This is a masterpiece made by my eldest son Master O.
This Caterpillar now has pride of place on his dresser draws in his bedroom. He was quite proud of this one. I will try and steal him for a side on photo of him tomorrow and update this post. He did a great paint job too!
(This activity was inspired by THIS post by kidspot who have some really great Kids activity ideas)
This is all you need is:
- 2 egg cartons and cut out each egg cup
Nb: do this in advance instead of while your impatient 3 year old is wanting to get busy crafting but he has to wait for his unorganised Mummy to do all this cutting! Hmmm, wasn't a good mix let me tell you! LOL
- As many pipe cleaners as you want legs. We used 4 which makes 8 legs
Nb: one blue one I used to thread the egg cups to instead of the string! He found this easier to thread and it was easy to finish of the ends to hold all the cups. Just folded and twisted! But you can use the string for yours still. Whichever works best
- googly eyes
- Gloopey Glue as my son calls it from Mr Maker
- String - if that's what you choose to use
- paint for later
Here is an added activity that I discovered during that time of inpatience! These bits of the carton apparently make great last minute finger puppets when a Mummy is desperate to entertain her son at a time when said promised activity is a little way off (gulp...phew! Good save Mummy)
And as an added bonus I was privileged to a finger puppet show! You just never know how these moments will pan out! He he
Here Master O is busy threading the cups onto the pipe cleaner
And some more threading :-) He enjoyed this bit, he loves to use his hands and get creative. I often get "Mr Maker" performances. They are so funny as he speaks just like him!
Here you can see where I bent the pipe cleaner to hold all the cups on. Then we stuck on the googly eyes. I forgot to picture the attaching of the legs. But all I did was slide them between the egg cups and they stayed there really well. Perhaps with more vigorous play they may detach. In this case you could perhaps twist them once around the centre pipe cleaner! Master O's cups were a little close to do this really.
Now for the fun part...the PAINTING! Notice the throw away paint pallet! Aren't I clever, lol. Cant let anything go to waste!
The master piece is finished!!! Looks GREAT, if he says so himself.
What an easy and fun activity. It inspired me to try and test more kiddy activities and post the good ones on my blog. Kind of a review I guess! And I get to post lots of brag pics of my gorgeous boys in the process!!
Speaking of gorgeous boys, my youngest was sleeping through most of this activity, however he joined in for the painting part. And he completed his first painting!! (is that bad of me to have not had him paint yet?! Hmmm, maybe I was afraid of the mess!) He actually did a fantastic job of keeping the paint where it should be! ...Well most of it. And had a ball at that!!
Ollie did one first...
... and then kindly showed Master N what to do. Master N really loves playing with his big brother (and vice verse). Just gotta work on the getting along thing and get it happening ALL the time. Sheesh, I never knew a 1 year old and 2 (now 3) year old would already be fighting! Anyways, we must hold onto these moments!
I used finger paint for this so I new it would come out of his clothes....what was I worried about?! It wasn't his clothes he got it on!! Check out the hair in the next shot! Seriously a splash of blue is the next craze. Look out Nate, now Ive posted this they'll all be doing it ;-P
And now Master N's master piece also has pride of place in his room. Such little artists!
Until the next installment of childs play!