Sunday, November 4, 2018

Halloween: DIY Guardians of the Galaxy Costumes



We are Groot! This Halloween, we dressed up as characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Yondu, Gamora & Groot! (Why Yondo, not Star Lord? Cuz Yondu is easily the more well developed character with more depth!)

Apart from a whole lot of face & body paint and dramatic make up, here is how I went about the crafty DIY bits:



Practical Mom DIY Halloween Costume Guardians of the Galaxy: Gamora, Yondo & Groot

Groot:
For the Mask, I used this very helpful tutorial
  1. I cut out the mouth and eyes from a mask 
  2. Glued craft sticks over the forehead 
  3. Glued straws one by one vertically over the mask
  4. Glued some green mossy stuff (from pipe cleaners) on the top of the mask
  5. Finally, glued cheap brown glasses on the eyes of the mask
  6. For the Groot body, I simply hot glued a crap load of brown paper on one of his old, never to be used again track suit. 
Practical Mom Halloween Costume Guardians of the Galaxy: DIY Groot Mask & Body

Yondo’s headfin:
  1. I first make a rough one with rough paper to get the shape right (every head is different!) 
  2. then finally used a material that was something between a cardboard sheet (I couldn’t find one thick enough) and styrofoam (you can’t paint over). Needed a pen knife/exacto knife to carve the shape out. I glued 4 head fins together to get the required thickness.
  3. I cut out various shapes to glue on the sides to get the look
  4. Finally, I painted it all over with rich metallic red paint. 
  5. I used eyelash glue to keep it glued over my husbands head! 

Practical Mom Halloween Costume Guardians of the Galaxy: DIY Yondo Headfin

I did the DIY stuff ahead of time, only to leave the face & body painting to be done that evening. We felt like movie stars with everyone taking our pictures!! Yes all parents who'd come with their kids to trick or treat and random people on the street on our way to the Halloween party asking us to pose with them! 

All in all, good fun!

Practical Mom DIY Halloween Costume Guardians of the Galaxy: Gamora, Yondu & Groot

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

4 in a Row! {Printable Game}


Here are two fun games that are excellent for addition & subtraction practice!

4 in a Row: 
Roll Dice and the sum of the two numbers determines what number to cover. First player to get 4 numbers covered in a row wins!

3 in a Row:
Roll the dice and the sum of the two numbers determines the starting number. Spin the spinner and get the final number to be covered. First player to get 3 in a row wins!

You need:
  1. Print out of game: (Click here for PDF!)
  2. Coloured paper cut to fit the squares (each player gets one color)
  3. For 3 in a row: toothpick/straw to be used as a spinner

Practice Counting with Printable Board Games: 4 in a Row! by Practical Mom


Monday, December 18, 2017

THE STICKY NOTE WORD HUNT {Printable game!}


This game was born from my attempts to teach the Hindi alphabet! I taught him a bunch of them and before he got bored with all the coloring, I put sticky notes with letters written on them all over the house. everywhere! 

And handed him a sheet of little drawings. He excitedly looked for the ‘letter’ and posted it over the correct object. For e.g f for fish.

So here’s a little 2 part printable for all your little kindergarteners who have started learning four letter, i.e. the BIG words! 


Click for printable pdf:






INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE STICKY NOTE WORD HUNT:

  • Copy the words from page 2 onto sticky notes {Alternatively, you could cut out words directly from the sheet} and paste them all over the house. Over the glass windows, behind the couch if your kid gets frustrated easily and under the bed, on the top shelf if your kid loves to burn off energy! 
  • Your enthusiastic kiddo will need to hunt for the words, and re-paste/place it correctly on the respective picture on the sheet! Give him/her the page 1 and say “go!”


THE STICKY NOTE WORD HUNT, Printable Game by Practical Mom

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DIY Ninjago Cake


My cake decorating skills improve every year my son turns older! Happy 6th Birthday my little Airjitzu!

Recipes, fondant tutorials etc: Click here!


DIY Ninjago Cake by Practical Mom

Our previous DIY cakes:





Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween Crayon Costume from "The Day the Crayons Quit!"


I didn’t really think we needed costumes this year since we shifted to a school that doesn’t celebrate halloween. BUT I noticed the notice in our apartment building on 31st morning and sprang into action! The building encourages trick or treating!

and while I would've LOVED to do a Stranger Things {season is even better than season 1!}, a demo-dog or the 80’s look is impossible to manage in two hours notice. Hence a crayon! all you need is a paper in your kid's favorite color. Do check out our last few attempts too!


Halloween Crayon Costume from The Day the Crayons Quit!: By Practical Mom
Let’s pretend that the correct way to spell it ;)


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Video: The Geography of Chile!

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VIDEO: The Geography of Chile by Practical Mom


Here’s a little video on what we’ve been upto the last two years in Chile, No wonder geography is one of my kid’s favourite subject!

EL TATIO GEYSERS, a sunrise spectacle of erupting water, steam and hot volcanic mud, stone and sand formations at the MOON VALLEY (where a prototype for a Mars rover was tested there by scientists because of the valley's dry and forbidding terrains!), LAKE CHAXA FLAMINGOES in the midst of rough lifeless crystals of the Salt Flats of SALAR DE ATACAMA, huddling up in the cold around telescopes to stargaze in the clearest skies at night. Lakes, Lagoons & Volcanoes, adobe huts & Llama meat.


These are apart from the road trips to the ANDIES, the PATAGONIAN RAINFORESTS, VOLCANOES, hot springs & hot tubs in south of chile.