Make some music

There have been two things that I have been wanting to purchase for Jackson lately, a camera and a guitar.  A camera might have to wait until his birthday/Christmas. However, the guitar is something he tries to play every time he sees one around.  On our latest shopping trip at Joann’s, my husband picked up a few more FREE cardboard tubes that use to hold fabric, just like the ones we used in DIY Car Track. Of course we have 3 huge tubes in my dining room and I’m trying to find new projects to do with them.

I didn’t take any pictures of the actual process but it is very simple. I wanted to make something that I could use things I already had. For the guitar all you need is the cardboard tube, cut in half, a shoe box, with or without a lid, and rubber bands.

 

Since these tubes are very thick I got my exacto knife and did deeper cut around the tube where I needed it to be cut at.  I then karate chopped it off the edge of the table breaking it in two. Yup! I did that!  Use your exacto knife again to clean up the edges.  Have your shoe box ready take the bottom of the tube and put it in the middle of the side of the shoe box.  Outline it and cut it out with your exacto knife.  Be able to slide the tube all the way through the shoebox.  Give your tube  1/2 inch to full inch on the other side of the shoebox.  Then place rubber bands around the shoebox. 6  for a guitar or 4 for a bass. I guess I made Jackson a bass if we are going to be technical.

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Bottom line… Jackson loves this thing. He plays it anytime he hears music.

Tornados!!!!!

Since here in the south we have had nothing but rain for the entire month of July, Jack and I decided to make a tornado.(Do you remember doing these in elementary school?) I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while and now I am kinda sad I waited. He is memorized by this.  It’s nice because his little hands are able to flip over the water bottles to form the tornado. I love the weather, I always have. It doesn’t help that my dad is meteorologist. (If you are looking for a new weather report thanks to hurricanes or anything else check it out here)
Jack and I need to do more weather activities.

 

How to make a tornado!

 

What you need:

  • 2 bottles – The smaller the bottles the smaller and shorter the tornado will be. We used 1.5L bottles. Clean and dry. 
  • Glitter Glue
  • Glitter
  • Monopoly house- we used 2 of the small green ones.
  • Duct Tape
  • Hot Glue
  • Food Coloring

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Step 1:

Fill one of your bottles 3/4th of the way with hot water.

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Step 2: 

Add 3-5 drops of food coloring to your water. Don’t go to dark otherwise you can not see.

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Jackson got a little excited before this step and started playing with the food coloring before it was time.

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Step 3:

Add your glitter glue, glitter, and houses to mix everything together.

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Step 4:

Add a bead of hot glue around the rim of one bottle. Then place your other bottle on top of the glue and continue to hot glue around the opening. Cover then with duct tape.

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Step 5:

Shake and spin and turn upside down.. Watch your tornado pick up your house and your glitter become debris.

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After this all I heard was Again Again!! You know you are doing something right when your kid becomes excited over science!

Bottle Cap friends

My family and I the past few weekends have been going to our friends house to swim. Last weekend we were sitting around and Jack found 2 bottle caps and put them together like they were a mouth. What kid doesn’t do that? Heck, I am almost 28 years old and I STILL do that! But seeing a 3 year old do that got my creative juices running and here is what we did.

What you need:

  •   Bottle caps (at least 2 per friend)
  •   Small piece of ribbon (we used red for a tongue)
  •   1 medium sized pom-pom
  •  2 google eyes ( more or less depending on what you want your friend to look like)
  •   Spray paint
  •    Hot glue

Step 1:

Spray paint your bottle caps what ever color you want. If they are already plain no biggie. I just didn’t want my son’s friend to be a corona bottle cap.

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(I LOVE this color, I even used it to spray paint my hanging flower pots) 

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Step 2: 

Get your pom-pom and your small google eyes ( or which ever size you have or want) and hot glue the eyes on the pom-pom.

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Step 3:

Cut your small piece of ribbon on the end to make a V, just like a snake tongue.  This step is optional if you don’t want your friend to have a tongue.

Step 4:

Once your bottle caps are dry, place your ribbon on the bottom of one cap so it is hanging out just a little bit.

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Step 5:

Hot glue the other bottle cap into the one with the ribbon.

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Now you can have friends in all sorts of colors and make them with different faces. Enjoy!

Rocket Man!!!

I have seen this all over Pinterest for months thanks to Do It and How . I believe she is the originator, if not I apologize. But I went off of her design.

I don’t know of any Superhero that has a jet pack, but Jackson has decided to be Iron Man and Captain America today all while wearing the jet pack. I guess it makes him fly even faster?

