Easy DIY Teepee for Toddlers

Easy DIY Teepee for Toddlers

DIY Teepee for Toddlers

When my wife said she wanted to get our son a teepee for his room I thought it was a great idea. I remember as a kid always wanting to build a fort. Couch cushions, chairs, sheets, and any other household item that would give makeshift cover for my imaginary world to open up. Having a space to call my own, even at such a young age, seemed important. He would love it! Yep. I thought a teepee was a great idea until I saw the price tag! Are you kidding me? A hundred dollars for a piece of canvas and some sticks? I think those were my exact words to my wife too. She just rolled her eyes and said she thought it would be great for our son and didn’t know why I was being difficult. I quickly responded well, heck I could make a teepee for a lot less than $100! “Oh yeah?” she said. And that was the moment I realized what I had gotten myself into. Off to the home improvement store we went!

So here it is, my step-by-step guide to making your own no-sew teepee for less than $34.00. That’s right! I actually got it right this time and kind of proved the wife wrong. Or did I prove her, right? I think she got what she wanted either way and I’m a proud Daddy for being able to pull through on this.

DIY Teepee for Toddlers

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What you’ll need:

  • Canvas Drop Cloth 5 ft. 9 in. x 8 ft. 9 in. 10 oz.
  • 4 Pieces of 11/16″ Quarter Round Molding – found at any home improvement store
  • Rope or Twine – I used cotton cooking twine we already had
  • Safety Pins

Optional:

This project was relatively easy once I figured out the placement of the quarter round and how I wanted to drape the drop cloth. After cutting down the eight-foot quarter round pieces to about six feet I made a square with the quarter round and figured out the height where I wanted to secure it with the twine.

It helps to have an extra pair of hands for this part. Wrap the twine multiple times around and under the quarter round until secure. Cut the end of the twine and fasten with a knot at the back.

DIY Teepee for Toddlers

Unfold the drop cloth and drape around the teepee frame until you are happy with the placement. Fasten the drop cloth at the top of the teepee with safety pins until secure. I used two heavy-duty safety pins.

DIY Teepee for Toddlers

That’s it! Teepee complete.

DIY Teepee for Toddlers

As an added touch you can decorate the teepee with white lights. I grouped a string of white lights together with twist ties and hung them inside the teepee to look like a chandelier.

DIY Teepee for Toddlers

This also acts as a reading light. I pulled the plug end of the lights through the top of the teepee and down the back side out of view to an outlet.

To make the inside area comfier, we added a new dog bed as a floor pillow and covered it with a blanket.

DIY Teepee for Toddlers

The blanket was actually the comforter to my son’s crib set that we never used. At least now it serves a purpose and it fits in with the rest of his room decor.

DIY Teepee for Toddlers

I also added some throw pillows that my wife found at Target, another blanket and a stuffed octopus he already had.

DIY Teepee for Toddlers

The best part about doing any project is the reveal when you get to see the reaction. It’s even better when it’s your kid! We told my son we were working on a surprise for him while he spent the whole day at his grandma’s. When he came home and we told him to come see what Daddy made for him the look of amazement on his face was priceless! His first words were “Whoah! That’s so cool! Look at my teepee Daddy!”

DIY Teepee for Toddlers

DIY Teepee for Toddlers

DIY Teepee for Toddlers

DIY Teepee for Toddlers

Easy DIY Teepee for Toddlers

He loved it! I consider this project a “win”!

If you’re not convinced and would rather buy a teepee, here are some cool options.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Have you tried a DIY teepee for your child? Please share below. I’d love to hear from you!

Cheers,

Craft Daddy

Pinecone Birdfeeder

Pinecone Bird Feeders

It’s officially Fall and you know what that means? Nothing. Absolutely nothing if you live in South Florida. It means summer is over and Halloween is fast approaching but aside from that, there’s no change. No trees changing from green to red and gold. No fallen leaves on the ground. No chilly weather that deserves sweaters & boots. That doesn’t mean Floridians won’t rock the sweaters & boots. It’s just that there’s no deserving weather change for it. Florida fall is typically like the rest of the year but maybe a little less hot. This year I was excited for fall to teach my son about the seasons and to do typical autumn activities.

Today I’m sharing with you an easy peasy activity that anyone can do! Seriously! We are making pinecone bird feeders! This was awesome to do with my son. First, we gathered a bunch of pinecones together. We went to a park that I knew had pinecones all over the place. My son loved running around to collect the pinecones and put them in the bag. Each time he found another treasure he exclaimed “pinecone!” with a huge smile. We got more than enough pinecones to use for the bird feeders and other fall crafts.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pinecones (surprise!)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Birdseed
  • String, Twine, or Fishing Line
  • Plastic Container for Birdseed
  • Spoon & Dish to scoop out Peanut Butter for the project

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We came home, got our materials ready and got situated on the back porch. We decided which pinecones to use and I tied a string to the top. I left enough string on the end to tie to a tree branch when we were done.

