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Celebrating 100th day of Kindergarten

It has been a few months since I posted a craft/art project my son (whose 5 1/2) and I have worked on together. The objective of this project was to complete the homework assignment for the 100th day in Kindergarten (due Tuesday 12th Feb).

Objective:

  • To complete the project your child will need to collect 100 items
    Sean has been collecting beer bottle tops for a while now. He counted out 100 tops (all on his own).
  • After collecting the items they will decide how they will display them. Your child should bring their project to school to share with the class.
    Sean decided we could make a spaceship out of recycled materials (he was given several options to choose from 😉 )
  • Have fun and be creative
    I think Sean did a great job, don’t you think so !!

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Materials:

  • 100 x beer bottle caps
  • 1×1.25L Coke Bottle (for the rocket body)
  • 1 x large laundry detergent bottle (for the wings)
  • 100 x Craft Glue dots (for the body) and some Glue stripes (for the nose)
  • 4 x 1/8 rivets (to adhere the wings)
  • 1 x can of white spray paint (for body)
  • 1 x can of black spray paint (for nose)
  • Stickers (Sean choose his flags and 100 stickers)

Surprisingly enough, Sean stuck on most of the beer bottle tops and with supervision we spray painted the bottle, once dried he stuck on the stickers.

As parents, we cut the shapes of the wings and the bottle, so the wings hold, with a blade and then used rivets to hold the wings in place.

We are still thinking of adding flames out of paper, so it can launch 🙂

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Finished first quilted cushion

I finally finished the quilted cushion, a couple weeks late, but I did enjoy the vacation :-). The cushion is a gift to our friend’s little girl, who is turning 3.

This cushion was a first of many things:

  • It was the first “bigger” quilting project I completed
  • The first time I hand quilted (the pattern is of dragonflies)
  • First time installing/sewing in a zip and it was an invisible zip

It’s not perfect, but I am very pleased with how it turned out. Here are some photos of the finished product (the front and the back). Details on the fabrics used can be found in this previous blog.

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Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts: Finish it up Fridays

WiP Wednesday: Children’s Cushion Part 2

I have one late Christmas gift I am finishing up. I started it last week in this post, and I am almost finished it. It is a 32 in. x 16 in. cushion.

The front is almost done, I have sewn all the squares, added the center white Kona cotton center and started quilting using a dragonfly template. The quilting is changing color as it progresses – white –> pale pink –> pink.

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I have finished the back – I have added an additional fabric from Heather Mulder Peterson from Anka Treasures (the teal/aqua fabric).

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I still have the quilting to finish, sew the sides together and add the invisible zip. I am hoping it’s all done by Friday.

WiP Wednesday: Children’s Pillow

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

One of the Christmas gifts on my list is a child’s pillow. I am excited as I am using one of my bundle’s for this one – ” The Simple Life” Bundle by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake + the pink polka dot fabric from Moda’s “Oh Deer” by MoMo.

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The fabric is all cut – 2 1/2 ” squares. Now, on to piecing it all together.IMG_0666

I plan on adding the name of the recipient down the middle of the pillow, to make it a one of a kind pillow.

Growth charts: Keepsake record

So I am thinking I should make more of the growth charts and post them on my Etsy store…..What do you think?

I love the idea of keeping a record of your child’s height. I started making growth charts for our friends and one for our son, thinking that a door frame is not overly portable. Below are two of the growth charts I have made and have made photos of :-).

The first is the one I made for our son – its “Sam I am” from “Green Eggs and Ham”. The second is “Elmer” who is a patchwork elephant.

  

Sam I am’s body is made of about 100 pieces of felt, the plate made of tin foil. I try to use different textures, giving it more dimension and more visual interest. The Elmer growth chart also has a flexible multi-pieced stick to record the height, it’s not shown here in the picture.

It starts with an idea. I bring that alive using hardwood, draw a shape free hand, then cut around it and sand down the rough edges. I paint the hardwood white with a few coats of paint. I choose fabrics and other materials, spent time cutting, placing and gluing them on the cut shape.

  

 

S for Snake

Sean was so happy with making the giraffe as our first track out project, that we repeated the activity with S for Snake as the subject.

  

Materials we used:

  • Foam board – red for the tongue
  • Champagne Cork for the head
  • White paper for the teeth
  • Wood stick (picked up from Lowes, then cut at various sizes)
  • Bottle caps (6)
  • String
  • Two eyes (picked up from AC Moore or any craft store)
  • Super Glue or Wood Glue (for the teeth and eyes)
  1. Drill a hole in approx. center of the Champagne Cork, wood and Bottle tops.
  2. Tie a knot at the end of the string (big enough to make sure the string does not slip through). You may need to melt the end depending on what type of string you use.
  3. Wrap the other end of the string with a small piece of duck tape – try to get a slightly narrow end at the tip – it makes it easier to thread through.
  4. Sean was able to thread the string through the pieces easily enough (with assistance).  Start with the bottle caps for the tail (it rattles 🙂 ), then the wood pieces and finish with the champagne cork.
  5. Tie another knot on the string, but you will want to bend the snake to make sure you tie it loose enough. If needed melt the end of the string on this end as well.
  6. Cut a strip of the red foam and double it up to cut the tongue shape. Take of the backing and press the tongue pieces together with the string in the middle (like a sandwich).
  7. Glue on the eyes and teeth.
  8. Use paint, crayons, markers or paper to decorate the pieces of wood.

Here was his journal entry, his picture, the word snake he sounded out and wrote and his story.

“Snakes curl around whatever it finds and squeezes it. The snake opens its mouth and swallows whatever it finds. His body is then very big.”

 

Now to come up with the next one….I think we will do “Caves” or “B for Bats” based on our trip to the blue mountains.

G is for Giraffe

Sean, my son, is tracked out (vacation) from school (kindergarden) for the next 3 weeks; and his teacher gave him a journal for him to keep track of his activities. To fill that book we are doing lots of different activities.

Our first track out art project was creating a giraffe from the Eco Crafts Kit by Alex.

It turned out great. We made some changes to the directions, mostly since the glue stick does not do a great job sticking the pieces together. The changes we made included my son coloring the legs instead of using paper to decorate, and also we used 2 pipe cleaners to hold the leg pieces and attach to the main body.

Sean enjoys taking his own photos, here is the one he took of his Giraffe.

In his track out journal he captured a drawing of his giraffe, and labelled it “Giraf” (with a post correction)…he did great sounding out all the letters.

He told me the cutest story about what he knows about Giraffes, we captured it also in his journal:

“Giraffes eat grass, trees and leaves. They use their necks to reach the high leaves.”

What can I say – very proud of my son, and love doing the crafty activities with him.