For D week, we had fun with dress-up!
We did our usual practice writing (big and little D’s) and our alphabet page, plus some dress-up projects inspired by my kiddo’s favorite imaginative play.
We made our “D” page for our alphabet book. To keep with our theme, we decided to “dress-up” the letter D. I drew a big D with a pair of eyes and the kiddo picked a character to dress it up as. He chose a cat ninja. Very silly and lots of fun!
For our first project, we started by reading the simply charming book King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel. A little boy named Henry, who happens to be King Arthur’s very distant grandson, turns six and decides he is now old enough for some very big adventure. He heads out to fight a dragon, but the tale takes lots of unexpected turns, including no actual fighting and lots of “monstrous” creatures who become Henry’s friends.
The book is obviously not part of the King Arthur lore, but it was a sweet lead-in to some Arthurian stories I want to do with the kiddo. We did talk about who Arthur was: a brave and noble king of compassion and justice. Every good and kind king needs a crown befitting of his stature (or queen befitting of hers), so we made a felt royal crown.
- felt in your color choice (we used a heathered ivory)
- sewing machine and needle & thread
- thread to match felt and thread to contrast
Start by drawing out a crown shape on your felt. I used a cardboard crown we had (like the kind you can get at party stores or fast food places). Make sure the size works for your kiddo’s head.
Cut it out.
Repeat for a second piece of felt.
With matching thread, sew around all of the edges, sewing the two layers of felt together.
Then use contrasting thread to add decorative shapes, lines, etc. Depending on your kiddo, this is a great step for them to do. My little guy is not quite ready for the sewing machine, so he told me what shape to make and where to sew each one, plus what thread to use.
Then have your kiddo try it on and mark where the crown should be sewn together. Stitch through all layers, sewing the crown into one ring. I picked a beautiful wood button from a pack my great aunt gave me and used it to cover up my stitches and add another decorative element to the front of the crown.
(I also stitched the inside flap down so it would be smooth on the inside and not pop up when the crown is worn.)
A Wizard’s Cape
The other day, my silly kiddo says, “Mommy, I want to be a wizard when I grow up!” To tide him over until then, we decided making a lush & plush (I like to rhyme) wizard’s cape was our next project.
- velveteen like fabric (1.5 yards)
- ribbon (12 inches cut in half)
- pins, scissors, thread to match fabric, and a sewing machine
Begin by folding your fabric in half the long way, right sides together. Then fold it in half again. Going through the top two layers of fabric, pin a diagonal line. The top point of the line starts on the outer fold side and angles down and out to the other side (see below).
Sew along this line, through the top two layers of fabric only. Your right sides are together for these two layers that you are currently working on. Repeat for the bottom two layers.
Neatly trim your excess off (this is my rough trimming, in case you were worried I thought this was neat).
Turn the whole thing right sides out and this sewn part becomes a lovely draped collar that is lower in the back.
Trim the length of the cape as needed, too. I ended up cutting about 6 inches off. (Still figuring out what to do with this scrap…)
Then put right sides back together and sew the long open side (side without the fold) together, from top down to bottom. You can sew the bottom together, if you want, just leave a spot for turning it all right side out (then ladder stitch the opening closed). Since the fabric I picked doesn’t fray, I didn’t bother sewing the bottom closed.
Turn right side out again. It is now time to add your ribbon tie closure. Tuck about two inches under one side of the front collar and pin it. Then do a couple stitches to hold it in place. Repeat for the other side.
Done! Start casting spells and making magic! (This also makes a beautiful royal crown for a king or queen.)
Quick and Easy Paper Arm Cuffs
Lest you think we only did involved projects, we also made some fun paper cuffs (which imbued their wearer with super powers). Just get out different colors of construction paper and let your kiddo go to town with a pair of scissors (supervised, of course) and some tape (we used washi tape. What can I say, we’re obsessed and I have a bunch of it). You can also use crayons or markers to decorate your cuffs, if you want.
He designed and made these entirely himself.
All of his powers always involve the power to bam things. Always.
Next week is “E is for Earth!”