The Best Soothers and Sound Machines for Baby and Toddlers

The Best Soothers and Sound Machines for Baby and Toddlers

Oh, remember those days of getting sleep or going to the store without someone screaming in your face?  Sleep and a peaceful trip to the store, may be in your grasp, if you look into getting a baby soother/sound machine.  Soothing sounds are scientifically proven to help calm fussy babies and help babies and small children relax and fall asleep faster.  Some have many features that will not only help your baby relax, but will keep baby entertained as well.  We at kidsplayandcreate.com did research, read hundreds of reviews and spoke with parents to find the best baby soothers/sound machines on the market today.  Now, we can’t promise a miracle and what works for one baby may not work for another, but we can say that our list has the highest rated soothers/sound machines available.  Check it out below.

Cloud b Sleep Sheep Baby Soother

Cloud B Sleep sheep
This adorable stuffed soother by Cloud b comes in six animals to choose from including Natural Owl, Bubbly Bunny, Frankie the Fox, Gentle Giraffe, Marvin the Monkey or Sleep Sheep. This soother in whichever animal you choose was a real hit amongst parents and caregivers. It was the winner of many industry awards, including the National Parenting Council’s Seal of Approval and the iParenting Media Award. It plays 8 soothing sounds and melodies including classical lullaby, heartbeat(womb sounds), water and jungle sounds, crickets chirping and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Rock-a-Bye Baby (songs may differ between animals). It has two timer options of 23 or 45 minutes and volume control. It is machine washable.  Just remove the inside box that holds the batteries and plays music, then throw it in the washing machine on the gentle cycle. This soother easily attaches to most cribs using the Velcro tab.  Because it is cute and cuddly and playing such soothing music it makes our list as a must have in baby soothers.

Features:

        • Six different animals to choose from: Frankie the Fox, Natural Owl, Bubbly Bunny, Gentle Giraffe, Marvin the Monkey or Sleep Sheep
        • Plays 8 soothing melodies or lullabies (songs may differ between animals)
        • Music timer and volume control
        • Machine Washable
        • BPA, Phthalate, Latex and Lead Free
        • Item weight 1 pound
        • Dimensions 9.6 x 8.2 x 7.1 inches
        • Requires 2 AA batteries (included)

     

 

Cloud b On The Go Travel Sound Machine Soother, Sleep Sheep

Cloud b On The Go Travel Sound Machine Soother, Sleep Sheep
This on the go soother from Cloud b is the on the go version of the one above. You can choose from Sleep Sheep or Gentle Giraffe.  It’s cuddly and compact which allows you to take it anywhere, at 8” it can easily fit in a diaper bag or tote, which is great for those fussy babies.  This on the go soother has a Velcro strap that allows you to attach it easily to strollers, infant carriers or car seats.  It’s easy to use; just push a button to hear one of the four soothing sounds including gentle stream, spring showers, ocean waves or harmonious whales.  The sounds automatically stop after 23 or 45 minutes you can also control the volume.

Features:

  • Compact Size only 8” inches
  • Great for on the go and road trips
  • Soft and cuddly
  • Choose from Sleep Sheep or Gentle Giraffe
  • Plays fours soothing sounds including Sleep Sheep: Harmonious Whales, Ocean Waves, Spring Showers and Gentle Stream; Gentle Giraffe Safari Groove, Victoria Falls, Jungle Trails and Babbling Brook
  • Velcro strap behind its head to easily attach it to stroller, car seat, infant carriers, diaper bags
  • Requires 2 AA batteries that are included

Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother

Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother
This Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother is a simply must have. It’s a soother and fun toy in one.  It plays a variety of soothing sounds, has an underwater light effect and moving characters, which will keep baby entertained yet relaxed.  It has fours modes of play to choose from which allows you to select combinations of sounds, lights and motion to soother your baby.  One of the great features on this soother is the drift off feature.  The drift off feature gradually softs music and dims lights every 10 minutes to help baby drift off to sleep.  It even comes with a remote control, so you can control it without fully entering baby’s room, the remote works up to 15 ft away.  This soother comes with an adjustable strap that makes it easy to attach to most cribs. As your baby grows you can keep this soother as a bedside toddler nightlight and soother.

