More Doll Stuff

Here are the most recent doll things my daughter has been working on.

First up is a campground she made. She sawed a branch in half and then used hot glue to attach greenery to make the trees. She cut holes in a shoebox she painted to help hold them upright. Then she added rocks, sticks, and other details. She made sleeping bags out of duck tape.

Next she made a dresser for her dollhouse using cardboard, pretty papers, hot glue, wooden beads, and trim. It came out pretty amazing! The bottles are made from pony beads.

She made this couch from a base of Jello boxes and TP roll tubes. She added fabric and foam to cover it up.

She has begun work on a vending machine. She cut out tons of pictures from the circulars to use and arranged the ones she wanted for this project.

She liked that this one matched the mints she bought.

Easter is Coming

We have started to decorate the house and today my mom came to decorate eggs with the kids 🙂

Adding Sharpie.

Window decals.

We also played a game of Pictionary Jr. and a game of Pictionary: Bend A Clue with my mom. The first game is drawing based and the second is like charades but with the addition of a bendy tube to help you act things out. Both were lots of fun and she managed to be on the winning team both times!

Dollhouse Project

My daughter is continuing to move forward with her dollhouse project.

We got stuck for a moment today when she wanted to start on the wallpapers and floors and then realized that we hadn’t spray painted the outside of the house yet (nor did we own the spray paint to do so). We tried to come up with a good solution to replace the spray paint. She didn’t want the back of the house to be too bumpy and she was worried about the seams where the 3 boxes are joined. We settled on using the full size mailing labels we already own and she decided that they would make a great canvas for her dolls to do graffiti.

All of this did not go as smoothly as it sounds. Somewhere in there, she was bothered by the sticker labels not laying quite flat. She was pretty distressed. I encouraged her to take a break and eat something while I helped with the edges. She came back calmer and decided that if she didn’t like the way it looked she could just put the swimming pool over that spot.

She never did get to the walls and floors today, but she should be able to tackle that pretty easily on her own next time.

Project Based Homeschooling

I have been reading lots about project based homeschooling on the Camp Creek Blog, through the forums online, and in this fabulous book.

The idea is to help your kids learn to plan and carry out longer term projects on topics of their own choosing. I have always tried to set things up around here so that the kids could have access to stuff and to me to do projects, but this concept takes it a bit further. The author recommends purposefully setting aside time for project work instead of letting it be just whenever the mood strikes. The idea is that by making yourself available at set times, your child will come to see that you value their work and are there to support them. You take notes and help them remember what they want to accomplish and get needed materials, all while giving them full reign over design choices and the ability to make mistakes and change things, etc, They do not have to work on the project during the set time, but you need to be available and encourage them.

While we are not yet fully using the author’s system, we definitely have a start. My daughter gave away one of the shelf units in her room to make space for a dollhouse she wanted to make.

Originally she planned on 3 levels with stairs, doors, and 2 bathrooms, etc.

I helped her find boxes and I cut doors where she wanted. The rest was all her for awhile.

After struggling with the design she had on paper (and yes, there were frustrated tears), she calmed down and decided the stairs were unnecessary and so was the attic. The rooftop would become a hangout with a pool instead.

After completing the 3 lower rooms, she decided that she really didn’t need another bathroom upstairs. She looked at what she had and decided that even the lower floor bathroom could be cut in half to make an art studio with space for an easel and instruments. She also came up with a way to divide the boxes into upstairs/ downstairs halves without using her original hot glue plan. I helped by cutting slits and sliding a length if cardboard across the span of the rooms.

At this point, she started thinking about the walls and floors. We made a plan to pick up scrapbook paper for her to use. She also decided to use some blank full size mailing label sheets to design stickers for the walls.

She created several windows, light fixtures, and other accessories and dug out some additional stickers she had from an old doll house kit.

We made a trip to the craft store and picked out papers.

She chose a bunch of patterns for the rooms. She then moved on to another part of her project. She decided there were too many bedrooms and that the family needed pet stuff. She started construction on kitty furniture and toys and dug up some toy kitties to join the family.

At this point she paused work on the house to branch off, making other stickers and doll clothing and belongings.

Around the House

The kids did lots of random stuff around the house.

My daughter made some decorations.

My son hung out with a friend.

My daughter made pancakes by herself.

We grew a chia Homer.

More duct tape things were made.

My daughter painted pottery.

We played with glow in the dark putty.

The kids played in the snow.

My daughter painted more pottery.

The kids made cute Zoomorph animals.

More doll miniatures

My daughter has continued on with her mini items…some are for Barbie, some are for her American Girl Doll.

Mini candy made with polymer clay.

Mini guitar made from bottle caps, foam, beads, popsicle stick, and sparkly string

Barbie Bed made with a clementine crate, duct tape, skewers, cardboard, fabric, and glue. Lots of glue. Barbie is also sporting a laptop made from duct tape and card stock.

Barbie Trampoline made from wooden beads, pantyhose, cardboard, and duct tape.