Pinterest Twitter Facebook
Maintaining Harmony with Young Musicians

Maintaining Harmony with Young Musicians

Helping Children Learn

By Heather Lee Leap Your child…

Teach Tots to Help Others

Teach Tots to Help Others

Giving Back

It’s A,B,C,D…Easy! By Ruth Hanley It’s…

Saving the World, One Lemon at a Time

Saving the World, One Lemon at a Time

#ichooseweird

  Meet Hannah…local artist and children’s…

Adventurous Dessert Destinations

Adventurous Dessert Destinations

Local Tasty Treats

  Edited by Shannon Smith Whether…

Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2014 JoomlaWorks Ltd.

Fresh Stories & Good Stuff

Musical Rhythm Sticks
24 Jun 2015 20:46

By Shannon Smith Tap and shake your rhythm sticks to keep the beat or rub them together to make a cool cricket sound. We created ours in red, white and blue in honor of Independence Day!

Maintaining Harmony with Young Musicians
24 Jun 2015 19:23

By Heather Lee Leap Your child wants to play an instrument, you want him to practice, but making it work is not always easy. While practicing is predominantly a solo endeavor, the nature of music is social, and for chil [ ... ]

Teach Tots to Help Others
24 Jun 2015 18:39

It’s A,B,C,D…Easy! By Ruth Hanley It’s never too early to demonstrate caring for others. Teach your toddler the joy of giving with simple, fun ideas that let her be a part of making the choices. Creating a tradit [ ... ]

Saving the World, One Lemon at a Time
24 Jun 2015 18:02

  Meet Hannah…local artist and children’s book illustrator By Christine Quarry THE NEW CHERRY Usually when you think of a lemon, your mouth puckers and salivates or you expect your car to stop working as soo [ ... ]

Adventurous Dessert Destinations
24 Jun 2015 17:25

  Edited by Shannon Smith Whether it’s date night or family night, you can’t beat a cool treat on a hot summer eve! Lucky for us, we’ve got some fantastic choices when it comes to delish desserts. I mean, we [ ... ]

Take Dad Out to the Ball Game!
26 May 2015 18:24

  By Shannon Smith Buy him some peanuts and crackerjacks—show that important Dad in your life that you’re his #1 fan with one of these ‘outta the park’ picks for Father’s Day!

Party Planning—Without the Stress!
26 May 2015 17:47

By Gigi Mallatt • Photography by Ligia Ann Photography Have you ever attended a birthday party where the host or hostess is running around frantic, panicked, and completely stressed out? Chances are, the planning of t [ ... ]

Soothing the Stings, Bites, and Burns of Summer
26 May 2015 17:00

By Ashley Talmadge Ahhh, summer! The joy of being in the great outdoors seems endless. Yet, the season also brings an abundance of biting insects, harsh sunrays, and rash-producing plants. When exuberant squeals turn in [ ... ]

 win-it-button

Free! Get parenting tips, local events & trending articles delivered to your inbox twice a month.
Sign Up Now

Sacramento Parent Magazine

Up Up and Away!

User Rating: 5 / 5

Star activeStar activeStar activeStar activeStar active
 

By Heidi Kundin

Visual stimulation is vital to an infant's development and babies love to gaze at swaying object as they drift off to sleep!  Why not make your baby’s mobile personal and colorful by creating it yourself?

Materials: 10" embroidery hoop (inner ring only), string/fishing line, paper, scissors and glue*

Begin by choosing a color palette and theme for your mobile. If you wish to use a different theme, choose shapes that are symmetrical in order to create a three dimensional effect. Mix it up!

Directions:

  • Paint your embroidery hoop and allow to dry.
  • Cut six lengths of string approximately 20" long each.
  • Cut your shapes out of paper: For each two dimensional object (clouds and raindrops) that will hang on your mobile, cut two identical shapes to serve as the front and back sides. For each three dimensional object (hot air balloons), cut 6 shapes and fold each one in half.
  • To assemble two dimensional objects: sandwich a section of string between two matching shapes and glue them together.
  • To form three dimensional objects:  Join two shapes together by gluing the right half of one to the left half of another. Make sure that the edges are lined up. Continue gluing the remaining shapes together, and insert a length of string for hanging before gluing your final pair of shapes.
  • When all your items have been adhered to your lengths of string, tie the ends around your embroidery hoop and secure with a double knot. Make sure that the items are evenly spaced and balanced around the hoop to ensure that it will hang correctly.
  • Use string or ribbon to hang your mobile from the ceiling.

* Note: Rubber cement works well for this project because it does not wrinkle paper, and it allows time to line up the edges of your shapes perfectly. Use rubber cement in a well-ventilated area.

Heidi Kundin is the mom of 3 and author of www.happinessishomemade.net