Jan 042018
 

meditative mandala partially colored in

I got a bit of time to add some color to my meditative mandala after dinner (btw Instant Pot chicken and potatoes was A+++). Careful coloring takes time, at least for me, so I’ve got another night or two after this to finish this drawing. Also, I’m using watercolor pencils so I might do some water blending at the end as well.

After only these first few days I’m noticing an additional benefit from restarting this project – it’s luring the kids out of their rooms and away from their electronics! Tonight while I colored V read to me, and D complimented my mandala and then asked to draw too (which, of course you can!). What a great reminder to me about how important modeling behavior is, and how vital it is for them to see that adults can draw or color or paint without an end goal or product in mind.

May 242013
 

Sometimes I feel like I’m locked in a never-ending battle with the TV. My kids will whine and whine constantly to try and break me down and get me to let them watch another show. I try to limit their screen time to two hours a day (which seems like a ton) but man is that hard some days. Things around the house always seem to go more smoothly when the kids know their limits and the house rules, and we definitely need those when it comes to the screen (Netflix is my nemesis, seriously).

Last year I came up with TV tickets as a way to limit their viewing time and those worked reasonably well, but I got tired of printing out tickets (or writing out tickets) every day. Plus the tickets were using up a ton of printer toner so I needed to find a better way. I wanted to find something durable and permanent so that I could reuse them every day, but also so that I could customize them to cut down on the chance of forgery (my daughter became quite a dedicated forger when we used paper tickets).

I decided to use plastic poker chips: they’re cheap, they come in a box of 100 so I had lots of spares for mess-ups or other projects and they’ll be durable. Plus they come in three colors so I could color-code them for each child. In our system each chip is worth 30 minutes of T.V. (“one show”) so each child gets two – if they each watch each others’ shows it is two hours of screen time, but sometimes they don’t do that for whatever reason and that cuts down on the T.V. time. I also made two bonus tokens – if they have an excellent day behavior-wise I have the option to give them a bonus 30 minute token but that’s not a regular thing. Of course if your kids are less devious than mine or you toss out the rest of the box of poker chips then you really don’t even need to label them – just assign each kid a color and you’re good to go!

The tokens were super simple to make. I used PicMonkey to create images for the labels on each side of the chip. I started with a blank PicMonkey image, cropped it into a square and then used a circle overlay and stretched it to fit the size of the square. I then changed the background of the overlay for each separate chip color (green for the blue chips, purple for the red chips and blue for the white chips) and added text for each chip as well. I have a 3/4″ craft punch, which happened to be just the right size to make the paper labels for the center of the chips (you could just freehand cut the circles with scissors).

1) Plastic poker chips, 2) Mod Podge, 3) your token images printed on paper, 4) craft punch or scissors. Not pictured: paint brush.

Now there is probably a better way to print the images out so that you can attach them to the chips, but this is how I did it: I opened a text document and inserted each image into it, then resized them to be a bit more than 3/4″ in diameter, saved and printed it out. I punched out the images using the punch and then used Mod Podge to affix the circles to the poker chips.

Clockwise from top left: Put Mod Podge in the center of the poker chip; Add the paper image; Cover the image with more Mod Podge; Let dry.

The Mod Podge took about 20 minutes to dry and I only used one coat. The directions say you can seal it with acrylic sealer to keep it from feeling tacky but I didn’t need to do that – they dried clear and glossy and smooth. So far we’re back on track with the new system and it really works to cut down on the whining and begging since they know that when their tokens are gone they’re done.

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May 142013
 

Summer’s almost here, and it’s about this time that I start thinking about what to do with the kids during those long summer weekdays. Of course there are always the basics – go to a park, or the beach or play in the yard – but I like to come up with ideas that can enhance and extend learning throughout the summertime. Here are twenty ideas I’ll be drawing from this summer when the excitement of summer vacation wears off and the chorus of “I’m booorrreed” starts up.

1. Plant vegetable seeds and watch them grow. Even a little pot on a windowsill will let your kids plant and observe the seeds and take ownership of their care (keep the soil moist, kid!).

2. Go to a u-pick farm and pick fruit, then eat it fresh or make jam to enjoy after summer’s done. Talk about how the farmer plants seeds, tends the crops and harvests the fruit.

