Yes, I am aware that I just made the case the other day that my kids watch too much TV, but this is different. This is SuperWhy and this is SuperEducational. Besides, I need those thirty minutes to clean up from breakfast after the older ones leave to school. And really, a two year old who can tell you what sound each letter makes is kind of fun. So SuperWhy it is. And so now I have been tasked with making a fairy-princess-ballerina costume for my beloved daughter.
Today we started with the magic fairy wand. I had planned on using an empty paper towel roll as the base, but then last night, as luck would have it, I finished a roll of aluminum foil - and the empty cardboard roll inside the foil is much better suited for a wand than the paper towel roll. The foil roll is harder and thinner, easier for a little kid to hold in her little hand.
I secured the paper with packing tape up and down the length of the wand, so now the whole wand is not only covered in paper but is also shiny from the packing tape. Bonus!
Next I made the star. I drew a star on an empty tissue box and cut it out. I covered the star with aluminum foil and taped it at the points in the hopes that it would all stay in place. The star them slid very nicely and shockingly, securely, into the dangerous yet lovely slits.
It dried and we tried it out - she loved it! She ran around the house with her wand and her super-cute-pink-fairy-wings that we bought for $1.97 the other day. So we're halfway there to having a fairy-princess-ballerina costume - and the best part, the entire wand was made from stuff I had around the house. Cost: nothing.
Next up: A do-it-yourself tu-tu made of pink and purple tulle. Hmm, you know what, maybe I was wrong, maybe this is a real magic wand. Maybe this is the way mommies make magic.