Features:

  • Soothing lights, sound and motion
  • 4 modes of operation to choose from; melodies, lights, motion; melodies only; ocean sounds, lights and motion or just ocean sounds
  • 25 minutes of continuous play
  • Drift off feature: sounds will soften and lights will dim every 10 minutes to help baby drift off to sleep
  • Adjustable to make it easy to attach to most cribs
  • Bedside soother and nightlight for toddlers
  • 2.2 pounds
  • Dimensions 10.2x 3.2x 11.4 inches
  • Requires 4 C batteries

Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Giraffe

Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Giraffe
This cuddly giraffe is a great soother for baby. This cute giraffe needs is a hug from baby to turn on and play one of the 8 different melodies and soft light.  After 15 minutes of play, the music and soft light that glows from the giraffe’s chest fades.  Another hug from baby and the giraffe turns back on.  This is a great way to introduce baby to cause and effect.  If you want the music to turn off earlier, simply press and hold the giraffe’s tummy until the music stops.

Features:

  • Plays 8 different lullabies
  • Has a soft light that glows from the giraffe’s chest
  • Plays 15 minutes of continues music and glowing light
  • Activated by a soft hug from baby
  • Introduces cause and effect
  • Helps baby learn to self soothe
  • Requires 2 AA batteries (included)
  • Dimensions 5 x 4.7 x 11inches

Summer Infant Slumber Buddies Projection and Melodies Soother Bella Butterfly

Summer Infant Slumber Buddies Projection and Melodies Soother, Bella the Butterfly
These slumber Buddies are our pick for the best toddler soother, however they can be great for children of all ages. There are five characters to choose from Bella the Butterfly, Betty the Bee, Dozing Hippo, Laura the Lamb and Eddie the Elephant.  These soft plush toys project a calming starry sky on the walls and ceiling in blue, green or amber, which is a great way to keep baby entertained and is also great for that small child who is afraid of the dark.  They also play 5 soothing sounds including Hush Little Baby, Braham’s Lullaby, Frolic Rhodes, Babbling Brook or Heartbeat sounds to help your baby, toddler or small child relax and fall asleep.  You can set the time to play music for 15, 30 or 45 minutes and choose from 3 levels of volume.

Features:

  • Choose from 5 different characters including Bella Butterfly, Betty the Bee, Dozing Hippo, Laura the Lamb and Eddie the Elephant
  • Projects lights onto the wall and ceiling in blue, green or amber
  • Plays 5 soothing songs including Braham’s Lullaby, Hush Little aby, Frolic Rhodes, Babbling Brook and heartbeat
  • Has a timer, you can set it for 15, 30 or 45 minutes
  • Great for baby, toddlers or small children
  • Helps sooth children that are afraid of the dark
  • Requires 3 AA batteries
  • Weight 1 pound
  • Dimensions 12.9 x 8.3 x 7.8 inches

VTech Baby Lil’ Critters Soothe and Surprise Light

VTech Baby Lil’ Critters Soothe and Surprise Light (Frustration Free Packaging)

With so many great features, this VTech baby soother is a great choice when it comes to deciding on which crib soother to purchase. It has a colorful design and displays cute forest friends.  It can easily attach to most cribs. This baby soother plays over 65 lullabies, songs, melodies or nature sounds.  You can set the music to play for 10, 20 or 30 minutes.  Another great feature is the built-in sensor that activates the soother and plays music when your baby starts to cry.  So when baby starts to cry, you won’t have to rush in to turn it on again, simply wait for the music to play on its own.  It also has a projector that shines calming images onto the ceiling to engage and help soothe baby.  This soother also has a built in crib light that creates 10 glowing patterns.

Features:

  • Cute and colorful design
  • Plays over 5 lullabies, melodies and nature sounds
  • Has a crib light that displays 10 glowing patterns
  • Timer
  • Built-in sensor that activates by playing music if baby starts to cry
  • It has a projector that displays calming images onto the ceiling
  • Weight 1.7 pounds
  • Dimensions 2.8×10.4×7.7 inches
  • Recommended ages birth-2
  • Requires 4 AA batteries that are included

Baby Shusher- The Soothing Sleep Miracle for Babies

Baby Shusher – The Soothing Sleep Miracle for Babies
This is a must have product for parents or caregivers of fussy babies. It got excellent reviews on-line and by the parents we spoke to.  This baby shusher was designed to soothe baby and make him or her fall asleep faster. It uses a technique from the book the Happiest Baby on the Block.  The baby shusher incorporates loud, rhythmic shushing noises that were used in ancient practices.  The rhythmic shush reminds baby about being inside the womb where they hear loud sounds of blood flow and other in utero noises. Made to be used at home or on the go, you can take it anywhere to help with a fussy baby.  You can put the shusher on a time for 15 or 30 minutes.  To work properly the shusher sound must be louder than the sound of your baby’s cry.  The volume control allows you to adjust the volume according to baby’s cry.