3. Go to the local zoo, but first research one animal with the kids beforehand. Once you’re at the zoo observe the animal you researched, then pick another animal to research from the one of the others you’ve seen.

4. Start a field journal for your own backyard or neighborhood. Help your kids to record observations of weather, animals and plants. For littler kids add printables of birds or animals you know they’ll see and let them check them off when they spot them.

5. Have a reading contest for the summer with a big chart and stickers, or join your local library’s reading challenge.

6. Be playground explorers. Visit a brand new (to you) playground once a week, play on it and rate it with the kids. Pretend to be reviewers – let your kids take pictures of the parts they liked the most.

7. Lots of towns have kids music concert series’ in the summer – check out the chamber of commerce for towns around you to see what’s available.

8. Go to the local, county or state fair. Check to see if there are children’s art contests, baking, canning or craft contests and see if your little ones would like to participate. Before or after your trip to the fair set up a midway in the backyard with carnival games and little prizes.

9. Go camping, either in the yard or somewhere farther afield.

10. Stay up late and watch a meteor shower (the Perseid shower August 11-13th is the largest of the summer with the potential for 50 meteors per hour). Spot constellations and satellites (you can even look up which satellite you’ve spotted via NASA).

11. If you leave near the seashore or are visiting there this summer, check the local tide tables and go out to the beach during a very low tide to search for starfish and anemones.

12. Have a water fight with the kids – either kids against adults or mixed teams. Kids love it when their parents get in on the fun.

13. Have a nature scavenger hunt at the park or beach. Ask kids to find pine cones, leaves, a curly stick, a white rock or other natural objects.

14. Have one day with themed lunches or dinners each week. You could do a different country each week, or state, or pick a color and plan the meal around that. Give the kids lots of input on the menu and food prep, or if they’re older let them handle the whole meal themselves.

15. Visit a farmer’s market – give your kids grocery money and let them pick the ingredients for a meal or picnic.

16. Let your kids dictate the day – go on a day trip or short overnight road trip – decide how far you’re willing to drive that day, then draw a circle on a road map with that diameter and let the kids pick a spot on the map to visit – depending on the kids’ ages you could do just 20 miles, or 50, or 100. You can print out your map online for free, or if you’re a member of AAA you can get free maps from them as well.

17. Organize a canned food or pet food drive – charitable giving often drops off in the summer months so you could help a local charity by organizing a food drive. Host a play date in the backyard or a park and ask all the guests to bring some food to donate.

18. Leave parks or the beach cleaner than when you got there – keep a few trash bags and work gloves or disposable gloves in the car and pick up some trash before you go. Of course use common sense – pick up ‘clean’ trash only.

19. Put together a park/beach kit and keep it in the trunk of your car – then stop spontaneously to play as often as you can. I like to keep some buckets/shovels/sandtoys, balls, a beach blanket and sidewalk chalk.

20. Make fish prints. Catch a fish (or buy a whole fish at the grocery store) and use it to make fish prints. Warning! This is a messy project that’s better done outside. Lay the fish on a tray, dry it off well with paper towels, then let your child apply paint to one side of the fish (I like to use fabric paint mixed with some extender). Once the fish is covered with paint, lay a piece of fabric (or paper) onto the fish and press down lightly on the back. Carefully pull up the fabric and set it aside to dry. DON’T EAT THE FISH afterwards!

I’d love to hear about some of the things you’re planning to do with your kids this summer. If you’ve done any of these with your family before, please leave me a comment and let me know how it went!


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Apr 122013
 

My daughter is a kindergartener working so hard on learning to read at school, and I wanted to come up with some ways to support her learning at home in addition to the suggestions from school. Since I’m sure there are others of you out there in the same position, I thought I’d share what I did this week.

I made little eight page easy reader books for her, with basic stick figure illustrations, easy words and stories about her and her little brother. Here are a few pages from each book:

Now, I’m not the world’s best illustrator (duh!) but you know what? My daughter didn’t care that the pictures were very basic – she enjoyed reading the books and especially enjoyed being able to share them with her brother. Each book only took a few minutes and two books together were only 2 sheets of paper so it was an easy way to support and reinforce the lessons she’s learning in school each week. She can even color in the books if she wants to.

I made the books by stacking two sheets of paper together, folding them in half the short way, then cutting them into two books by cutting the sheets horizontally. I used a few staples in the fold to “bind” each book.

