You've probably heard the travel tip that you should, when possible, bring one or two brand new (to your child) toys with you, so your
For our recent trip, I decided to make a few new things for bug, and today I'm showing you the first one.
Easy to make. Fun for hours.
Start with this little round tin from the dollar bins at Target.
Run on down to your computer, and print out a bunch of faces and/or facial features on magnetic sheets.
Cut them all out.
And using your tin as a head, start making faces.
Go crazy! Or, you know, you could let your kid try it out. Since you made it for him and all.
The pieces fit nicely inside the head, er, tin for easy clean up and storage, not to mention extreme travelability. It's small, it's compact, it's fun!
Take that on your next plane ride.
A few tips:
1. I found all of my facial features online simply by searching for different features in Google Images. For instance, "blue eyes" yielded lots of results. You can search for specifics - "funny glasses." Or you can search very generically - "faces." After searching for specific facial features, I realized it was a lot easier to just find full faces I liked and that were proportioned well and then cut them apart to use all the features. Clip-art is another good source.
2. You need to make sure that your facial features are the right size in proportion to the "head." Measure across the head to find the diameter. Then, download the pictures you find to your computer, put them in your software of choice (I used Pages on my mac) and resize them according to the diameter of the tin.
3. Be creative! You can cut out the eyes individually so you can mix up the colors and sizes to make super silly faces, or put them inside glasses frames. Go for animal features as well as humans. Use photos of your own kids!
Tomorrow, I've got some more magnet fun for you!