Features:

  • Loud rhythmic shushing noises that calm baby and remind him/her of being in the womb
  • Built in timer for 15 or 30 minutes
  • Volume control so you can adjust it to the sound of baby’s cry
  • Recommended for ages birth and up
  • Small and compact, great for at home or on the go
  • Includes strap so you can easily attach it to a stroller, diaper bag or infant carrier
  • BPA free
  • Requires 2AA batteries, not included
  • Weight 3.2 ounces
  • Dimensions 2.3 x 2.3 x 5 inches

What are the benefits of using a baby soother/sound machine?

A baby soother/sound machine may help relax your baby and help them fall asleep faster and easier.  The music/sounds they play can help block out some of the household noise that may cause baby to fuss such as other kids playing, outside noise such as traffic or people on the street.  They can help block out noise from people talking and doing household chores.

Many soothers/sound machines play heartbeat or in utero sounds that remind baby of being in the womb.  This may also help relax and calm baby.

Many baby soothers/sound machines have other features besides music and natural sounds.  Some of the have projection lights, which display colors or images on ceilings and walls.  Others have colorful displays and some even have moving characters.  These features may help entertain baby and keep him/her from crying.

Remember that every baby is different and what may work for one will not work for all.  If you are having a hard time getting baby to relax and fall asleep make sure you speak to your baby’s pediatrician and try a soother or sound machine.

What is the best baby soother/sound machine for a very fussy baby?

Again, each baby is different and what may work for one may not work for another.  And if you feel your baby is extra fussy, you should contact your pediatrician.  That being said, after reading hundreds of reviews and speaking to parents the Baby Shusher- The Soothing Sleep Miracle for Babies was hands down the highest recommended soother for fussy babies.  It was noted that to get the best results the baby shusher must play at a volume louder than your baby’s cry.  Parents were really calling it the miracle device.

Besides from babies, who else can benefit from a baby soother/sound machine?

Let’s face it, as your baby grows into a toddler they may still struggling with relaxing and falling asleep.  I know mine did.  Baby soothers/sound machines are great for toddlers.  Some like the Summer Infant Slumber Buddies Project and Melodies Soother, which plays music and projects lights on the ceiling and walls and the Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother which can turn into a beside nightlight are perfect for toddlers.  Not only do they play soothing music but they also project light, which is great for toddlers or small children who are afraid of the dark.  Giving a toddler a cuddly soother such as the Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Giraffe to sleep with may give them the extra comfort they need to self sooth and fall asleep.

Believe it or not many people we spoke to use soothers and sound machines for young puppies or older dogs with anxiety.  Sometimes puppies or older dogs get anxious or nervous.  Many believe that letting them listen to a mother’s heartbeat for womb sounds calmed them down and make them feel more relaxed and comfortable.  Try using Cloud b Sleep Sheep Baby Soother or the Baby Shusher- The Soothing Sleep Miracle for Babies.

Do baby soothers/sounds machines make good baby shower gifts?

Yes, often times baby soothers and sound machines are left off baby registries however, they are great to have and make excellent gifts. Most people think of pacifiers as a way to soothe baby and don’t think about baby soothers or sound machines until it’s 2:00AM and you can’t calm your screaming baby.  I myself did not use pacifiers with my little one, I didn’t want to go through the process of dealing with them screaming and crying when it was time to take it away.  I found that music was a great way to calm her down.  I didn’t have a baby soother/sound machine on my registry however, I was lucky enough to receive one at my baby shower.  So yes, I think it is a great gift.

We hope that you enjoyed out list of the best baby soothers/sound machines.  We hope that you find one that best suits your babies needs.  If you use a baby soother/sound machine that is not on our list but your think it should be, please tell us about it at kidsplayandcreate@gmail.com

 

 

 

The Best Baby Mobiles Available

The Best Baby Mobiles

Do I really need a baby mobile?

Baby mobiles not only look adorable as part of your nursery décor, they serve an important purpose. They provide a soothing and cozy environment, which is important in your baby’s physical growth and intellectual development.

We at kidsplayandcreate.com came up with a list of the best baby mobiles, based on personal use, research and reading countless reviews. Check out our list below of our top picks in baby mobiles.