The second thing I did this week was make up some sight word flashcards, using the list of sight words her teacher sent home. I made up a .pdf with the words spaced evenly on the pages so that when they’re cut apart they’re all the same size, and they can be used as a memory match game as well (if you print duplicate words). I’ve linked to the .pdf below if you’d like to use it or know someone else who might.  I’d love to hear more ideas about fun learning activities – if you’ve got some you’ve tried with your family, please let me know!





 

 

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Feb 132013
 

This past weekend we had a family get-together where we celebrated the Lunar New Year with a Chinese takeout feast. We had two sets of kids’ chopsticks (the kind that are joined at the top to make it easier for kids to use them) but with three little kids at dinner there was trouble brewing. Then, my brilliant sister shared this easy trick using takeout chopsticks – its so quick and simple I wish I had known it years ago! Now, this might be one of those things that everyone else in the world knew about besides me, but just in case its not I thought I’d share the how-to here.

Step 1: All you need to make this work are two things: a pair of wooden takeout chopsticks with their paper wrapper and a rubber band or hair elastic.

Step 2: Separate the chopsticks.

Step 3: Fold the paper wrapper in half horizontally (the long way).

Step 4: Roll up the paper wrapper into a thick little tube.

Step 5: Stick the rolled up wrapper between the chopsticks about two inches from the top and then wrap the rubber band around both chopsticks above the roll.

 Step 6: Eat up all that yummy Chinese food like a boss!

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Tips for Surviving Airplane Travel with Kids

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Jan 212013
 
tips and tricks for airplane travel with kids

Traveling by plane with kids is stressful – there’s no way around it. You’re all trapped in a little metal tube for hours on end with hundreds of strangers and no way to escape. There are a few major differences between traveling by air and traveling by car with kids. By far, the  most important one is that traveling by car, your kids can only drive YOU crazy – as opposed to the entire plane full of passengers. The best way to ensure that your family has a successful flight is to realize that your number one job is to entertain the kids, which means you probably won’t have time to read much of that novel or magazine or trade journal, or catch up on movies. With that in mind you must know that most of these suggestions will involve you to one degree or another.

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1. Airplane travel is a time to make a few key adjustments to your family rules re: behavior. When we fly, we get more strict about our children adhering to our rules for public behavior (things that affect others) ie. use your indoor voice, no throwing things, no roughhousing, try to keep the nose-picking to a minimum. . . you get the idea. On the other hand, we relax some of our other rules for this special time, so there are no limits on media use, they are allowed to eat more ‘junk food’ or treats, we’re more tolerant of special requests, and we are much more likely to give in to whiny requests than we otherwise would be. No one wins by trying to make a point to a three-year-old 5 hours into a 10-hour flight. Once we were stuck waiting out a lengthy delay in the departure lounge at the beginning of an overseas flight. We bought our little ones a treat of some ice-cream bonbons, and at the end of the box our son started to get into a first class freak-out that he hadn’t gotten his fair share. Normally he would’ve been out of luck, but in that special case we just went and bought another box.

2. Research your destination and layover airports ahead of time – our local airport (SeaTac – SEA in Seattle) has an indoor playground where the kids can safely run around and blow off steam, with large family bathrooms located right beside it. Chicago O’Hare (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), Boston (BOS), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Portland (PDX) all have great playgrounds as well – some more than one. Other airports offer special tours for kids, airport based exhibits from the area’s museums and areas with kid friendly food vendors. It pays to take a few minutes before your trip to see what the airports you’re traveling through have to offer, and make a note of where the attractions are, because they’re sometimes tucked away in a spot you might not pass otherwise.

3. Read books and talk about air travel with your kids ahead of time – my kids really like ‘Going on a Plane‘ and ‘A Day at the Airport‘. These are especially useful to get your kids used to some of the more unusual parts of plane travel, especially the security screening and flight attendant interaction. Talk with them about what the airport and the flight will be like, including how long it will be and what will happen – will you eat dinner, then sleep and wake up and eat breakfast? Maybe just eat lunch and then have a nap? Gently reinforce your expectations in the days or weeks before the trip so that they’re not surprised during the actual flight.

