Father's Day is not far away. Before we know it June 16th will be creeping up on us and so here is another idea for Father's Day. This is a tool box made out of a cardboard box and a ton of creativity. I didn't have a pattern. I used my imagination. There were plenty of mistakes along the way but I really am pleased with the finished product.
old Cardboard boxes
wide clear tape
I don't have instructions but it's pretty simple. It's all rectangles and you just glue it together.
Peter Pickles went to bed one night and woke up to find things had changed. The sky was not blue. The birds were gone too. The world had been rearranged. All the colors had disappeared. What could Mr. Pickles do?
Gr 3-6-An emphasis on technique distinguishes this bright and colorful series. Twelve attractive projects per volume, many of them resulting in useful objects, give kids a chance to learn and practice techniques such as weaving, stenciling, and frottage. Specialized materials are not required, and most kids will be able to achieve success with the majority of these projects, regardless of their level of artistic talent. The books were written by art teachers and it shows. Tracing and collage are offered as alternatives to drawing, and many drawing and painting projects are abstract or begin with random shapes. The trickiest skills are the various stitches used in Make It!, and, unfortunately, the instructions, which are usually quite good in this series, are not quite up to this task. Photographs often show the finished projects while drawings illustrate the process
I love this simple idea and can't wait to imply it to make my Millie a new cat bed. There really isn't much to it,this is what you will need:
A wicker basket
Piece of material or an old blanket
Nails and hooks to secure basket on wall
You have to measure your basket and then measure and cut foam (length and width) accordingly. I plan to use an old piece of fleece blanket to cover the foam rubber. I have plenty of fleece blanket's that have holes in them or have stains that I can make use of and I'm sure Milley will enjoy the softness of the fleece. You can sew by hand but I plan to sew mine on the sewing machine so that it looks more professional. I plan to hang this in my daughter's room and I might make one one for the upstairs.
Books related to our project:
In this uproarious sequel to Chester, the battle of the picture-book makers continues. Which author-illustrator will come out on top -- Chester or M?lanie Watt -- is anybody's guess! This time, there's no denying (in Chester's mind) that he's the star of the show. His already outsize ego has ballooned even more due to a spate of "fan mail" on the heels of his self-titled debut. As Chester sees it, who needs Melanie Watt when they have Chester? He's got no shortage of his own storytelling ideas. With heavy paw and red marker, this control-freak cat does not hesitate to commit them to paper. When Chester starts acting far too Hollywood, Melanie calls an open audition to replace the high-maintenance feline. This isn't a move that Chester will take lying down. Get ready for a seesaw comedy of dueling author-illustrators. Who will come out on top is anybody's guess!Available on amazon
A beautifully illustrated picture book introducing toddlers to animals in the farmyard and the woods on a rainy summer day. It's a rainy summer day, and Kitten is meeting all sorts of animals taking shelter from or enjoying the warm rain, including a fox, a turtle, a beaver and many more. As in the two previous titles in the Kitten series, rhyming couplets capture the animals' actions, making this book another fantastic interactive read-aloud. Young readers will delight in discovering animal habitats, picking out seasonal details in the exquisite mixed-media art, and searching for and finding Kitten on every page. Available on amazon
Summer Time is almost here and what a nice way to chill and cool off with some ice cube chalk! I bet the kids would love this craft. My daughter always used to love drawing on the sidewalk on out in the street. (We lived on a dead end so I usually sat outside and supervised the kids to make sure they were safe.)
Chalk A rainy day. Three kids in a park. A dinosaur spring rider. A bag of chalk. The
kids begin to draw. . . and then . . . magic! The children draw the sun,
butterflies, and a dinosaur that amazingly come to life. Children will never
feel the same about the playground after they experience this astounding
wordless picture book and the power of the imagination. Bill Thomson embraced
traditional painting techniques and meticulously painted each illustration by
hand, using acrylic paint and colored pencils. Available on amazon
The Chalk Box Kid (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
Random House is proud to present the tenth anniversary edition of a book Publishers Weekly called "a gem of a book...a story that goes straight to the heart." When nine-year-old Gregory experiences several upsets in his life, he responds by creating a fantastic chalk garden on the charred walls of a burned-out factory behind his house. As his garden grows and flourishes, Gregory finds a voice through his art and, for the first time, is able to find his own place in the world. The Chalk Box Kid is sure to delight a new generation of children and their parents.