Tiny Love Meadow Days Soothe ‘N Groove Mobile


Tiny Love Meadow Days Soothe ‘n Groove Mobile
This mobile by Tiny Love is super cute. It comes in three themes featuring different plush toys for each theme.  Blue comes with a monkey, giraffe and elephant, Meadow Days comes with a rabbit, fox and porcupine and the princess features a lady bug, butterfly and fairy.  The spinning characters on the mobiles are designed to help stimulate and engage babies.  This mobile can play 40 minutes of continuous music.  It has 6 categories of music with a total of 18 songs to choose from including jazz, world nature, classical lullaby and white noise. As your baby grows, the music box can detach from the mobile and be used as a portable music box for toddlers.  This mobile easily attaches to most cribs and is durable.  It’s a great product for baby.

Features:

  • Comes in three themes (blue, meadow days, princess) with different plush toys for each theme
  • Mobile spins
  • 40 minutes of continuous music, 6 categories of music with a total of 18 songs to choose from
  • Nightlight
  • Detach mobile for a portable music box for your toddler
  • Easily attaches to most cribs
  • Requires 3 C batteries, not included
  • Cannot be attached to a pack n play
  • Dimensions 4.8x16x13.5 inches
  • Weight 3 ½ pounds

Fisher-Price Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection Mobile 

Fisher-Price Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection Mobile
We love this mobile by Fisher-Price. This mobile is perfect for both baby girls and boys. It has colorful plush animals including a teal whale, white polar bear, green alligator and a yellow lion that helps baby learn to focus.  It has three musical settings including classic lullabies by Beethoven, Bach and Mozart, nature/ocean sounds or heartbeat and womb sounds to help sooth baby.  The music can play continuously for 20 minutes. The mobile also features a light show that projects images onto the ceiling.  One of the most popular features includes the ability to remove the mobile and project the lightshow directly onto the ceiling for a better view, which is perfect for older babies.  This mobile also comes with a remote control, so you can control it without fully going into babies room.

Features:

  • Four colorful plush animals including a teal whale, white polar bear, green alligator and yellow lion
  • Easily attaches to most cribs. Cannot attach to a pack n play
  • Plays continuous music for 20 minutes in three different themes, classical lullaby, nature/ocean sounds or womb and white noise sounds
  • Comes with a remote control (requires 2 AA batteries, not included)
  • Mobile spins 360 degrees
  • Mobile requires 4 D batteries, not included
  • Dimensions 23.5 x 17 x 18 inches
  • Weight 5 pounds

Fisher-Price Woodland Friends 3-in-1 Musical Mobile

Fisher-Price Woodland Friends 3-in-1 Musical Mobile
This mobile by Fisher-Price is great for the price. In our opinion it is the best crib mobile for under $20. It has a super cute design with a musical owl holding three forest friends; a fox, bear and raccoon.  The musical owl can detach from the mobile to bring on the go.  It’s a great mobile for that special boy or girl in your life.  It can continuously play music for up to 20 minutes.  Your baby will be engaged as he or she watches this mobile with colorful colors spin round and round while lying in their crib.

Features:

  • Musical owl that can detach and be brought on the go
  • 20 minutes of continuous music play
  • 2 levels of music sound
  • Colorful forest friends (fox, bear and raccoon) that hang down.
  • Dimensions 9x16x20 inches
  • Good product for the price

Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim Mobile To Go

Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim Mobile To Go Travel Toy
Wimmer-Ferguson have been researching infant development for over 40 years. They design toys that are simple, have high contract images, patterns and colors that adapt to each infant’s level of visual development starting from birth.  Studies show that infants are more attracted to high-contract patterns than to color or brightness along.  Wimmer-Ferguson toys encourage hand-eye coordination, gross motor activity and self-awareness.  That is why this compact, on the go mobile made our top-rated list.  It is the perfect toys for strollers, car seats and infant carriers.  It’s an overall great travel toy for your baby.  This travel mobile is designed with three reversible circle cards that have basic high contrast shapes and images on one side and bright colors and patterns on the other side, designed to instantly capture baby’s attention and help them focus.  This lightweight mobile was designed for babies 0-6 months.

Features:

  • Created by Wimmer-Ferguson who have over 40 years research in infant development.
  • Comes with a sturdy clamp that helps it attach to most strollers, infant carriers and car seats.
  • High contrast graphics and patterns help increase early visual and multi-sensory development.
  • Designed with three reversible cards with black and white images and graphics on one side and bright colors on the opposite side.
  • Recommended for babies birth-6 months
  • Extremely lightweight 1.4 ounces
  • Product dimensions 7x7x7 inches

Tiny Love Meadow Days Sunny Stroll Stroller Arch

Tiny Love Meadow Days Sunny Stroll Stroller Arch

This portable mobile comes with a universal attachment clip that fits most strollers, infant carriers, car seats and bouncers. We love that you can attach and detach this arch and bring it everywhere. The arch is flexible so you can adjust it to alter the toys that are within baby’s vision and reach.  This adorable arch features plush toys, mirror, teething toys and rattles making it a fun experience for baby. It also has a baby activated propeller. Its colorful design and bright colors keeps babies interest.  It’s durable and well made with makes it a great travel accessory.

