Old phones make for endless make-believe entertainment.

Telephone Crafts for Preschoolers

by Susan Revermann

If your child has a mouth that doesn't have an "Off" button, you're not alone. The majority of children love to talk. If your child will talk your ear off, then continue talking to her friends, the toys, the dog and anyone else that will listen, tailor some crafts to her obvious interests. Decorating phones or making sweet treats will give her something new to talk about.

Edible Telephone

There's nothing better than making a messy learning activity into something that you can eat. It also saves space on the refrigerator door for other art projects. Line up two or three graham crackers on a plate to resemble the number pad on a phone. Pick the numbers 1 through 9 out of a box of number and alphabet crackers. Let your preschooler smear some frosting on the back of each number and place it on the graham cracker. Encourage her to put them in numerical order, if she knows how. Before the goodies are gobbled up, practice dialing your phone number on the numbers.

Recycled Phones

If you’re looking to get rid of your old beat up phone, reuse it instead. Old phones make for endless fun for a kid "talking" to her friends. Cell phones that have bit the dust, cordless phones missing their batteries or even your old rotary phone would work for this purpose. Let her decorate the phone with stickers and sticky back gems to make it hers. Keep the phones with her dress up clothes and you may just get a call from a princess or rock star.

Dialing Practice

On a piece of paper, write out the numbers 1 through 9 so it looks like a phone number pad. Let your preschooler color on the sheet to decorate it. Use light colors to ensure that you can still see the numbers. Write your phone number on the top of the page. Laminate the paper, if you can. Have your preschooler practice dialing your number on the paper so she gets the hang of it. It’s never too early to have her memorize your number in case of emergencies or if she gets lost. Explain to your child how to call 9-1-1, too. Let her know that she should only call when there is an emergency and that it’s not a game.

Soup Can Telephone

Let your preschooler connect with her little friends without running up your cell minutes. Instead, grab a couple of soup cans, throw the opened lids away and wash the cans out. Make sure there aren't any sharp edges that will hurt your little one. Punch a hole in the bottom of each with a nail and hammer so that the sharp edges of the hole are inside the bottom of the can. Cut a 6-foot length of string or yarn and poke it through each hole. Secure the string/yarn in place with a square knot inside each can. Let your preschooler decorate the cans with her favorite sparkly stickers or jewels. Now she's got her very own can telephone to share all of the latest gossip with her little friends.


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