As I mentioned yesterday, I made a new toy for SunnyGirl and I was anxious to see how she liked it. Now, I’ll admit she didn’t play with it but a few quick moments yesterday and that was only to humor me. This morning after breakfast she seemed far more keen to use it. These pictures however are from yesterday.
Not so long ago, I made SunnyGirl this birthday dress:
As you can see from the photo, the dress required a fair share of fabric. I actually purchased 18 fat quarters in 6 colors in order make it. I used slightly less than half of each fat quarter, leaving quite a stack of fabric scraps.
We made our first [rather small] dent in the fabric scraps by making this rainbow:
As I mentioned above, I had half of each 18 fat quarters (so 1/8 yard) left over, I cut each of these pieces in half (1/16 yard) and used pinking shears on the edges to minimize the fraying because I was too lazy to hem or surge them. Then I tied the fabric together in knots to make one long rope, which I then stuffed into a flip-top water bottle. I already had this water bottle on hand, it was bought at a BX last year but it is Rubbermaid brand and I’ve seen similar models at Walmart and Target and even Dollar Tree.
Once its all put together the child can pull or push on the fabric to make it go in or out of the little hole. It’s a lot like pulling all the Kleenex out of the box!
I made this for SunnyGirl. I was planning to use it as part of her “school” shelf rotation (aka, a low shelf I keep near LittleMan’s box lessons so SunnyGirl has independent activities she can do in proximity to us during LittleMan’s school hours).
I was surprised to see how interested LittleMan was in getting his hands on it.
Eventually the two of them just dragged the rope portion of it out into the yard and played with it. There was some use of it as a scarf, then it was used to “mummify” SunnyGirl, and finally they just had a good old fashioned game of tug-a-war with it.
Next we are planning to make rainbow bean bags with the fabric scrap pile! Does anybody have any ideas for fun bean bag games we could play when they’re finished?by