Expression Face Magnets DIY

Monday, September 21, 2020

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 I've always found it interesting how expressive eyebrows are. Maybe it's because I draw a lot of faces, and a slight tilt of an eyebrow can change a character from normal to "determined and a little angry" in 2.5 seconds. It could also just be the fact that I can't raise just one eyebrow at a time and therefore I often find myself with extreme eyebrow envy. Whatever the reason, through my years I've learned to watch for the tilt of a brow or the quirk of a mouth to read people's emotions. 

Obviously, my almost-three-year-old has only the beginnings of these skills. I know its something he will develop over time, but I thought I could help him along with this fun little toy! With a few basic shapes, you can show a wide range of emotions. Also, you can just make silly faces, which is just as important.

Sticky Back Magnet Sheets
Metal Pan or Magna Doodle



Step one: Cut out your patterns. Feel free to use the image above as a template, or freehand it!

Step two: Trace the pattern onto the back of the magnet sheets. If you plan on using these as magnets you will need two each of the long trapezoid, the small half oval, the eye shape, and the circle.

Step three: Cut out your shapes.

Step four: Peel off the back of the magnet and attach it to paper. Trim it to size.

And that's it! This simple craft took me about 20 minutes to make. I had so much fun challenging myself to create as many expressions as I could!

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Play Road Printable

Monday, September 14, 2020

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Hello! As you've recently learned, we are all about cars in this house. In my constant quest to find the perfect road toy, I came up with the idea of interchangeable square map pieces that could potentially build the most epic road map ever. I used the little bit of free time I have to create a simple rendition of my idea and after we played with them for a day it was deemed good enough to share.

This kit includes 13 different .pdfs. There are 4 variations of straight road, a roundabout, a 4 way stop, a railroad crossing, and many other pieces that will help you make an awesome map. I kept the design for everything simple to encourage kids to decorate them however they wanted!

We ended up making a map that filled our living room, but with this particular type of map the possibilities are literally endless. If you want to download your own map scroll to the bottom of the page!

Download the Road Printable .pdfs here!

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Ten [CAR CAR] Things...

Monday, September 7, 2020

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Monster's first word was "cat." We have two of them, so that wasn't a big surprise. Then we got out our little IKEA blocks that come in a wagon, and bought a book all about wheels. So his second word was "car" and for a long time it seemed he might have decided that he can just stop there.
Unsurprisingly, we are all about cars in this house. Of course this means I spend a fair amount of time looking for cute car toys and car toy accessories. There are some that I buy right away, but many more get put on my "in my dreams" list, so I decided that a ten things was a perfect place to share them with you.

This road toy is so cool! It is durable and can be used almost anywhere. 

This road tape could turn any drab old kitchen into an epic town.

This Etsy shop sells colorful shirts that double as a road map! Let your kid play while you enjoy a (hopefully) soothing back rub!

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