Showing posts with label card board box. Show all posts
Showing posts with label card board box. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My Little Pony Activities

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My girls are My Little Pony addicts.  If I let them they would watch it all day every day.  I thought I would surprise them.  While they took a nap I set up a couple of My Little Pony themed activities they could do together.

In Ponyville we have Fluttershy with the creatures.

Here is Twilight Sparkle's reading nook.

And here are the makings for throwing a tea party with Pinkie Pie and Apple Jack.

Off to Canterlot to spend time in the castle with Princess Celestia and Princess Luna.

My kids love having puppet shows in the castle with their movable mouth puppets.  Princess helped me make it a little while ago.  We love making things with cardboard boxes.  (Check out our Where's Waldo Cardboard Box Tunnel.)

Finally, they could choose to ride on the wheeled pony or...

The hobby horses I made for them.  This is Rainbow Dash.

And this one is Twilight Sparkle.  Get the directions to make your own Hobby Horses from Pool Noodles here.

Here are the new "ponies" just waiting for the girls to find them when they wake up.

Look at Princess' face when she saw the new ponies.

She was super excited.

New ponies!

Goofy showing me Rainbow Dash.

Time to try them out.

She loves these ponies.

Off to try the new pony.

So much fun!

Trying out the different activities.  Princess really loved reading with Twilight Sparkle.

Goofy visited the castle.

Time for a tea party.

Plates for everyone.

After some play time we watched a couple episodes of My Little Pony together.

Such a fun day!  What do you like to do with your kids?  What can you make with a pool noodle?

More fun ideas:
Aladdin Family Fun Night
Mission Impossible Spy Training
Kid Exercise Cards
Piano Teaching Tools

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Where's Waldo Cardboard Box Tunnel

Yesterday I was feeling under the weather, but just because I'm sick doesn't mean the kids have to be bored all day.  Looking to Pinterest for some inspiration (as usual) I came across a cute pin for a cardboard box play tunnel.  We still have tons of cardboard boxes from our move 4 months ago.  Perfect!

I stuck three medium moving boxes together like so:

The kids were so excited they were crawling inside before I even finished taping them together.

I got out the box of crayons and let them go to town all over their new tunnel.

My girls love to color.

Making it so pretty.

Goofy loves to color on anything (besides paper) so this was a perfect activity for her.

Princess was drawing a princess of course.

Boo!  I see you!

After a brief break for lunch, I let them color a few minutes before nap time.  Now it was my turn to decorate!  I knew I wanted to make the box like their very own Where's Waldo book come to life.  First, I printed out the Waldo characters, laminated them, put Velcro on the back, and placed them all over inside the box.

I added streamers to go crawl through.

The tunnel was really coming along, but I needed something else for the kids to look at so that it would be more of a challenge to find the Waldo characters.  I placed red and white striped shapes everywhere.  Bonus: Extra shape practice for Goofy!

Can you spot Wenda?

Next, I wanted the entrance to be exciting, so I put a pool noodle arch for the kids to crawl under.  I also placed some spy glasses at the entrance for the kids to use to find Waldo.

Yes, those are my boots keeping the noodle in place.  :)

Tunnels need to lead to somewhere.  I made the tunnel attach to the kids' new circus tent they got for Christmas.  Inside the tent I placed Where's Waldo Books and puzzles, their I-Spy bag, and stuffed animals for them to read to.

Here's what it looked like half-way done:

Fun huh?

I knew I wanted to add another element to it: lights!  I poked holes in the roof for Christmas lights to go through and plugged in a red spotlight for inside the tent.

This is the reaction when the kids woke up to find their tunnel all spruced up:

Looking for Waldo.

Princess found him!  She had fun moving the characters around to different Velcro-ed spots in the tunnel.

Looking for Waldo in the tent.

Found him again!

Goofy liked the striped shapes the most.

What do you see Goofy?

Princess finished the Waldo puzzle too.  This tunnel gave them hours of fun during the day.  When night rolled around I turned on all of the lights.  Here's what it looked like from the outside:

Here's the inside.  You can see that the lights look like little stars on the ceiling of the tunnel.

The tent glowing red from the spotlight.

We had a blast!  I love this project because I could make the tunnel themed for any book the kids are reading or any movie they like to watch.

Other things you could do/put into your tunnel:

What will you come up with?

Try out some of these fun activities with your kids:
Balloon Paddle Ball
Black Light Crafts