Okay, it's another rainy spring day in MN, so I thought I'd post this project I did with Sammy on a rainy day a couple weeks ago. I apologize that I have no kind of template for you to download on this one, because I totally made it up as I went along with stuff we had around the house. But, if you're up for "wingin' it" a bit, give it a try! I did take tons of photos so hopefully that helps!
Anyway, I was feeling extra super-mom-ish this day, which is NOT typical by any means, but I was determined not to let another rain day turn into a big Thomas and Friends cartoon marathon. In my effort to do something creative, resourceful, and somewhat educational, this is what I came up with...a somewhat mechanical "paper garden" that grows when the rain falls. (see the tie in to rainy days? Way to focus on the positive...flowers to come!)
So, I started by giving Sammy some paper and a flower shaped paper punch to keep his hands busy...
While Sammy made flowers, I grabbed this box out of our recycle bin that held a huge assortment of Jelly Belly jelly beans I had gotten for my hubby a while back...
Next I grabbed a full sheet label out of my studio to cover the bottom half of the lid, in case we wanted to color on it or something, and to cover the Jelly Belly box art. Since it's all sticky-backed, I didn't have to worry about glue...
paper shapers scissors and he had fun just chopping up paper.
x-acto knife. I made this size to fit some green ribbon I had in my studio...you could probably use yarn or something too but I found the surface area of ribbon worked best.
Then I just used a stapler to secure the two ends together.
So, our garden needed rain to grow (hence the rainy day project). I was going to cut out blue rain drops from paper, but decided to personalize it a little more, and have Sammy trace his hand for the rain.
Sorry about the sideways pics...don't know what's up with Blogger! Anyway, you can see the cloud can be pulled up and down while the ribbon passes through the slots. So, next, I apologize I blanked on my photo taking at this part...but, here's what we did to make the garden part...
I pulled the cloud down as far as it would go.
Next, I cut a square piece of white paper for the "sky" and glued it to the back side of the back ribbon layer...the ribbon inside the cut-out top half of the box.
Then, I cut a shorter rectangle of green paper and put that on top of the back ribbon. So you're sandwiching the BACK ribbon now, just like you did with the cloud, only this time it's between a piece of sky and a piece of green grass.
I really wanted to make the cloud disappear behind another layer, so it's not like some garden floating on top of a cloud. But hey, I was totally winging it, so I gave myself a break. Plus, his giant hand rain drops were wider than the box so it wouldn't have fit so well. You could just put a piece of paper over that though and make another spot for the cloud to hide!
Here Sammy is studying the many flavors of Jelly Belly's that were once in the box, illustrated on the back: