This is the first in a series of three fun activities for kids shared by our friend Sharon Rief. There are so many benefits to doing enrichment projects with kids. These include bonding between you and your child or charge, encouraging creativity, learning new concepts and vocabulary such as colors and shapes, improving fine motor skills, developing a love for learning, and so much more.
This week’s activity, Coffee Filter Flowers, comes to us from our friend Sharon Rief. This activity is a perfect project to focus on these skills and one of many fun activities for kids we’re excited to share as part of our expert speaker webinar series!
We hope you enjoy the presentation and please find a list of materials and instructions below.
Instructions & Photos
1) 3 Coffee Filters
2) Watercolor paint
3) A paintbrush
4 )A cup filled with water
5) Green pipe cleaners for the stems
6) A vase (can be glass, or cardboard)
7) Stickers to decorate the flowers and vase (optional)
8) Glitter paints to decorate the flowers and vase (optional)
9) Pompoms to put in the center of the flowers (optional). You will need a glue stick to paste them down.
10) Markers to decorate the vase (optional)
Additional Materials That Sharon Likes To Use To Make Crafts Projects Run Smoothly:
1) Spill proof water container filled with water
2) Clear, stackable, sealable containers
3) Cookie Trays
4) Hairdryer for quick drying
1) Place your first coffee filter on a tray.
2) Fold it in half (This is a good introduction to fractions)
3) Paint it using watercolor paints.
– Use a large amount of watercolor paint and a little bit of water
– Try to use only bright colors. Avoid using brown or black.
– Paint the same color on each side of the folded coffee filter explaining the concept of symmetry.
4) Repeat step 3 with all your coffee filters.
5) Let the coffee filters dry for a few minutes. (You can use a hairdryer to make this go quicker)
6) Once they are dry, wrap green pipe cleaners around the corners to form stems and leaves.
7) Open up the folded parts of the coffee filters to reveal all the beautiful colors.
8) To make the flowers look extra special you can add glitter, sequence, or a pompom in the middle.
9) Now take your vase and decorate it using markers, glitter, and stickers.
Tune in next Thursday (May 8th) to learn how to make 3 different Mother’s Day Cards: Crayon resist, paint swatch hearts, and pepper flower stamping.[author image=”http://sittercycle.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/photo1-277×300.jpg” ]Sharon Rief has been an educator for over 15 years. She was a special education teacher in LA Unifed for the past 10 years. And prior to that, she was a speech therapist in South Africa. She now works as a child enrichment expert and has a website called www.teacherresourcesforparents.com that provides valuable tips on how to enrich children through fun, educational activities. Sharon hosts regular workshops for nannies and babysitters that are based on the content from her site. Sharon is the proud mom of two beautiful girls, Daniella (6) and Raquel (2), who are the inspiration for all her endeavors and always the first two kids to test out all her content.
Follow Sharon on Facebook. If you have any additional questions email sharon at sharonrief at gmail.com. To schedule a private child enrichment training for your nanny, contact Sharon at (818) 730-6820.[/author]