Monday, July 28, 2014

Green Kids Smart Kids: Toilet paper roll sea and water creatures {round-up}

Starting today, we'll have a weekly post with round-up of links featuring different types of crafts, activities and other projects aimed towards growing Green Kids Smart Kids.

This week we are sharing different crafts from toilet paper roll cardboard inserts where kids can transform them into different water and sea animals! Perfect for summer crafts, plus it's cheap and from materials we all have at hand!

Let's start with some FROGS

Toilet paper roll, scraps of construction paper and some green paint are needed for this easy frog craft from Busy Bee

Printer for a template, toilet paper roll, scissors and a glue should be at hand for this printable frog craft from DLTK - kids. And another version of the same craft can be found here.

You can also try this frog craft found on

Next, few HIPPO crafts from toilet paper rolls... has 2 versions of printable hippo crafts using toilet paper rolls, template, scissors and glue: version 1 and version 2 (coloring pencils optional).

And, there are always the cutest creatures, like these OCTOPUSES:

Simple and lovely dotted octopus creating using scissors, some paint and googly eyes can be found at Laughing kids learn.

Even easier version of an octopus can be found at Untrained Housewife blog along with some other toilet paper roll crafts.

And a bit more demanding crafting creating an awesome octopus from

Here are several FISH crafts....

Simple fish crafted from toilet paper roll and paper plate found at Meaningful Mama.

And awesome but a bit harder to craft Japanese flying carp craft from toilet paper rolls from Squirrely minds.

At the end, Alex toys has created this lovely craft kit with ocean animals you can purchase at

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dora the Explorer backpack turned toddler's workbag {busy bag}

Ah, which little 2 or 3 year old doesn't want to be just like Dora the Explorer? Well, I haven't met many! And my 3 year old girl certainly doesn't fit in that category!

She was thrilled to receive Dora the Explorer backpack for a gift! She carries it around where ever she goes and always put some of her stuff in and take it out!

This is wonderful gift but also very convenient bag for little ones. And mommy loves it too!

What i like about this backpack is that it’s not too big for toddlers, it’s soft (made of plush) and it holds well. And, it can be washed like any other plush toy – on low temperature.

What my little girl loves about this backpack is: It’s Dora’s backpack! Well, that first! Than, after that, she loves that it has attached map and a little maze is painted on it (you can see it on the picture). She turned it into her own little magical backpack and puts her treasures inside. It’s like a little magic box, only not a box but a bag! :)

My 3 year old girl really loves her backpack. She brings it where ever she goes. Always changing what she’ll bring along but there are couple items that she always carry around like her mini baby doll and few mini cats. :)

Creating a Learning Opportunity with Dora the Explorer's Backpack! 

Turning Dora's backpack to toddler's workbox! Well, ok! Workbag!

And here is what we’ve got in our workbag:

- books: Dora’s Sweet Adventure: A Scratch & Sniff Board BookBaby Animals!  and Dora’s Lunch Box
memory cards
counting cards 1-10 with Dora the Explorer counters
- Dora the Explorer write and wipe activity book
Dora’s dominos (printed and laminated)
- 2 puzzles (printed and laminated)

Have one of these at home? Does your little one likes it? What goes inside? What kinds of treasures?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

DIY Toys - Wrapping paper memory cards

One of my girl's birthday presents came in nice, colorful wrapping paper. It was shame to throw away so I've decided to cut out pictures (images) and make a couple of memory / concentration games of it.

This is how it turned out:

This picture shows 4 sets - I have glued and laminated each of the sets on different color of construction paper for easier managing of sets.

These are really simple to make. This is what you need:
- wrapping paper with colorful pattern
- glue (if you're not laminating) or double side tape (if you decide to laminate)
- laminator(optional) and laminating pouches

You cut out the images, pick two of each image for one memory game set, glue them or tape them on construction paper and laminate of you wish.

We have left one of these sets at home and gave away 3 of them to our day care center.

Note: This post is re-published from 2nd blog which I'm closing down as soon as all interesting bits and pieces are moved here since I don't have time to keep 2 similar blogs updated.

Friday, July 20, 2012

HIGH PAW - Show us your best!

High paw for Toddlers in our lives! :)

Add your posts, articles, etc. about any activities you would like to share with others! It could be about games, activities, toys, books, etc. Only one rule: It has to be age appropriate for toddlers! 

Each week, we'll pick couple of last week's additions to linky and feature it here! We'll also share most (if not all!) with our followers on Facebook and Twitter!

A year ago we played:

Laundry basket pirate boat via Jada Roo Can Do

Desert Island Play Area via Sun Hats & Wellie Bots

Under the sea printable via Shoestring Tightrope

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