Archive for the ‘toddler’ Category

Childrens Papercraft

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
Norton Webbot Papercraft

Papercraft models are print-outs that you can download, print, cut, and put together to make colorful models that look very professional and are fun to play with.

They make for a perfect rainy day or “we’re bored! What can we do!?” kind of day.

There a lots of sites that have the print-outs, and I’ve featured a few below. Hope you enjoy them!


Norton has a few papercraft web-bots available for free as part of a campaign to raise awareness about different threats on the internet. Norton Web-Bots Paper Craft

Right now they have two templates that you can print out, cut and put together for an “Identity Theft Bot” and an “Extortion Bot.”

Sci-Fi Papercraft

Free Crates

Stones Edges has some free-sample “stock” gaming paper models of some wooden crates, tombs, and a few different sci-fi type doors. They also have a bunch of other models that you can purchase to add atmosphere to a board or d&d type game.

If you have fun with these, you might also want to check out Papercraft World – They have links and instructions for 100s of different papercraft models.

Have fun!

via boingboing

Old Soldier

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
Children with a Soldier

Playing games is fun and all, but it’s easy to forget how enjoyable simple outdoor things like Picking Strawberries can be.

Throw all the boring work that has to get done aside and go run around outside with your kids – it’ll mean the world to them.


The Cup Game

Monday, May 7th, 2007
Kids Playing - The Cup Game

I’d like to apologize in advance for the grief that you may experience from your children begging you to play this game with them to no end or from them playing it themselves for hours and hours.

The cup game is a rhythm game played with plastic cups.

To play, the group plays a special beat with their hands and their cup. At the end of the “song” their cup is passed to the person to their right and it all starts over again slightly faster. Everyone continues to play trying to go faster and faster together

But, the easiest way to learn the game is by watching – (more…)

Severed Flowers

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
Kid’s Party Games

Fun Play Dates also has some interesting ideas for Paper Craft on their site, Jungle Gym Kids Paper Craft on their site, check it out.

Severed Flowers

Cut from colored cloth or paper a number of petals for forming wild roses, using pink material; Marguerite daisies of white material and pansies of purple. Five petals for each rose, five for each pansy and ten for each daisy.

Have the children site around a table. Provide each one with a sheet of plain paper, three pins having the heads covered with yellow tissue paper and mixed petals enough to make one of each kind of flower.

At a signal the children begin to make the flowers by sticking the pin through the point of the petals and pinning each flower to the sheet of paper. A prize may be given to the child finishing the flowers first of the child making the best looking flowers.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

Image © Smiles… @ Flickr, Attribution

Spider Web

Monday, April 30th, 2007
Kid’s Party Games

Attach one end of a number of strings (one for each guest) to the chandelier. Fasten to the other end of each string a small prize wrapped up in tissue paper. Have strings of various lengths and twine them around the table legs, chairs, etc., some may be “spun” around furnitures, etc., in adjoining rooms, trying to hide the prizes as much as possible.

At a signal each child takes or is given a string from the chandelier and proceeds to wind it around an empty spool or piece of pasteboard, until a prize is reached. The strings must not be broken. An extra prize may be awarded to the child who first winds up a string neatly.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

Image © Môsieur J. @ Flickr, ShareAlike

Soap Bubble Battle

Friday, April 27th, 2007
Kid’s Party Games

Bubbles abound!

Play Library gives us the Amazing Bubble Machine and the geniuses at Cranium show off their Wonderwish Wand.

Anyone else have any fun Bubble links?

What do you do with the bubbles once you have them?

Rule of Contrary

Thursday, April 26th, 2007
Kid’s Party Games

Shapes! Kids Craft Weekly explores some fun ways to learn about and play with shapes. They also have a great monkey logo if you’re into that.

Or maybe you’re less into monkey business and more into the blinding efficiencies of manufacturing (see what I did there?) Rookie Moms has a write up about doing a factory tour as mini-trip.

And of course, you always have the option of playing a classic kids game –

Puss in the Corner

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
Kid’s Party Games

If you hadn’t heard, it’s TV Turn off week. And there are plenty of fun songs and pseudo-activities to keep everyone busy without it.

And of course, there’s also old fashion kids party games

Puss in the Corner

This game is really for five players only, but, by a little arrangement, six or seven children can take part in the fun.

Oats and Beans and Barley

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
Kid’s Party Games

Do you have a Toy library at your house? Aptly named Parent Hacks has tons of fun tips to help keep parents sane, which seems like a pretty good goal. And now, on to the classic game of the day –

Oats and Beans and Barley

All the children form a ring with the exception of one player, who stands in the centre. The children then dance round this one, singing the first three lines of the verses given below. At the forth line they stop dancing and act the words that are sung. They pretend to scatter seed then stand at ease, stamp their feet, clap their hands, and at the words: “Turn him round,” each child turns round.

They then again clap hands and dance round, and when the words: “Open the ring and send one in,” are sung, the center child chooses a partner, who steps into the ring, and the two stand together while the other children sing the remaining verse, after which the child who was first in the centre joins the ring and the game is continues as before.

Miss Jennia Jones

Monday, April 23rd, 2007
Kid’s Party Games

Honestly, this story was scary to me, I can’t imagine young children playing it then and not having nightmares everyday for the rest of their lives. It’s a love story where the young girl dies from blight and/or cruel parents. Do we still have blight?