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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Ice Smashing!!!

This project is perfect in warmer weather, but since we live in Miami we can do it all year. 

Ice Smashing!  Everyone feels at some point in time if they just hit something they would feel so much better. Well children are the same way. They have to to release frustration, energy, or just think it is neat to break things.  This project is perfect for this.

What you need:

  1. Plastic mixing bowl – I use a medium to large but any size will do.
  2. Random toys- I use some Matchbox cars, alphabet magnets, dinosaurs. Things that don’t break easily when hit. 
  3. Hammer or Mallet. Depending on the age of you child and how you feel about you child playing with a hammer.
  4. Plenty of outdoor space or a patio so the sun helps melt the ice. ICE WILL FLY! 
  5. Optional:  Food Color, Glitter

Step 1:

   Fill your plastic mixing bowl 3/4 full of water. If you want to add food coloring and glitter now is the time to do it.

Step 2:

 Add your toys

Step 3:

Freeze overnight.  I usually cover the bowl with Press N Seal wrap.

Step 4:

  Go outside to the patio or where ever you plan on letting your child smash.

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Step 5:

 Place your bowl upside down and gently knock around the base to release the ice from the bowl.

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Step 6:

Have your child let their inner Hulk out and SMASH SMASH SMASH!!!!! 

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We did two bowls, a red and blue.

REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN! 

 

 

Front Yard Exploration

Every now and then, as a parent, we need to remind ourselves to slow down. Stop and take a look at what you miss every day on the way to your car or on the way to check the mail. Your front yard can be explored just like a park down the street.  Yesterday Jackson and I did just this.

We stopped. We listened. We explored. 

And you know what, we had a lot of fun. It was maybe only 15-20 minutes for exploration, but it was something different.

We 1st went out and had a seat on our walkway. He loves it when I get a blade of grass between my thumbs and make that high pitch whistle sound. He even tries to immitate. Even if he usually just ends up putting the whole piece of grass in his mouth trying to figure it out. He is still trying and learning.

I had him find some purple flowers. My mexican petunias are always in bloom so this was what he picked. I’m ok with that since they are everywhere lining the front walk.

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He started running out of blooms he could reach so he decided he just wanted to run from the door to me.

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Yes, I still have a santa wreath up. Yes, I will change it when I feel inspired to make a spring time wreath.

And then he stopped and stared at our spiders. I loathe spiders. But these guys don’t bother me much since they stay on one side of the walk. If they crossed the line then they would be goners.

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 While we still waited for daddy to arrive home we though we would play a little animal game. He showed me how kangaroos hopped, snakes slither, bears roamed and growled, and how a lion ran. Haha. And we were able to do that on the wet grass (Thanks Rain!) so he was sure to get extra dirty.

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Sometimes play is more than playing. It is learning, using your imagination, exploring what is around you, and just having fun!

Get out and enjoy your own yard and see what all you find!

Mind Jar

I have been seeing these Mind Jars floating around Pinterest for a while now. I finally decided to make one. Perfect calm down tool now that Action Jackson has graduated to a 3 minute time out. These mind jars take between 2-3 minutes to settle down. I can’t wait to really try it out with him and see how it works.

I got the recipe for it from My Crazy Blessed Life‘s mind jar right here.

I used a Ethnos bottle 3/4 full of hot (near boiling) water. My Crazy Blessed Life used a Smart Bottle. Either one will work. The bottles have a small smooth circumference  perfect for little hands to hold. And they are plastic since more than likely they will be dropped by little hands.  There are other Mind Jars on Pinterest made out of actual glass jars. I just don’t trust my 3 year old when he is upset to be holding glass.

I also used a full bottle of CLEAR Elmer’s glue, white glue will NOT work. It will turn your water white where you can not see the glitter. I then mixed the clear glue with the hot water in the bottle. Give it several shakes so it dissolves.

Then mix a tube  of glitter glue ( any color) and a tube of fine glitter into the water bottle. This would probably be best is they were the same or similar colors. We used red. Since it was the only color I had both glitter and glitter glue.

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Adding the glitter

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All shaken up.

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All settled….

I hope that this will work with your little one becomes a cranky butt and just needs to calm down.

 

Cardboard Paintings

Looking for a cheap inexpensive activity for your little ones? Why not paint? Have no idea what to paint on, just grab an old box you have in the garage or an old shoe box and give it new life for a few moments.

