This summer I am all about doing “old school” crafts and activities with my children, the types of things I grew up doing and loving. So when I set out to make pet rocks with LittleMan I had envisioned something about the size of his fist, just like I had as child. Imagine my surprise when LittleMan insisted on a pair of tiny pebbles…
Things had to be tweaked to fit his desires. These rocks were obviously too small for any of the googly eyes we had on hand so I took Google for an answer, and found a lovely idea which several websites credited to the RedTed Art book (putting it on my must read list now). We heated our tiny rocks in the oven, and while they were warming up we grated some pieces of crayon.
Once the stones were hot, I pulled them from the oven and put them out instructing LittleMan to scatter crayon over them but to NOT touch them.
The results weren’t half bad. Colorful, and LittleMan greatly enjoyed the process.
My only concern was the size. Had they been larger, we could have just found a nice place on the book shelf for them as I had planned. Because of their tiny size, I knew they’d be lost without a home. I enlisted Marmaduke’s help in locating a proper sized box. He offered up an old watch box.
I had the idea to make both an indoor space with a couch and an outdoor space with a slide. From there, all other ideas must be credited to LittleMan. Also, LittleMan made all color decisions. He choose mostly primary colors, odd because his favorite color is purple.
We used sandpaper for the ground outside. I covered a cardboard tube with red duct tape and cut it into a slide shape, then secured it to the box using foam mounting tape.
LittleMan said that the outside needed flowers so I used 2 pieces of flower shaped sequins, 1 leaf shaped sequin, a bit of green pipe cleaner, and a brown bead to fashion this potted plant.
For the flooring inside LittleMan choose yellow carpet with a round blue rug, both made from felt scraps. I cut a couch from a foam egg carton and LittleMan requested red throw pillows. It looked a bit bare so I asked LittleMan what types of toys the rocks might like to play with. He insisted they needed books. A few minutes later he also requested blocks and a teddy.
The books are each three scraps of a thick paper folded over and stapled. LittleMan just couldn’t get enough of these and used them quite a bit in his play later on.
The blocks are some wooden cubes I had left over from another project which LittleMan attempted to draw letters on with Sharpie marker. He struggled as he has never had to write on such a small surface before but I thought he did fairly well and told him so with a high-five.
The teddy is just a bit of pipe cleaner I shaped to have a head, two arms, and two legs.
Because the slide and couch were both attached to the inside of the box, I drew a blue stripe on the outside of the box and lid on one side, and a red stripe outside the box and lid on the otherside. If LittleMan lines up the colored stripes, the box will close properly.