Cardboard Fuzzy Bear Craft

I love when I can reuse something materials that I have on hand, like cardboard boxes! My preschooler and I turned a piece of a cardboard box into something new — a carboard fuzzy bear craft! Not only did my son have fun, but this project is great way to incorporate different textures into his activities and help him develop fine motor skills!

cardboard fuzz bear craft

Supplies Needed:

  • cardboard
  • brown yarn (or whatever color yarn you like)
  • pompom
  • googly eyes (we used size 1 inch)
  • scissors
  • pen
  • ribbon/cord for hanging
  • white glue
  • tape

How To:

1. Using a pen, I drew a basic bear head shape on part of a cardboard box and cut it out. It is a little more than 4 inches tall.

2. Next, I took some fuzzy brown yarn and cut off a piece that was about 36 inches long. I taped one end of the yarn to the back of the bear and my 3 year-old wound the yarn around the bear to give it “fur.” When he was finished wrapping, I taped the other end of the yarn to back of the bear’s head too.

3. My preschooler picked out yellow googly eyes and a yellow pompom for a nose. The googly eyes were stickers so they were easy to attach. We used white glue to stick on the pompom nose.

4. After the glue was dry, I used my pen to punch a hole in the top of the bear. My son picked out a blue cord and I tied it on so he could hang up his cute, fuzzy bear craft.

My son really wanted to give his bear to his grandfather, so his cardboard fuzzy bear craft ended up being a cute present.

Check out my Crafts Page for more things to make your child!


Paper Plate Shape Weaving Activity

Paper Plate Shape Weaving Activity

This paper plate shape weaving activity is great for preschooler’s fine motor skills and shape recognition. Kids get to paint and wrap yarn! As they wrap the yarn, talk about how many sides the shape has and how many points it has. Ask you child what their favorite shape is!

Supplies needed:

  • paper plate
  • watercolor paints
  • paint brush
  • cup of water
  • scissors
  • yarn
  • tape

How To:

Pick a shape you would like to make. There are so many possibilities — square, triangle, heart, circle, a star, and more! My son made a star as part of our Learning Letter S Week.

Start by drawing a shape in the center of the plate and cutting it out.

Kids can paint the plate with a variety of watercolors; be creative! My preschooler loved using paints and had a lot of fun with this activity. Let your plate dry before wrapping it with yarn.

Pick out yarn or string to wrap around your plate. I had some of this rose colored yarn left over from a crochet project, so we used it for this craft. I suggest cutting a 36-inch piece of yarn. You can always cut off any excess yarn when your child is done weaving.

Tape one end of the yarn to the back of the plate and then let your child start wrapping. When you are finished wrapping yarn, cut the yarn (if you have extra) and tape the end to the back of the plate.

You can repeat this paper plate shape weaving activity with other shapes and make a whole bunch. Be sure to make your favorite shape!

Looking for more shape ideas?

-Make shapes out of plastic cups and craft sticks:

-Basic Shapes Penguin Craft:

-Worksheet — Matching Shapes: draw a line connecting all of the matching shapes.

-Worksheet — Shape Shadow Matching: draw a line from the shape to its matching shadow.

Valentine's Day

Lacing Heart Craft

Lacing Heart Craft

My son loves to use stickers as I’m sure your kids do! We have lots of sticker crafts, sticker-covered drawings, sticker books, and stickers stuck on just about everything. As much as I wanted my son to be able to use stickers, I also wanted something that was a little more involved so we made this Lacing Heart Craft together! He liked getting a chance to use my yarn and he did a fantastic job of weaving the yarn through the holes and around the heart!

Supplies Needed:

  • cardstock or construction paper
  • hole punch
  • yarn
  • tape
  • scissors
  • stickers

Lacing Heart How To:

Cut a large heart shape out of a piece of cardstock or construction paper. My heart took up most of the page.

lacing heart craft

Next, punch holes around the heart shape. Start with one in the middle and then work your way around the making, making the holes about an inch apart. I made a total of 15 holes. Having an odd number of holes allowed for the yarn pattern to end with both string ends in the same hole so I could tie them in a bow.

I suggest cutting a 36-inch piece of yarn. You can always cut off any excess yarn when your child is done lacing. Wrap a small piece of tape around one end of the yarn so that it looks like the end of shoelace. This will make it so much easier for your child to weave the yarn through the holes because you won’t have to worry about the yarn getting fuzzy.

lacing heart craft

We started with the center hole. I gently held one end of the yarn and wove the other end up through the hole to get the project started. Then my son took over the yarn. He laced it through the next hole so that the yarn appeared on the back side. Next, he laced through the following hole so that the yarn ended up on the front. He continue this all the way around the heart. Once he was finished lacing, I tied the two ends into a bow. You can tape down the ends and make this the back instead if you’d like.