Features:

  • The arch can be angled and adjusted to an ideal position for baby
  • Universal clips makes it easy to attach to most strollers, infant carriers, car seats and bouncers
  • It has stimulating and engaging features such as plush toys, ratting sounds, mirror, teether and baby activated propeller.
  • Light weight 1.6 pounds
  • Dimensions 2.8 x 19.9 x 12.4 inches

Tiny Love Take Along Mobile

Tiny Love Take Along Mobile, Animal Friends, Blue
You can bring this take along mobile by Tiny Love anywhere. It was specifically designed to easily attach and detach to strollers, crib, bassinets, infant carriers, car seats, bouncers and even play yards or pack n plays.  It has 3 ways to attach to your baby’s items; the Velcro fastener is great for an infant carrier, the large sturdy clip makes it easy to attach to strollers and the arm enables you to attach it easily to the crib.  Not only is this mobile convenient, it’s adorable.  Your baby will love the colorful animal friends, white geometric designs and 30 minutes of continuous music play.  It also has the option of spinning with the music or without.  It comes in three different themes including The unisex Animal Friends and Meadow Days or with the very pink Princess theme. Give your baby a sense of security with this take everywhere mobile.

Features:

  • 30 minutes of continuous music play with 5 different melodies
  • Can easily attach to a variety of baby items including most strollers, crib, car seats, infant carriers, bouncers, play yards/pack n play
  • Has the option to spin with music on or without
  • Comes in three different themes including Animal Friends, Meadow Days and Princess
  • Item weight 6.7 ounces
  • Dimensions 8.1 x 12.6 x 11.4 inches
  • Requires 3AA batteries, not included

Next X Flash B201 Baby Bedding Crib Musical Mobile

NextX Flash B201 Baby Bedding Crib Musical Mobile with Hanging Rotating Soft Colorful Plush Dolls, 20 Melodies
This cute mobile is unisex and can be used for a boy or a girl. It is designed with 5 plush toys including a giraffe, butterfly, sea horse, star and plane.  The plush toys can be detached and played with individually, which is a great feature for older babies.  This mobile can easily attach to most cribs.  It can also be detached from a crib and be attached to most strollers.  This mobile includes a music box that plays 20 soothing melodies.  It’s bright colors will keep baby engaged and happy.

Features:

  • Five plush toys that can be detached and played with individually
  • Music box that plays 20 soothing melodies
  • Can be attached to most cribs and strollers
  • Cannot be used with play yards or pack n plays
  • Easy set up
  • Weight 1.1 pounds
  • Dimensions 18.9×12.2×21.6 inches
  • Requires 2 AA batteries, not included

VicTsing 26 Inch Baby Crib Mobile

VicTsing 26 inch Baby Crib Mobile Music Box Holder Arm Bracket Nut Screw Box

This mobile was made for those creative moms and dads out there who want to create their own mobile. This baby crib mobile and music box does not come with any toys, in fact it is just the frame.  You can purchase toys separately, have your toys custom made from sites like Etsy or you can hand make your own. The creative possibilities are endless with this mobile.  It can clip on to cribs that have railing up to 1.57 inches thick with a height up to 2.75 inches. This mobile does spin round and round like other mobiles.  It also comes with a wind up music box that plays You Are My Sunshine for 2-3 minutes.  You can also purchase a separate music box to attach.

Features:

  • Ability to create your very own mobile
  • Wind up music box that plays You Are My Sunshine
  • Spins
  • Comes with 4 piece crib bracket set, wind up music box
  • Attaches to cribs with railing up to 1.57 inches thick with a height of 2.75 inches
  • Does not comes with toys
  • Weight 11.2 ounces
  • Dimensions 13 x 8.2x 4.8 inches

Shiloh Baby Music Mobile Battery-Operated 60 Songs

SHILOH Baby Musical Mobile Battery-operated 60 Songs White

People often purchase this music mobile to go with the VicTsing 26 Inch Baby Crib Mobile listed above. This musical mobile can play 60 soothing sounds and songs continuously for 30 minutes.  You can control the music and the mobile’s ability to spin separately.  It is a great addition to your mobile.

