Welcome Guest Blogger, Chris Steele.
I love googly eyes. They’re just plain fun. They can turn anything into a crafty project. Literally. Anything. Anyone can use them, and everyone enjoys them. Kids LOVE them, in fact. They’re great for spontaneous giggles. I’ve included a few pictures of our recent googly-eye forays-hopefully you can use the ideas yourself.
First, the magnetic sketch board (Doodle Pro?). My 2 ½-year-old daughter, Emily, looooves the episode of “Blues Clues” where the kids put googly eyes on things around the house…but that is not exactly practical. At least not at my house. Plus, I’m not sure that I want Emily to get used to sticking things all over everything. It’s something I could regret later. So we compromised. We put some on the Doodler (as it will be named from here on out), and she had the best time drawing all around them. There was a turtle. Then a dog. Then Daddy. Please don’t tell her that they all looked the same to me. But the best part – only one set of googly eyes, dozens of different pictures, hours of fun.
Next came the plastic-ware characters. These were SUPER easy, and lots of fun. They also lasted a really, really long time, which surprised me. If you’re like me, you have all sorts of random plastic-ware around the house, just begging to be turned into crafts. I used sharpies to draw faces (those did need touch-ups every so often), then we played around with chenille stems to dress the characters up a bit. Emily’s favorite was the dog (come on…it looks like a dog if you squint a little). I’m certain you could also use something actually crafty, like Popsicle sticks, too.
Then came what I consider to be my crowning glory. Those who know me understand that I am NOT a girly girl. Those same people laughed hysterically when I found out that I was going to have a second daughter. Needless to say, I’ve done my best to turn Emily into a tomboy, and she is basically as far from that as you can get. She is a princess through and through. Part of being a princess is having weekly (or daily, if she had her way) pedicures. I’m always looking for ways to spice them up-new colors, painting little flowers or hearts or polka dots. But as I said, I’m not very girly. These things tend to elude me. BUT, in the midst of my googly frenzy, I decided that they would be the perfect accent to newly-polished toes. They were a big hit.
So, go crazy with the googly eyes. And share your good ideas with me, too. In the future I’m thinking that I might stick some on a balloon. Or on a lunch sack to make a puppet.