Monday, January 22, 2007

An Acronym for a Parent's Job

Acronyms are a lot of fun. You can pick a word and have your kids try one. Here is one that I did for a parent's job.

People whose job is to work hard raising their children.

Artist: for school projects continuously brought home.

Referee: for a game of soccer in the backyard

Entertainer: for a baby who is awake at two in the morning.

Negotiator: for two children fighting over a toy.

Teacher: for teaching life lessons.

Storyteller: for stories told just before bed.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A Catch-all for Toys

Assalam alykom:
I have three girls and one boy. The toys for my girls can get too much sometimes. I am always looking for ways to open more space up and keep toys off of the floor. This idea came to me from those cheapy toy nets you get at the dollar store.
Here is how I made mine: I took a really nice piece of flannel material. I tied the ends with rubber hair ties from my girls. I tucked the raw edges under the tie so that it looks finished. I place to nails in the wall and wrapped the hair ties around it to hang. I was really surprised how many toys I could fit in the material once I hung it up. Try it for yourself and see how many you will be able to fit.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Recycled Art

Assalm alykom

In school, my son had a science project that was to create a sculpture from recycling items. He decided that he wanted to make a car. Here is what we used:

4 Computer CD's from the mail
1 Juice bottle
Popcicle sticks
1 soda pop can and the tabs from the top
Cardboard pieces from a cereal box.
Kilz Primer
Acrylic paint
Silicone Glue
Tissue paper

We primed all of the pieces with Kilz primer. Then, we painted each piece. Finally, we glued all the pieces together and added some detail with glitter. I always say that I love trash to treasure projects. This was a truly great craft in the trash to treasure catagory! I think I had as much fun doing this project as he did.