I received an email from Sprout (by PBS Kids) the other day, and wondered how I got on their mailing list. Most likely it was some great freebie I signed up for through Heather's website. Anyway, I clicked in and was pleasantly surprised that I was actually interested in the contents of the newsletter. They had an adorable craft highlighted - making dinosaur feet! Sweetpea isn't so much into dinosaurs or monsters yet, but BOY IS SHE INTO SHOES! I'm guessing she gets that honestly. ahem.
So of course I clicked on the link to check out this adorable craft and found it was so simple I thought Sweepea would even be able to help make them! This craft is very easy and incredibly affordable - you likely have everything you need in your home, and if not, the materials are not expensive. I made the "feet" last night, and then had Sweetpea help decorate them with a few stickers. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make some dinosaur feet yourself:Assemble necessary tools
2 tissue boxes
stickers or glitter if desired, to decorate
glue or tape
The sprout site actually says to use markers to decorate the boxes like feet. If you were thinking of doing this craft when you bought the boxes, this might be a reasonable request. My boxes were not going to look like feet with just markers, am I right?
To fix this problem, I used construction paper to cover the top and sides of my boxes. Quick and easy, as I wasn't concerned with it looking perfect. I did leave most of the top uncovered, as you can see.
Now to add a few extra decorations to the top, and most importantly, THE TOENAILS!
Voila! What - don't you think dinosaur feet look like this? Okay, I'll take that under advisement for next time... So, next morning Sweetpea got to put the finishing touches on - some stickers. She had a lot of fun with this, positioning and repositioning...endless fun.
Hey, what is that on your chest?
Aha! Apparently she felt her pj's needed a little something extra. A real fashionista I have here!
Then came the time to try them on. I was shocked, she really didn't want to! Instead, she had a lot of fun stacking and unstacking them and moving the tissue from one box to another (I had boxes that were half full and figured that would help hold her feet in)
At this point, we went to Gram's to swim. Upon our return, the feet weren't so scary, and Sweetpea tried them on. She couldn't stand up in them, though, she kept doing the splits.
As you can see, her knee had an unfortunate encounter with the concrete at the pool...we're still working on understanding the word, "walk"!
I will definitely pull this craft out again, probably in about 6 months when I think she might be able to walk around like a "Dinosaur" in her big shoes!