D is for Drum


  1. Gather your materials. You will need an old beverage mix container, or coffee can. We are using a huge Lemonade can because my husband drinks far too much of it. You will also need some tissue paper, glue, some tape, a pastry or paint brush and a small plate or plastic lid.
  2. Tape or glue down the plastic lid to the drum.
  3. Pour some glue onto a plastic lid or plate , you will be brushing on the glue with the paint brush .
  4. Have your child paint on the glue. I was shocked how well my little guy did, as long as no glue was dripping off the brush he didn’t even try to eat it. Normally he has a hankering for glue.
  5. Cover the can in big pieces of tissue paper. I used a dark color so you couldn’t see the writing on the container but if you are using a container that is free of all that you can skip this step.
  6. While your child is covering the can with big pieces, cut out some smaller pieces of tissue in contrasting colors.
  7. Glue those on.
  8. Let dry.
  9. Start making music! ( I swear my child isn’t always in sleepers, we usually do art in the early am , and he was drumming away right before nap. )


D is also for Diggers!

I know I have reviewed some Digger books before but my son is still in LOVE with diggers so I have a bunch of them. Now that I am back from vacation I will head to the library for a new stack tomorrow!” Dig Dig Digging” by Margaret Mayo was an instant favorite as soon as my son opened it last night. I bought it without pre reading it at all , hoping that just the fact there was a digger on the front my son would love it. The book is so much better than I expected. It goes through all different types of vehicles, not just diggers and the text uses a repetitive format that kids love. The best part is the opening line of each page where is says what each vehicle is good at. ” Diggers are good at dig dig digging!” ” Tractors are good at pull pull pulling!” are just two of the many. I love this because it had my son trying to say it and by the 3rd reading he was saying it along with me. Great book for toddlers and preschoolers!

” Good Morning Digger” by Anne Rockwell is not going to be put onto my must buy list. It just seemed flat and boring. The story follows a vacant lot and the digger that comes it to start construction on what will transform into a community center. There really weren’t any characters and the text seemed unenthusiastic. To make matters worse I think I have to pay a late fee at my library on this one.


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  1. Allie says

    I really think it’s all about finding an activity that will keep their interest, some kids aren’t into art. I have had more than a few 3 year old in my classes who would rather go to the dentist then do crafts!

  2. MoziEsmé says

    Very cute!

    And I kind of like doing art in pajamas – the mess is less of a hassle that way! Though our schedule lately is to do it at night before bedtime – so she gets a bath as soon as it’s over.

  3. Maryeliz says

    Still loving your site… We’ve been experimenting with many of your ideas, especially the letter crafts. (And my son LOVES the book Dig, Dig, Digging.)

    p.s. You shouldn’t worry about pajamas or boxes of Country Time lemonade. Nobody’s worrying about or judging those details. (Heck, how could we?) All we’re noticing is how wonderful your ideas are and how adorable your son.

  4. Allie says

    Aww thank Maryeliz!

    I hate that lemonade, I work so hard only feeding my family good things then my husband drinks so much of this stuff I swear his blood is artificaly lemon flavored!

    Can’t win all the battles !

  5. Gabriel says

    Glad I found your site! (Thank you recommendations in GoogleReader!)

    Another digging book:
    Tip, Tip, Dig, Dig by Emma Garcia
    My son really liked it. There’s no characters exactly, but all the “‘struction machines” have eyes.


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