Posts Tagged With: DIY

Let’s Go Exploring! 

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.  đź™‚

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!

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DIY Wooly Willy: Attempt 2

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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DIY Wooly Willy: attempt 1.

So I have been inspired again to be crafty.  Some good friends are moving to Amsterdam soon so I decided to make a few gifts for the girls.  

Tonight we (yes my hubby joined in on the fun) attempted to make our own custom wooly willy.  We learned a few things,  so tomorrow I will make a trip back to the craft store to buy new frames & then we should be in business. 

Stay tuned for the final result & the other project! 

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Sting Ray

Our friend always chooses the same stuffed animal when he comes over to play.  So A decided we should make one for him. 

A helped me pick out the fabric and buttons for the eyes.  

This was my first attempt at anything like this.  I did a trial out of scrap fabric & realized a couple things to change & then did the real one. 

I am pretty happy with how it turned out. The blue/silver one was the original & the brown/blue was my creation. 

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Outdoors Oobleck

A found one of our books today, flipped through,  & then said she wanted to try this one.   So after checking it out & realizing we had everything (cornstarch,  water,  & food coloring)  we got down to business.  

A helped measure the cornstarch, added a few drops of blue food coloring to the water.  Then we headed outside to our little pool to play.  

It was fun watching (& playing with) this substance that is a liquid when sitting, but when you squeeze it is turns solid!

Both A & S had a fun time playing with the oobleck!

*Note: Clean up was easy. Used wet washcloth on the kids & then added more water & was able to easily rinse out the pool.

SKILLS:  Sensory, Imagination, Solid vs. Liquid.

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Fire truck is finished

I have finished the fire truck busy board.  (Well except for a few idealistic finishing touches).  The best part is,  both A & S LOVE it!!

The gear wheels work great,  especially after I screwed them on (vs just glue). The key door latch is A’s favorite part.   Right now the door bell just clicks,  but it is wireless so I could make it work.

The board is made mostly of 1/2″ plywood (because that is what I had)  and then on the back I attached four  2″x2″ boards to create a frame so the truck sits away from the wall. 

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Sidewalk Chalk Paint

This is one of A’s favorite outdoor activities.   She likes to help make & then play with our homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint. (1 cup cornstarch,  1 cup water,  food coloring).  We have found that spray bottles set to stream work the best (the squeeze bottles go to fast).

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Chore Chart

I have finally finished A’s Chore Chart.  I’m happy with how it has turned out.  And so far A seems excited about it.  

We talk in the morning about what we will do.  Then after dinner we talk again & fill in the spots. It has helped having it in an area that we see a lot.

SKILLS: Independence,  Responsibilities, Memory

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Looking for Suggestions

I am making good progress on my Fire Truck Busy Board.  But,  I have a few things yet to figure out,  hopefully you can help me.

I am planning on drawing/painting on & under the current doors. 

1) A Hose.  I am looking to put a hose on that can either wind up or even just stretch out.  Ideas?

2) A few more items.  I am looking for a few more items for the center of the truck.  Thoughts?

Here’s to hoping you have some neat ideas!

~Kiitos!

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Toilet Paper Roll Bunnies

So K had no school today so he came over to play.  I decided to hop  (hahaha) onto Google & see what I could make with toilet paper rolls since I had been saving some.   I came across a cute picture of a bunny so decided to try it.

The kids were so excited to do this project and thrilled with how they turned out.

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