As a child and even to this day I have been fascinated with how things are made or how things work. When I was little I have vivid memories of watching Mr. Rogers' crayon factory tour and thinking it was the greatest thing ever. When I was recently sent a few Curiosity Quest DVDs I was pretty excited. If you haven't heard of Curiosity Quest it is a family show that airs on PBS. Kids submit things they are curious about and host Joel Greene goes out and answers it a very hands on unscripted way. It sounded right up my alley.
Here's what I loved about the show. I appreciate that although it is a kids show it engages the whole family, I was entertained and actually learned a few things along the way. Joel is a great host, he is engaging and friendly but not talking to my kids through the screen (i.e. Blues Clues, Dora type shows). Bear totally loved it. (We don't always watch TV so it is nice to have a few quality shows I use as a special treat from time to time). You can be inspired and actually opens a dialog between your kids.
We watched the Family Recycling episode from their CQ goes Green series. I was automatically interested in scaling this down to something that made sense to the boys. Here is what we came up with.Upcycled cardboard box picture frames
What you need: cardboard box, scissors, glue, scraps of paper or paint, masking tape
- I sketched out and cut the shape of the frame and measured and cut out the center according to the size of my picture. My picture was 4x6 so I cut the center half an inch smaller all around (3.5x5.5).
2. I had a few scrapes of construction paper that I tore into small pieces and had B glue around the frame
Once dry I cut out a small square of cardboard to stick to the back I tried glue but later realized that it was hard to get the picture in once dry. I opted for placing my photo inside the frame first and then taping the back with painters tape since it can be easily removed if I choose to change the picture.
3. If you have takeout restaurant magnets you can glue one on the back and hang it on your fridge, or you can glue some ribbon to hang.
I love that these can be great holiday gifts for the family made by your little ones and even better that it is all recycled material.
I have even better news. Curiosity Quest also sent me two extra DVDs to giveaway to one lucky reader. These are great gifts and stocking stuffers so it's a perfect time for it. Good Luck! The winner will be announced here December 12th. Sorry, USA and Canada residents only.For more information and list of episodes be sure to check out their site. Just click on the image below.
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**This is a sponsored post and giveaway. All opinions were my own and would only recommend things that I would sincerely use on my own**
UPDATE 12/11: Congratulations to Jamie R. Please send me your info at cuteandpeculiar (at) gmail