I Am Elemental.
PLEASE don’t be the next Goldie Blox.
Every once in a while, I get a bee in my bonnet to do something crafty. With this project, as is often the case these days, Pinterest was the catalyst, and my daughter was the beneficiary. She had been playing kitchen a lot, so I decided to make her a stove. I really wanted to make it from as few purchased/new materials as possible. I did pretty well; the only things I ended up buying were:
- Red and silver spray paint
- Brads (what a great name for an object)
- Thin sheets of foam
Granted, I have a lot of existing supplies. I was also able to scrounge up some recyclables and such. Altogether, these items were:
- One copy paper box
- Duct Tape
- The clear plastic lid to a pack of notecards
- Paint marker
- Box cutter
- Cutting surface
I’ll let the pictures tell the story. The short version is: cut, paint, glue, assemble, tape, draw, present, play!
Check out this great article in Slate on the importance of talking to your children from the very beginning. The more words, the better.
Hey, if you give a hoot, send a tweet. You know ABC is out there monitoring the Twitterverse for public reaction. Share your thoughts with @ABCNetwork. I did.
What has happened to my life?
But seriously, we’re not quite there yet. We bought a potty/step stool combo because we needed a step stool for hand washing in the bathroom, and it is a source of amazement for the Brownie Bite at this point. She has actually successfully “pee peed” once, but I’m pretty darn sure it was just luck and she was as surprised as we were. We’re not planning to rush into this one.
Just caught a great article on Slate, though, that pulls together some good history and best practices, and encapsulates my anxieties about the process nicely as well.