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Create Your Own “Rocket Ship” Inspired by Bing Bong

Make Your Own Rocket Ship

“Who’s your friend who likes to play? Bing Bong, Bing Bong.
His rocket makes you yell, ‘Hooray!’ Bing Bong, Bing Bong.
Who’s the best in every way,
and wants to sing this song to say, “Bing Bong, Bing Bong!”

We recently saw Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out. Yes, we cried when (spoiler alert) Riley’s imaginary friend Bing Bong sacrificed himself and jumped out of his rocket ship with Joy to save Riley. We couldn’t help but think of our kids growing up and moving past “Goofball Island.”

But since they’re still little and we have plenty more years ahead to be goofy with them while they let their imaginations soar, we decided to create a “Rocket Ship” of our own, inspired by Inside Out’s character Bing Bong. (You’ll have to use your imagination too since this rocket ship doesn’t automatically shoot rainbows from its brooms.)

Rocket Ship DIY Bing Bong

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Wagon (we used the Step2 All Around Wagon)
  • Cardboard
  • 2 Brooms
  • Streamers in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Steps:

  1. Rip 2 3-foot pieces from each color streamer. Fold in each color in half and tape to the end of one broom. Tape in order of the colors of the rainbow (remember Roy G. Biv? Turns out in comes in handy again when you’re a parent). Repeat on the other broom.
  2. Wrap the top part of the broom handle with a streamer that matched your wagon (optional). We did this because the brooms we found at the Dollar Tree were hollow. Cut your piece of cardboard to fit your wagon (this will be its “wings”). Then, tape each broom to the underside of the cardboard (if your cardboard is one color, don’t worry about the “underside.” We are lucky enough to have a plethora of cartons here at Step2, so we recycled one for this craft).
  3. Tape each “wing” with broom attached to each side of the wagon. Reinforce with tape above and below the wing.

Create Your Own Rocket Ship from a Step2 Wagon - Inspired by Inside Out character Bing Bong

Now your little dreamers are ready to soar off to adventure land with their own imaginary friend!

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7 Quotes in Honor of National Best Friend Day

national best friend day quotesThere is nothing quite like having a best friend. They’re a shoulder to cry on, a soul to confide in and a pal to build memories with. Often we consider our best friends a part of our families as we grow alongside them throughout the years. Your little ones will make friends throughout their lives and some will be here to stay as lifelong friends. In honor of National Best Friend Day, here are seven quotes that describe the beautiful bond of best friends:

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford

“Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” – Bill Watterson

“A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Friends are relatives you make for yourself.” – Eustache Deschamps

“A true friend is the one who walks in when others walk out.” – Walter Winchell

“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Good friends are like stars, you don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.” -Anonymous

Which quote is your favorite? How are you spending this heartfelt day dedicated to friendship?

4 Creative Ways for Kids to Play in their Sandbox

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Summer is almost here and we’re ready to hit the beach!  On the days that you and your family can’t make it to your local tropical getaway, backyard activities can be just as fun. When little ones play in their sandbox they can pretend they have their toes in the sand at the beach. Playing in sandboxes is not only entertaining for kiddos, but it’s also a great way to enhance their sensory skills as they feel, dig and build with it. Here are four creative ways your kids can play in a sandbox:

  1. Buried treasure: Little adventurers can search for buried treasure. Mom and dad can hide some toys or pretend jewels in the sand and youngsters can use their shovels to dig around and strike it rich!
  2. Secret messages: Toddlers and preschoolers can take a stick and write or draw secret messages and images in the sand. They can also use rocks to create shapes and letters. This is a great activity to develop their fine motor skills!
  3. Sand castle: There is nothing quite like building castles on the beach or in your sandbox. Let little builder’s imaginations go wild as they use buckets, leaves, and stick to create a home fit for a king and queen.
  4. Plant in the sand: Little green thumbs can pretend to plant in it as they gather leaves and sticks from trees. They can even create this greenery to go around the beautiful sand castle they designed!

What creative ways and games do you children play in their sandbox?

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