Tag Archives: imaginary play

avengers training!

Avengers Training Party

We have done quite a few super hero themed parties around these parts with our friends at Target (find Spider-Man and the Ninja Turtles here), but the Avengers might just be our favorite. Our kids have been in love with each character on their own for years now, so seeing them each come together and do their thing as a team is just about the coolest thing our boys can think of! Today is an easy at-home playdate idea or even just a fun adventure to take as a family! All you need are a handful of training stations and your … Read more

Holiday Gift Guide: dollhouse

We get asked most often when it comes to gift giving, where to find the best doll houses! Here are our favorites, the top rated and best reviewed, as well as best looking. If you’re making the doll house purchase this holiday you can’t go wrong with any of these!   1. Hayneedle’s classic dollhouse is such a refreshing site in a sea of hot ink plastic! 2. You really can’t go wrong with anything from Melissa & Doug, but this dollhouse is definitely a favorite. We love that there are so many options and accessories to add-on and it’s always … Read more

superhero cuffs

By Nicole. I think it’s been mentioned a time or two before on Small Fry, but my Dash truly believes he is a super hero. (Find a couple different ways I organize all his personas here and here.) It is evident always in his talk and play. I wanted to come up with a way for him to bring a little Superhero with him wherever he goes, especially now that costumes have been all we talk about lately with Halloween. If he needs to feel brave, or take care of a friend in need, even if he can’t wear the … Read more

ikea hack : dress-up rack

Dress-ups (excuse us, ahem, Super Suits) are in full swing around here most everyday and we’ve found that keeping them all in a big bin usually means that they all end up all over the floor! Trying to find the matching mask, belt, can be tricky. So, here’s a quick Ikea Hack upgrade to keep everything organized and turn their favorite pastime into a little shrine! All you need is this “Grundtal” Towel Rail from Ikea. It has two bars so you could also use the top as storage for bigger pieces. We love the clean look of everything hanging, as shown. … Read more

fairy princess kit

Duct Tape Fairy Princess Kit

We’re always thrilled to be crafting with Scotch® Duct Tape and we’re back with them today using their new designs for Summer! We really stretched the limits today and created a DIY for the dress-up loving princesses in your life. And even better for you moms, you can wear them around all day Mother’s Day to assume your rightful position as Queen for the day! Here’s what you’ll need: Cardboard scraps A 1/2 inch diamater wooden dowel rod Scotch® Duct Tape rolls in Purple Paisley, Metallic Cheetah and Neon Green. First up, the crown: Cut out two pieces of rectangular cardboard, taking zig zag … Read more

homemade binoculars

home-made binoculars

Photos by Jylare. Now that the weather is warming up, we’ve been adventuring outdoors more often which is always wonderful news for the boys. Today we’ve got an easy home-made (which to us always means made from stuff found around the house) binoculars we can take along. These are great for the little boys who can’t quite figure out how to make the real thing work, but still want to be cool like their brothers! Here’s how you’ll do it: All you need is duct tape, a couple rolls of empty toilet paper, or one empty paper towel roll cut … Read more

monster clothespin puppets

Monster Clothespin Puppets

We’re to the point in the seasonal transition where there has been enough warm days that our kids know what they’re missing outdoors and are none too happy when the weather turns cold again. It seems to alternate cold to warm every other day the last couple weeks, so we’ve had to be ready with exciting and fresh things to do inside. On today’s blustery agenda: Monster Clothespin Puppets! Here’s what you’ll need: Take your favorite bright color scrap paper and cut circles (we use this 1-Inch Circle Punch like crazy!) Then cut the circles in half, gluing each half to … Read more

paper bag puppets

home made paper bag puppets

Today’s post was made out of necessity. When your kid starts preschool they come home with all sorts of notions and experiences they want to recreate. This week it was paper bag puppets. Turns out paper bag puppets are a really cost-effective way to create imaginative playtime based on whatever favorite character or animal your kids are into that week. Whether it’s pirates and mermaids, superheroes and princesses, cats and dogs, these puppets don’t take too long and they cost you less than a couple dollars. We’d tell you how these were made but that’s the great thing about paper … Read more