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Have you ever seen those funny rabbits with antlers - jackalopes? Such an interesting combination!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Colored Cardstock
  • Patterned Paper
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Cut circles from cardboard. (We used a cup to trace.)

Step 2: Draw and cut out rabbit head shapes from cardboard.

Step 3: Paint the rabbits and allow to dry.

Step 4: Paint the circles and allow to dry.

Step 5: Cut rings from cardstock for jackalope glasses.

Step 6: Glue the rings to the jackalope for glasses.

Step 7: From cardstock or patterned paper, cut antlers.

Step 8: Glue antlers to the jackalope and glue jackalope to painted circles.

It was fun to make these made up animals. Take it a step further and make up some more animal mash ups!

Small worlds are easy to set up and add a new twist for old toys - like the plastic animals my children have played with for years and years!

Start with:

  • Cardboard - either a low box or packaging cardboard like we used
  • Blue Sensory Filler - chick peas, rice, etc.
  • Green Shredded Paper
  • Various green and blue elements such as tulle, legos, recycled tops, etc.

Create it!

Step 1: Start with an area to contain the small world. We used this interesting packing material but a low cardboard box would work just fine too!

Step 2: Add a river with sensory filler like the blue dyed chick peas we used or rice or even shredded paper.

Step 3: Add "grassy" plants like shredded paper or Easter Basket filling.

Step 4: Add lego parts, fabric like tulle or even recycled tops to the jungle to create your small world.

There are so many options with small worlds and they don't take much time to set up. It's so fun to set one up the night before and surprise your littles with it in the morning!

Letter I was a little trickier than some letters to decide on projects but we really had fun and came up with several!

I is for Icicle Crown! Click here for tutorial.

I is for Iguana! Click here for tutorial.

I is for Ice Cream Crown! Click here for tutorial.

We've been working on our projects for Letter J next week - can't wait to share!

Iguanas are our favorite Letter I animal. Macaroni and cheese is a favorite meal around here so we combined them with our love of recycling to create these fun puppets!

Start with:

  • Macaroni and Cheese Box
  • Colored Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Create it!

Step 1: Glue the box top closed.

Step 2: Wrap the box with green paper.

Step 3: Cut three sides (leaving one long side) of an empty macaroni and cheese box.

Step 4: Cut strips from green paper and glue each end to the top of the box. Repeat.

Step 5: Cut and fold neck frills from yellow paper. Glue to box.

Step 6: Cut a crown from yellow paper and glue to top of puppet.

Step 7: Cut an eye from paper or cardstock and glue to the side of the puppet.

Step 8: Add some contrasting circles to each side for added detail.

These were really fun to make and if iguanas aren't your thing, the basic form can be used for a number of different animals!