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!

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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