Check it out: the 5-Minute Cardboard Wheelbarrow. It’s made out of a cardboard box and PVC pipe. A great toy for little time and money.
I like this cheerful play space for a baby. It’s stimulating without being over the top (or ugly). The sideways mirror at baby level is a great idea.
Teaching Mama has a great post on 20 Toddler Activities. They’re great because they mostly use things you already have around the house. Here are a couple I particularly liked.
Car Wash with Toy Cars
You set up a “car wash” so the child soaps, washes, and dries his cars. (Bonus: he’s cleaning his toys.)
Simple and easy: stick the kid and the toys in the bathtub. Then somehow keep them from turning on the water.
Cardboard Tubes with Pom Poms
Drop the pom poms through the tube and watch them fall. Over and over again!
Next time Savvy Jr. is
driving my crazy feeling energetic, I’ll have to keep these in mind.
I love this idea from Little Green Notebook of putting wallpaper on the nursery ceiling.
This is Daydream wallpaper from Hygge & West. It’s $150 a roll, but ceilings take up less space than walls.
This is a great way to add playfulness to the room. Love it.
I bought this Dinner Winner Plate for Savvy Jr. The plate is set up like an old-fashioned board game with a series of little cubbies for finger food. The end has a cover that says “Finish!” where you can hide at treat. (Naturally, the treat is going to be eaten first in this scenario, but who cares…)
I cut up finger food like cheese, raisins, olives, and strawberries, and put them in the cubbies, and he enthusiastically eats all of it. By the time he’s done, he’s had a pretty decent meal.
The plate is sturdy and good quality, and safe for the dishwasher, though not the microwave. It would work well for a picky eater. $20.
Is it cheaper to make your own bubble soap? I’m not sure, but for what it’s worth, this recipe seems to work, especially for giant bubbles.
Impressive looking. I may try this recipe sometime soon.
I like this unique beach toy, the Handtrux Backhoe. Great for the sandbox too. $16
There was this tee-shirt that I never wear. I didn’t like how it fit, but I liked the cute graphic on the front. So I decided to cut it down into a shirt for Savvy Jr.
All it would take, I thought, was to resize the shirt and stitch up the sides. I could even re-use the adult neck and the shoulder seams. Easy peasy.
And it was. Easy, that is.
Here’s How To Turn An Adult Tee-Shirt Into A Toddler Shirt
You Will Need:
Kid’s tee-shirt (for the pattern)
A paper bag
A sewing machine (or needle and thread, if you’re industrious)
1. Pick A Kid’s Tee-Shirt To Use As A Template.
I needed one of Savvy Jr.’s shirts to use guide for how much to cut the adult tee-shirt down.
I picked this orange shirt with the shark on it because it’s still big on him. I wanted something he could grow into.
2. Make A Pattern From The Old Kid’s Tee-Shirt
I used a paper bag to make a pattern. First I tucked the kid’s shirts arms under, like so:
Then I traced the tee-shirt on a bag with sewing chalk. Using a ruler to measure, I added 1/2 inch seam allowance around the outside of the shirt.
I also traced both of the sleeves, right and left, and made two more patterns for each one. Again, I added 1/2 inch seam allowance on all but the top, which would be placed on the fold.
In the end, I had three pieces of pattern: A Body, the Right Sleeve, and the Left Sleeve.
3. Cut Out The New Shirt.
Cutting along the seam, remove the sleeves from the adult shirt and set aside.
Carefully pin the Body piece of the pattern to the shirt, like so:
Cut out, making sure that you leave the top shoulder seams and neck intact.
Next, take one of the sleeves and fold in half. Pin the new sleeve to it, like so:
You’ll notice I reused the hemming on the original sleeves by lining the pattern up so that the bottom of the sleeve was the same as on the original shirt. No need to do something that’s already done.
Cut out the sleeve. Repeat with the other sleeve.
Now you have three pieces of the shirt: the Body, the Right Sleeve, and the Left Sleeve. All you gotta do now is sew it up!
4. Hem The Shirt.
Using an iron, fold the 1/2 inch seam allowance on the front and back of the shirt and pin. Sew up the seam. Press the seam with an iron.
5. Sew The Sleeves To The Shirt.
With right sides together, lay Right Sleeve on the right side of the shirt. Pin it so that the center of the sleeve is lined up with the shoulder seam, and the bottom of the arm pit lines up with what will become the bottom seam of the sleeve.
Sew, using 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Iron your seams flat.
If the seams pucker—and they very well may—rip out the section of the seam where the pucker is, stretch it taut, and pin. Sew again, being careful not to let the material pucker this time.
Repeat with the Left Sleeve.
6. Sew Up The Sides.
With right sides together, pin up the sides and bottom of the sleeves with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Sew up the seams. Press with an iron.
Ta-da! Finished shirt.
Here’s the tee-shirt on my son:
As you can tell, it’s pretty big on him. This shirt will be around for quite awhile.
Which is the point: that shirt is getting a lot more use now than it got languishing inside a dresser drawer.
Leaving the adult neck was a little lazy, I realize now. When I do this again, I will probably cut it down.
But still, not bad for an hour’s worth of sewing time.
Savvy Junior turns 2 years old today! In celebration of never having to make baby food again, here are some awesome kids snacks I’ve found around the web.
Check it out, a DIY AT-AT Rocker from Star Wars for your little geek toddler.
Jen, from EPBOT, says she will put up a template up soon so others can make it too. Here are some shots of the rocker in process. And this: