My Little M turned 4 this weekend. I just can’t believe how fast she’s growing. In the spirit of birthdays I thought I would take a little break from lesson planning while I prepped the party. A funny thing happened. We ended up with some learning fun, birthday style!
Our first activity, Princess Invites, was a huge success. I wish I could have been there to see the recipients open these adorable Little M made invitations.
Do you recognize the little people, yep I told you they would be popping up again and again! This activity was inspired by two really cool activities. Randomcreativity.wordpress.com made See Through Postcards and Made By Joel made Dress up People.
what you need: card stock or manilla folder ~ pen ~ 2 different colors of construction paper ~ kid scissors ~ sequins ~ contact paper
I broke this activity in to parts. It is a pretty time consuming project and I wanted Little M to be excited about it so we took our time and spent about two weeks working on them here and there.
The very first thing I did was pull out an old manilla folder and make rectangles a little bigger than the size that I wanted her princess to be. I asked Little M to draw a person inside each rectangle. She loves to draw people so we ended up with more than enough!
Next I gave her purple construction paper and asked her to draw dresses for her princess. When she was done she cut them out. (I cut around the princess to make them smaller).
I dabbed a tiny bit of glue on each dress, just enough to hold it in place. While she was working, so was I. I cut construction paper and contact paper rectangles.
We made these invitations postcard style so that the decoration was on one side and the message on the other.
Once the princesses were ready I gave Little M some sequins, one princess and one contact paper rectangle. She pressed the princess into place and then decorated the rest with sequins. Once they were to her liking, I attached the white paper.
I glued a cute little message on the back and we sent them off.
Tips: 1. Make sure there are only a few sequins or the contact paper won’t stick. 2. Little M loves this type of art so I knew she would love this activity, but if your little one is more like Big M you might want to modify it a bit. If they drew the people and you cut the cloths, it would go much quicker. 3. I showed Little M how the contact paper would show the reverse of what she was seeing. At first she had to keep checking to see that she liked the placement, but by the end she seemed to be able to tell without looking.
This whole week will be dedicated to birthday planning. Check back to see our princess games, super fun pink cupcakes and even thank you cards.