This month, we’re challenging little ones with a DIY gaming table! We’ve created a checkerboard table from a kid’s picnic table. This craft will keep little minds active as they hang out with their playmates. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Kid’s picnic table (we used the Sit & Play Picnic Table)
- White wrapping paper or construction paper
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Plastic or paper cups in two different colors
With these materials you can create a checkerboard table in three easy steps! Plus, this activity table can be used inside on a rainy day or outside to keep your children entertained during a barbeque.
- Measure the width and height of the tabletop, cut the wrapping paper to those dimensions and tape the wrapping paper to the table.
- Use a marker and ruler to draw the squares of the checkerboard (we created a simpler version of checkers with 24 total squares).
- Place three cups on the colored squares closest to the edge of the table on each side of the board. Use different colored cups for each side.
Now your little gamers are ready to play some checkers!
Will you be creating this craft with your family this weekend?
Enhance your little rider’s outdoor playtime with this DIY traffic light! This craft will encourage imaginative play as toddlers and preschoolers drive their riding toys around the backyard or sidewalk. Kids can learn all about traffic safety and what it means to stop, slow down and go. It’s always a good time to talk to you kids about outdoor safety. What better way to teach them about safety than through play!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Empty tissue box
- Wrapping paper and its cardboard tube
- Crafting cattails (a ruler or 6” metal rod will also work)
- Markers (red, yellow and green)
- Cup (or something else circular for tracing)
- Open one side of the empty tissue box and fold the loose flaps inside or cut them off.
- Wrap the five sides of the tissue box and keep the opened side unwrapped.
- Use a cup or other circular item to trace and color three circles onto one side of the tissue box. It’s optional to write, “Stop, slow and go” on the appropriate circles.
- Stick numerous cattails into the ground. If the cattails are not secure, you can also use a ruler or 6” metal rod.
- Place the remaining wrapping paper tube over the cattails.
- Put the traffic light on top of the wrapping paper roll.
Now your little ones can learn how to abide by the laws of the road. We also have tutorials for a DIY gas can
and car wash
to maximize make believe fun. Enjoy crafting with your little ones!
P.S: The toy truck featured in this blog post is the 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 Raptor SVT!
This month is all about summertime fun and incorporating outdoor and imaginative play. Playing in a playhouse is a great way for toddlers and preschoolers to develop their imaginations while they spend time in the backyard. We have an easy craft for you and your family to create that will go perfectly with your child’s playhouse.
Recently, we’ve had customers ask if we have mail that goes with our playhouses. At this time we don’t have mail; however, one of our crafty consumer service representatives Sandy decided to create something special for our customers to design at home!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Trace the 3” x 5” note card onto a foam sheet. Cut out the traced portion of the sheet to achieve the postcard size that will fit into the Step2 playhouse mail slots.
- Decorate the postcards with the foam letter and animal stickers. This is a great exercise to teach little ones how to spell their names if they want to address the cards to themselves.
- Decorate the tote bag with the same materials from the previous step.
- Place the postcards into the tote bag and your kids are ready to deliver mail!
Many of our playhouses have mail slots that are compatible with this DIY craft:
This project is a blast for the whole family to enjoy! Plus, it will provide kids with hours of pretend play fun. Even though we decided to decorate our postcards with the materials and instructions above, there are other cute ways to create kid’s postcards. Check out how A Million Moments and See Vanessa Craft designed their own envelopes.