Friday, August 19, 2011

Rub a dub dub, Barbie's Is In The Tub!

Some of my best memories are watching my sister's kids and my daughter playing in the tub. We had this really neat Sesame Street toy that was applied to the side of the tub with suction cups. The kids would slide their little GI Joe's or Lego people down the slide.

When my daughter came along I used to make boats and rafts for her Polly Pockets and Barbie dolls. Too bad I didn't anything I made.

There is so many thing you can make with odds and ends that you find laying around the house or things that are going into the trash. Here is a perect example. Here is a simple catamaran that I found on Family Fun. This is a very simple ccrafts that is easy to make and it will give the kids hours of fun.** Adult Supervision and help is required.

Materials needed:
2 Plastic bottles
Rubber bands
Colored plastic tape
Craft knife

  • Remove the labels from the plastic bottles
  • Clamp the bottles together temporarily with the rubber bands, then wrap them with colored tape, as shown.
  • Remove the rubber bands, then, with a craft knife (a parent's job), cut the oval seat openings.
  • Sail away with a crew of fashion dolls, action figures, or waterproof plush toys.
Books related to our subject:

"Wonderful book! Perfect to read to a younger child. Illustrations are beautiful. Purchased for my grandson. His mother is a teacher and she loves the book! I would choose this book over others that are similar"


"Our creative young hero has made a boat from a can, a cork, a pencil, and a piece of cloth. He and his beloved boat are inseparable. He sails it on the lake, holding on to it by a string. The boat sometimes wonders what it would be like to be free. One stormy day, the boat gets loose and encounters a series of menacing large boats, each of which seems to tell it to "Move along!" The toy boat is almost sinking, and missing the boy, drifting alone and frightened through the night. In the morning, however, circled by a small fishing boat, the little boat's sail catches the wind. To their mutual delight, boat and boy are reunited on the shore in this simple story's happy ending. Long uses acrylic paints to create uncluttered naturalistic double-page scenes. The loving relationship of boy and boat is established on the book's cover. Inside, the personified sequence of "real" boats is filled with their aggressive tendencies as they menace the toy. Emotions are stirred by scenes of the tiny boat all alone on the vast, moonlit sea, and of the happy reunion. The endpapers show the items the boy uses to build his boat, perhaps to encourage other builders" Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz

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