My seven year old son and I love watching Pacific Rim. He wanted some of the NECA action figures for Christmas so he could make a stop-motion animation. So I obliged and he got Gypsy Danger (Hong Kong battle) and Knifehead.
I downloaded the Lego Movie Maker app for iPhone, and my son took off from there. The beginning portion of this animation is all his. He used the onion skin feature to make sure the figures moved appropriately came up with the whole story line, and added the dialogue and original sound effects. I took the finished product and shot the ending, added music and called it a day.
Also, my son’s favorite toys are Wicked Cool Toys’ Crashlings. So they made an appearance as well.
My son and I were excited to hear about the new NASA Orion capsule. This is the vehicle our astronauts will be using in a few years to return safely from trips to Mars and the Moon! I recently picked up the Playmobil Rescue Raft (5545) from Toys R Us. I decided to mod it to look like the new capsule. Check out my pics below, including a link to download a set of decals to make your own Orion capsule!
Want something fun and easy to make for your kids’ lunch for Halloween? How about something that only needs ingredients you already have in your house. My son loves eating gross stuff, so here’s a Peanut Booger Sandwich. You can make in just a few minutes. Read the rest of this entry »
My six year old son has been talking about secret labs and mad scientists for almost a year. I caught an epiphany looking at used play kitchens at a consignment sale. I could spray that one black and make it a mad scientist lab…. I was really surprised that I could pull the whole thing off for less than $50, but make a pretty memorable toy. Click below for pics and how-to.
My son is turning six and Star Wars is one of the biggest things in the universe for him, so we decided to go all out with a themed birthday party. Click below for cheap and easy things you can do to spice up a Star Wars party.
Just a few weekends ago, my wife went out of town, leaving me and my five year old son to our own devices. Since Halloween was just around the corner, we decided to do everything gross (that Mommy wouldn’t allow) that we could fit into the weekend. Though it lasted more than a day, we dubbed this Ewwwsday. Click below for a lot of pics, and what you can do with your kids for some safe, gross fun. Read the rest of this entry »
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This is my favorite time of year for shooting outdoor photos… it’s nice and cool so your subjects won’t be hot and sweaty, and the fall colors add so much warmth and atmosphere to your pics. Also, with the earlier sunset times, we found that the golden hour, the hour before sunset, is a little easier to manage with younger subjects. Click below to see my recommendations for getting awesome pumpkin patch or otherwise fall photos.
You’ve probably wondered where the posts were this week, well I was busy in the “garage” putting together this monster truck for my son out of the box our oven came in. Click below for more pictures, including a PDF you can print out with all the assembly directions and decals to print out and attach yourself. It’s really easy, and the end result is awesome. Read the rest of this entry »
My son and I love our Hot Wheels Monster Jam Monster trucks… we have a couple of the playsets, and lots and lots of trucks. We race them down the Showdown ramp, we spin donuts in the Crash Arena, and much to my wife’s chagrin, we leave them all over the house.
Anyway, I decided to thin my son’s stable a little and take one or two to work. Yes, I look silly with Monster Trucks on my desk. So I decided to change the scenario and make a handsome backdrop display to improve their appearance in my workplace. And now you can too! Click below to get the PDF and see more pics. Read the rest of this entry »
A crafty dad attached a camera to his wagon and captured a bit of his adventure from his kids’ POV. Click below to see the video I shot when I took my son on a toyrun with a helmet cam. Read the rest of this entry »