Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I'll huff and I'll puff

DIY >>> Three Little Pigs Play Set

My son has taken an interest in fairy tales recently. A few months back, he would ask me to tell him the stories of the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears every night before bed. And before you go thinking I'm a super nice mom, I would make him choose just one story. So we was obsessed with these stories. One day I was walking into Joann Fabrics and saw these little bird houses in the dollar bins. I thought to myself, "PERFECT!" and grabbed three. And that's the story of how this idea came about. My kids LOVE this. It is so true that the simple toys and ones that use the most imagination are the real winners. This would be a darling birthday gift :)

What you need:

3 small birdhouses (I liked these because they looked like huts)
yellow, pink, and brown felt
sticks (we went on a stick hunt outside)
red craft foam
red, yellow, pink (light and dark), and brown paint
hot glue gun
Elmer's glue
4 wooden "peg people"
thin black sharpie marker 
spray coating (I use Deco Art Triple Thick Gloss, from Michaels in the glue aisle)
cookie sheet

I apologize I didn't take any pictures during the creating process. I didn't think about blogging this project until it was complete. I will walk you through the steps though.
  • Lay out the wooden objects on a cookie sheet for your little one to paint.
  • Paint one house yellow, one brown, and one red. 
  • Paint three peg people pink.
  • Paint one peg person brown.
  • While the paint is drying, go for a walk outside and hunt for sticks.
  • Cut the yellow felt into small strips and glue onto the yellow house to look like straw. We used regular Elmer's glue for the felt.
  • Break the sticks into small even pieces and glue them to the brown house. We used hot glue for the sticks.
  • Cut the red craft foam into squares to look like bricks. Glue them onto the red house. We used regular glue for the foam, but it was tricky. Hot glue would be better if your little one will give up control.
  • Cut 3 pairs of ears from the pink felt, and 1 pair of ears from the brown felt. Hot glue them onto the pigs and wolf.
  • Using the dark pink paint, paint noses, "hands" and feet onto the pig pegs.
  • Using the black sharpie marker, draw on eyes and nose holes onto the pigs. Draw "hands" and feet onto the wolf. Also draw eyes, nose and mouth, and mean eyebrows.
  • Take the pegs outside and spray with the Triple Thick gloss. You need to do this step or whenever your little ones have sticky or wet fingers, the paint on the pegs will smear. Plus, who doesn't enjoy a super shiny pig?
  • PLAY!!!!! 

I recently picked up a cute square white tray at Goodwill that is holding this sweet little play set. It's perfect because the kids can carry it around and make little scenes. Also, note that the pigs fit perfectly into the holes in each house and they don't fit all the way in so they can't get stuck.  Enjoy!

- Awbree

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