Picture Book Month: All Aboard The Dinotrain Book & Craft

All Aboard The DinoTrain Book and Craft

November is Picture Book Month! You can read more about what this means in my earlier post here. We are reading All Aboard The DinoTrain by Deb Lund and making a dinotrain of our own out of plastic baby food containers. You can go to your local library to find the book or you can order it on Amazon here.All Aboard The Dinotrain

Our 2 year old loves this book! It’s about 6 dinosaurs who take the Dinotrain and it breaks down so they have to push the cars. They try pushing the cars up a large hill but decide that the freight they’re carrying is too heavy so they toss it out. After a little while they run into more problems when the breaks go out and they decide to jump into the water! They all decide to pile onto a handcar to make it back home to their families.

We decided that it would be fun to make a dinotrain out of baby brothers plastic baby food containers! This was a great chance for us to discuss recycling also. First, I washed out the baby food containers, I used 1 large container for the engine and 3 small containers for the cars, then I let our 2 year old paint them whatever colors he wanted. I helped him to cover the entire surface of the containers. Once they were dry I painted over them with ModPodge to seal the paint.

All Aboard The DinoTrain

Once they were all dry I used an exacto knife to cut a small hole in the short side of the container to put a pipe cleaner through. Once I had the pipe cleaner through the hole, I bent it over a little so that it wouldn’t come out. Do this to each “car” to connect them to each other.

All Aboard the Dinotrain

 

After they’re all connected I flipped the large container upside down. I left the 3 cars with the open side facing up so that we could put dinosaurs inside! It was very easy and he has a lot of fun playing with it!

All Aboard The Dinotrain

I hope that you all take time to read All Aboard The Dinotrain by Deb Lund and create a Dinotrain of your own!

I’m a Picture Book Month Ambassador!

Picture Book Month Ambassador

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month? That’s right, Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November. I have been asked to join a group of other bloggers and become a Picture Book Month Ambassador!

Each day of November a different blog will be featuring a specific picture book and it’s author, then they’re going to create a craft or activity to go along with that book. I will be featuring the Author Deb Lund and her book All Aboard The Dinotrain on Monday, November 2nd. My post will go live at 9:00 am EST.Here a calendar of which Author is going to be featured each day of November

I am going to be posting on all of my social media accounts which blog will be featured each day. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest so that you can take a look at all the fun books and activities that will be going on!

My personal goal this month is to read a different picture book to the boys every night before bed. I used to be really good about doing that with S1 and once S2&3 came along I haven’t been doing it as much. This is a good opportunity for us to get started again. I hope that you all will take advantage of this time and read more with your little ones this month as well!

Here is a list of the other blogs that are participating this month, I think that you should head over and show them some love!

Books and Giggles – blogfacebooktwitterpinterest

Chocolate N’ Childrenblogfacebookpinterest

Crafty Mama in MEblogfacebooktwitterpinterest

Dad’s Side of the Storyblogfacebook
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Family Style Schoolingblogfacebooktwitterpinterest

Healthy Happy Thrifty Familyblogfacebook
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Let’s Learn with Styleblogfacebooktwitterpinterest

Local Busy Beesblog
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Messiful Mamablogfacebook

Mosswood Connectionsblogfacebookpinterest

My Mom Made Thatblog
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Nerdy Mamablogfacebooktwitterpinterest

Play Dough and Popsiclesblogfacebooktwitterpinterest

Raising Fairies and Knightsblogfacebook
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Surviving Toddlerhoodblogfacebook

The Jersey Mamablogfacebooktwitterpinterest

The Single Mama Sagablogfacebooktwitter

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me in comments below.

 

DIY Sweet and Spooky Jars

DIY Sweet and Spooky Jars

I want to start out by telling you that I am typically NOT a crafty person. If I’m able to make these cute little guys by myself (with a some help from the boys) then you can too! Another bonus to this project was that it only cost me $1!!! I already had everything that I needed except for the candy corns.

What you will need:

3 Clean baby food Jars – if you don’t have baby food jars these would work perfectly! Nakpunar 3 pcs, 8 oz Round Glass Jars for Jam, Honey, Wedding Favors, Shower Favors, Baby Foods, Canning, spices

Black Self Adhesive Vinyl – (you get a ton of different colors and they’re super easy to cut) Angel Crafts 6″ x 12″ Self Adhesive Vinyl Sheets (35 PACK) – BEST Permanent Assorted Vinyl for Cricut, Silhouette Cameo, Craft Cutters, Printers, Letters, Wall Decoration, Decals, and More!

Exacto Knife X-ACTO Z Series #1 Knife with Cap (XZ3601)

Paint Brush Tin Handle Brushes 6/Pkg-1/2″

Black Acrylic Paint DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Black Green

Mod Podge Mod Podge CS11240 Starter Pack, 2-Ounce Bottles

Candy Corns (1 – 8oz bag from the Dollar Store filled all 3 baby food jars)

The letters B O O printed in the font Impact (I used size 150 for these jars)

2 paperclips

Sweet and Spooky Jars

 

First, place the letters that you printed on the vinyl and secure them with 2 paperclips. When you’re cutting them out of the printer paper you want to make sure that you leave enough room for the paperclips to hold them on the vinyl without getting in your way.

How to cut letters out of Vinyl without a cricut machine

Next, you want to cut the letters out of the vinyl using an exacto knife. You could also use small scissors, but the exacto knife is easier to cut the inside of the letters out. As you can see, mine are not perfect, but it didn’t bother me, it’s for Halloween, they can look a little “scary”

How to cut out letters on self-adhesive vinyl without using a cricut machine

Then, you want to place the letters on the jars. It’s just like putting a sticker on. There is seam that runs vertically down the jar, I just lined my letters up with that to make sure that they were as straight as possible.

Placing letters on the jars

Now, the kiddos are able to help if you’d like them to! I had the boys paint the lids for me… well, kind of. I went back over their work once it was dry because there was still aluminum showing. 2 layers was perfect! And if you’re as lucky as I am, another project will fall into place while they’re painting. 😉

Painting the lids

It’s time to add the candy corns! I tried to turn this into an educational activity, mainly for our 2 year old, but our 8 year old was counting as he was adding them in also. I’m so proud of myself… I was able to get away with each of them only snagging 1 piece… and they asked first!!! Mommy Score!!

Adding candy corns to the jar

Once your lids are dry, you will put one layer of Mod Podge on each lid to keep the paint from flaking.

DIY Sweet and Spooky Jars


It’s as easy as that! I hope that you have fun creating your own Sweet and Spooky Jars!

 

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