Sunday, March 25, 2012

Just the Two of Us

Last week was the Beans first week of parents day out. Busy and I got to spend a little time together just the two of us :) Both of us really enjoyed it! It was nice to be able to give her all of my attention. We drew pictures, made cookies and painted our toes. She started to compare our feet (bigger, longer, wider). Then we compared our hands (bigger, shorter fingers, longer nails) and she said that we had the same kind of hands. So I took a picture. I got to thinking that the picture I took would make a cute father's day gift. I just need to print it out and get a frame. But in the mean time, here is the picture. And she's right; we do have the same hands :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Under the Sea

Since we aren't going to make it to the beach this summer, I decided to bring the beach to us. During the Beans' morning nap, Busy and I were busy (no pun intended) creating an ocean. We made a giant squid, shark and coral. Then we needed an ocean in which to put our sea creatures so we made one under the dining room table. It's just like the forts my brother and I used to make with our mom, but instead of camping, we went swimming!

<---- This is our shark. Busy was very proud of her gluing abilities :) She used the white school glue and now says the she is too big to use glue sticks. This craft is from http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/

This is our coral. It's very realistic, I know.->
I always save tp and paper towel rolls for such random crafts.


This is the giant squid. I think it looks super cute. We used a cut egg carton and google eyes for eyes and stuffed it with plastic Kroger bags. I got this craft idea from http://megduerksen.typepad.com/




And this is our ocean!!! I hung the creatures from the table, threw a blue sheet over the table and a brown one on the floor. Busy just had to put on her swim suit and Pink joined us of course. We even had a snack in the ocean! She is also insisting we leave it up so her friends can play :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Ahoy!

This project is pretty self explanatory from the picture, and quite frankly, a no-brainer even for the crafty-challenged :) All you need is a half gallon milk carton (or other beverage carton), scissors, tape, glue, kabob stick and scrap fabric or paper. Paint is optional. I did not have the right paint and found out the hard way that the wrong paint doesn't stick to the slick carton. This is Pupshoo sailing the open waters :)

"Lava Lamp"

Our latest project is something I used to do with my first graders. It is a fun way to demonstrate how oil and water just don't mix. I recently saw it on Pinterest as well.

What you need: water bottle, oil, water, food coloring (the liquid kind not gel), and Alka Seltzer tablets.


How to do it: Fill the water bottle about 1/3 of the way up with water and add food coloring. Then fill the bottle the rest of the way with oil, pouring slowly to show how the two separate. Leave a little room for air at the top of the bottle. Once the oil and water have separated, split the Alka Seltzer tablet in half or thirds and drop it in the bottle. The tablet will fizz and colored bubbles will rise through the oil. Awesome!!!


Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Princess and the Pea

Busy is REALLY into pretend play these days. When we close her door at night she plays Lion King or Sword in the Stone. She likes to "go to work" and teach her animals at school. This morning we were playing Princess and the Pea I was the princess and she was the queen. I woke up and she told me to complain that I didn't sleep well because of the bump in my bed just like she had done moments before me. I did and then asked her "Queen, why did you put the pea under my mattress? Was it a test to see if I were a real princess?" to which she responded "No. I just thought you might get hungry!" :)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Crib Mobile

So, I am new to and now addicted to Pinterest. I was looking though some ideas for kids rooms when I stumbled upon an adorable DIY crib mobile. I am NOT Susie Sews A Lot, but this one was completely sewing-free. I figured I would give it a try. None of the crib mobiles you can buy that attach to the crib fit our crib so Busy didn't have one. This one hangs from the ceiling! So, I bought the materials for about $20 and got started. This is how you do it:
Materials: fabric, iron on adhesive, paint, pen and circle for tracing, iron, hot glue gun, split ring, (like what your car keys are on), ribbon, string and embroidery hoop (discard the part with the screw)

1. Paint the hoop and set it aside to dry.

2. Trace circles onto the adhesive and onto the fabric. You will need twice as many fabric circles as adhesive circles unless you use one sided adhesive in which case you will need equal amounts of each. I used 6 strands with 4 circles on 3 and 3 on the other 3

3. Cut out all circles and arrange them how you want them on the mobile sandwiching the thread in between the circles and iron them together. Leave enough room at the top of the thread to connect to the loop.

4. Tie the thread onto the loop alternating between a thread with 4 circles and 3 circles. I hot glued the thread to the hoop on the inside to secure it in place.

5. Measure out 3 strands of the ribbon for as long or short as you want the mobile to hang. Loop it, string it through the split ring and hot glue or sew the ends together. Then measure one more strand of ribbon and attach it the same way to the split ring. This one will hang from the ceiling.

<---- This is what it looks like when it's finished! Yay for me!

*Some foot notes - I got this idea from http://sewshesews.wordpress.com/ but tweaked it to fit what I thought I could handle (remember I said I don't sew). I also used ribbon to hang the mobile from the ceiling where Jaime used beads on wire (again, too much for me).