4. Bring spare clothes; more than you normally would for a day trip. Pro-tip – pack each change in its own gallon ziplock bag (you can squish the extra air out to conserve space). If you need the spare on the trip, its likely you’ll be glad to have the empty bag to contain the dirty clothes.  This includes for yourself – we always bring at a minimum an extra shirt for each adult too since there’s a good chance if your child gets grossly dirty you might be too.

5. Think about strategies to alleviate ear pain on takeoff and landing. The most important thing is to keep your child swallowing periodically to equalize the pressure in their ears. Juice boxes, milk boxes, gum, or lollypops can all help. We haven’t had any problems going through airport security taking two small juice boxes per kid per flight inside the US; I just bag them in a ziplock bag and send them through the x-ray scanner along with the toiletries. Consider packing enough for the return flight in your checked luggage (especially if you are traveling to an unfamiliar area that might not have the brands/flavors your child usually has – we drink/eat whatever is available at our destination during our trip, but again, the flight is not really the time to have a standoff about how the local beverages taste). If you don’t want to deal with beverages you can offer a lollypop at takeoff and landing – that can be effective especially if its a kind of special treat for your child.

6. Bring lots of snacks and make sure there are more than just sugary treats. These days its rare to get free food on a flight, and snacks serve a couple of purposes: 1) they stave off the hungry crankies, 2) they’re a good distraction, and 3) they can serve as a bribe if necessary. When we travel we bring snacks that our kids don’t usually get at home – our kids especially love to get their hands on handisnacks (with the crackers and “cheese” and a little stick for spreading) which they never get any other time. Other good snack options are granola bars, cheese sticks, crackers or chips and fruit.

7. Introduce your family to the Travel Fairy. The Travel Fairy stops by on every trip our family takes, to make sure the kids aren’t bored and are well behaved. She gives them little gifts and treats, and most importantly, everything she gives is wrapped up in paper. We wrap up everything the kids will have on the flight, even things they already have (like books for their Tag reader pens, or crayons), even sometimes their snacks. We try to dole out Travel Fairy gifts infrequently, and make sure that we’ve saved some for the return flight.

8. Drawing utensils for writing or coloring. This could be an aqua- or magna-doodle for a toddler, or crayons or markers for an older child. Square or triangular crayons are useful for littler kids so that they don’t roll off the tray so easily, and markers whose lids snap on the end easily are good for older kids, for the same reason.

9. Electronic learning activity toys make for good distractions. We are a Leapfrog family, but V-Tech also makes nice toys with learning activities. Its a good idea to bring along a set of headphones (I like these noise-limiting headphones for small kids) to avoid disturbing those around you, although I’ve found that using toys or electronics with the volume low works since the ambient plane/engine noise is so loud.

10. Bring along a few new thin paperback books to read to your children. Most kids love story-time, and new books will hold their attention longer than ones they’ve read a lot. Of course, if there are a few books that your child could read over and over every day, by all means bring those!

11. Felt boards for storytelling and imaginative play. These are lightweight and can be either purchased or easily made. I put cardboard backing on the boards I made, but you could go without and have an even lighter and smaller activity.

12. Pipe cleaners or Wiki Sticks make for crafty, quiet entertainment. For very young children you’ll need to be the one crafting them into shapes that can then be used for imaginative play – older kids can work more independently but might still need some help to see how sticks can be joined together. Our kids have made (or played with) horses, dogs and other animals, flower bouquets, crowns, jewelery and shapes.

13. There are tons of blog posts around that give ideas for toddler busy boxes/bags – peruse them to choose ideas that might entertain your little ones while still being quiet, light and easy to pack. I especially liked this one, this one, and this one.

14. Sticker books with reusable stickers are lightweight and easy to pack – you could get one that relates to your destination or one more travel-centric (what you can see at the airport).

15. Sticking with the same sticker theme (see what I did there?) – dollar stores and the $1 area of Target often have sticker packs with either seasonal themes or others like construction vehicles or farm animals that your kids can use to make their own scenes. I like to prompt my younger child by drawing a simple scene on a piece of paper than he can then add stickers to, like drawing a town layout with a few roads where he can add car and truck stickers.

16. iPad, iPod, iPhone or the like can be a lifesaver – load it up with games and videos. We use two iPod Touches which belong to my husband and me but for the duration of travel are claimed by our kids. For our last trip we also brought these rechargeable external batteries, which helped for a long flight. I made sure that each iPod had different games and videos so that the kids could trade and have more things to do and watch.

