One of the best scenes in Peter Pan is at the beginning when Peter is trying to catch his shadow. When he finally catches it, he tries to attach it with soap, but everyone knows you’re supposed to sew your shadow back on. Silly Peter!
I wanted to teach Chloe about shadows so we first watched the Peter Pan clip. Then I attached a shop light to a door. Chloe turned off the lights and I turned on the shop light. At first, she didn’t know what we were looking at and was more interested in the shop light. But then I showed her how her bunny has a shadow and she got it. This activity was for Chloe while Vincent was in school but I’m pretty sure Vincent would enjoy playing with shadows, too.
Whenever we had a birthday party growing up, my mom would always let my friends and I make our own pizzas. My friends still remember making the pizzas 25 years later. Haha
Tonight, we decided to let Vincent and Chloe make mini pizzas for dinner. They had fun making their own and were excited to see how they turned out when done.
To make mini pizzas we used English muffins, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. They baked at 375 for 10 minutes. This isn’t something we will do often but for a fun dinner the kids loved it…. ok Anson and I enjoyed making them too.
I don’t know if you are like me, but I love to find projects on Pinterest that I can actually accomplish. I don’t care for projects that take too long because with three kids at home, who has the time!?! But as soon as I saw that someone pinned the oversized ruler that can track your kids heights, I knew I had to make one. I read several blogs that described how they made it then took a few hints from each of them to make mine. It was cheap (which is a bonus) to make and hardly took any time(double bonus).
My husband, went to Lowes and bought the supplies. A 1-inch thick, 8-inch wide and 6-feet tall piece of wood and a package of large D-Ring Hangers.
The first thing I did was sand the edges of the board. If you have little kids like I do, then you know they love to run their hands on all surfaces. I wanted to save their little hands from any possible splinters so I made sure the board was nice and smooth. Some people choose to leave their ruler the natural wood color but we decided to stain ours. I tested out a few different color stains I had around the house on the back of the piece of wood before applying it to the front side. It took about 5 hours for the stain to dry.
Once the stain was dry, I did what my 9-year old son would call “the tedious part.” I used a ruler and a pencil to mark one inch increments up the left side of the board. I drew a one-inch line for every inch, two-inch line for every quarter foot and a three-inch line for every foot. After all the lines were measured out and drawn with pencil, I used a black paint pen to retrace my lines. Instead of using vinyl or a stencil for the numbers, I freehanded them. If I were to do it again, I would probably find or make a two-inch stencil so that the numbers look better.
To finish the project, Anson attached 2 of the D-Rings to the top corners of the board so that it would hang straight. We made sure to hang the board 6 inches off the floor so that the ruler would be accurate.
The finished project came out great and I was able to do it all in one afternoon. Vincent and Chloe love our new ruler and already want to get measured. I hope these instructions help anyone that is wanting to make one, too. You and your family will love it!