Spare Part Sidekicks

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We’ve done projects in the past that are meant to clear out the craft bin; this project is similar, except was meant to clear out the tool box! Now’s the chance to use all those spare parts you might have lying around (think: paper clips, brads, washers, corks, screws, and bits of yarn).

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As a base for Travis’s pals, we used spare pieces of wood from a relative’s woodshop. If you don’t have wood scraps, rinsed out metal cans work great, too; just add tape around the rim to cover any sharp edges.

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Travis worked on the layout for each “sidekick”, deciding where the spare parts should go. He particularly wanted to use a cork as a big nose for one!

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I then handled the assembly since it involved hot glue. If your child wants to tackle the project solo, use glue dots instead.

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These sidekicks were ready to play!


Bubble Fun

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Veronika loves the end of her toddler gym class when the teacher pulls out a bubble machine, sending multiple bubbles out at once. We made this low-tech version for fun on the patio this morning!

Cut two straws in half so you have four pieces, and secure in the middle with masking tape. Trim the edges so they line up to the exact same length. That’s it!

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Pour a little bubble solution into a plate or dish, and dip in one end of the straws. You’ll get not one but lots of little bubbles at once.

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Veronika was so proud that she could make bubbles appear all by herself, huffing into the straws!

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In sum, this made for quick and fun bubble play on a morning just warm enough to feel like spring.

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