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I prepared the birdseed in a plastic container large enough to roll the pine cones in.

img_7818ConnectedCamps.comMy son inspected the birdseed thoroughly to make sure it was of the best quality! 😉 He just couldn’t help it.

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I then scooped enough peanut butter into a small dish for the pinecones we were using. I didn’t want to spoon out peanut butter, spread it on the pinecone and then put the spoon back in the peanut butter jar again. Yuck! I don’t know about you but I don’t care for pinecone flavored peanut butter. 😉 Once we had enough peanut butter, I requested the help of my toddler assistant to spread the peanut butter all over the pinecone.

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He enjoyed this part because he kept ‘accidentally’ getting peanut butter on his fingers and licking it off. My son, unlike me, enjoys the taste of pinecone flavored peanut butter apparently.

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When we were done with the peanut butter I asked my pint-sized helper to roll the pinecones in the birdseed.

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He liked to help smoosh the birdseed into the pinecone even more with his fingers. Lots of fun textures here!

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When we were all done, my son picked the very best spot for us to hang the pinecone bird feeder! We watched it spin around for a few minutes and my son yelled out “BIRDIES!” in an effort to call our feathered friends to the dinner table.

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I told my son we would check on the bird feeder in the morning and see if there were any birdies having breakfast. His eyes lit up at the thought. We really enjoyed this activity and it was super simple. The time we spent together collecting the pinecones, putting the pinecone bird feeders together and looking for birds was awesome. It’s something he talks about a lot. Pinecones? Outside? Birdies? Food? His curiosity is wonderful and it really is the little things in life that make it all worth it. I’m looking forward to making more pinecone activities this fall and sharing them with you. If you can’t get ahold of pinecones for this project, toilet paper or paper towel rolls will work too.

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Have you made a pinecone bird feeder with your kids? Please share below. I’d love to hear from you!

~ James

Easy fireworks painting for kids

Easy Fireworks Painting for Kids

Here’s a fun 4th of July activity to do with your kids this weekend. My toddler loves to paint, color, and draw (outside the lines, of course!) as most kids do. I wanted to find something creative to do with him for the 4th of July and thought something to do with fireworks would be perfect. I found this great idea from ‘Learning 4 Kids’ and couldn’t wait to give it a try.

Growing up I had the best time celebrating the 4th of July with my Dad and Papa mostly because of one thing. Fireworks! Yes, this is the holiday to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence but it is also to celebrate our freedom to blow stuff up! Right? Or maybe that’s just me.

My Dad and Papa lived next door to each other and I remember them throwing firecrackers and shooting bottle rockets over the fence at each other, screaming and laughing hysterically. Granted this was back in the good ol’ days when you played outside until it was dark, drank water from the hose and rode your bike all over town. Nowadays my Dad and Papa probably would have the cops called on them and been arrested for disorderly conduct. To me, fireworks always make me think of those fun, family times together and bring a smile to my face. I can’t wait to share the joys of watching (and eventually lighting) fireworks with my son one day. Although I have promised my wife to be much more careful than my Dad and Papa were back in the day.

This was such a fun art project in preparation for the 4th of July holiday weekend with my (almost) 2-year-old.

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All you need to get started is:

Steps:

  • Cut the toilet paper or paper towel tubes down to the center in strips a little less than ¼” wide.

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  • Repeat on all paper tubes you are using.

Easy fireworks painting for kids

  • Pour each paint color onto a paper plate for easy application. We used red, white, and blue.

Easy fireworks painting for kids

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  • Gently “stamp” your paper tube in the paint until all strips are covered.

Easy fireworks painting for kids

  • Stamp the tube onto your construction paper in multiple areas to create the firework. This was my son’s favorite step and he got really carried away with it! Just to be on the safe side we used an old white sheet to cover the table, which as you can see below was a great idea. Even with him on my lap, it was near impossible to control his every move.

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  • Change colors/tubes & stamp again until you’ve reached the desired effect.

Easy fireworks painting for kids

This couldn’t have been an easier project and the outcome turned out to be pretty cool.

Easy fireworks painting for kids

After we created the firework masterpieces, I tried to explain to my son that we would see lots of fireworks over the weekend. I told him they would make loud “kaboom” sounds and have so many pretty colors, just like his paintings. He was so happy about the idea, but still confused at the same time so I showed him a few videos on YouTube. His face lit up when he saw the fireworks bursting along to music in the videos. He would look wide-eyed at the video & then point to his paintings while shouting “Fah-wurk! Fah-wurk!”. Hopefully, this will be a nice introduction to this holiday’s loud spectacle. Last year he was too small to understand or even be afraid of the explosive sounds. This year I’m hoping he enjoys the beauty and excitement of the fireworks like I did as a young boy and still do to this day.

Easy fireworks painting for kids

Have you tried something like this with your kids? What was the outcome? Please share in the comments below.