These were fun costumes to make! I used purchased red footie pajamas, and white felt for the name plates. Those were sewn on one side, and have a Velcro closure on the other.
But, the wigs…everybody asks about those. Here’s what I did:
Collecting found objects and creatively arranging and stacking them is a great activity for kids of all ages. It incorporates sensory play, encourages thought on composition, and even incorporates basic physical concepts, such center of gravity in relation to balance, and levers.
In addition, collecting and working with natural objects starts some great discussions about natural science. We had some interesting conversations about pine trees (conifers) and how they differ from the oak trees (why do some trees have acorns and some have pine cones? What do the pine cones do?)
Leaving these pieces in the park is like leaving a little gift for others. It’s kind of funny how these unusual little arrangements grab so much attention from passers-by! But, they also teach kids an interesting concept of impermanence and renewal. The sculpture might not be there the next time they go back. Or, it might change. This, too, is part of nature.
Well, it’s that time of year again… Card making time at Casa del Fleischer. Every year, the kids at my son’s preschool are asked to exchange Valentine cards. However, since our family does not exactly celebrate Valentine’s Day, it seems a little wrong to me to go out to the drugstore and buy little cards. So, every year the kids and I do collaborative card making projects like this one, which basically show appreciation for all the school year’s friendships. Here are some samples from last year’s batch. Continue reading
One of my eclectic hobbies is piñata making. Here is a magical pumpkin piñata I just finished for a preschool school Halloween party! The preschool director didn’t want any candy inside, so this one will rain down raisin boxes, party favors, and autumn leaves. Unlike store bought piñatas, home made ones burst open with a satisfying crack! They are also “toughness adjustable,” so even younger kids can have a good time. This is important, because the last burst piñata I made, a giant pomegranate, took three angry mothers and an ex-military officer to destroy!
If you live in the New York City area and would like a custom, hand made piñata for your next event, message me! Just about any shape is possible. Upcoming projects for me include acorns, turkeys (roasted and live), and the ever popular dreidels and Christmas trees.
Autumn in Central Park means acorns everywhere! Max loves acorns, and collected quite a stockpile. Needless to say, we had to find things to do with them, aside from throwing them up into the air. These necklaces wear inspired by Max calling the tops of the acorns, “hats.” They’re pretty easy to make, and all you need are acorns, embroidery floss or yarn, and some Tacky Glue.