I love letting my son watch shows that deal with character development. Exposing him to fun messages about friendship, compassion, and teamwork helps him grow to be a compassionate, nice young man – that’s the goal anyways! There’s a new show on Nick Jr. called “Little Charmers” that is supposed to help with that.
Moms like Little Charmers, where “ Friendship is Magic,” because of the sweet lessons it teaches in a fun way – in Charmville, Hazel, Posie, and Lavender do their best to use their new magical powers for good…but often end up in comical mishaps. The three work together to prove that anything is possible when have self confidence and use teamwork with your true friends to solve problems. How could you not love a message like that?
Little Charmers has an adorable line of new toys that I feel are perfect for this holiday season. We received a few of the toys to open after watching the show: Hazel Magic Doll (the brave leader of the trio), a Seven cat plush pet, and magic wand. My boys fought over the plush so much we had to get Flare the dragon too!
My 5 year old has been having a blast with these toys…and he’s here to prove that boys and girls alike love playing with and watching Little Charmers. His favorite toy of the three is the magic wand. He’s been casting spells and doing tricks since we opened it. With the assortment of toys available, you can find great holiday gifts ideas in the line!
Since the show is so popular I thought it would be a perfect theme to use to encourage some learning. So, together with my little one we made these magic wand bookmarks/pointers, some to keep, and some to share with friends. They were super easy and you will want to make some for yourself.
What You Need:
- Large craft sticks
- Craft paint- light green, light blue, yellow, bright pink, dark purple
- Pink craft foam
- Wooden clothespins
1. Begin by painting each wand front and back. One each- yellow, purple, and light blue.
2. Prop each on an upright clothespin and allow to dry. You can just paint one side, dry, and reverse but if you little is anything like mine, you want to cut out as much time and as many steps as possible.
3. Cut a small star, flower, and bow shape from pink craft foam, no taller than 2” and 1 ½” wide. Letting your child do this helps foster cutting skills!
While waiting for the first coat of paint to dry this is the perfect time to watch an episode of Little Charmers!
4. Once dry, it’s time to add the details!
- Posie’s wand -use the small end of a paintbrush to paint a light green crossing lace detail. Glue the foam flower to the “top” of wand.
- Hazel’s wand- Paint or use a small piece of yellow foam with pink ends to create her handle, glue pink foam star to the top.
- Lavender’s wand- Simply glue the small pink bow to the top of the wand, add a yellow accent to the center.
To add a bit of sparkle brush with a light coat of glue and sprinkle with glitter immediately. Tap wands to knock off excess glue.
These wands are fantastic for dramatic play or they can be used as bookmarks and pointers. I made a fun preschool game for my kiddo, writing words and letting him point and say the letters he recognizes.
Little Charmers are the perfect holiday gift! Visit the Little Charmers website to make this holiday season magical!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.