17. Printable activities of your child’s favorite TV shows/characters. Nickelodeon, PBS, Sprout and Disney all have websites where you can download and print activity pages. I usually put them into a report folder to keep them contained and organized. I like to do this instead of bringing one coloring book per kid because they can have more of a variety that way.

18. Travel journals with fun activities about your trip. I make travel journals for my kids before long trips using cheap blank notebooks and embellishing them with route maps, travel games and printed out puzzles and mazes. Then the kids use them throughout the trip as their notepad / coloring paper and afterwards to add in stickers and postcards and other little paper souvenirs from the trip.

19. Quiet card games to play – a regular deck of cards works for older kids, and younger kids would love to play with a Go Fish or Old Maid deck, or a small set of memory match cards. You can even make your own version of Memory if you like – either printing a set off the internet or drawing your own pictures. You can also make variations on Memory than can be great learning tools, like sight word matching or matching numbers with a picture of that many objects,

20. Word games and finger plays. It helps to have an arsenal of word games and other little activities ready that don’t need anything but yourselves to play. Some of our favorites are “I Spy” (“I spy with my little eye something brown” and then people take turns guessing what it is), the “Story Game” (where each member of the family adds onto a story sentence by sentence and the last player has to add their ending and then recite the whole story) and the “Alphabet Game” (where each member of the family thinks of a word that starts with each letter of the alphabet).

I hope this list helps on your next trip – do you have any tips to share?

Jan 092013
 

My little girl lost her first tooth last night, and I sewed up a little pouch that she could put her tooth in and stick under her pillow. I didn’t want the teeny tiny tooth to get lost under the pillow, and risk the tooth fairy waking her up during the tooth/loot exchange.

The tooth fairy left her $2 – its probably lower than some of her peers have gotten but she was excited about it so I’m glad the fairy didn’t second-guess herself and leave more than that.

I made the pouch out of felt. It was quite simple, just a rectangle folded over and stitched with crochet thread, with a button my daughter picked to keep it closed. I also personalized it with her name embroidered on the flap. Its kind of rustic, since she pulled her tooth out at about 5:45pm and I had to leave the house to go to a meeting at 6:45pm, and cook dinner at the same time.

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Jun 262012
 
24 tips and tricks for surviving road trips with kids

As the veteran of various long road trips with kids, starting when my 4 1/2 year-old daughter was 18 months old (we also have a 2 1/2 year-old), I’ve managed to come up with a few tips, tricks and activities to help keep my kids occupied on the road. I’ve compiled them here to share with you! Here they are, in no particular order (except for #1 – that’s non-negotiable for our family):

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1. Travel fairy gifts – wrap everything you’re planning to give them and let them know that the travel fairy will have little gifts for them along the way if they’re behaving appropriately (You can skip that last part if you know you’ll be using them as bribes to get them to be quiet for 5 minutes!). Remember to keep some things held back for each leg of the trip – I try to stash them in a box or bag that the kids don’t know about and then pull out the day’s gifts each morning. On a long travel day (8-10 hours) I might have four little gifts for each child.

2. Lots of little snacks individually packaged and if your kids are like mine, try to have the same snacks at the same time for each kid. If you’re really feeling ambitious you could even wrap these in gift wrap!

3. Water bottles for each child – and it helps if their car seats have cup holders.

4. Music that is fun for both kids AND parents. Some of our family’s favorites are Recess Monkey, Justin Roberts, Caspar Babypants, the Not-Its, Barenaked Ladies and They Might Be Giants. Putumayo World Playground and Latin Playground are great too!

5. A folding travel potty seat for toddlers who are just toilet trained can be a great thing – plus then they don’t have to sit directly on the gross public toilets in rest stops or gas stations.

6. 1/4 size sheet pans for each child – these can be used as an eating tray, lapboard, and magnet board. Glue felt to the back side for use as a felt-board as well.

7. Portable DVD player – we have one in our car but we only let the kids use it on long car rides (over 2 hours) which makes it more special.

