Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pine cone critters

Tater's class had a Fall Festival party, so I thought it would be fun to make some pine cone critters. The boys and I collected the pine cones in our neighborhood. I supplemented my craft supply stash with a run to Michael's. I made several different examples to help inspire the kids: (clockwise from top left) turkeys - using pipe cleaners or feathers, an owl, spider, and mouse. Most of the kids chose one of these to do, but some created their own. Tater made a bee. It was a good activity, since the project was more open-ended, 3 dimensional and required trial and error manipulation of materials. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Cobra Puppet

Tater loves reading about snakes, so I offered to make him a puppet of his favorite - a cobra! He picked out the camo fleece at the fabric store, and I used some tan I already had. This sock puppet-style pattern is really easy - especially if you don't need arms. The fangs are latex cosmetic sponges I cut down. I wish I could take credit for that idea! My only complaint is that they yellow over time, so next time I might paint them before attaching them to a puppet. The eyes are halved styrofoam balls wrapped in fleece with google eyes. The tongue is made of felt. 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Train Shelf

Wow, has it really been since August that I last posted?! Here's my latest craftiness. A train shelf for Hoot. The older boys loved trains, but have really moved on to other things. Hoot is getting to the age when he's beginning to take interest in Thomas and Co., and I'm so excited to introduce him to the world of trains. We have an insane about of trains, train tracks and track building components. I'm not exaggerating when I say that we have at least 200 trains. Some were bought, others gifts, and still more were passed along from friends.

We did some redecorating downstairs in the family room, and decided to move the giant train table to Hoot's room. We purchased a taller, smaller table for the older boys to use in the family room from IKEA (the SANSAD).

Any way, I've wanted to mount a train display on his wall, but two walls of his room are slanted (gotta love capes!), and the other two don't have space. I had an 8ft piece of lattice stripping and glued lengths of train track to it. I left enough room to glue a "stop" and "railroad crossing" sign to either end as bumpers. I mounted it to the wall using brackets placed ~18 inches apart. I put it high enough so he can't reach it... yet. Right now it's a nice display with the trains arranged in a rainbow pattern. Hoot enjoys looking at it. And we have plenty of trains to play with, until he figures out how to get them down.