the pictures to Walmart online photo center.
3. A few days later picked the photos up when I went shopping.
4. I stapled my colored card stock (1 black, 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue) into a book form
5. I have the kids color white card stock which I used as mattes for the pictures.
6. I typed out simple uses for each body part and printed them on white card stock .
7. I cut the kids’ pictures into four identical rectangles to put behind each photo. I also cut apart my typed words. I use the paper cutter because I have a good quality one that cuts card stock though scissors would have been fine.
8. Finally we glued them altogether.
Here’s the final book.
Total cost: under $2