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Nature Inspired DIY Costumes

Mask
Each year, around this time. . .
. . . we put our hands to needles, string, cloth or paper to make a nature inspired costume. . .

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. . . and this year, we've added to the collection.  But, much like the Cape for All Seasons, this mask is no one trick pony.

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Utilizing a simple felt base the mask and wrist band set can become anything you'd like.  I chose to focus on birds today, but flowers, fungi, butterflies or bugs could just as easily take the stage.

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So head out into the woods. . .

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{.: Handmade Fox mask from the shop. . . for those who want handmade but don't have the time. :.}
. . . and see what sparks your imagination.
The Everybird Mask
Materials:
  • Pencil, paper and scissors
  • cloth measuring tape or ruler
  • Two pieces of felt approximately 8.5" x 11"
  • Ribbon or string
  • Needle and thread (or sewing machine)
  • Scrap fabric
  • Velcro
Using the measuring tape or ruler, measure the width of your child's face and make note of the distance between their eyes.  With these measurements in hand, sketch a mask shape on a piece of paper that has the same width and make marks where the eye holes should go.  Play with the shape and size of the eye holes until you have something you like. 
Cut out two mask shapes from your felt using your paper pattern.  Then cut 4 strips of felt approximately 1.25" wide.  Measure your child's wrist and trim the length so that it is a bit smaller than the wrist circumference. 
With a needle and thread, sew around the edges of the mask inserting a ribbon or string at either side to make the ties.  Do the same for each wrist piece.
Once you have decided what type of mask you would like, cut the shapes out of scrap fabric.  Sew these together in groups and attach Velcro to the back of each group.  Stick them on to the wrist bands and mask and head out to play!
Happy Imagining!
xox 
i.c.
P.S.  Like the other costumes pictured above? Here are the links:


 

We Love Old Fashioned Games


5 Reasons to Love Old Fashioned Games!

1. Old fashioned games build contemporary skills: In a world where many of the games geared for children come in app format, old fashioned games can help kids gain important skills, including gross motor, balance, coordination and more. Jacks, marbles, hopscotch, foursquare, kickball, and even Red Rover, all invite children to use their bodies in ways that help them to grow into skilled, coordinated, and strong adults.

2. Teamwork: Unlike many single player games, many old fashioned games invite cooperation and communication. I remember epic rounds of capture the flag as a child that involved complicated strategies and teamwork from a fleet of determined nine year olds. Learning how to communicate well and work with others toward a common goal is a skill set that will benefit your sweet little buddies their entire lives.


3. Old fashioned games hone problem solving skills: Whether it’s figuring out the best way to set up a 500 piece domino pattern, or where to hide during a game of kick-the-can, these types of pastimes ask children to solve problems by looking at many different systems and the ways in which they intersect. Learning how to look at challenges with this type of bird’s-eye-view perspective may be one of the most important lessons your kids receive. Life is full of problems and challenges, and no matter how big or how small they are, having the skills to look at the big picture without getting lost in the weeds can make all the difference.

4. Imagination is the key: Perhaps one of the oldest games of all time is the made-up game. Probably since the first mom told her first kid to “go out and play” children have been making up their own games. Often complex and non-linear, these types of games challenge kiddos to develop a plan in their mind and make up all the rules of engagement. Not only that, they also have to remember all those rules once they play the game. That’s a lot of brain power and innovation, exactly the skills that are needed to build a big, bright, and beautiful future.


5. And last, but certainly not least, many old fashioned games get kids outside. If you know us, you know how much we love the outdoors and how indispensable we believe time in nature is for children. Kids need time and space to process all of the information we give them each day. An hour spent running around in the grass, under the trees gives them the brain space to build strong connections to all of that knowledge. It also builds a healthy and loving relationship with the natural world, and if you love something, you take care of it.

 

Free DIY Game Board!:

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A few of our Favorite Supplies:

xox

~i.c.

DIY Fabric Game Board

DIY Game Board

With the season of adventure in full swing, it felt like the perfect time to make a portable game board that we could easily bring in a backpack or suitcase.

The board I made has two sides, one is a quilted checkerboard while the other has a pocket to hold the wooden game pieces and a tic-tac-toe game board. 

The pieces themselves are solid colors on one side and have x's and o's on the other. . .

. . . perfect for soaking up those last moments of summer. . .

. . . along with an ice cold lavender limeade.

Cloth Tic-Tac-Toe and Checkers Game Board:

  • 1/2 yard scrap fabric (at least two different colors
  • wooden discs (available at most craft stores, or you could use buttons or bottle caps
  • ribbon (for tying the board closed
  • paint
  • permanent markers

Rip your fabric in strips that are 1/4" larger than your desired checker square on all sides. Then, sew those strips together alternating colors.  Once you have them all sewn together, cut strips perpendicular to the stripes to make your checkers.  Then rearrange these pieces so that they form a checkerboard pattern (you'll have to shift the strips a bit to the left and right each time to do this) and trim off any excess.  Sew these strips together to make your square.

Once you have your square back it with a solid colored piece of fabric, and then sew a pocket (I just used some of the left over strips I sewed in the first step) by laying a piece of finished fabric over the bottom third of the solid fabric side and top-stitching three of the sides.

For the game pieces, simply paint or draw on them to make the colors or x's and o's.  Using a permanent marker, draw a tic-tac-toe grid on the solid fabric side (if you're worried about it bleeding through, you can do this before sewing it on).

Then, grab a few fresh limes and put 1/2 lime into each cup and mull it with a little lavender, sugar (to taste) and water using the end of a wooden spoon.  Add more water and ice and serve with blueberry fruit skewers... or my all time favorite summer treat, a bowl of frozen blueberries!

Happy Summer Days!

xox

~i.c.