Because they are making my afternoon a little less crazy today.
And all it took was:
Felt of various colors
Magnetized hematite beads
Hot glue sticks& Glue gun
I looked up some of the animals from one of Eve’s favorite shows (Octonauts. That would be Octonauts. Also, Finding Nemo.)
Here’s a few of the felt aquarium buddies:
The process is pretty simple.
You cut the felt into a shape that looks like the fish you want. (See the red ones? No specific species there, but definitely a big hit. Blue “eels” were also VERY simple.) If you want some patterns, I like to look up coloring pages of the shape you’re trying to imitate. You can even pin the paper to your felt to cut it out, if you want.
After the fish are cut out, heat up your glue gun! This next part is a snap. Just a dot of glue, and a bead, dot of glue, and a bead. (For the squid, jellyfish, manta ray, etc: they got 2 eyes, because they looked like their faces were in a frontal view.)
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…
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:
As many containers as you want drums (2 flowerpots=2 drums). It can be flowerpots, half an old water bottle, jars, cups, etc….
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.)
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.
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.)