Bilingual / Kid Crafts

Caliente Summer Days

This past weekend was HOT with a capital CALIENTE! Hotter than it has been in…I can’t even remember when. Instead of going out, we huddled indoors near the air-conditioner and prayed to Santo Universe that we would not experience a blackout. Anyone living in NYC knows there is always this risk on such hot days when everyone is blasting their AC units seeking relief from that 98.4 °F (!!!)

Paired with being a heat hostage is our friend aburrimiento (boredom). This is not a fun play-date when you have an almost 3 year old with lots of imagination and energia to BURN…. so instead of plopping said toddler in front of the tele, this mami got creative.

Below is a tutorial for our caliente day craft project:

Construction Paper Robot:

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Supplies used:

  • 1-2 sheets of construction paper (or any paper really…) –> I used Up&Up medium weight construction paper from Target
  • Safety tijeras (scissors) –> PLEASE supervise at ALL times, even safety scissors can cut and pinch; I used old safety scissors I already had but if your already at Target they carry these or you can find similar ones on Amazon.
  • Stick glue (white glue or tape will work too) –> we used a Elmer’s craft bond Extra Strength, found at Walmart or similar at Target.
  • Crayons, colored pencils or markers –> we have Cra-Z-Art washable crayons found at Walmart
  • Paciencia (patience), and TLC 😉

Execution:

Initially I was not sure how to go about explaining to a 2 year old how to draw and cut following the lines and proceed with creating something from those cut pieces. Toddlers have very short attention spans and any lengthy explanation will just bore them and they WILL move on to other cosas mas divertidos (more fun things).

STEP 1: Dibuja las formas (Draw the Shapes)

I did not want to immediately tell him we were making a robot for fear he would focus on the end result and feel we were not getting there fast enough. If this would not be an issue with your child letting them know what the result can be motivating and exciting. Knowing my son I held off until just before STEP3 to reveal what we were making. Also, art is fluid so while I started with an idea for a robot this easily could have turned out to be a car or house!

I  started by dibujando formas (drawing shapes) and asking him to copy what I was drawing. He has practiced drawing shapes before so he was familiar with the motions needed to draw each shape. If your child is not or needs some practice it’s ok to use this as a teaching moment and help them practice.

Keeping things light and fun will help to boost confidence in learning new skills and diminish possible frustrations from not knowing how to draw each shape. So if you find your toddler becoming impatient or frustrated just let them know its ok if they can’t draw the same shape you did, it can be whatever they are able to do. And quite frankly it doesn’t matter if their square is just a scribble, the idea is that they are using their minds on something creative and educational while having fun and bonding.

STEP 2: Cortando las formas (Cutting the Shapes)

I cut out my shapes first so he could observe how to use the scissors and hold the paper. Then I helped him cut his shape out also. This way each task did not become mundane. Below are all the shapes we drew and cut out. There are circles for heads, triangles for hats, squares for bodies, rectangles for limbs and small circles for hands and feet.

I then told him I wanted to draw a cara (face) and asked what a face needed.

  • Ojos (eyes)
  • Nariz (Nose)
  • Boca (mouth)
  • Orejas (ears) –> there was no space for ears on our face but we recognized that, you know, they exist…somewhere on the sides of your face

This is a good way to incorporate more learning into a fun project. This mami likes to be sneaky like that!

We continued to add details to some of the other pieces as well.

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STEP 3: Construir tu Robot (Construct your Robot)

Now all that was left was to put our robot together on a sheet of paper or in a keepsake libreta (notebook). Again I put my own robot together and showed him how to do this and he repeated the process for his own robot.

STEP 3: Que Maravilloso (What a marvel)

Admire your work, your wonderful creative loving art! It is so great to have pride in the things you have accomplished and children feel so proud when they can achieve things they probably did not even know they could do. Praise the young’un for their effort, skills, achievement and final piece. They may forget the moment, but they will never forget the feeling!

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This project was a success. I’ll be honest and say I did not think I would be able to hold my son’s attention for long enough to complete the robot but he was quite cooperative, and we had a lot of fun  with pretend play while we completed each step and danced with our robots once finished.

I hope you found this personal POV tutorial helpful and would consider it a possible craft to try with your little ones.

If you try this out I would LOVE to know how your experience went and how it turned out!

Por favor comenta abajo (Please comment below)!

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