Thursday, October 31, 2013

Toddler Halloween Crafts: Part 2

Happy Halloween!

Did you see yesterday's post on Toddler Halloween Crafts: Part 1?

Part 2 is here!

Monster Mash Toddler Craft

My kiddo loves Monsters, Inc.  She loved creating this fun monster craft for Halloween!

Supplies Needed:
Paper Plates
Green Construction Paper (for legs)
Black Construction Paper (for hair)
Googly Eyes
Green paint/markers/crayons

1) Decorate plate with green paint/markers/crayons
2) Cut green construction paper in strips and fold accordion style; staple to back of plate
3) Glue googly eyes, hair, etc.
4) Cut extra paper plate into teeth; glue onto monster

Spider Web Craft

This was a fun spider web craft to make using paint.

Supplies Needed:
Black Construction Paper
White Paint
Spider (print-out, sticker, etc.)

1) Cut black paper in circle
2) Drizzle white paint across
3) Drag Q-tips across wet paint to create a web effect
4) Place spider on the web

This would also be cute with those spider rings that come out around Halloween.  Or wait for the paint to dry and draw your own spider.

Q-Tip Skeleton Craft

The Q-Tip Skeleton was the hardest of all the crafts.  I outlined the skeleton using glue and instructed my toddler to place the Q-Tips down.  She loved arranging the Q-Tips to lay on top of the glue, but of course had no concept of how to draw a skeleton without my help. 

Supplies Needed:

Black Construction Paper
Skeleton Head print-out, sticker, etc.

1) Place skeleton head on paper
2) Draw outline of skeleton in glue
3) Place q-tips atop glue to create the bones

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Toddler Halloween Crafts: Part 1

We've been in full-on Halloween mode around here--full-on craft mode as well.  Is your little one anxious for Halloween to arrive?  I've got three toddler/preschooler Halloween crafts for you today.  Check back tomorrow for three more!

We love the story "Five Little Pumpkins."  Definitely read it with your little one this Halloween if you haven't yet.

Five Little Pumpkins Toddler Craft

What better to go along with the story than a cute glue and painting craft for your toddler or preschooler.
Supplies Needed:
Black Construction Paper
Yellow Construction Paper (for the moon)
Popsicle Sticks
Orange Paint

Pumpkin Collage Toddler Craft


This is an easy craft for a toddler.  You cut up the paper, and they glue it all onto a plate to create a pumpkin.
Supplies Needed:

Paper Plate
Orange and Green Construction Paper
Glue Stick or Glue

Pipe Cleaner Spider Toddler Craft

This was so fun for my kiddo to make.  She drew a mouth and nose on the spider, but it's hard to see in the picture.  If you don't have googly eyes to use, draw those on as well!  Or use foam shape stickers, construction paper cutouts, etc. for the face.  I found it easiest to simply tape the pipe cleaners to the back of the spider to secure the legs.

Supplies Needed:

Paper Plate
Pipe Cleaners
Googly Eyes

This was another easy craft we did recently: Toddler Leaf Craft

See you tomorrow for three more kiddo crafts!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

First Sight is Coming Soon to Paperback!

I already shared this on Facebook, but I'm very excited to announce that First Sight is coming soon to paperback!

The proofs arrived this week.  I wasn't expecting them until Friday; it was definitely the most exciting package delivery ever!

First Sight, by Laura Donohue
It's kind of surreal to see my name in the header.  How many times have I read another book and been impressed to see the author's name right at the top of the page?

First Sight, interior

 First Sight will be available in paperback in November 2013!

Can't wait? Order the ebook today: First Sight

Monday, October 14, 2013

What I'm Reading: Wedding Night

I'm a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella, and I finally got to read her latest novel, Wedding Night.  I've been looking forward to it all year and finally checked it out at the library the other day.

Hilariously funny, Wedding Night had me literally laughing at loud.  Some parts of it were a little outlandish, like much in her Shopaholic series, but that is what makes the book fun.  I always enjoy her books for a light, enjoyable, read.  In this story Fliss chases after her newlywed sister Lottie to Greece, attempting to ruin the wedding night after Lottie's shotgun wedding.

I loved it so much, I actually tweeted Sophie Kinsella to tell her so.  Imagine my surprise when she tweeted back to me: @lovechicklit Thank you! I hope you enjoy it. Have a good weekend :)

I guess I should tweet to authors I don't know more often!  What fun to get a response from one of my favorites.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Kid's Corner: Yarn Art

As evidenced in the leaf art craft shown last week, my toddler loves crafts involving stickers and glue.  We decided to do a simple yarn art project.  I bought a bundle of rainbow yarn at the craft store (apparently this is called a skein -- who knew?)
I cut the yarn in short strips and got out some construction paper.  Of course if your child is older, they could cut the yarn themselves with safety scissors.  We swirled designs on the paper with the glue and started gluing our pieces of yarn.


I didn't anticipate that DD would want to match the color of yarn to the same color of construction paper.  She does like to sort and organize!  Next time I'll have to be more careful when cutting the strips to separate the colors.
This is a great, easy craft that will keep your kiddo entertained for hours.  I can't wait to see what designs she comes up with when she is a little older.  A rainbow?  A tree?
What would you create?

Friday, October 4, 2013

Conversations with Kiddo: Supermommy

DD just called me "supermommy" because I carried her plastic easel/chalkboard from the living room to the family room.  If only everyone were this easy to impress.

*DD = Dear Daughter

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Kid's Corner Thursday: Easy Toddler Leaf Craft

It's 80 degrees outside, but we pulled out our Halloween decorations today. In the spirit of fall, we've also started doing some autumn crafts. My toddler absolutely loves stickers and glue. I found these foam stickers at Target, and they're a fun change from the regular sheets of stickers that we usually use.

I'm pretty sure that if I had let her, she would have used the entire container up in one sitting.

Notice how all the pumpkins are lined up in a row?  This kiddo likes to stay organized--even when it involves stickers.  If you child is a little older, these would be fun to use after drawing a picture of a tree or autumn scene. 

What toddler-friendly crafts have you been doing this fall?