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CRAFTS | Old MacDonald’s Barn 2.0

24 Apr

Some photos on my new, improved! barn, now with more a barnlike roofline and hay instead of grass. Plus, MacDonald’s sign over his animules’ home. A definite improvement over the prototype.

 

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CRAFTS | “Old MacDonald Had a Barn, E-I-E-I-O!”

27 Mar

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OLD MACDONALD FOR GUYBRARIAN

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Most of my Storytimes include a rousing rendition of “Old MacDonald” accompanied by an assortment of farm animal stuffies that I pull out of a library bag at the appropriate moment. Kids love it. Parents anticipate naming the farm animals with their kids, and I thoroughly enjoy performing this bit of Storytime magic.

Last week, however, I got tired of pulling the animals out of a bag so I decided to build them a proper home out of a 12- x 18-inch corrugated carton shipping box and lots of glue.

I resized and printed on tabloid-sized paper an image of a barn that I liked from the ‘net (tip of the hat to whoever designed this one) …

 

guybrarian - Barn

 

 

… and thoroughly gluesticked it to the box.

Then I decided the bottom needed finishing, so I went for some grass:

GUYBRARIAN - Grass

(Next time I’ll start with the bottom sheets first.)

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few images of the prototype I made last week:

 

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Today the editor inside of me decided to make it a bit better, so I’ve been tinkering with the barn images a lot.

I also decided that the bottom would be better as hay, not grass (duh!).

I’m still not happy with the box’s non-barnlike roofline, but hey – it’s a box from which animals magically appear and as such it “does the trick.”

 

Mom Sandie hay

PHOTO > Mom Sandie (thanks!)

So …

Here are some JPEGs of my reworked barn and hay …


 

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Much nicer, eh?

If you’d like to build yourself a replica, here’s a tabloid-sized (11 x 17 inches) PDF of the barn and hay ready to  print and glue down whenever you decide to give your farm animals a proper home. I mean, who likes living in a bag?

 

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PDF TEMPLATE > OLD MacDONALD’S CARDBOARD BARN

 

 

Cheers,

Michael

 

 

 

 

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NO GIRAFFES IN THIS BARN!

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FROM AUSTRALIA for AUSTRALIA DAY | Koala Newspaper Collage

27 Jun

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Canada Day is fast approaching (July 1), but I’m more intrigued by this great craft from Australia (Australia Day is January 26). Many thanks to Phillipa at House of Baby Piranha (!) for this great activity for kids.

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House of Baby Piranha | Koala Newspaper Collage

DLTK | Koala Template

designKULTUR | ENVIRONMENT | «A Hot Koala» + A Canadian Beaver

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