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Your child will love adding personal touches to the walls of her dollhouse. Here are some ideas to get her started.
Print out fancy picture frames on your computer. Have your child cut out the frame and draw the picture inside.
Scan and shrink family pictures. Have your child cut them out. Then she cuts a larger rectangle and glues the picture in the middle for instant framing.
Use an app that allows pictures to be saved. My granddaughter loves “Dress Up” which allows a group photo once the animals are all dress. Shrink the photo and print it out.
For MANY more ideas on how to personalize the dollhouse walls, including frames and hanging tips, check this out.
For ideas on how to get the most out of block play, watch the 3 minute video here.
This book is suitable for middle-grade to early young adult. This will be a favorite with readers who love fantasy and unusual female heroes.
Laura is a big girl who has been bullied since childhood about her size. Her family moves to a new town and enrolls her in a different school to give her a fresh start. Unfortunately the bullying begins again but this time two other victims befriend her. When Laura fails to stand up for one of them, her new relationship is at risk.
But the real challenge is navigating the secret world Laura can only access through a hidden elevator in her closet. She discovers she is destined to be a monster crusher and without her rising to the challenge, her family, friends, and world are in great danger. Laura, however, is neither athletic nor nimble. Night after night, for this is when she can secretly train, Laura fails to acquire the necessary skills of a monster crusher.
The danger rises to the point of crisis when her beloved blind little brother is kidnapped by the monsters. Betrayed and vastly outnumbered, Laura must pull off a miracle in order to save her family.
The affectionate relationship between Laura and her humorous little brother, her struggle with self-identity and confidence, her desire for friends, and her reluctant courage make her an endearing and interesting hero. An enjoyable read that picks up pace and increases in suspense as it progresses. Although it has a satisfying ending, the danger is still imminent and a sequel or series is possible.
If you can crochet without a pattern or glue scraps of fabric, you can make beautiful upholstered furniture with your child.
For more pictures and detailed instructions, watch the video here.
Have your child glue craft sticks in a log cabin pattern for the seat. The square should be about 4 X 4 inches wide and deep and 2 inches high.
Have your child make the back support 4 X 4 as well but only half and inch deep.
Now it’s your turn. Crochet a 4 X 4 square. Fit it on the frame and crochet up the sides tightening the corners as you go. Once you reach this point, add the back support and stuffing.
Put glue on the bottom 2 inches and shove it behind the seat. The crocheting will hold it in place until it dries.
Because I had cut the sticks, the edges were rough against my fingers. I covered them with masking tape. This will make it stronger as well.
Then I crocheted the seat in smaller squares meeting in the middle. You can choose to go from one side to the other. Whatever works for you.
Then I crocheted up the back support going around in a circle from front to back and then stitching it shut at the top.
I glued two sets of sticks together for the arms. Then I crocheted over them, sewed them shut, and sewed them to the seat and back support. I glued four squares of wood to the bottom to make it less wobbly.
The second time I tried to make it better by making the bottom separate, putting a solid bottom on, and wrapping it in tape to cover the rough edges.
Then I crocheted over the bottom and up the four sides. I made a back and glued it in place. I crocheted a square flap for the seat and put in stuffing.
Then I crocheted up and over the back and stitched it together. I glued two popscicle sticks together and crocheted over them. Then I sewed them on. Unfortunately, these are rather fragile. I glued on feet again. This one wobbles less because of the solid bottom.
For more photographs and detail, go to https://youtu.be/I7G5IXc_2h8
Next week, making a couch and other furniture.
This part textbook part picture book would be an excellent addition to a French Immersion or Core French classroom. It would also be wonderful for a parent to share with a child who is learning French.
While it tells the story a group of children building a sandcastle and a little snail declaring himself king of Le Chateau, the child is exposed to basic French vocabulary. It employs humor and a bit of drama to old a child’s interest. Also included are list of common words, a skit, information on French culture, a song, and even a section on Monet the artist and a follow-up activity. There is enough information and plenty of activities to make this book a favorite.
The best thing about this book is the site that goes along with it. http://www.Polyglotkidz.Com expands on the information in the textbook. For those of us whose French is less than bilingual, an hour long download is available that gives the correct pronunciation for everything in the book.
I was dismayed to learn “only 25% of public and private elementary schools in the US offer any form of language instruction.” Because Canada is a dual-language country, French instruction begins generally in grade 4 unless you enroll your child in immersion which begins in senior kindergarten. The cultural, mental, social, and economic benefits of second languages are irrefutable. This book would be valuable in any situation working with children 10 years old and under.