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Since the dates are not day specific, the calendar can be used every year. The boxes are a nice size, so I have been able to add school and public library book nights, and many other activities. This calendar has been a major highlight of the summer.
June 22, 2011
There are not 104 days in my daughter’s summer vacation. And, she certainly does not think that school comes along just to end it. As a parent, I dread the inevitable, “What are we going to do today, I’m bored!” from my kids. ThePhineas and Ferb 104 Days of Summer calendar has already been worth the price of paper.
The calendar is printed on to six sheets of paper that you cut and assemble. Every few days there is an activity listed to try, and there are many more suggestions at the bottom of the calendar. Grandparents have also talked about nature outings and museum trips that have been added to the calendar. To fill in, I purchased a Pet Tornado, Triassic Triops(because of the They Might Be Giants song), a OWI Frightened Grasshopper Kit – Solar Powered, and Fascinations Magic Garden Crystal Wish Flower. The combination of events has done an adequate job of filling the calendar with fun activities.
The activity today was to draw a map to a treasure and have someone follow the map to a treasure (the activity was listed on the bottom of the calendar). VIP drew a fairly accurate depiction of our backyard. She then hid a ball in the backyard, put an “X” on the map, and gave me the map to find the ball. For being a 5 year old, she did a decent job. The ball was located in the area of the map, even if it wasn’t where she drew her first “X”…or her second…or really her third (spatial reasoning is hard). She really got a kick out of watching me follow her map. If you want a more detailed idea of how to do a treasure hunt, view Laura Grace Weldon’s article about how to cure cabin fever.
I think the real treasure of the activity was VIP finding a baby tree frog in the grass. It hopped into her hand and sat patiently while I took a couple of quick photos. I’m glad my daughter is a chip off the old block, she wasn’t squeamish in the least that the frog was a little slimy, and frequently commented on the frog’s cuteness.
As the summer progresses I know we will have a blast completing the activities. There will be no question of, “What are we going to do today?” And to end the summer, another activity from the bottom of the calendar is to make a photo book. We are going to make a book of her summer calendar activities.
What activities would you add? Would you be as crazy as Phineas and Ferb? VisitGeekDad’s recent article about upcoming Phineas and Ferb events.
Since going to Maker Faire, I am hoping to incorporate LED’s and such into some of these crafts…we’ll see how it goes. I would love to make some simple circuits to go with crafts. I also need to repeat, if you purchase a pattern, be ethical and ask permission to sell anything you make from the pattern. I have taken several arts in business classes, and you would be AMAZED at the number of people who make money off other people’s patterns and trademarked characters (without permission or paying royalties).
My mother will be the first to tell you that I am the last person she would have thought would get into any kind of fiber arts. When my mom offered (for the umpteenth time) to teach me to knit when I was a teen, all I could think of was the boring navy blue or white sweaters I had to wear as part of my Catholic school uniform. Don’t get me wrong – I knew my mom was very talented and quite capable of knitting other patterns (and honestly, I didn’t have the patience to sit down with a large pattern). Still, I think wearing her creations as part of my uniform ruined it for me until a couple of years ago.
Fiber arts have been a prominent part of geek society. If you are wondering what knitting a sweater has to do with being a geek, look up yarn bombing, the incredible science behind making wool into yarn, or, as I shared earlier in the week, patterns representing your favorite TV show.
The fiber art that has kept me in knots is crochet amigurumi. This hobby is not limited to cute little dolls – oh no! The geeky possibilities are endless! There are several books dedicated to geeky crochet along with infinite possibilities on the internet from various artists (some of whom share their work on Ravelry).
Crochet amigurumi is a great activity to do with your kids over a long vacation. It is not just a craft for girls, as you will see below – I found many examples that would interest boys and girls (click on images to enlarge).
Once you get the hang of following patterns you will find that you can take shapes you have learned and apply them to your own patterns. You can make creations for your kids, and your kids can make little creatures for themselves or to give as gifts. Plus, this is another activity to work on fine motor skills.
The books pictured above can be found on Amazon: Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More!, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi, Crobots: 20 Amigurumi Robots to Make, andAmigurumi (Cozy). I also recommend signing up for Ravelry.com. Ravelry is free to join and a good number of the patterns are free*.
My latest project has been making Pokéballs for my daughter’s 5th birthday while playing Dungeons and Dragons on Friday nights. What creations have you made?
*Please be ethical when using someone’s pattern. Unless stated, do not re-sell patterns or sell items made from the patterns. Most geeky patterns are of trademark characters. Selling trademarked characters can get you into a lot of trouble!