Features:

  • Made from environmentally safe, non-toxic ABS material
  • Plays 60 soothing sounds and songs for your baby
  • Plays for 30 minutes continuously
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Music with start from the song it stopped at
  • You can control the music and mobile’s ability to spin separately


Does Baby Mobiles Help with your Baby’s Overall Development?

The answer is yes! They can help with baby’s vision, hearing, focus, hand-eye coordination

Visual Enhancement – Most mobiles come in bright colors or high contrast colors and patterns. These are known to stimulate baby and let their eyes focus, which can help improve their overall vision.

Hand-Eye Coordination- Most baby monitors have toys/objects that hang down and spin round and round. Watch as your baby will go from randomly swatting the toys to learning to control their hands and reaching and grabbing for the toys that they want to touch.

Auditory Development –Music not only soothes baby but plays an important role in auditory development. Music helps stimulate and enhance hearing and listening.

What Are Recommended Features for a Baby Mobile?

Today baby mobiles are equipped with a bunch of features. We at kidsplayandcreate.com feel that when picking out a baby mobile they should have bright colors, play a variety of music and have engaging features such as plush toys or mirrors.  It is also nice to have one that you can detach from a crib and take with you.  This gives baby a sense of security.

Do Baby Mobiles Require Batteries?

Unless they say wind up, most baby mobiles do require batteries. Check in your items description to find out what size and how many you need.  One of the worse things is setting up your baby mobile, and then realizing that you don’t have the necessary batteries to turn it on.  Of all of the mobiles we found, none of them indicated that the batteries were included.

How Much Do Baby Mobiles Cost?

Most baby mobiles cost between $25-$60 dollars. The Fisher-Price Mobile Forest Friend Mobile on our list was under $20, it was also the best mobile we found for under $20.   Remember you get what you pay for.  Sometimes paying a little more means that it will be better quality.

Do Baby Mobiles Make Good Baby Shower Gifts?

Most moms today have baby registries and pick out specific mobiles. If the mom-to-be does not have a baby registry or you want to choose something off the registry, I would go with an on the go mobile such as the Tiny Love Meadow Days Sunny Stroll Stroller Arch, Tiny Love Take Along Mobile or the Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim Mobile to Go.  This way if they have a specific design picked out for their nursery, they can still use the mobile when they are out and about.  We found that moms loved the ability to take the mobile with them by attaching it to the stroller or car seat.  It helped soothe baby on the go.

We at kidsplayandcreate.com hoped that you enjoyed our list of our top picks in baby mobiles. We hope that reading our list helped you in making a decision on which baby mobile to purchase.  Remember that every baby is different and what one may like another may not.  Good luck with your little and enjoy every moment.

 

 

Creative Arts and Crafts Projects and Ideas for kids

Arts and Crafts are a great way to bring out a child’s creative side.

Making crafts is a great way to spend quality time with your kids and make memories.  It’s also a great way to keep them busy.  Crafts made by kids make excellent gifts for loved ones and is also a great way to add some memorable decor to your home.  A great way to display kids art is to put it in frames or laminate it to keep it for years to come.  It’s always fun to save holiday art work and pull it out year after year to remember when they were small.  After all they are only little or a little while.  We at kidsplayandcreate.com love making crafts.  Check out this page often for newly added ideas.

Try these craft activities listed below:

Remember  Kids Play and Create adds new activities all the time so check back soon to see what’s new.
Featured: 

100th Day of School

3D Foil and Cardboard Craft

Abstract Art (super fun)

