Wednesday, August 27, 2008

WFMW - "I" Crafts

Ideas are much harder to come by for "I" crafts than than for the other letters we've done so far. But we are innovative, imaginative, inventive, and inspired, so here is what worked for this 16-month-old girl last week.

Ice Cream. We thought about making ice cream in our ice cream freezer machine, but it was pretty cold here last week. So we made paper ice cream instead. Mommy cut out the shapes for a triple scoop cone and put glue on the scoops. Then I put sprinkles on the glue. Looks yummy, doesn't it? I admit to tasting a few of those sprinkles against Mommy's advice. The glue didn't ruin their flavor one bit!

Inches. Mommy taped some Noah's Ark wrapping paper on the wall, and we measured how many inches I am. Compared to the 20 inches I was when I was born, I have grown a LOT
- I am more than 32 inches now! I put lots of stickers on the wrapping paper, too.

Itchy. I practiced my dot-making techniques on a white paper girl shape with red markers. I even came up with the idea to use two markers at the same time for extra dots. This little girl has chicken pox and is very itchy! As you can see, the itchy spots are concentrated on the face and tummy . . .

Igloo. Mommy cut an igloo shape out of blue paper and cut lots of rectangles out of white paper. We sprinkled the igloo shape with glue, and then I placed the white rectangles all over the shape to make an igloo.

Initials. Mommy wrote my initials in block letters and I colored them. Esmé Elaine - "Loved Shining Light" - or "Highly Esteemed Flashlight, whichever you prefer.

Icicles. We let glue run down a piece of paper, and then I got to sprinkle the whole thing with baby powder to make white "icicles." Have I ever told you how much I LOVE sprinkling baby powder?!

Iguana. I put some stickers of an iguana and friends on a piece of paper. I had to add in a planet and a smiley face for good measure, of course.

Ice Age Archaeological Dig. And now for the most fun activity of the week! Mommy froze some of my toys in plastic tub of water. Then she put the block of ice/toys in a larger container of hot water. I got to dig through the ice with my archaelogical tools (two forks) and "find" my toys. This was LOTS of fun and kept me busy for at least 1/2 hour! Caution - make sure you use drinkable water if you try this, cuz it just might get eaten. And be prepared with a change of clothes, cuz it is a very WET activity!

So there you have it!

By the way, we are in "J" week right now, and that is a tough week, too. So let us know if you have any jazzy, jiggy, jumpy ideas!
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22 comments:

Amanda said...

Those are some great kid craft ideas!

Genny said...

You are the most creative mom, ever!

Heather of the EO said...

Yes, most creative mom ever - so true!

Debra said...

What wonderful "I" words. So creative! Well done, Esme. My hubby is a Jaguar fan .. so there is a "J" word for you...but the best J word ever .... Jesus!

God bless you!

melissa s. said...

great i words! my kids love the ice dig, too!

African Kelli said...

I truly hope you are considering putting these posts together as a book. Blurb.com is a great resource. And you can pull the pages right off your blog. Esme and her children will cherish this!

BaronessBlack said...

oh!oh! me! me! I have one for "J" - You can make jelly/jello! My mum used to cut oranges in half and scoop out the flesh and wizz it for juice (another "J")and we put our jelly/jello in the orange skins to set. When it's set you can slice it into segments. If you do two different colours of jelly/jello it looks really cool for kiddies parties. It's an easy way to eat jelly/jello, and noone can ever work out how you got the jelly/jello to stay in!
Also, if you make your own ice-lollies, you can put some jelly/jello in with the juice and it stops them running and dripping so much as they thaw.
I'm quite a fan of jelly/jello! You can get good vegetarian stuff too. Well, you can here - don't know about subsaharan Africa!
Loving the blog!

dani said...

"i" looks like it was a lot of fun, esme!!! do you have jacks to play with in africa or a jump rope??? i would love to see you decorate a jelly fish:)
love you baby girl,
dani

Lori said...

those look like some fun projects!

check out my blog later.. there is bling for you

Christie O. said...

ok i LOVE these! especially the archaelogical dig and the icicles! i'm following your lead (hope you don't mind -- i may even post some of our pictures but i promise to give you credit!) we're on "a" week right now and i really had to dig for anything besides "apple". hahaha! b is next week - there's almost too many! :)
thanks for the great ideas though!!

Kori said...

I am seriously lagging. Becuase right now Owen still thinks every color is yellow and he has no idea about ANY of the letters, etc...I loved the ice/hot water activity-that is a great one.

Andrea said...

I love the Ice Age Dig! haha...that is awesome...as for J...hmmm, how about Jam, Jars, Jingle bells ;), Jumping jacks, Jaguar, Juice, Jello...and that's all that's coming to mind right now!

ispeakbeanish said...

You can tell she had a blast! Thanks for the ideas.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

You are amazing!

I love the "inches"...that will be such a neat thing to hold on to when she's grown!

I seriously cannot think of one, single "J" think. Sheesh, it's a good thing she's got YOU for a mommy! :-)

Damselfly said...

You are once again soooo clever!

I would never have thought your part of the world would get cold.

angie said...

Looks like the "I's" were a huge hit!

Prasti said...

visiting from the blog train...

what a great idea to use a letter from the alphabet as the theme for the week. very creative! and that ice cream cone almost looks good enough to eat!

melanie said...

What fun ideas, as always!

Check out No Time for Flashcards- she did a Jelly Bean J that was cute http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/search/label/Letter%20J (not sure if you can get jelly beans though??)

And, if you leave her a comment and ask for ideas for J she'll answer you in her comments. I did that when I was stuck and she gave me several great ideas!

Richelle said...

That ice block one looks especially fun! We will have to try that!

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

I love all of these ideas!! I need to start doing crafts with Ladybug. I can't wait to see what she creates!

Danielle said...

FUN! I tried giving Eliza markers and crayons but all she wants to do is eat them! Great ideas,

Jennifer said...

We are finally ready to do some more Alphabet School and are on the letter I. I'll be stealing and crediting several of your ideas.