We love to paint in this house. The only art work up on the walls actually are of Jackson’s paintings.  So today when he wanted to go outside I wanted to give him an activity to do other than digging up my flowers.

I brought out our Tempura Paints and did a few squirts into muffin cups.  I was able to pick up smaller paints and brushes in Target’s $1 isle yesterday. Took an old moving box out of the garage and onto the back patio. And I let him have some fun!

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We tried a little bit of drip painting. He got bored with that fast since it didn’t fall off quick enough.

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we have to paint rocks!!!

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While singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” he started painting body parts =)

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Yes you can paint my white flowers blue.

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When we were all done, we turned the muffin cups inside out and smeared the remaining paint!

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Our finished painting!

Have fun and enjoy!!

Holy Moly Batman! Let’s Make Capes!!!

So I know we will be having some adventures real soon! But you can’t have adventures with out a cape! This is toddler fashion 101. You must have at least one cape! This is how we make our capes. Please feel free to tweak this however you may need to so that it fits you and your little one the best!

First what you will need are 3 different cotton fabrics. 1/2 Yard for the actual cape, then 2 contrasting colors for the shape and for the initial (these two can be larger scraps of fabric). You will need a shape and an initial too. These you can free hand draw (like I did today with my J) or you can find a font online and use that.  You will also need a sewing machine, chalk to mark the fabric, a round bowl,and velcro.

I usually use a solid for a base which you need to cut from 1/2 yard, today I used black since Jackson just got a Batman shirt.  I also used a bright green for my diamond and a scrap of robot fabric for my J.

My craft room doesn’t have the best lighting, I apologize!

Step 1: 

     Measure your child from the top of his shoulders to mid butt.  Add 1 1/2 inches to that number for seam allowance.   I came up with a 19″ cape for my 3 year old. He is tall and skinny. But, this size should fit from 1 1/2 – 4 year old.

Step 2: 

     Fold the fabric you will be using for you cape in half vertically.

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   From the folded edge : measure 6″ at the top going horizontally

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                     measure 19″  going vertically (my straight ruler only goes to 17″ so that is why it doesn’t say 19″)

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                                             and at the bottom of the fabric measure 13″ going horizontally again.

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                                            Mark a straight chalk line from the end of 6″ on top to the end of 13″ on bottom.

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 You will now have your folded half of your basic cape shape. Cut on your lines and wipe excess chalk off.

Step 3: 

              Take your round bowl ( I used a round 1 qt pyrex lid for this) and place it over top of your folded edge.  The top diagonal side should have 2″, and vertically should measure 5″. Cut out your neck. For easier sewing you can make a small V-shaped cut at the base of the neck. 

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Step 4:

Iron your seams. Have a 1″ seam on the bottom and make sure your edges come to a point.  IMG_2999

1/4″ seam allowance on the sides and 1/2 seam allowance on the top.

Step 5: optional

In a coordinating fabric (preferably the one used for your shape) make two 1/2″x4″ for the neck. This can be used for Velcro, just incase the neck hole isn’t big enough to add it on the actual base fabric.  You can also make these strips longer if you want 1/2″x12″ if you wish to tie your capes. I suggest any kid under the age of 5 have velcro on capes for safety reasons. We do not want any child to strangled because they can not get out of their capes. SAFTEY FIRST! 

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Step 6:

Time to cut out your shape and your initial!

My diamond width was 8″

height was 7″

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My initial width was 4″

height was 6″

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Step 7:

Hem your entire cape.

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To attach tie/velcro strips- fold base wing 1″ and sew end of strip on top of the folded wing.

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Step 8:

Add your shape! Centered about 1 1/2″ below the base of the neck.

I like to sew in a zig-zag pattern with contrasting thread, today I used bright blue.

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Step 9:

Sew your initial on top of your shape. You can either center or off center this. Use your personal preference to see what looks best.

Again I use a zig-zag pattern and used a lime green thread to match the shape this time. 

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Step 10:

Add your velcro. Make sure to sew it where it is on opposite sides of the wing so they will pair up properly.

Step 11:

Go around all your edges with some Fray-Check! Save your edges and make your capes last!

Step 12:

Let your Batman or Wonder Woman fly into action and get set to go on some massive adventures!

ENJOY!

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