Special Edition Showcase: DIY Robot

Last week, a blizzard and an internet outage and holiday travel combined to prevent me from sharing a weekly Showcase with you.  However, my friend Rachel of Small Notebook emailed me a Showcase idea that I absolutely cannot wait until this Friday to share.

The week between Christmas and New Years often allows for lots of downtime for families – downtime that can be both a blessing and a challenge.  I think the spirit behind this project may inspire some DIY fun in your home:

It started innocently enough. My husband Doug sat down with Lane to practice writing letter L’s, but soon they grew bored with that and drew a robot instead. Doug didn’t realize that at 6:30 the next morning, she would insist on making that robot.

With only a little coffee to help get him started, he looked around to assemble robot parts: pennies for eyes, a rubber band mouth, canning jar rings for feet, and lots and lots of tape. Soon Lane had a new BFF for tea parties, nap time, and even a trip to Home Depot.

“Why do we buy toys?” my husband wondered.

The next day she wanted to paint. Most of the time when she asks to paint, I try to think of any reason not to, so as to avoid the cleaning up. But this time, following my husband’s lead, I said, “of course we can paint!” and she went to town decorating her robot with muddy browns and purples.

20091219 - Lane and Doug drawing

20091220 - Lane and robot

20091220 - Robot

Isn’t that so much fun?

When our older daughter carefully constructed puppets for a puppet show using just brown bags and markers, my husband also wondered why on earth we buy toys for them.

May this week bring much creativity and innovation to your home!

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  1. That is so awesome!! Now I’m inspired to be more creative with my kids this week, and spend less time with the TV/Wii/computer for entertainment. 🙂
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..Merry Christmas!! =-.

  2. Oh, what a pretty robot! The daddy at our place also gets creative…
    .-= Santhi´s last blog ..Last days of 2009 =-.

  3. I love this. My son is 10 months old and only has a couple toys. He simply doesn’t play with them! I’m sure he will eventually, but kids definately don’t need a lot of toys!
    .-= Samantha @ Mama Notes´s last blog ..Breakfast of Champions =-.

  4. Love the robot. My kids are off this week and this would be a great project for them. Can’t wait to get started!
    .-= Jackie @ Lilolu´s last blog ..Fighting Hunger Worldwide =-.

  5. Oh I had to laugh at “Why do we buy toys?”. On Christmas eve here, with an embarrassingly LARGE pile of presents piled on our window sill, my boys emptied out my plastics cupboard and “cooked” me an array of foods for an impromptu “picnic” in the play room. And I looked at the pile spreading out from our festive tree and wondered “why”.

  6. that robot is so fun! We may have to make our own version over here this weekend. With snow piling up outside, we’ll use most of our make-a-toy time outside– in the form of forts and snowmen and sled jumps:)

  7. The picture with your daughter is “priceless”! We have had a “Robi” at our house (what the kids named the robot) and a sponge bob squarepants. I love that the kids are able to make something out of nothing!
    .-= Meeks´s last blog ..Housework and Fun?? It is possible! =-.

  8. That’s genius. What a great project. This is making me wish my kids were smaller!!
    .-= Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists´s last blog ..Goals for the New Year (not a list of resolutions, because I suck at resolutions) =-.

  9. that is soooo cute! will have to try with my 3 yo!
    .-= tammy´s last blog ..Can She Be My Best Friend? =-.

  10. The robot is fantastic, but I have to say that the little girl holding it is absolutely precious. That smile…..omg, must steal your heart!
    .-= turnitupmom´s last blog ..Merry Christmas =-.


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