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Make Monsters with the Kids with PaperToy Monsters Book

By dadsplay at March 5, 2011 | 4:19 pm | 0 Comment

Make Monsters with the Kids with PaperToy Monsters Book

If you haven’t seen the PaperToy Monsters book from Workman yet, you are in for a treat.  It’s a really special book loaded with 50 die-cut templates, in full color, of Monsters that both big and little kids can make.  All you have to do is pop out the Monster pieces, made from heavy cardstock, then use a glue stick to attach where indicated.  We made three fun Monsters last night and they were really fun to create.  Now they’re setting on my desk looking at me while I type.

The Monster graphics are colorful and fun, combining the look of anime with a touch of Uglydolls.  Each character has it’s own little story.  Kids, especially the boys, are going to love this book.  It’s a perfect birthday or Christmas gift, so put it on your list of “must haves.”

This is a very impressive book and the value of hours of play, having 50 fun Monsters to play with when all are put together, is quite amazing.  We recommend this book highly … 5 stars from us!

PaperToy Monsters Book$16.95

By Brian Castleforte, an artist and graphic designer, who has created graphics for Nike, Sony, Warner Brothers and MTV.

A book was provided by the publisher for review purposes only.  All opinions are those of  Dads Playbook staff.

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Irish Wishing Rocks Game to Make

By dadsplay at March 4, 2011 | 1:00 pm | 0 Comment

Irish Wishing Rocks Game to Make

Here’s a fun game you can make with the kids for St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the year.  We made ours green but you could use any color.  It’s a fun original game created by our ZiggityZoom creative director.  Easy to make and easy to play…. for kids and adults.

Need:
MAKING the GAME :

What You Need:

  • 12 smooth stones/rocks (or make 12 smooth rocks out of clay that you bake)  You can also use plastic disks or make Cardboard disks.
  • Green paint (optional)
  • Brush
  • Marker or stick on Letters

What to Do:

  • Gather the 12 items you have chosen for your Wishing Rocks.
  • Paint green, if so desired.
  • Using marker (or stick on letters), put 2 letters each for I – R – S – H (you will only have 3 i letters).
  • Leave 2 Rocks blank and draw a Shamrock on the other 2 remaining rocks.
  • Put Rocks into container or Sock to start the game.
What To Do:
The object of the game is to get all the letters that spell Irish.  I-R-I-S-H The first person who can spell Irish, by “wishing” and choosing, wins the game.  Fun for kids of all ages.

RULES :

  1. Each player is given a piece of paper and pencil.  For ease of play with young children, draw the letters I-R-I-S-H on their paper, spaced apart just a bit.  When a player gets a letter, they can then just circle that letter.
  2. Put Wishing Rocks into a container that is deep enough so players can’t see the rocks.  Or use a large sock.
  3. Starting with the youngest player first, player will first say his wish …for example, “I wish for an H”
  4. Player then pulls out a Wishing Rock.  If they got their wish then they can circle that letter.  The rock is then put back into the container.
  5. Play contines as each player takes their turn.
  6. If a player pulls out a Shamrock they can circle any letter that they still need.  If a player pulls out a blank rock, the player must skip his next turn.
  7. The first player to circle all the letters to spell Irish is the winner.

For more St. Patrick’s Day activities

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Letters from Santa

By dadsplay at December 7, 2010 | 1:07 pm | 0 Comment

Letters from Santa

As a single dad, I’m always looking for fun things to do with my daughters or ways to really
brighten their day. We’ve done active things like geo-caching (hiking for ‘treasure’),
roller skating, and rock climbing. We’ve also done playful stuff like playing doll dress-
up or make believe or painting their fingernails (and occasionally mine). But I’m very
excited about a new (new to me) endeavor we’re going to do for the Christmas holiday.
The girls are going to ‘write a letter’ to Santa Claus and he’s going to send one to them!!
IMPORTANT – Letters have to be submitted by December 10th in order to arrive before
Christmas (according to the websites below)

I’ve reviewed several different sites and two that I really like are
SantaClausHouse and SantaSentMeALetter. Both place specific information about your
child in the letter from Santa and each site even allows for you to customize text.

The SantaClausHouse allows for a paragraph (254 characters) of custom text and they
simply replace one of the paragraphs in the stock letter with your paragraph. The cost is
$10 per letter and is mailed from North Pole, Alaska. It also includes several items in the
letter, but this really wasn’t the selling point for me.

SantaSentMeALetter allows you to type a complete letter, which you can obviously
customize with whatever details you like. This is the option I am going with as I wanted
to reference how much Santa loves the cookies they bake for him and how well they’ve
been sharing with each other. The cost is $7.95 per letter and is “postmarked with a one-of-
a-kind NORTH POLE POSTMARK” The paper they use ‘feels’, to me, to be more like Santa’s
paper. I also noticed they have a $9.95 option if you don’t want to write the letter, but
want your own customized details that the stock letters can’t include.

The one drawback to both of these is you don’t actually see the output of your
customized letter, which has me slightly concerned that it won’t fit or look right. I’ll
update this post once we’ve completed the letters and received them back from Santa.

Merry Christmas!

Randy

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