Friday, August 31, 2012

Toilet Paper Roll Octopus

I saw this craft a long time ago and thought it would be good to do with Hasan.  It's pretty simple and I've seen it on numerous websites.  The hardest thing for Hasan was waiting for the paint to dry.  We completed it in two days because Bilal woke up early from his nap after Hasan was done painting.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Scissors and Paper

I was very hesitant to put up this post.  It seemed like a very obvious activity to do with kids but sometimes the most obvious things don't always come to mind.  Also this blog is a record of the things my boys do as they grow up...and this is something they love to do.  When Hasan was around 2 years old I had him start to use scissors.  My cousin Sameena told me how her son loved to cut paper with scissors and it was great for developing motor skills.  So I started having Hasan cut up paper into small bits.  I got the scissors pictured above and was really disappointed.  They are made by Melissa and Doug and their products are usually very good quality.  Hasan always had trouble cutting with them.  And now Bilal (pictured above) also has a tough time although he claims that he is doing everything just fine.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Styrofoam Jellyfish

I saw this craft on Crafts by Amanda.  Hasan made the ones pictured above and although they don't look as good as the ones Amanda made, he had a lot of fun making them which is the goal of any activity we do.  In the original craft you are supposed to paint the styrofoam half which would look really good.  I didn't do that because then I would have the boys start the craft and then have to make them wait for the paint to dry before they could continue.  I wanted to complete this craft in one sitting.  I was also lazy to get the googly eyes so Hasan just drew them on with a marker.  Bilal had a hard time with this craft and in the end just played with the pipe cleaners.