Now that the heart was laced, my son decorated it with heart stickers! We bought some foam heart-shaped stickers at Target. Putting the stickers on the heart was definitely my son’s favorite part of this activity 🙂

More Valentine’s Day Crafts:

Heart Dog Craft: print off the template, color the hearts, and assemble them to form a dog.

Wooly Sheep: Say “I Wooly Love You” with this cute pom-pom sheep craft!

Fingerprint Heart: make a heart shape design with your little one’s fingerprints and a paper heart stencil.


Letter S

Letter S week was tons of fun! My son practiced his writing and “s” sounds and we read books together about things that started with letter S, made crafts, and sang songs. Here is what we did:

  • Writing Practice: write uppercase letter S

Monday — S is for Snail

  • Book: We read Snail Crossing by Corey R. Tabor. This book is hilarious!!! And it is so darn cute. We love the snail’s determination and positive attitude. The message of helping others and working toward your goals makes this book a winner. We just keep rereading this one and we laugh every single time –seriously, it is a family favorite! My son even insisted that we buy copies for 2 of his cousins 🙂

You can buy a copy through Amazon here.

  • Craft: Paper Plate Snail— This snail craft is pretty easy, but a lot of fun because my son enjoyed using his paints. Best part was, I could pull the supplies together in a couple minutes so we could dive right into craft time!

Supplies needed are paper plate, construction paper, watercolor paints, paintbrush and water cup, scissors, glue and a marker.

To begin, draw a spiral shape on the paper plate (this will be the snail’s shell). Your child can start painting the plate while you are drawing the snail’s head. Cut out the head. Once the plate is dry, your child can glue the head onto shell.

  • Song: Preschoolers love to sing. So for letter S, we sang You are my Sunshine. If you don’t know this song, check out this YouTube video.

Tuesday —

  • STEM Activity: Sink or Float. We picked 5 items from our house to see if they would sink or float in a bowl full of water. (Pick a variety of weights so that some sink and some float.) Fill a bowl with water. Before putting an item in the water, ask you child to guess if it will sink or swim. Why do they think that? After trying each item in the water, count how many sank and how many floated.
  • Air Writing: Ask your child to hold up a hand and trace letter shapes with their finger in the air.
  • Math: look around and count how many things you can find that start with the letter s.

Wednesday — S is for Star

  • Writing Practice: write lowercase s
  • Book: We read Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Cabrera. I love her take on nursery rhymes and my son and I are big fans of her artwork. Plus, I just like owls 🙂 If your local library doesn’t have this one, you can get it on Amazon here.

We also read James Dean’s Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star featuring Pete the Cat. Pete is one of my son’s favorite book characters, so we read a lot of Pete the Cat stories. This book is a replica of the song, including the second verse (which I can never remember when we sing the song), so it is really the cute pictures of Pete that make this book so enjoyable. Dean’s artistic interpretation of the lyrics and Pete’s iconic coolness make this book a fun read. You can get this board book on Amazon here.

  • Craft: Star Craft — This craft is great for fine motor skills. Kids get to paint and wrap yarn!

Supplies needed are a paper plate, watercolor paints, paint brush and water, scissors, yarn, and tape.

Start by drawing a star shape in the center of the plate and cutting it out. Kids can paint the plate with a variety of watercolors; be creative!

Let your plate dry.

Pick out yarn or string to wrap around your plate.

Tape one end of the yarn to the back of the plate and then let your child start wrapping. When you are finished wrapping yarn, cut the year an and tape the end to the back of the plate.

You can repeat this craft with other shapes and make a whole bunch 🙂

  • Song: I was sick of Twinkle Twinkle after reading 2 books about the song, so we sang Raffi’s Shake My Sillies Out. This song is so much fun to sing and has lots of great movements to do with it. If you don’t know this song, check out Raffi on YouTube.

Thursday —

  • Salt Tray Writing: cover the bottom of a shallow tray or pie tin with table salt. Your child can take one finger to trace letter shapes in the salt.

  • Worksheet:

Friday — S is for Strawberry

  • Book: We read The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood. This is an older story, but still cute. Kids will be on the edge of their seats as they listen to the story about the mouse who has to protect its strawberry from a hungry bear. Reading this one together is great fun! Check your local library for this book, or you can get it on Amazon here.
  • Craft: Strawberry Craft–I love handprint crafts. They are like a time capsule for your little one. You can look back at them and see how small their hands were.

Supplies needed are red and green construction paper, brown markers, scissors, and glue.

I drew a strawberry shape and my son cut it out. He loves using scissors, so I try to find crafts and activities for him to work on his cutting skills.

Next, he added the seeds with a brown marker.

I traced his hands on green paper and then I cut out the hand prints.

He glued them on top of his strawberry, and ta-da, a cute strawberry craft to hang in his room!