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Vroom! Vroom!

This idea came from Scribble Art by Mary Ann Kohl. It was a library book, but definitely one I’d like to own.
Roll of paper + Paint + Toy cars and trucks = Masterpiece. I save the styrofoam packaging from food stuff for paint pallets. Owen had a ball.

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The Refridgerator Box Makeover

Months ago I found the Holy Grail of appliance boxes. Lighthouse Furniture and Appliance in Petersburg. Don’t bother going to the chains, just check out the local independent guys.

The owner of Lighthouse Appliance was curious about what I would need a refridgerator box for. I told him i had a 3 year old. He just smiled and asked me to follow him to the back of the store. There, complete with artificial flower landscaping and Dora the Explorer flag, sat a huge refridgerator box house his grandkids had decorated. They spent hours back there.

It turns out, Lighthouse SAVES there boxes just in case people (like me) want them. I could build an entire appliance box village if I wanted to. One of the older grandchildren (maybe in highschool?) took me the the warehouse, helped me find an empty box in good condition and helped me load it into the car. They are so wonderful and I hope that my next trip up there is for a dishwasher ­čÖé

Refridgerator Box + Bulletin Board Paper = Endless Possibilities…

Above: The inside of the door is covered with a large sheet of paper so Owen and his friends can draw. I also but of a small piece of velcro so we could change the signs on the door easily. Below: The mail box on the side of the building is just a cereal box covered in duct tape. Now I have a place for our junk mail before it hits the recycling bin.

JoJo was Owen’s first customer. I glued craft foam to a strip of cardboard to make the awning.

That first day The Box was a Grocery Store, but the next day it was a Toy Store. It will be fun to see whatelse Owen comes up with.

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Handful of Scribbles

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Oodles of Noodles

Owen loved glueing noodles to cardboard (I cut the side off of a cereal box). The next day, after it had dried he painted it.

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Super Goop

Super Goop
2 cups water
1/2 cup cornstarch
food coloring

Boil water in saucepan. Add cornstarch and stir until smooth. Add food coloring and stir — adjust the amount of food coloring until you get the color you want. Remove from heat and cool. Let your child squish away.

Owen wasn’t a huge fan of the texture so he didn’t dive in with his hands like I thought he would. But he loved “baking” with it. It’s also safe if your little one gets carried away with his/her pretend cooking and decides to sample it.

When we was done with that I put it in a ziploc baggie and he loved squishing it in the bag.

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Owen’s Playhouse

Owen loves to pretend that the preschooler side of the neighborhood playground is his house. We even had lunch in his “house” a couple times last week. It was so cute I decided to make a clubhouse in our backyard. How? Good question.

Sheets. Clothesline. Done.

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Creativity Central

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I’ve tried organizing all of our craft and art supplies before. This time around I made some room on the bookshelves (Ikea!) in our office and so far I think this has been the best solution. I was able to adjust the shelf heights to accommodate different sized containers and stacks of ┬áconstruction paper, craft foam, felt, etc. ┬áPlus it’s right next to the recycling bin which is full of things that are craft projects waiting to happen!

Owen loves the new craft corner. Everything is much more visible and easy to reach. Plus, everything has a place which makes it much easier for him to help with clean up. There is a great list of basic (and not so basic) art supplies on The Crafty Crow, which is also a good stop when you are looking for projects to create with young people. Okay, I think they are fun too ­čÖé

Owen's ready to work!

Owen's ready to work!

Who needs fancy containers? (peanut butter jars, tennis ball canisters, spice jars...)

Who needs fancy containers? (peanut butter jars, tennis ball canisters, spice jars...)

play dough, cookie cutters, rolling pins, etc. all on their own shelf.

play dough, cookie cutters, rolling pins, etc. all on their own shelf.

no more hunting for the scissors and glue

no more hunting for the scissors and glue

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