June is coming fast and it won't be long before school will be out for the summer. Parents will be thinking about summer vacations and possibly taking a road trip with the little ones.
It can be quite challenging with all the kids, sometimes a friend or two and even Fido thrown in the car too. The bond,the closeness if you know what I mean....just gets to be a little too much. Gosh,I remember those days!
Then the kids start with the "are we there yet"??? Or Jimmy is looking at me and then there is Katie's shoe is touching my leg. Sound familiar??? haha...
So...why not organize yourself ahead of time and arm yourself with some games, snacks and things to do that keep the kids busy so they don't have time to fight.
My favorite was the BUSY BOX created by Wendy (Utah's Crafty Chick)
Another one I really think is a cool idea----
If you are crafty enough you can even make you own tic tac toe board on the computer or on card stock and laminate it onto a magnetic strip then do the same with some disk or glass rocks from the dollar store. They just have to fit into the scale of the Altoids box. Add some magnet to the backs and voila! you are good to go. You don't have to buy a bunch of stuff just be artistic and use your imagination. Here is the link for this one however.
Dad and Ben haven't been getting along recently and Dad hopes a road trip to rescue a border collie will help them reconnect. But Ben is on to Dad's plan and invites Ben's thuggish buddy, Theo. The family dog, Atticus, comes along too and the story is told by Ben and Atticus. When their truck breaks down, they commandeer an old school bus, along with its mechanic, Gus. Next, they pick up Mia, a waitress escaping a tense situation. Only sharp-eyed Atticus realizes that Theo is on the run—and someone is following them.
Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #3: Amelia Bedelia Road Trip!
Amelia Bedelia, America's favorite housekeeper, had a childhood full of surprises, mischief, and hilarious misunderstandings. In this illustrated chapter book adventure, just right for fans of Judy Moody and Ivy + Bean, young Amelia Bedelia piles into the family car and takes a road trip with her family. This is the third book in the Amelia Bedelia chapter book series and is just right for newly independent readers ready for a more challenging vocabulary and books with chapters.
DISSOLVE PUDDING IN MILK, WHIP IN COOL WHIP. SPOON INTO 3 OZ DIXIE CUPS INSERT POPSICLE STICK. FREEZE.
Books related to project---
I Scream! Ice Cream!: A Book of Wordles
What do "I Scream!" and "Ice Cream!" have in common? Nothing—besides the fact that they sound the same! The ever-surprising Amy Krouse Rosenthal unleashes her prolific wit in this silly and smart book of wordplay. Perfectly complemented by equally clever illustrations from the talented and internationally renowned Serge Bloch, this mind-bending book will have young readers thinking about words in an entirely new way!Available on amazon
I Am An Ice Cream Truck
A board book shaped like an ice cream truck with a sound chip that plays a
familiar ice cream tune! I am an ice cream truck. I have lots of cold,
sweet treats! Press play and watch all the kids line up when they hear
the popular ice cream truck jingle in this fun and sturdy board book shaped like
an ice cream truck with sound! Read along and go inside the ice cream
truck to see where all the different kinds of ice cream and other frozen treats
are stored! Everyone with a sweet tooth will love seeing this big
machine in action. It's a book and a toy in one! Available on amazon
Many of you know I'm a huge fan of pinterest and it's my "go to spot" for ideas. They have a huge selection of ideas for father's day ideas so I'm just going to add all kinds of links on this page for ideas and I hope you all find them helpful. I don't have any small children any more but the ideas are just adorable whether you use them for a dad or a grandpa (which is usually what I used them for since my daughter's Dad was absent.)
A young elephant and his Daddy spend Saturday running errands, sipping lemonade, and having a cookout. The charming art and simple story make this a perfect summertime book for fathers and their preschoolers.