Abstract Circle Art

Accordion Heart Man

Apple Craft/Teacher’s Apple Craft 

Aquarium Craft

Baby Food Jar Candle Holder

 Baby Food Jar Snowman

Baby hand/footprint keepsake

Baby Keepsake/Mother’s Day Craft

Beach Casting

Bath Tub Crayons 

Beach Themed Welcome Sign

Bunny and Chick Handprint/Footprint Craft

Can Stilts

Candy Corn Keepsake Footprint Craft

CD Art

Chalkboard Notebook

Clay/ Play Dough Recipes 

Colored Sand

Colorful Toe Caterpillar

Cool Chalk Drawings

Crayon Melt

Cupcake in a Jar

Dr. Seuss Craft/Snack

Duck in the Water Craft

Duct Tape Folder

 DYI Snow recipes

Easter Bunny Handprint/Footprint Craft

Easter Basket Craft

Easter Basket Egg Carton Craft

Easter Egg Craft

Emoji Faces

Extraordinary Shirts

Fish Bow Craft

Flower Pot Craft

Halloween Crafts for Kids

Heart in my Hands Card

Homemade Spa Recipes

Ice Cube Painting 

Invisible Ink/Glow in the Dark Writing

Leaf Wreath

Light Switches

Lion Craft

Lorax Craft

Marshmallow Building

Mickey Mouse Fall Wreath

Mitten Handprint Craft

Monster Pumpkin

Painting ideas

Paper Beads

Paper Hand Puppet

Paper Plate Fish

Photo Booth

Photo Memory Holder

Picture Collage Flower Pot

Picture Puzzle

Plaster of Paris Recipe

Plaster of Paris Craft

Pot of Gold Craft

Potato Stamper

Puffy Fish 

Rainbow Craft

Sand Castle 

Shadow People

Shamrock Stamp

Shape Monster

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Hat

Snow Crafts

Snowman, Snow Globe Handprint Craft

 Snowman Paper Plate Craft

Snowflake Craft

Snow Globe

Soap Snowman

Sock Bunny

Spring Yarn Butterfly Craft

Tissue Paper Flower

Thankful Turkey Craft

Thanksgiving Keepsake Craft

Thanksgiving Sock Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey Centerpiece Craft

Tree of Hearts Hand Print Craft

Valentine’s Day Handprint Craft

Valentine’s Day Love Keepsake Craft

Water Bottle Snowflake Craft 

Winter Crafts for Kids

You Are My Sunshine Craft


How to Plan the Best Kids Luau Party

How to Plan the Best Kids Luau Party

If you’re throwing a beach or Luau themed party and don’t know where to start, then you’ve come to the right place.  We have ideas to plan the perfect kid approved party. We did this party with children aged 5-12 and everyone had a blast.

Decorations:

On a  budget?  You do not need to go crazy with decorations.  We used flowered plates and napkins and bought green and pink table-cloth. On the tables we used flower petals. We also had large blow up palm trees and some beach balls around. We purchased flower clips for each of the girls and greeted each of our guests with a lei.  We played Hawaiian music in the background. We had to have our party inside due to unexpected rain, but we did plan on having tiki torches outside.  Have a big budget, you can add a tiki bar for punch.

Food 

Food  is an important part of any party.  When planning a kids party it can be tough, because kids are picky and hard to please.  These recipes below have been kid tested and approved.

Cookies- Cookies are always a big hit with kids.  We made starfish, dolphin and palm tree cookies and the kid ate them up.  We also made small shells for the pudding (we will go over that later)The recipe listed below is great to use with cookie cutters and they don’t spread.  They are also not as sweet as sugar cookies, so when you add the icing it won’t be over the top sweet.

1 cup butter (2 sticks)

1 cup sugar

3 oz cream cheese

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg yolk

2 1/4 cups flour

Cream butter, sugar, cream cheese add vanilla and egg yolk then add flour a little at a time.  Do not over mix.  roll dough into ball, if it is too sticky add a little flour.  Roll out and use cookie cutters.  Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookie is golden brown

Icing Recipe 

This is the easiest icing recipe I have ever made.  Just place a couple of spoonfuls of confectioners sugar into a bowl add a small amount of milk.  Mix it until the consistency is thick but can still run off the spoon.  It shouldn’t be watery. If it’s too watery add more confectioners sugar, if it’s too thick add more milk. You can add a tiny bit of almond or vanilla extract for flavor.  Add food coloring to make the colors.  We used brown and green for the palm trees, blue for the dolphins, we made a purple color for the shells.  For the starfish we did not use icing, we melted chocolate and dipped the back on them in it.  We also purchased edible eyes to put on the dolphins and starfish.

 

Sand pudding

Ingredients : instant banana pudding, smashed up sugar cookies, mini shells or crab cookies ( we used cookie cutters to make the shell and crab cookies)

Other Materials: Sand bucket and shovel

Make the pudding according to the package, the amount of pudding needed depends on how many kids you have.  We used 8 packages for about 20 kids

Purchase a package of  sugar cookies.  Place 3-4 in a Zip-Loc bag and roll over it with a rolling-pin until they are all smashed up and looks like sand.  You can also use graham crackers.

Optional: use chocolate molds to make small beach ball, sunglasses chocolates to add to the pudding.

Clean the beach bucket.  Layer pudding, smashed up cookies and shells and crabs until you fill the bucket.  Serve with the shovel.

