Toddler Tuesday: Balloon Drums

This morning, our breakfast was interrupted by the local marching band heading along their parade route.

Why? Not a clue. But the drum line was so exciting to Eve, that I got an idea…

Little drums!
Little drums!

I know I did this as a kid. Balloon drums, and rubber band guitars. (Which may happen later. For now, the drums are enough.)

To do it, you start with a couple things:

future drums
future drums.
  1. As many containers as you want drums (2 flowerpots=2 drums). It can be flowerpots, half an old water bottle, jars, cups, etc….
  2. Balloons. (If you want this to last for a while, have some back up. I’ve already replaced the balloons on the drums in the pictures once today.)
  3. Scissors.

To make them, you just cut the neck off the balloons. Not too much, but just cut the rectangle of the neck off of the circle of the balloon.

Riiiight there.
Riiiight there.

After that, simply stretch the balloon over your containers/pots and enjoy! For our second round, Eve insisted on putting a few things inside before they were shut. It makes it easier for smaller kids to make a satisfying noise. I’d recommend a pebble, marble, or other small object, preferably made of metal, glass, or stone. (Why? Because those materials sound nicest.)

...probably best to keep this away from the babies. Hi, Robbie!
…probably best to keep this away from the babies. Hi, Robbie!

 

I’m featured on Skip to My Lou!

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Today I’m over at Skip to My Lou as part of the Bake Craft Sew & Crochet Along. I am sharing the pattern for my Cuddlebug Scoodie, perfect for holiday gift giving to your favorite toddler. In fact, you won’t want to miss all the handmade gift ideas! I have joined over 100 bloggers to share some amazing homemade gift ideas…….

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I’ve posted my pattern for a new project, the Cuddlebug Scoodie, over on Skip to My Lou. So, just click this link, or the picture below to see the pattern!

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Organizing toys on the cheap

As I get together toys for my daughter to enjoy in the future, I’m discovering something pretty obvious: All this stuff needs to be organized!

I started with a simple crocheted mesh bag for those blocks I just made.

I think it suits those blocks nicely. :)
I think it suits those blocks nicely. 🙂

Honeycomb Mesh Bag:

Round-by-Round, worked in a continuous spiral:

  • 1: ch 4, dc 1 in 4th ch from hook. Ch3, dc in the same stitch you just dc’d in.  repeat until there are 6 dc, each with 3 ch separating the dc’s.
  • Make 1 dc in the ch-space between the previous row’s dc, as well as one dc in the top of  each of the previous row’s dc’s. Do this in every round you want to keep increasing the circular bottom of the bag.
  • Once you have the desired bottom diameter, simply dc 1 in each ch-space, and not in the tops of the dc’s. Continue separating each dc with 3 ch.
  • For the end, simply ch 3 after the previous dc, and sc the end of the ch into the ch-space. sl 1, cut off of the skein, and weave in ends.

As for the cord, I will explain with a pictorial:

Chain 1.

 

Hold it on its side, like this. You see how there's those 2 loops on the right, and the 1 on the left? That one is normally on the bottom.
Hold it on its side, like this. You see how there’s those 2 loops on the right, and the 1 on the left? That one is normally on the bottom.

 

2.)Yarn over, and stick your hook in between the single loop and the two loops.
Yarn over, and stick your hook in between the single loop and the two loops.

 

 

 

yarn over, pull through one loop, so you have three loops on your hook.
yarn over, pull through one loop, so you have three loops on your hook.

Pull your yarn through all three loops, (basically an hdc) and, ta-da! Nice stretchy cord, no base chain.