Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Paper Dresses

One of my favorite parenting magazine is Disney's Family Fun.  They offer all sorts of great advice and share a lot of advice from other parents.  This month, one mom wrote in and shared and idea that I love because I have a princess who refuses to wear anything that isn't a dress.

The idea is simple: take a large piece of white paper, fold it over and trace your child's outline.  Cut the pieces out for your child then let them decorate.  Use paint, markers, curling ribbon, stickers or anything else you (or your child) desire.  When the dress is decorated, use a hole punch along the sides of the dress and string the two pieces together with yarn or curling ribbon.  The dress is now ready for your child to wear.

This can be done with two pieces of large colored cardstock found at Dollar Tree stores or you can purchase a roll of butcher paper at IKEA or we found one a few years back at Albertsons.

The thing I love about this is it would be a great play date or birthday party idea.  If you had a few helpers you could pre-cut the paper and have a few helpers oversee decorating while all of the girls made dresses and maybe even crowns for a tea party birthday.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pen Pal Project

So I had a friend the other day complain about having to throw away (or recycle) her daughter's artwork.  Her daughter was distressed every time any paper she drew on had to disappear.  This gave me an idea.  I'm going to be setting up folders for different members of my family and friends who live out of town.  The folder is going to have a few letters stamped and addressed to that specific person.

I can now have my kids write a letter (or for the little ones draw a picture) to one of these people.  When my kids are done with an art project, they can select an envelope from a folder and mail it to a friend or family member.  This will help buy me enough time to get dinner done, a load of laundry folded, or anything else I need to do in 15 minutes.  My friends and family will be so excited to receive their letters, and my kids will have time to practice their writing (or drawing).