Sock Puppets

Today was craft day today with my mom’s group.  The theme was sock puppets. I don’t think Action Jackson was very interested in it after he colored on the sock. Maybe he will grow to really like his sock like he did with Mr. Pickles (his Muppet).  He usually runs around the house though with socks on his hands, which is silly since more often than not they aren’t clean.

 

Supplies:

EVERYTHING IN YOUR CRAFT ROOM! No, seriously, anything and everything works to make sock puppets, but if you need a list here you go:

  • Socks
  • Pom-Poms
  • Google eyes
  • Fabric Markers
  • Beads
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Buttons
  • Sewing Kit
  • Felt
  • Yarn
  • Hot glue

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As you can see from all of our mom’s we had a lot of items!

Step 1:

Choose your sock. Slide your hand into the sock so that your fingers are where you toes go.  Open your hand at the toe of the sock and push the sock in to your palm.  This will be making the mouth.

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Step 2:

Cut your felt out to the color that you would like your mouth to be. We chose green, and later cut out just enough red for a tongue.  Hot flue the felt in.

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Step 3:

Decide what kind of eyes you want either the google eyes or if you want to sew on buttons. Mark and make your sock puppet see!

Step 4:

Design. Have fun with your puppets. Give it a nose, hair, scales, anything you can think of. Here is some inspiration!

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Our lovely mom Elizabeth made a dragon for her little one.

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She ended up adding her google eyes to the pom pom’s so that they stand up more!

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Jackson’s and mine needs some help, but it was still fun making it

 

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All of our socks!

 

No sock puppets are perfect. They are supposed to be silly and a lot of fun to make. It’s the memories made that are more important than a physical appearance.

 

I hope everyone has fun! 

 

Sensory Bins

Since sensory bins are everywhere it seems, Jackson and I decided make two today.

The 1st one all we did was mix water beads ( already hydrated) and shaving cream. He usually likes to play with shaving cream, today he just wasn’t into having his hands all dirty. I however did enjoy it. I love the feel of water beads, instant hand massage for me.  Shaving cream just gives it a little bit more friction.

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The second sensory bin we made used beans. We used black beans, red kidney beans, small red beans. I even added some cashews. Warning if they get wet they become slimy.  So you may not want to add them.  Jackson loved this one. He even put his Angry Birds and farm animals in to play.

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Let’s scoop them

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Yum mommy!

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Even has to add some beans to the shaving cream.

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Hello Angry Birds

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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.

Dinosaur Stomp!

I really should have written this post a while ago since the pictures have been on my phone for almost 2 months now. I have been slacking I know. I really thought I would be updating this more and keeping up with my Project 52 a lot more than I am. I thought I could do both, since I did Project 52 last year and kept up with it even while moving.  Well no moving this years and I am just slacking.

Anyways… Action Jackson and I went to Michaels a while ago and we found these dinosaur feet stilts. They are great. They aren’t to high where I am constantly afraid that he is going to trip over something and break a neck. I do wish the rope handles were a little bit longer because it is hard for him to stand up straight. But he loves these things. I almost want to put felt or something on the bottom of them because they are super loud on tile floor.  But then if I did that he might really fall and break something.  These feet were about $4 I think. Really not that bad. They are made out of plastic so there probably is a weight limit. Jackson is only 34 lbs so I’m not to worried about him breaking them yet. But here is a few pictures from our 1st adventure with them.

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He just started trying to get his balance and wasn’t too sure about them yet.

 

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ROAR!!!!

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I would say that this is a pretty happy face.

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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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Green Anaconda

If you or your children haven’t heard any of the song from Big Green Rabbit y’all are missing out.  Not only are they fun songs they are also rather educational.  Jackson loves them and I actually love YouTube for having the different songs on there.

 

Since Jackson’s favorite is Green Anaconda (it is his go to song when he has watched to many Angry Bird videos) we decided to make a green anaconda out of socks.

What you need:

– Kelly Green fabric dye (or any green you want, more natural than neon though)

–  Old socks (we used a tube sock and an ankle sock that didn’t have a match)

2 googley eyes

– Red felt (used for the tongue, ours was hot pink though)

– Brown Fabric Pen

 

 

Step 1:

We dyed the socks a few weeks ago, I didn’t take pictures. Follow the directions located on the dye package.

Step 2:

Cut a slit in the toe seam (the seam that usually its at the base of your toes) in one of the socks. This will be the snakes mouth.AAA_8591

 

Step 3: 

Fold the sock inside out, slide it onto the other sock and sew the tops together. Make sure you are able to fold the top sock back over the other so the “mouth” is out. This will make your snake longer.

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(I know I should of sewn it so the seam is inside. It didn’t occur to me until after the fact.)

 

Step 4:

Start feeding your snake some stuffing! Insert through the mouth.

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Step 5:

Sew your mouth.

– Take your bottom lip and pinch the tip so it folds in half.  Add your felt tongue in the back of the bottom lip.

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– Take your top lip and pinch the top making it lay flat just the like bottom lip. However, this time make the top

overlap the bottom.

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Step 6:

Place your googley eyes.

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Step 7:

We drew some brown ovals down the back of the snake to make it look like the video.

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This little project took about 20 minutes to make ( not including dye time)

I hope you enjoy your green anaconda for your little snake enthusiast.

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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Soda Volcano

Diet Coke and Mentos explode!  Did anyone else know that?  I didn’t until just the other day and decided we had to try it out. Of course we had to try it out on a day that daddy was home so he could actually get all sticky and I take pictures. This was a fun time. However, it is a shame that each bottle can only be used once. Also pouring the soda into smaller glasses in hopes for more activities doesn’t work. Both regular and diet coke work for this as you can see in the pictures.

All you need is a bottle of Diet Coke (or Coke) and a between 5-6 Mentos.

Here are our pictures!

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Bunny Hops

Problems thinking about what to place in your child’s Easter basket?

Pre-made Easter baskets are well let’s face it… BORING

Cheaply made but are expensive.  Plus there are always one or two things in the basket that will never get used.

Putting your own basket together can become expensive as well too, but you can customize it to fit your house and your child.

Easter candy is EVERYWHERE right now.

My family and I are still trying to get rid of Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and just random candy in between too.

EASTER CANDY WILL NOT BE IN MY SON’S EASTER BASKET!

I am a little tired of candy to be honest and we really don’t eat it much, hence the reason why we still have so much.

(Family please, if you send candy from now on please only send individual sizes)

So what will be in our son’s Easter basket?

Item’s that will be useful, and we can use every day for crafts and just plain fun time.

This will be a Crayola Easter!

Sidewalk Chalk

MORE Crayons

Bubbles

and perhaps an outdoor toy.

NO EASTER CANDY!

Can I say that again…

NO EASTER CANDY!

Jack has had enough Peeps to satisfy him until the next holiday.

So now that you know what is going in Jackson’s Easter basket.. What’s going to be in your child’s?

**UPDATE 3/16/2013**  I went shopping today and got his Easter Basket together.

It isn’t much but does  a 3 yr old really need much?

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We have bubbles, Rise of the Guardians, Angry Birds Tattoos, Triangle crayons, sidewalk chalk, and a dinosaur.

For a total of $30! We already had the basket.

Not to bad and I am sure my little man will be thrilled with it, since he picked pretty much all of it out on his own!