It's almost time for Thanksgiving! I don't think I will ever tire of surprise balls. They are just so much fun! This little guy would be perfect for Thanksgiving. Make one for each kiddo and have it sitting at their seat for them to unravel and squeal with delight at finding each little gift. It's a great way to keep them occupied during dinner! Sounds pretty great, right? So let's make some, shall we? To start, you will need folded crepe paper, glue and scissors. Oh yeah, and lots of fun tiny treats to wrap up inside! Start with the roundest object you have (like a bouncy ball) and layer the toys into a ball by wrapping them up with thin strips of crepe paper. It's seriously so easy and a great Netflix watching craft. To make the face I just cut up some paper and glued it on. And if you don't feel like decorating them, leave the faces and feathers for the kids to do themselves! They'll love it.
Have you guys heard of Dream Car? It's... a dream. Seriously. This is one beautifully made toy! Each set comes with two tops as you can see and they attach to the gorgeous wood base with embedded magnets. It's so easy to snap in and get playing! Perfect for little hands. The tops are obviously chalkboard, but I have to say this and I don't know if anyone out there feels the same. But not all chalkboards are created equally! Some chalkboard surfaces are rough, uneven and don't write on smoothly. These chalkboard cars are amazing. So easy to draw on and wipe off to recreate something new. I love it! And! The Dream Car comes with a set of colorful chalk and an eraser. Pretty amazing, right? The cars are bigger than I first expected them to be, which to me is fantastic. I debated whether to give this to Elliott and have him model the awesomeness of the cars, but in the end decided to hold off and give these to him for Christmas. If you have a little one who you love dearly and want them to have a gorgeous, one of a kind gift this holiday season, this is a great option. They will love it! And so will you.
Remember these dry erase printables? Well, we are at it again! This time we went the pumpkin route and I have to say we have been loving it. Elliott has a daily routine with it. Draw, erase, repeat. It's so easy to make. Just print it out and take it to your friendly neighborhood copy shop to get it laminated. That's it! A great way to keep your kids busy and using those sweet creative juices. I love it! See more of the post I did for Handmade Charlotte over here.
I think I may have gone a little overboard with the pumpkins this year. Elliott is obsessed with jack-o-lanterns so I guess he rubbed off a bit on me. This toy is a lot of fun and quick to make. The only supply you might not have is the adhesive velcro. But trust me. It's totally worth a quick trip to the store! So, let's make one, shall we?
First! Cover your cardboard with some tape.
Once it's covered, turn it over and draw out your shape. Steps one and two could easily be switched.
Then cut out that shape! It's starting to look like a pumpkin, huh? You will also want to follow the same steps to make some face pieces. It wouldn't be a jack-o-lantern without a face, right?
And finally, add the adhesive velcro to the pumpkin and to the back of the face pieces. Make as many as you want! Make silly faces, sad faces, and any other kind of face you and your little one can think of. It's a blast!
Finally, Elliott's costume for this year. Peter Pan! Elliott's insistence on attention to detail for this costume was amazing. "Mom, Peter doesn't have a golden belt, it's brown." So much for the shoes matching the belt! We finally found and made the right ingredients for a perfect and not too hard Peter Pan costume!. I have to say that any time I can put little legs into tights is alright by me. The shirt was just a few sizes too big and cut up. The collar was made just by folding it over and adding a stitch or two. The belt I made using some rope, cutting it to size and adding velcro as a closure. The holster and dagger were made from cardboard and duct tape. I added slits in the back and slid the belt through. Seriously so easy! The shoes were the hardest thing for me to figure out. I was told I needed the perfect golden shade and wouldn't you know it, my friend Susan recently came out with the perfect ones! Elliott is so excited about his costume and I couldn't be happier with how everything turned out. And how little time it all took to put together! That's always a huge bonus!
Halloween is officially a week away. One week! We aren't throwing a Halloween party this year (my heart is breaking over it) but if we were, we would definitely make more of these jack-o-lantern treat boxes for our guests! They are easy and fast to make and the kids would love them. You could even have the supplies available so they can make their own faces! You can see the full tutorial I did over on Handmade Charlotte. Enjoy!
If you want your kids to have some good Halloween fun and you want to make something fast, this is it. Elliott has been playing non-stop with these since we made them! He has asked me to do Frankenstein and a vampire next. This kid doesn't know how good he's got it. The puppets are really simple to make, just cardboard, duct tape, scissors and popsicle sticks. After a few minutes creating the tops of the puppets by covering the cardboard with duct tape, decorate your sticks and tape them on! So, so easy and so, so fun. We've been having a blast acting out scenes with them in our puppet theater. Spooky stories told by a five year old can be both adorable and graphic, so watch out for that and have fun!
I love dressing up for the month of October for Halloween. It's a lot of fun! But last year I made a shirt for Elliott with some fabric paint and though I liked how it turned out and it was fun for him to wear, he really only got to wear it for a few weeks, then we had this Halloween shirt laying around that I didn't want him to wear and I knew would be too small before next Halloween. Please tell me I am not the only one. I came up with a solution! Duct tape shirts! They are really simple to make, the tape stays on all day (trust me, we have tried) and when you're done you still have a useable shirt. It's a total win, win!
To make your own, just lay some strips of duct tape onto a cutting mat and use an xacto knife to cut out the shapes then peel them up!
Next place the duct tape pieces onto your shirt and press them on. And when you're done, put it on your kid and watch them love it!
Elliott's best "De Niro". Not bad, right?
This one was a blast for us. Elliott loved pretending to be a mime! He actually got pretty good at the whole "walking down the stairs" bit. He loved this so much, he tried to change his halloween costume to be this. We debated back and forth and finally settled on him being a mime for one of the parties we are going to. Ah, parenthood. It's all about compromises! This costume is seriously so easy to throw together. We got the hat, face paints and gloves from the party store and everything else we already had! If you don't already have suspenders, you can make your own right here. If you are in need of a quick, easy and fun costume, this is it! Have fun!
This might be the easiest costume in the history of ever. All you need is some street clothes like a hoodie or t-shirt, some jeans, sneakers and then throw in a painters mask and of course, you can't forget the cans of spray paint! Or in our case, silly string. You can turn those silly string cans into spray paint with these super easy printables! Just print them out, cut and tape them on. You can even let the little ones color them if you want. It's all good! If you have some old clothes you could add some little spots of spray paint too, it's all in the details right? If only we could take these rad walls with us trick or treating. More costume ideas coming soon!