Today we did one of the activities from A’s kiwi co box. Her theme this month is about Bodies. We started off with the story & then let her choose which of the 3 projects she wanted to make today. She choose the stethoscope.
It was fun watching her figure out what parts went where & then continue to try on the difficult parts for assembly.
As soon as they finished making it they got right to trying it out.
Which of course lead to them playing Dr. 🙂
The kids were given a subscription to Kiwi Co crates as birthday gifts. One is set for S’ s age, & one for A’ s age. My favorite thing so far is watching them work together on the projects.
The first one we did was all about rainbows. This was fitting as we just saw a big double rainbow the day before. The crate starts off with a short story about the topic. Then it explains fun ways to create your own rainbows.
Next we started with our first project. (There are 3 main projects in each box.) Today this was creating a cloud/rainbow pillow. They provided a soft white cloud with a small opening on the bottom. Next they provided half circles of felt of decreasing size of all the colors in the rainbow. The felt had strong sticker adhesive on the back. A & S did a great job of taking turns when putting the colors on. Then it was time to stuff the pillow through the small opening. And to close it up there was strong Velcro. (I will go back later & sew it closed.)
S was so excited about this pillow he carried out around & slept with it for several days straight! We are excited to try the other projects!
Note: the only thing I would change is instead of Velcro close it the way Build A Bear sews theirs up.
I found this cute post by MmmCrafts called TravelWees and decided I needed to try it! And I have to admit, I love how she turned out!
What a fun little craft to make. This one is a gift and I look forward to seeing where she goes!
As summer is coming to an end and it is getting to be coat/sweater weather here I am reminded that A & S do not have a ton of experience with buttons. So I have created a felt button chain project that incorporates buttons!
After having several occasions where A & S have wanted to be superheroes I decided it was time to get them some capes. After looking online I decided to make them.
A & S helped pick out the fabric (fun note: the stars glow in the dark!) and we used the pattern from CKC Patterns.
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I saw this pattern for a giant arm knitted bunny by Flax & Twine and decided to give it a try. (Which is slightly amusing because I do not know how to knit) .
So I let A help pick out the yarn. And of course she chose a blue. So after practicing for a bit, I think I kind of got the hang of it.
It went pretty quick. I made the body part one night. Then the head the next. A couple nights later I had the opportunity to assemble the bunny. Once again, I was not 100% sure what to do, but I gave it a go. I am happy how it turned out! Now let’s see what A & S have to say in the morning. 🙂
Update: The “big bunny” was a hit this morning!
We have a friends birthday coming up and I decided to make a Let’s Go Exploring bag. I learned that I create much like I live my life….I an idea in my head, figure out a few of the details, and then pretty much just wing the rest. And for the most part I am pretty happy with the results. 🙂
First the bag. I saw a few patterns/ ideas online & decided to pick little parts of each. The bag is made out of 1 leg of a pair of cargo pants & 1 men’s shirt. (Thank you Goodwill). Since I didn’t really plan it out, it turned into a messanger bag instead of a backpack. Other than that I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
Next, the binoculars. Many thanks go to my neighbor for helping figure out how to create the vision in my head. The main part is from PVC pipe. Then we had to figure out how to attach spacers & the strap. (Thank you Goodwill for the belt we used as the strap.) I am very happy with how these turned out! (The kids were sad they could not play with them! )
Then we just added a drawing pad and a couple nature scavenger hunt activities. Happy birthday & adventuring B!
So I have decided to make a few more hooded towels, but this time to make a dinosaur (monster/dragon?). Whatever you might call it, I am very happy with how they turned out!
I followed this post my instructions. My towels were so thick I had to use a walking foot for my sewing machine, but it worked great!
Now I hope the 2 kids getting them like them just as much! Let me know if you would like to purchase one!
Today I had the pleasure of co-hosting a baby shower for a friend. We were so happy that we could help celebrate with them and their friends. To go along with the theme of their nursery we did it all in a Woodland Theme. It was a huge success.
Parts of our shower consisted of: A photo booth, Fingerprint Tree Guest Book, Baby Advice Mad Libs, Thank you cards, Decorating Onesies, and a kids station (Trucks, Sun catchers, & several things for coloring). We also had the luck of a gorgeous November day and were able to take advantage of the wonderful outdoors at the Walker Nature Center in Reston, VA.
I had so much fun making a lot of the decorations for the party. Including the Wooden Fox(who knew foil transfers were so amazing?!), the Wooden Squirrel, and the Foam Tree House! What a great day to spend with friends! It was amazing to see how talented everyone was with the puffy paint on the onesies! And the food, catered by Wegmans was delicious as expected! What a wonderful day it was!!
So with some minor tweaks in mind I attempted my 2nd Wooly Willy. It still did not come as clear as I was expecting. And then, even with all of my hot glue the iron filings are still leaking out. So needless to say, I love the concept, but back to the drawing board.
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