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« on: December 03, 2010 05:50:54 PM »

I homeschool my toddler and plan on homeschooling all of the children we have. I've been looking at educational toys for workboxes (or work jars, since I store all of these toys in jars), but they were all so pricey for something that seemed so simple to make. So, that's just what I did!

First up is a mailbox. I made this out of a medium priority box, construction paper and tape. Lots of tape. I would have used something to make it look nicer, but this is all I had on hand and he loves it anyway, so I guess I did good enough for him  Wink

Front. The slot right there is just the area where the top flaps of the box didn't meet up perfectly. I cut the flaps a little bit to make the slot big enough for the envelopes.

Side of box

Back of box. I cut the flap out of the bottom of the box and used a wooden bead and leather cording to secure it. This is for removing the letters.

The letters. I printed the letters A-Z on each envelope and inserted two flash cards for each letter.

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The next thing I made was oreo shape matching cookies inspired by the plastic ones I saw at Target. I made them out of felt, and yeah, they aren't very good because I was really tired when I was making them and realized the next day that I didn't make them right, but my son won't let me change them, he likes them just as they are.

In this picture, the square and triangle cookies have yet to be sewn.

The last thing I made were these counting cookies. I've been wanting the crochet versions for forever, but don't have the patience or time to make them, so I made my own version out of felt and included a number to correspond with the number of chocolate chips on each cookie.

The number side

The chocolate chip counting side

Thank you for suffering through all of those bad camera phone pictures Wink
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2010 06:24:00 PM »

What a great crafter, teacher, and mom you are! Excellent job on all of this. I especially love the cookies with the numbers.
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2010 07:46:13 PM »

Thank you Grin I don't think the cookies came out nearly as good as they could have, but he definitely enjoys them and they make learning fun, so I guess that's all that matters.
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2010 11:04:09 PM »

Not only are all the toys hilarious, I'm sure they'll be very useful! You're super inspiring Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2010 11:10:18 PM »

Wow! I love crafting for knowledge! I too have a toddler that I want to homeschool Smiley Thanks for the inspiration. May I ask where you get your ideas?
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2010 10:06:35 AM »

Very cute ideas!
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2010 10:43:24 AM »

I love them, especially the cookies with the numbers on them.  I think I will have to try that!
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2010 02:50:31 PM »

The oreo shape cookies were inspired by these.

The counting cookies were inspired by these.

The mailbox was inspired by this.
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