8. Kindle Fire (our favorite), iPhone, iPod touch or iPad loaded with entertaining apps.

9. A map to color in the route along the way. I’ve found this really helps kids to visualize that no, we’re not there yet, and how long halfway there actually is. Older kids could follow the route on a real map, drawing or coloring the line from town to town. Here’s a link to one I made for our last road trip.

10. Think about investing in a Leappad or Innotab tablet, or a Tag Reader, Tag Junior, or Vtech V.Reader system so that pre-readers can read books to themselves and play games in the back seat.

11. Lots of children’s websites have printable activities – puzzles, coloring pages, games etc. Some of the sites I’ve used are Nick Jr., Sprout Online, PBS Kids, and Disney’s Family Fun.

12. Light blankets, especially for kids in car seats with 5-point harnesses. Its better to dress them in cooler clothes with a blanket handy than to have to deal with the inevitable “I’m hot – get this sweater off me!” at some point in the trip.

13. Find fun spots for your rest breaks. Even smaller towns might have a children’s museum or a really great playground. If you have a membership to your local zoo, aquarium or children’s museum check your membership; you might be able to get reciprocal admission to a museum en route or at your destination. Some research ahead of time will make a great deal of difference. Here are links to the National zoo directory and children’s museum directory.

14. Stickers. ‘Nuff said.

15. Puzzle books – hidden picture puzzles, mazes, connect the dots books are all fun. With my pre-reader I’ve found that the funnest for her (and me) are ones that are one type of puzzle only, so that she doesn’t need me to read her new directions every 30 seconds.

16. Don’t reveal the snacks and treats and printables ahead of time – make everything a surprise.

17. These foam cutout puzzles do double duty as easy puzzles for toddlers and stencils for preschoolers’ drawing time.

18. Alphabet game – spot letters of the alphabet (in alphabetical order) on roadway signs, billboards and businesses. For younger kids give them a printout of the alphabet and let them mark letters when they see them – out of order allowed!

19. License plate hunt – spot license plates from as many states as you can.

20. For littler kids instead of the alphabet or license plate game, try a rainbow bingo game using car colors. Make it a little more difficult by asking them to find the car colors in rainbow order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple).

21. Travel bingo – you can buy these sets, make your own or download the ones I’ve drawn for my kids. Make sure each kid has a different card filled with common sights along your route (farm animals, farm equipment, construction equipment, gas stations, fast food restaurant signs, etc).

22. Find-It bottles are always good for at least a few minutes of fun. First just let the kids explore them, then ask them to find specific items – you can even make it a race. If you put a lot of items into the bottle you might want to keep a list for yourself so you know what to ask them to find.

23. Consider letting even young kids pack a backpack or bag with toys they’ve chosen themselves (if there’s room). We usually have to supplement what they’ve picked, especially with the younger one, but it lets them feel more ownership about their own entertainment.

24. Travel journals – I found notebooks at the dollar store and pasted a lot of the printables in them, along with a faceplate that had the kid’s name and the trip information. It was nice to have things in one place, plus the kids had plenty of room for stickers or postcards or other things they picked up along the way.

Also, check out my post on tips and tricks for airplane travel with kids for more travel ideas!

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Activity Cube for Little Kids

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Jun 242012
 

We worked on a kiddo craft today – an activity cube to use for an active indoor game – perfect for a day like today when it was completely pouring outside (yay summer). This was a fun, easy craft to work on with the kids.

I found a piece of cardboard to use – it was white on one side which worked well for the illustrations. The first step was to measure and draw out the template for the cube on the back side of the cardboard. I decided to make 4″ squares and used a yard stick to measure and draw the sides.

It would have been a bit straighter with a T-square or a triangle, but it worked out ok. Next I used a craft knife to cut out the cube, and scored the rear side along all the lines to make the folds easier.

We decided on which movements we wanted on our cube, and drew the illustrations on each side. Vivi did three and I did three.

Finally we folded up the sides and taped the cube together.

We had a lot of fun with the cube today, taking turns throwing it and doing the activity/movement that came up. Our six movements were tree pose, star pose, touch your toes, jump up and down, spin around and stand on one foot.

Crafting Remote Control Instructions

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Jun 232012
 

My mom is babysitting tonight, and since it’s movie night for the kids I’ve got to come up with some instructions for the tv/blu ray/stereo.

Its not as easy as it might seem – I think I might have too many pages of instruction right now! The trick is to make it clear but not overwhelming.