Monday, December 14, 2015

Winter Projects With Older Nieces and Nephews: Clever Paper's Intriguing Paper Buildings

I can be guilty of being too attached to my electronic devices. The kids on the other hand seem to live on them!

I remember having a bunch of kids over during one of the many power outages I get and it was as if the apocalypse happened! Luckily, I tend to have all sorts of activities for power outages.

One thing I started collecting are these 3D paper buildings by Clever Paper. These paper building activity kits have been such a hit to my nephews and nieces. No glue or scissors necessary, just an active imagination! Here are a few of my favorites:

This Paper Doll House has a really vintage look about it. It's decorated inside and out. This is really cool, it opens up and closes for convenient storage. I don't have this one yet, but I know that if I told my nieces I was going to grab my doll house they would never expect an antique styled paper doll house!

I really like the Stable with Figures .It will make a very good addition to my already awesome medieval village. This one also has nine figures and horses, so it's more than just a model.

My nephews love the Knight's Castle with Figures! It includes two squads with fifty-three figures with foam stands. It's a very intricate model, with a stairway and beautifully painted hallways. You can open and close it up so it's easy to store and take out. It measures 11 x 10 x 16.5, so it's pretty large!

I think that the Playing Toys Windmill has a lot of character! I would love to get this one for my collection. This one also includes a few characters dressed in historical outfits!

This Town Wall with Figures would be cool to have. This includes eleven figures with foam stands. All I would be missing in a moat and some watch towers.

These sets are incredibly clever gifts, but also great activities. Half of the time the kids forget they don't have their phones or video games when the lights have been back on for hours!

Let me know what you think of Clever Paper's 3D paper models below in the comments.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Adorable Cartoon Mattresses for Auntie's House

Sometimes when a young niece or nephew spends the night at Auntie's house for the first time, they might be nervous or anxious. Even if they are super excited to see Auntie and have a full action-packed day of exciting events and naughty sugary foods, bedtime is a different story. It's not unusual to suddenly out of the blue hear a tearful, "Where's Mommy?"

I have children sleep over often enough that I might have to outfit one of my guest rooms in fun decor specifically for the kids to enjoy. These Coosplay anime and cartoon mattresses are surely tempting me!

Aww Doraemon! Such a classic series and full of great morals! This Doraemon Bed can be used as a sofa bed, double size bed, or even a sleeping bag. The measurements for Doraemon is 79"x71". The inner padding is washable which for children is incredibly nice. The inside is 20% cotton and 80% polyester. I may know who this is because I'm old, but my nieces and nephews likely won't know who this blue robo-kitty is. Still, they might find it cute and enjoy sleeping here.

Out of all Coosplay's beds, this one is my favorite. The Totoro Bed is absolutely adorable. This bed is based on Hayao Miyazaki's classic "My Neighbor Totoro." It is about two little girls meeting a lovable creature named Totoro and going on a long adventure. In my opinion, it is the best Miyazaki movie for little ones. The Totoro bed is 90" x 69" and can be used as a sleeping bag, twin bed, or sofa bed. The fabric is made with 100% polyester and the inside is 80% polyester and 20% cotton.

Everyone's favorite little alien Stitch, from Lilo and Stitch, now comes in bed form! The Stitch Bed is 74"x 64" and made with the same materials as the previous beds. This cute, fuzzy, blue, animal would be so fun to have at the house!

Another favorite of mine is the Hello Kitty Bed ! It measures 79" x 71" and is made out of 20% cotton and 80% polyester on the inside. My nieces would absolutely fall in love with this bed. In fact, they would probably beg their mother to stay at my house! The only problem is, my nephews would hate it. It might be comfy and welcoming, I just don't think they would want to have a Hello Kitty bed. This is why the last one might be the winner!

The Minion Bed would be a really fun addition to my guest room! I think the kids would love the Minion the most and I wouldn't have to worry about displeasing my nephews or my nieces. The Minion bed is 79" x 71" and is made with 80% polyester and 20% cotton.

All of these beds are pretty handy because I wouldn't have to decorate my whole guestroom accordingly, I could pack this up and use it during the times I get the kids! Or it could be used in the living room and we could have a movie camp out night!