Wednesday, August 5, 2009

crafts for the airplane

Zoe and I packed her backpack today for her trip to New York. We thought it would be fun to play checkers in the plane, but we didn't think our big wooden board with glass pieces was appropriate, so we decided to make a soft set ourselves.

We got stiff felt from the craft store and cut it into about 1 inch strips. We used 8 strips of each color, following the number of squares on our wooden set.

Once we had a tight weave, I hot glued the squares around the edge, and then trimmed the excess with scissors.

Next we used our glass pieces as templates to make felt versions.

Zoe cut the felt pieces with scissors.

We also cut extra pieces to make kings.

But we couldn't stop there. Following the instructions in Zoe's book, Dragonfly and the Web of Dreams, we began a bracelet for her to finish on the plane. We also packed her two books, lots of paper and crayons, and a cd player with headphones, to listen to her High School Musical soundtrack.

Off to finish packing! :-)