Yesterday I came across these little cardboard dolls and then found this great craft on cardboard fractions, which OH SO THRILLED my mathematician's heart ... so this morning I thought, "how about grabbing that empty diaper box out in the garage and making a barn", which led to animals and then a farmer ... and we had fun, but I will admit, dolls would have been easier, quicker and just as entertaining:). If you know me, you are fully aware of my slight tendency to be extreme in all situations at all times. It is draining, and I assure you not a personality trait anyone should ever wish to have. (and if Richard actually reads this, it wouldn't surprise me if he left an affirmative comment!) But I will admit, my extremism has made for, if nothing less, an interesting life ... one that is full of adventures and as much as I might like to shake my extremism (as Richard would call it) I just can't stop myself most of the time.
I've made a mini playlist for your enjoyment if you wish to make your own diaper box barn.
Old McDonald, Ella Fitzgerald
Farm, Imagination Movers
Pig On Her Head, Laurie Berkner
These songs are sure to have you in a barn making mood in no time!
1. Get your diaper box and have your 12yr old put that Swiss Army Knife she got for her birthday to good use.
2. Go get The Animals of Farmer Jones off the bookrack in the nursery.
3. Sit a minute and delight in the illustrations found in great children's books.
4. Have the same 12yr old start making the box into a barn.
5. Find your 8yr old to draw farm animals.
6. Be amazed at the progress of your 12yr old.
7. Assemble the barn.
8. Have your 6 year old start coloring the animals.
9. Wash your 3 year old's hair and then let her color some animals, too.
10. Return to your 12 year old. Watch her intensity as she cuts out the doors and windows.
11. Take some cute photos of your 3 year old playing with the farmer.
12. Now take some photos of her playing with the chickens.
13. And let's not forget to photograph her with the pig!
(she likes this little activity, can't you tell?!)
14. Oh, look! Here comes the 6 year old wanting her photograph taken with a chicken.
15. And just when things get going, tell your 3 year old it's nap time, and consequently brake her heart. :(
16. Leave the barn on the table and enjoy trying to guess what you're husband will say when he walks in the front door from work.