Beach Jell-O

This is one of the kids favorites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients: Blue Jell-O, smashed up cookies (sugar or graham crackers), Teddy Graham’s, fish jelly candy, colored fruit roll up

Other Items: clear plastic cups and drink umbrella

Make Jell-O according to the package. Fill the cups a little less than half way fill.  Place them in the refrigerator to let them settle a little bit.  Once they are a little settled place the jelly fish inside.  Once Jell-O is completely set, add some of the smashed up cookies.  Also lay a piece of the fruit roll up on top of the cookie crumbs, lay the teddy graham on top and place a drink umbrella in.  Optional add a beach ball or sunglass chocolate using the chocolate mold.

Pigs in a blanket

Buy cocktail franks and wrap them with crescent roll dough, bake at 350 or until golden brown.  You can also buy regular hot dogs (a little cheaper), cut them into thirds and wrap them with the dough.

Drinks

Luau Punch

We served our punch in a seashell punch bowl

Buy some fresh strawberries and blueberries, wash them, cut strawberries in half.  Place in freezer bag and freeze them. Buy some blue Hawaiian Punch and place in a punch bowl add the frozen fruit.

When you are ready to serve your food and some of your smashed up cookies (sand) on all the cookies as garnish.

We also served watermelon, kids love watermelon

 

Photo Booth

Photo Booths are so much fun at parties.  They are also very easy to make. They are always the kids first stop when I throw parties.

You need an empty wall or if you are doing your party outside you can use the fence. All of the items we purchased were available at Party City, Amazon and Oriental Trading. Buy a beach themed wall scene and use packing tape to tape it up.  For decorations we purchased two blow up palm trees, cut out shark mouth.  What’s a photo booth without props.  We used grass skirts, straw hats, leis, large sunglasses, beach balls, beach buckets, coconut bras and shovels.  The kids had a blast picking out items for their picture.

Games

We purchased a limbo stick and played the limbo with the kids ( Song Choice Limbo Rock)

Freeze Dance ( play music while the kids dance, when the music stops the kids have to stop dancing.  If someone is moving after the music stops they are out.  Last kid standing wins)

Musical Chairs

Conga Line

Outside Shaving Cream Twister.  Play the game Twister the usual way but have shaving cream on each of the colored circles.  Messy but fun.

Water Balloon or Water Gun Fight

Arts and Crafts 

Sand Art

Temporary Tattoos (summer themed)

Goodie Bags

If you are having a birthday party and need a goody bag idea, purchase small beach buckets, fill with a pair of sunglasses, bubbles, candy or goldfish

Overall, Luau parties are a great theme for a party. Throw one to bring in the beginning of summer, to end summer or as a birthday party.  I recommend this party for ages 5-12

DIY Beach Themed Welcome Sign

DIY Beach Themed Welcome Sign

I love the beach and I love beach themed decor.  A couple of weeks ago I was at the beach with my daughter and we found a bunch of tiny shells.  We filled a sand bucket full of them and brought them home.  After looking at them sit in the bucket for a couple of weeks, I thought they would look pretty on display.  I decided to make a welcome sign for our front door.  It actually was easy to do. My daughter aged 3 helped me.  If you don’t live by a beach you can purchase shells by clicking the link or at your local craft store. This is a fun way to also display shells you brought home from a vacation.  

Materials: Unfinished wood sign (I purchased mine at A.C Moore), wood glue, natural colored sand (we got ours at the beach), shells, stencil letters, pencil, optional wood stain

Step 1:  My wood sign came with the hanging rope attached.  If yours does not, then you will need to purchase rope/strong string and hot glue it to the back of your sign.

Step 2 Optional step:  If you would like, you can stain your wood. Wood stain is available at craft stores and hardware stores. My sign came in a driftwood color, so I left it because it already had a beach feel.

Step 3:  Use your stencils and pencil to write thank you, or whatever phrase you like.  Some ideas can be your family’s last name, beach house, love summer, take me to the beach etc…  Make sure you measure your sign before picking out your stencils.  You want to make sure all the letters will fit.

 

Step 4: Fill in your letters with a light layer of the wood glue.  Cover your letters with the sand.  Let it dry completely.  I waited 2 hours just to be sure.  When your sign is completely dry shake sand off of the sign. When I did my project I glued the shells on first, but I would recommend completing the letters first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Position your shells around the sign.  When you are happy with your design, use the wood glue to glue them on.  Make sure you use enough glue so that they stick well.  Again let the sign dry completely.  I left the sign our overnight and hung it up the next morning.  I used a wreath hanger to hang it on my front door.