Dog Collar Craft

Stuffies Need Bling Too !

This craft was completely child suggested . I asked my son “What do you want to make today?” and he grabbed “Pup Pup” and “Little Puppy” and said they needed collars like his aunt’s (real) dog has. The only deliberate direction I through in was to make the collars in the shape of a diamond, since we often don’t find that shape and it seemed like a good opportunity to use and reinforce it.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard (cereal box), some markers, gold glitter paint , scissors and some thick ribbon.
  2. Start by cutting open your cereal box and drawing a diamond( or any shape you choose) on it.
  3. Have your child color the diamond with markers , we used markers because paint takes too long to dry and soaks into the paper , and crayons can make the glitter hard to stick .Write your puppy’s name on the tag if you want, this would be a great time to reinforce learning your phone number if your child is at that stage.
  4. Add some glitter ! Let dry. We wiped the glitter so it was thin and cut down drying time.
  5. When dry cut out.
  6. Make two holes in each diamond with scissors.
  7. Thread some ribbon through.
  8. Tie them onto your puppies.
  9. Share your snack with a buddy !

Song

Um um
went the little brown dog one day
um um
went the little brown dog
um um
went the little brown dog o
ne day
and they all went um um ah!

But we all know dogs go
la di da da da
la di da da da
la di da di da
we all know dogs go
la di da da da

they don’t go
um um ah!

Books !

“Dog’s Colorful Day” by Ema Dodd was a huge hit at our house. My son loved identifying the colors of all the drips of paint, ice cream and more that Dog gets on him throughout the day. This is a great book not only because it has counting and colors but because of the language it uses while the spots of color are splatting, squashing ans squishing onto his beautiful white fur. My son loved repeating these words with enthusiasm as he noted how poor Dog was getting so messy! It’s a fun book to read and one that I have added to my wish list !


“I Got Two Dogs” by John Lithgow will delight you. The book comes with a CD and I urge you to play it, hearing a book by the author is always amazing, but this song was thoroughly entertaining. As a dog lover who fondly remembers my childhood dog eating all the lasagnas at my first boy girl dinner party , I can relate to the naughty but lovable dogs. The message is about devotion and unconditional love and you don’t have to be a dog lover to get that.


“Otto Goes to Bed” by Todd Parr is a really fun and positive book. Otto is a dog who doesn’t want to go to bed, he wants to play, chase his tail and a bath and brushing teeth don’t help. Instead he figures out that there is something he likes about bedtime, dreaming! I like that this book addresses that going to bed feels like missing out on things for kids, I know I felt like that for years. Instead of blankly saying “Sleeping is great” or “You have to go to bed” this book finds something positive about going to bed . The illustration of Otto as a super hero dog makes my son howl with laughter every time.

Comments

  1. Kristi says

    Whether intentional or not, your lovely grimace frozen on the screen made me laugh this morning. It's 7:30 and we've already overshot the toilet, spilled Mommy's coffee, conked the baby on the head, elbowed oatmeal off the table…. We destroy more before 9 am than most people do all day. I came to your website to find something/anything to keep my girls occupied. Thank you for my attitude adjustment!

  2. Lil' Ms. P says

    My 20 month son loved your song! He kept saying more and doing the hand motions with you. Thanks for entertainment this morning.

  3. Annette says

    Sometimes I click your video just for a smile!!!

    My daughter came running today and asked for more more. I might have to really learn that song.

    How do you know so many songs?

  4. Allie says

    My mom laughs hysterically at that one too . Most of my songs are from the 9 summers I spent as a day camp volunteer/ leader.

  5. EntertainingMom says

    Allie… you crack me up!!! I always love your videos… I should watch this one when I am cranky though!! ;)

  6. Jackie says

    What a great idea for a craft! I love the way you do your posts with additional related materials.

    Your song was quite funny and just the thing I needed for a little smile today. Thanks!!

    Jackie

  7. Michelle says

    I love your videos. That was my fave song to sing to the kids when they were little. That and An Elephant sat on — whatever the title is of that one.

    You rock. :)

  8. Jenn Klee says

    I taught this one to my preschool groups and it has been named the #1 Hit of the Week…They all know it by heart and they all do the most awesome expressions when they sing it :)

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