Printable: Cup Critters

January 24, 2013 at 16:21 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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PMake new friends with Cup Critters! Just cut and paste to create a dog and cat critter, Hungry Hank and Scared Sam.

What to do next is up to you!

Here’s an idea!

Having a birthday party? Cup critters is an easy craft for kids to do on there own with little help, making it a successful group project. Gather enough paper cups and print out characters for your party guests and set up a craft table. After the kids make their critters, they can be used as a place setting, or when turned upside down can hold candy from the pinata!

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Printable: Snowman Dress-Up

December 27, 2012 at 12:10 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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TThis is not your ordinary snowman. Nope! This snowman might have button eyes and a carrot nose, but it also likes to dress up as a puppy, a scuba diver and sometimes it even like to grow a beard!

Its the perfect craft activity for kids to use their imagination. Put on a wintery fashion show! You can even print out multiple pages to dress-up more snowmen bodies.

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Printable: Mix & Match Friends

December 6, 2012 at 16:46 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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This 1 page printable may seem like a simple activity, but there are many things you can do! First, have the kids sharpen their skills by cutting out the pieces along the dotted lines.

What you can do:

  • Mix & Match – Switch the pieces around. Ask your child what would happen if they took the snowball to the beach or tried to play soccer with the beach ball?
  • Play a game – Place the pictures facing down and take turns choosing pieces, see who can complete a friend first.
  • Learn about the seasons – Which season is missing? Have them draw their own mixed up friend to complete the set!

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Community Volunteering: Little Ones Can Do It, Too!

November 29, 2012 at 19:55 | Posted in General, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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With the holidays approaching, there are usually discussions at our home regarding ways to give back to our community during this time of year. We love to do special projects that help others, and show our community pride. But it’s not just something that we should only do around the holidays, but an experience we should share with our friends and family throughout the year.

Volunteering together as a family is an incredible bonding experience! It not only brings you closer as a family, it teaches your children valuable lessons about selflessness, and sacrifice. It instills community pride and thankfulness.  Now, not every volunteer project or job is appropriate for children, but there are many ways your children can help give back to those around you and to your community with your help.

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Printable: Paper Plate Animals

November 29, 2012 at 16:17 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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It’s so easy for a child to look at an ordinary object and immediately see potential for something else. Give them a paper plate to craft with and the possibilities are endless! With this printable craft they won’t need anything more and a few basic craft supplies and their imagination to create their very own Zany Zebra and Crazy Cow.

For additional fun after you’re done crafting you can attach craft sticks to the bottom of the paper plates and turn them into puppets or masks. Use them to tell a story or put on a show.

Lets get started!

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Printable: Paper Bag Owl

November 21, 2012 at 10:45 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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It’s the day before Thanksgiving and that only means one thing…preparation.

We thought you could use a little craft entertainment for the kids while you pick up the toys, clean the house, prepare the food and turn your jungle gym into a beautifully decorated and well organized Thanksgiving feast! Sounds easy enough!

The best part is that this craft requires only a few basic supplies that you’re sure to have in the house. It’s also easy enough that they shouldn’t need much help, so you’ll be able to get things done!

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Printable: Ready, Set, Scarecrow!

November 15, 2012 at 15:56 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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It’s the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving harvest!

Your child can learn to cut while creating a whole family of scarecrows to join yours for a Thanksgiving feast.  This scarecrow craft  is simple enough for preschool age children to make but allows them to create a complete  project that they can be proud of. Just cut along the dotted lines and glue the pieces together.

For even more fun, have the kids collect sticks from the backyard that they can attach the scarecrow to and put them on display.

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Printable: Thanksgiving Turkey!

November 8, 2012 at 16:18 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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Creativity is one of the most important skills a person can have. Giving kids an early creative start will help build their self-esteem and confidence for a lifetime of increased productivity. And the holidays are a perfect time for kids crafts!

Print out several of our Thanksgiving Turkeys for your preschoolers to make then decorate the house for a festive holiday look, or better yet, they make perfect place settings for the dinner table. Your guests will be touched by the personal touch and their oohs and aaahs will go a long way to making the kiddos feel proud as well as enthusiastic for future craft projects!

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Printable: Make A Monster Face

October 18, 2012 at 16:01 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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Welcome to the ALEX Printables! There are new craft projects coming out all the time so make sure to check back and follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss any of the action! You can get all of the ALEX Printable Crafts by visiting our ALEX Printables and  Little Hands sections.

Just in time for the Halloween, here’s Make A Monster Face! Designed to be easy enough for preschoolers, it’s a fun activity for kids that involves no more than cutting and pasting. Make lots of different faces with various combinations of cut-out features! When they’re done they can show off their hard work and hang the monster faces up as Halloween decorations!

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ALEX and Scholastic Partner for Reading and Crafting Fun [Giveaway too!]

October 1, 2012 at 11:28 | Posted in Little Hands | Leave a comment
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Scholastic, ALEX Little Hands, book, preschoolers

ALEX is proud to announce its partnership with Scholastic in the launch of two new books, Jungle Party and Moody Monsters.

Written by children’s author, Jenne Simon with illustrations by ALEX, inspired by the Little Hands line, the books bring together the very best of the reading and crafting worlds for preschoolers aged 3+.

Each book teaches children important kindergarten-ready skills through vibrant stories and fun, interactive crafts that keep the learning and imagination going long after the book is finished!

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