Dad Practice

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Written by Jason as a part of the We’re Godfathers Too series

Inevitably, I’m going to be a Dad one day, so it’s helpful getting lots of practice now.  I’m the Art Director at Step2 and we have dozens of mini models scampering in and out of our studio every month for product photo shoots. Some kids are cranky, several little ones really love being in front of the camera, others are afraid of the flashing lights and a couple won’t leave mom or dad’s side. And there are a few that are daredevils! Whatever the case, we always have to be on alert to ensure their safety.

I’m getting married this October 2015.  My fiancée, Lynsey and I have a little 16-month-old nephew (and godson) named Dominic. While mom, dad, grandma and grandpa see him everyday and know his abilities and limitations, we’re never quite sure what new tricks he’s picked up from previous weeks. His new skill is climbing everything and giving me a panic attack when I’m around.  I seem to be the most worried when he’s scaling his climber like King Kong. I know kids need to fall a few times in order to learn, but being a parent means keeping your head on a swivel 24/7! During our toy photo shoots, we only have to be attentive for the 30-60 minutes while the kids are in the studio….apparently, I still have a lot to learn.

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Step2 is headquartered in Northeast Ohio, and obviously it’s basketball playoff time. Dominic loves watching the Cleveland Cavaliers with us.  Even in the car or stroller he points out every basketball hoop in the neighborhood. “BALL!  BALL!  BOOM!”  His dad had to chase him down the other day as Dominic was waddling furiously to the hoop across the street.  Yikes!

But there’s no better dad practice than working with kids at your job and having a thrill seeking nephew/godson.  I’ll be a good dad one day, and by then I’ll be really good at swindling kids for smiles and laughs without having to give them sugary treats!

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About Jason
jason-bio-picutreJason is the Art Director at Step2.  He’s a science & astronomy nerd and thinks digital currency is inevitable.  He has a slight Beatles-like obsession with the band FOALS and thinks Elon Musk is too smart to be fully human.

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Little Planter’s Fruit and Veggie Garden

fridiy-fruit-and-veggie-buttonApril showers bring May flowers and it’s time to start planting in the yard. If your kiddos have green thumbs they can start their own fruit and veggie garden with this craft. This creation will spark little ones’ imaginations and they can “grow” their garden inside their playroom or outside while you’re gardening.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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Steps:

  1. Remove the tissue from the tissue box and cut off the top portion.
  2. Cut out the stencils.
  3. Trace the fruit and vegetable stencils onto the foam sheets.
  4. Cut out the traced fruit and vegetables and tape the greenery onto the appropriate produce.
  5. Roll either brown or black foam sheets into tubes to represent the soil. To keep them together, tape and place them into the box. You may need to cut a little off each tube in order for them to fit into the tissue box.
  6. Place the fruit and vegetables in between the foam tubes. Flowers can also be put next to the produce that’s been planted.

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Your little gardeners will have a blast planting the fruits and veggies and then harvesting their crops when they’re nice and ripe! This activity not only promotes imaginative play, but teaches kids the basics of gardening.  Plus, the colorful produce will look great outside next to your children’s playhouse.

Manufacturer’s Note: Please make sure children are the recommended age to play with the product featured in this blog post. Adult supervision is required.