What you need:

  • 2 empty 2 liters bottles
  • gray spray paint
  • elastic
  • cardboard
  • hot glue
  • Red and Yellow tissue paper
  • Aluminum foil
  • tape

Step 1:   

Spray paint your bottles and let dry. Good thing I painted my bottles almost 2 months ago and just never touched them. Some bottles have different textures than others. If you can get two of the same brand and kind it would be nice.

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Step 2:

Cut your “flames” out of tissue paper. You can also use felt or just about anything else.

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After I cut the flames out, I taped the tops together.

Step 3:

Enter your flames into the the opening of the soda bottles. Hot glue on the tape part so that it doesn’t destroy the tissue.

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Step 4:

Get your cardboard (around 10.5 inches wide)

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Wrap your aluminum foil around your cardboard and tape the seams.

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Back

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Front

Step 5: 

Make your straps. Our straps were 12.5 inches long.

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Attach the elastic to the back of the cardboard using hot glue.

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Step 6:

Attach your soda bottles with hot glue on the back. Be careful not to use to much and melt the bottles.  Fill in the sides with hot glue.

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Step 7: 

BLAST OFF!!!! 

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Make some noise!

With Independence Day right around the corner, Jackson and I decided to make some noise makers today. Our neighborhood does a huge block party that day and an amazing firework display at night. For a HOA funded firework display this thing is better than some city firework shows I have seen.  This year we will be taking our wagon and walking to the lake so little man has something to sit on while we wait for the fireworks. But why not have some noise makers to keep him entertained as well on the 10 minute walk? OOoo.. this reminds me, we can do something to decorate the wagon too =)

Anyways, I went into my craft room (that is in huge need of organization) and tried to find things that I already had. What I found was: construction paper, bells, pipe cleaner, popsicle sticks, and tape. 

I had no idea what I was going to be doing before starting this. It just kinda happened and Jack could help in every step along the way. Well not cutting the stars. But he did help cut pipe cleaners.

Step 1:

Take your pipe cleaners and cut them to about 2- 2.5 inches long. At one end of the pipe cleaners tie on one of the jingle bells.

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Don’t let your son steal your jingle bells. He will put up a playful fight to keep them 😉 And even lick them so you don’t want them back… hhaah

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Step 2: 

Draw and cut out your star shapes.  I didn’t measure or anything. I just drew stars large enough to fit over the popsicle sticks. There are two stars so that it makes a pocket to slide over the top of the sticks.  I taped 2 sides together at this point to keep them together.

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Step 3:

Tape your pipe cleaners to the top front side of the sticks.

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Step 4: 

Slide your star on top of your stick. Tape the star to the stick as well as tape the rest of the sides together to have it closed.

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Make some noise!!!

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Target Practice

**Warning this works best when no wind is present**

 

Are you ready for your little ones to work on some hand and eye coordination?  Target practice is a great way to practice just that.  Don’t worry no guns (or water guns) are used.

What you need:

  1. Spray Bottle (preferably one with a stream knob instead of spray)
  2. Ping Pong balls
  3. Golf Tees
  4. Foam Pool Noodle

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Step 1:

Cut about 2 feet off of your pool noodle. This will be your base for target practice.

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Step 2:

In as straight of line as possible  line up your golf tees horizontally across the pool noodle.

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Step 3:

Use two golf tees in the back  and on in the front, placed at a diagonal slant to insure the pool noodle doesn’t move.

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Step 4:

Add your ping pong balls to the golf tees. **Remember this activity works best with no wind**

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Step 5: 

Have your child sit at various lengths away from the target with the spray bottle. The farther away they are the harder the targets will be to hit.

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Now enjoy!  This is perfect for summer time. Caution for the backlash of giving a kid a spray bottle, you might just get wet yourself 😉

Angry Birds Golden Egg

Like most kids and many adults around the world, Angry Birds phenomenon has exploded in our house and has been for a long time now. We even have no Angry Birds days just to give Jackson a break. Boy does he hate that!

Any who, he has several Angry Birds stuffed toys (the ones that make noise).  But you never see golden eggs anywhere. Since he is being to have more imaginative play lately I decided to make one. This was Jackson’s 1st sewing lesson, I do believe he enjoyed it.

 

What you need:

Stuffing

– Yellow Felt

 

Step 1:

Half the felt and drawn an egg and cut it out. Making 2 eggs.

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Step 2:

Sew the two pieces together (I used a zig-zag stitch) leaving just enough of an opening to fold your egg inside out .

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Jackson’s little hand helping guide.

