We went back to the ReSource Warehouse & Gallery to do the make and take today (where you pay $5 an hour to use anything in their special room filled with a gazillion little fun odds and ends to make whatever you want). What started out with “maybe today we should make a house… or maybe a little town out of cardboard” turned into “let’s make a hobbit house!” It’s amazing what you can make with things that are just laying around, in this case an Amazon box, a large tube, some tissue paper and some paint. I love the Resource Warehouse’s weekly arty party! I can’t wait to keep coming back throughout the summer and see what else we can come up with!
More pictures after the cut, unfortunately no how-to because it was such a whirlwind to make
I’m beyond excited about this one! My first personal creative and non-pinterested thing in a long time haha. Not even sure how the idea came to me, but we had an AMAZING time being creative together and trying out things until it worked!
1 brown paper bag
5 pipe cleaners
1 toilet paper roll or paper towel roll
2 sheets tissue paper (I used leftovers from his birthday)
Directions after the cut
Once again another awesome craft for toddlers that I found on Pinterest! These came out incredibly cute and Rand had a wonderful time drawing the faces & toes, gluing the spikes and spots, and attaching the feet to the body. I did make one adjustment to the tutorial by taping a plastic straw to the back of the dinosaur’s head to keep it from drooping (since I didn’t have thick paper to work with)
Click through for setup and progress photos!
Another Pinterest project come to life! These made me so happy
I love these toilet paper roll crafts — I think I might just be addicted! Click through the link to find more progress shots
When I saw this pin I just had to do it. It’s so freaking cute!
The best part about this was that my 4 year old was able to pretty much do all of it! He painted the toilet paper rolls himself, I just helped with taping the head to the body and cutting the slits for the legs & cutting the little squares.
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If you’re anything like me, you probably cry every time you have to go through your baby’s clothes to put away/toss out the clothes that are too small. No? Ok, maybe it’s just me. =] Anyway, here’s a fun project I was finally able to finish after 3 years.
Since I finally have some time off and we decided to stay local this year instead of going on vacation, I finally got some time to spend on something that I’ve been wanting to finish for a long time. Three years ago when we left California I was half-way done with getting this quilt together. In one of the two suitcases that we brought here from California, I had all the pieces of the top of this quilt. It would have been a complete waste if I never finished it!
This quilt is made out of pieces of Rand’s clothes from his first year, and fabric from the trip to Hawaii that we took when Rand was 3 months old. The inside is filled with fleece from the leftovers of the Totoro costume that I made for him last year for Halloween. All in all a blanket full of memories.
Here’s a fun and super quick craft (not to mention delicious, as it involves eating 2 cans of pringles prior to making it). Follow the link after the jump for instructions and more pictures.
After I saw these amazing hungry caterpillar toeprints on Pinterest (don’t know what site they came from ) I felt like I had to do it, but instead of just having the toe prints, I decided to take it a little further and make my own version of the book for Rand’s wall. Then, we made prints of his feet in purple/blue/green hues on the yellow paper and put them together to make the butterfly. This was a long project, but so worth it in the end!
Here’s a fun little Christmas ornament that we made this year.
Another entry into my collection of personally-made file folder games that I think are prettier than the ones that are currently available. I think now you might be understanding why I’m making everything available — I’ve made way too many to keep these to myself!
This is one of the first games I ever made for my son, it was super simple and worked really well because there are a relatively small amount of puzzle pieces. He likes naming the owl colors and talking about what each one does. (Don’t know if anyone can spot the Kobe owl on here :))
This is basically a repeat of the Alphabet Matching game that I posted earlier, but the number version. It’s a basic matching game, where you just match the number tokens to the number circles.
Once again, I’m back with games I made because I couldn’t find ones that I wanted to look through day to day. This one’s super easy and requires very few materials… It’s just a simple letter matching puzzle game.
I saw this game on a teaching site somewhere and thought it was super great — except I didn’t like the way it looked, so I went ahead and re-made it on my own. It’s a basic matching game, where you just match the alphabet tokens to the alphabet circles.
I’m constantly looking for worksheets and learning games to do with my son, but most of them are so ugly that I end up stealing the ideas and making my own so that I can live with starting at the games day after day. These worksheets are some number tracing worksheets that I made recently. What I’ve been doing is printing them out and then laminating them and having Rand trace the numbers with the lovely crayola dry-erase markers. He loves the colorful pictures and these worksheets have been great in helping him with the concept of writing.
Still needs some work
After seeing the heart toilet paper toddler stamp on pinterest I immediately went into the bathroom unraveled the rest of my toilet paper roll, turned it into a heart and did a stamping project with Rand. Today I was thinking about what to do for St. Patrick’s day and realized that a shamrock is nothing more than 4 hearts put together! This was a lot of fun and I never cease to be amazed at how much can be done with stuff that normally is thrown away.
St. Patrick’s day is pretty special to me because it’s the day after my birthday, so I’m glad that I was able to come up with something fun and easy to celebrate with.