Do you have a little girl that clings to you no matter where you go? Many of us moms have been in that position in our lives! Get her occupied with something else, though, while she still gets to hang out with Mom. That way, you can get the laundry done, and she can have her own playtime. She won’t be bugging you because she’ll be way too busy in her own little world.
It’s fun to make dryer magnets that will give little girls hours of fun. Simply use magnetic sheeting to create as many magnets as you want. The sheeting is sold by the sheet – or by the roll – at most craft stores. A roll of sheeting will make enough magnets to keep her busy for hours on end. And, over time, you can create many different themes so she’ll have variety!
One easy way to create magnetic paper dolls for your girl is to simply cut outfits or models from magazines. Remove the adhesive backing from magnetic sheet and stick the image on the glue. Cut out around the image and you have your first paper doll. You can strengthen flimsy paper cutouts by first taping them to a piece of cardboard to save money. The cardboard allows you to use mere pieces or strips of magnetic sheeting rather than large sections of magnet.
Create accessories for the girl’s paper dolls. Cut out additional clothing but keep in mind the new clothing will only cling to the doll where the magnet is present on back. If you’ve used mere strips and bits to hold the reinforced dolls to the fridge, you may need to use larger pieces to create the coverup clothing. It’s best to make the dolls themselves with a solid sheet of magnet then use strips and pieces to create additional clothes and accessories.
Cut out hats, purses, boots, gloves and additional clothing or accessories. The child will have lots of fun mixing and matching the outfits on the paper dolls. You can even turn to the jewelry section of the a catalog and find gorgeous additions to the paper dolls’ wardrobes.
Large accessories for the dolls might include cutouts of beds, chairs, pools, swing sets, furniture, or even a hammock. Add to the total picture by making magnetic clouds, sun, rainbows, flowers or friends. Even give the paper doll a pet by cutting out a dog or cat image and magnetizing it.
The dryer magnets aren’t specifically for little girls. Create a fun set for boys by cutting out a picture of a barn, farm animals and even farm equipment. Set them to magnet and see how much fun he’ll have. Other themes include boating, skateboarding, cars, trains or planes.
Whether you have a boy or a girl they’ll love making words and phrases from letters that have been magnetized. The letters and numbers can be made in addition to cutouts and other pictures you’ve created. Themes for a boy or a girl include beach scenes, some sports, a party, a living room or even a school theme. Get pictures from magazines, old books, posters and even product boxes and pamphlets.
If your child has a favorite cartoon character you can easily create scenarios for him or her. You’ll find images suitable for this theme on product boxes, books and even fabrics. Many stores that sell fabrics have a wide range of famous cartoon characters. Generic accessories, like balls, birds, grass, roads and similar items can be gotten from other sources. Greeting cards, coloring books, flyers and travel brochures are all great sources for finding fabulous pictures you can use.
You can even cut photos of your child, and his or her playmates, and magnetize them for play. Use your computer scanner to make a copy of the picture then cut out the images. Magnetize Mom, Dad, siblings, pets and even neighbors. Kids will really get a kick out of arranging the magnets in various scenarios. You’ll love it that your clingy child now has something better to do but still has the comfort of knowing you’re close by! Go purchase the roll of magnetic sheeting and get busy making paper dolls and more. Hurry – you’ve got laundry to do!