Step 3: 

Fill your egg with stuffing.

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Step 4:

Sew up the opening of your egg.

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Not the best, but my 3 year old isn’t picky.

 

Now you have your golden egg to go with the rest of the birds… and pig.

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Catching Some Rays

Today Jackson and I decided to make a few different sun catchers. More than likely, a few might go to his grandparents for Mother’s Day.  These were super easy, you just have to be patient and wait. I have seen several on Pinterest that involved using your oven and on a few occasions I read comments that other people had put them on the grill. Well, that is what we decided to do. I am so happy we did too because I couldn’t imagine the smell of burnt plastic all over the house, when it was bad enough outside.

I set the grill to medium/low (or around 500-600 degrees)

What you need:

Metal (it has to be metal) dish

Plastic pony beads (the transparent kind)

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That’s it. Pretty simple actually.

Arrange your beads in your metal dish in a single layer. The more beads you have the thicker it will be.

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(Yellow Angry Bird had to help)

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(This pattern in the grill was not melting as it should and I had to add more beads)

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Grill for around 15 minutes or until completely melted.

While we were waiting, like any project with a 3 year old there is going to be a mess. This time Jackson decided to step in the bowl of pony beads and spill them all over the the patio and into the grass… Yay!

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…..but before that happened we were taking the time to try and separate the pony beads. Teaching Jackson about organization and categorizing.  Yeah he wasn’t having much fun with that and started to get VERY whiny.

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Check the grill the sun catchers should be finished.

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We hung this one in our kitchen window.

I love it.

To hang just drill a small hole and use string. (Edited: Once you take this off the grill or out of the oven, while the beads are still hot, stick a non-melted pony bead into the sun catcher. Make sure the holes are on it’s side so you slide your string through. This beats having to drill anything and you get to use another cute bead! Just please do not burn yourself.) 

Let’s be a Prince (or a Princess)

A few weeks ago we took Jack to see Disney on Ice and it was all Princesses. Well I knew the place would be filled with all these little girls dressed as their favorite princess (BOY! WAS I RIGHT!) Well I didn’t want Jack to feel left out, so I made him a crown so he could be a prince for the evening. I  wanted to find a crown that was just right and and could be used more than once. So felt was automatically perfect for the occasion.

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Our family ❤

I didn’t take pictures of the making of this crown, but as luck would have it, a close friend of mine is having a baby boy in June so I made him a newborn sized crown with pictures!!

I will be showing 3 different crowns (1 boy and 2 girls)

For all of these you will need:

2 pieces for felt (same or contrasting colors)

thread

sewing machine

pattern

sharp scissors

The pattern I used for the newborns and Jackson’s crown I found at Hellobee . For this crown you will need some embroidery thread and needle.

Step 1: 

Lay out your crown pattern (remember this was for a newborn for newborns use once, for toddler cut the felt horizontally and use the pattern twice)

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(for newborns use once, for toddler cut the felt horizontally and use the pattern twice)

Step 2:

Cut out your felt pieces and line them up. (using pins help while sewing)

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Step 3: 

Sew the 2 pieces together along all the edges. In the back where the pieces overlap cut down one triangle so that it will not be thicker than the others. Once you are done sewing go around with scissors and trim up your crown so that all edges meet perfectly. Use the embroidery thread at your back seam for added decoration.

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Congratulations you now have your own Prince Crown! Customize it as much as you want or leave it be.

Now for those Princesses! These crowns were made for the same little boy’s bigger sisters. Why not have a fairy tale family!

These patterns came from Cutesy Crafts . They are the exact same steps as the above crown so I will just show with pictures!

Step 1:

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(You can see on the light pink where the main section of the crown I placed in the middle and along the top is the band for the back of the child’s head. I wanted the seams to be along the sides instead of the middle like the pattern showed.)

Step 2:

Cut it out!

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Step 3: SEW!!!

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I hope you princesses and prince enjoy a little dress up time this week!

Let’s Play with Shaving Cream!

There are so many different ways you can play with shaving cream. This week our shaving cream play time involved a tarp (left over from Outdoor Waterbed), shaving cream (we used 2 travel sized cans) and a little bit of water that was left over from rinsing the tarp off in the 1st place 🙂

After spraying on the shaving cream I just let Jackson go to town. It turned out to be a pretty cool slip n slide. We will definitely be doing this one again!  He had so much fun that all you could see was a smile on his face and hear the giggles in the air.  He even pretended to be a frog perched on top of his lilly pad.

Warning: very picture heavy! It just shows the excitement! 

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We had to get mommy in on the action

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