The journey started at the local library. Looking for a way to teach our daughter some early reading skills we checked out a Launch Pad from our local public library.
Viv selected Pango Zoo and we started our adventure.
From star to finish this game hit every mark. The actions were intuitive and our four year old began experimenting immediately with great success. She was able to progress through the elements of the mini plots for each little vignette where she helped an animal in trouble. The characters are dynamic and while non verbal they communicate their feelings perfectly through gesture and sounds. I found myself grinning throughout the game at every little surprise and delight and laughed out loud more than once.
If you have a chance to check one out or pick a Launchpad up for yourself or download from the App Store
I highly recommend it.
I came, I saw, I sewed!
Welcome to the very first post of my super new DIY toy series. *drum roll* Ladies and Gentleman, I am more than excited and proud to introduce the DIY Felt Tools—a series of 6 very cute felt toys. This series is going to cover the following: a saw, a screwdriver, a hammer, a wrench, a carpenter square, and a tool belt.
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Excellent Step by Step Instructions. Thanks for sharing. Could make for a great rainy day Spring project with our 4 year old!
This is the second part of a very basic rooster costume consisting of a comb and a beak (with wattles). For the comb tutorial please click here. As is the case for the comb, the beak is also made from felt and comes with two wattles at each side. The nose is stuffed in order to allow for a nice picking experience… 😉 Nevertheless, there is enough room left for small (and big) noses.
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Thanks Supriya and looking forward to reading your new book to Viv at bedtime!
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Green Toys: Twinzy Toys
In the late 1990s, relatives of the twins found an old box with their toy molds and sketches and dropped them off to Heritage Battle Creek, where the toys remained a part of history until recently, when my friend Ken Faris, made a licensing agreement with HBC to produce Twinzy Toys, reviving the original designs but going green for the modern world.
The new Twinzy Toys are made with an organic cotton hemp blend, stuffed with raw, organic cotton and sewn with organic thread by Battle Creek students interested in careers in fashion design.
The dolls are black and white. You can leave them as they are or you can decorate them and share your or your child’s creation at Twinzy Toys’ website.
The dolls can be purchased at Twinzy Toys’ Etsy site. The current designs available are Buddy the Elf, pictured here, Hy Jack the Fox Terrier, Miss Mary, Cowboy and Rabbit.
|Front view of Buddy the Elf|
|Back view of Buddy the Elf|
We take a trip to New Babbage – a rather chilly one too, if all the reports we’ve heard about the coal shortage are true!
Now, our trips to that industrial steampunk city have not been entirely without incident in the past – what with murders, dangerous dark mermaids, mendacious Santas and purloined diamonds … to say nothing of Elrik being mistaken for Sherlock Holmes, or that time we discovered the dark secrets under the lost Asylum …
But really, we’re visiting libraries this time! What could possibly go wrong?
Of course, we have failed to reckon with the Most Dangerous Book in New Babbage (kept under strict guard in a few Babbage libraries).
You’ll have to watch this special episode to unlock the true terror of…
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Boldly going where no gingerbread has gone before!