Posts Tagged ‘play’

Blank Faces Coloring Page 2.0

| Kids Fun, Printables

Blank faces coloring pages.

Blank faces coloring pages.

Blank Faces Coloring Page 2.0 – Thanks to all the incredible comments and feedback I’ve received from my original “Blank Faces” post, I’ve decided to do a follow-up post.  When I originally created this page it was just a cute colouring page I threw together to entertain my daughter.  Never is my wildest dreams did I expect the mass interest in something that seemed so simple and unassuming.

Since releasing the original post, I’ve been contacted by hospital staff, researchers, teachers and therapists.  It’s currently being used in emergency rooms, pediatric cancer wards, special education services, Autism research groups and psychologist’s offices.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention all the parents and grandparents who have thanked me for helping to keep their little ones entertained too. I have been overwhelmed with thanks and this simple and innocuous coloring page has opened my eyes to the world of need out there. With that being said, this coming week I have an appointment to visit  my local hospital to donate a large package of  “Blank Faces” coloring pages to our local pediatric ward  (as well as the Robots page, I-Spy, and Jellyfish bracelet templates).

One bit of feedback that I received from my original design is that people wanted to see more ethnically diverse faces so that a variety of children can relate better to the images.  So with that in mind, I have created the next in the series of faces that I hope will accomplish that task.  I want to say in advance that obviously these images are huge generalizations and I am wary of doing anything that may offend or neglect certain individuals or groups.  So please keep in mind that this was only created with the best and noblest of intentions.

Please continue to comment on what or who you printed these pages for.  I love hearing from you.

Download your blank faces coloring page here.

Looking for more great kids stuff: Jellyfish Friendship Bracelets, 10-minute superhero costume, printable robot colouring page , DIY I spy game, good karma cards, family movie night tickets

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~ Jamey

Free printable blank faces coloring page.

Free printable blank faces coloring page.

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Easy To Crochet Cat Toy

| Crafts & DIY

Easy to crochet cat toy.

Easy to crochet cat toy.

Easy To Crochet Cat Toy – Bare with me a moment while I channel my inner crazy cat lady.

A couple of weeks ago we had the great fortune to be able to give Noelle a kitten for an (early) birthday gift. She’s been asking for a cat for the past few years but since my husband has a mild allergy to cats he’s always told her no (notice I said that “he” said no). After being subjected to drawing after drawing of our family with our old dead cat still drawn in it, Michael had had enough and gave in to his daughter’s dream to have a cat.

We did a lot of research and found out that while there is no completely hypoallergenic cats there are some breeds that carry less of the protein that aggravates allergies. We hunted high and low and finally found a breeder of Balinese cats on Vancouver Island and she just happened to have one kitten left. We went on a road trip and totally surprised Noelle. When she finally saw the kitten and we told her that it’s her’s to take home she totally didn’t believe us. The poor girl had been told for so long that we would never be able to have a cat that she thought we were putting her on. I’m sure it wasn’t until we were home with the little fur ball that it started sinking in that this really was her cat.

Little Milo Fluffy Pasta has been home with us now for almost 2 weeks and he’s so great. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed having a pet. He’s absolutely adorable and highly entertaining. Kittens have so much energy and they play non-stop so I thought it would be fun to make Milo some cat toys. I created this pattern (quite accidentally I must admit because I was going for something completely different) but I love how it turned out and so does Milo.

Materials:

  • Medium weight yarn (I used Red Heart)
  • Crochet hook (5.00mm H hook)
  • Toilet paper tube (I used 1/2 a roll for the small cat toy and a full roll for the large toy)
  • Bell
  • Needle and thread
  • Darning Needle to weave in ends
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, dc = double crochet (All U.S.)

  1. (Ch) 20, join with (sl st) to form ring (keeping tension firm but not tight – you want both ends to be a little tighter so they hug around the toilet paper tube).  Make sure to not to twist your stitches.
  2. (Ch) 2  in first chain and then (dc) in each remaining stitch in round. (Sl st) in last stitch in round to join.  Repeat for 7 rounds for 1/2 toilet paper roll size toy or 11 rounds for full toilet paper roll.
  3. Finish off  last round with 1 (sl st) in each stitch and join.
  4. Ch 30 then make 2 (dc) in the 3rd chain from the hook. (If you’d like a  longer curlicue than make the chain longer).
  5. Make 3 (dc) in each chain until you get back to the start of the chain. (Sl st) to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.
  6. Sew bell on end of curlicue.
  7. Fit over toilet paper roll.

Click here if you have any trouble knowing or remembering which stitches these are.

(Keep in mind I’m a novice pattern maker so I hope this all makes sense).

Toilet paper roll crocheted cat toy

Toilet paper roll crocheted cat toy

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Summer Fun Activity List – Printable

| Kids Fun, Outdoors, Printables

50 summer activities to keep kids busy and having fun all summer long.

50 summer activities to keep kids busy and having fun all summer long.

No more teachers, no more books… yeah, summer’s here! Oh wait, that means it’s up to me to keep my child entertained for the summer. I’m horrible at imaginary and make believe games like the ones my daughter and husband play – I completely admire the skill to be able to just make up random stories on a whim and have incredible imaginary adventures but that’s a skill I simply don’t possess. Fortunately, I bring my other attributes to the table, mainly creativity. So, with that said, I decided this year to be proactive in my summer fun activities and create a checklist that we put on the fridge to use when we’re having trouble coming up things to do. Maybe if we’re diligent, we can make it through the entire list this summer. I had lots of ideas myself but also found some great activities online.  I’m sure I’m not the only parent out there trying to come up with activities to entertain the kids with, so I’m putting this list on my blog for others to print out and use too.

Download your “Summer Fun List” here.

Also, don’t forget to check out some of the kids activities and ideas I’ve posted previously on my blog:

It’s the first day of summer vacation for us here in Victoria so Noelle and I are off now to go complete the first item we’ve chosen from our list (find smooth rocks to paint and decorate).  Enjoy and have a great summer!

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