I cannot believe that this school year is almost over.
I also cannot believe that his apparel was actually ever this clean.
You see, in grade one, things got messy.
In grade one they weren’t contained in the gated schoolyard where the kindergarten teachers kept a close eye on their curious wandering fingers – fingers that liked to pick noses and scabs and gum under the swings, stuff awesome finds in noses and ears and pockets and inside socks, squish bugs, and make mud…with spit (true story). These things were somewhat preventable but in grade one, out in the big schoolyard with the big kids,
These. Things. Happened.
My son came home covered in grass stains and mud and the dirt under his nails looked like his was busy trying find and dig up Jimmy Hoffa with his bare hands. I was just thankful that his teacher didn’t add insult to injury. She wasn’t a fan of glitter. Yes, bless her heart. She did not send home any art with glitter.
My son’s JK/SK teacher told her that I was published in 2 books at the beginning of the school year :)
For that, she deserves something extra special.
We are getting her a gift card — the gift of “you need to unwind so pick out some alcohol from the liquor store and find a nice patch of beach or grass and enjoy the quiet with a book and breeeeathe” — and we wanted to make her something.
Since she is a mom to a rambunctious little boy too, we found that this dinosaur picture frame was an awesome idea.
It is a really simple and inexpensive craft.
Here is what you will need:
Wooden frame (any size)
Mini plastic animals (I found these at the dollar store. My son wanted to combine dinosaurs and zoo animals. The packs came with 10 each and they were $1.25)
Spray paint (make sure that it can be used on plastic)
Newspapers for covering work area
*Leave the spray painting to the adults*
I set up shop outside and covered the beloved driveway. I let my son pick out the animals he wanted on the frame and went to town with the spray paint.
I let the first coat set overnight because it was quite humid out and the spray paint was very tacky. The second coat covered well but it was really tricky getting the underbellies of the animals and since I’m particular about things, it bothered me a lot. So this is what I decided to do.
We took it in the house and started to figure out where we were going to place the animals. Go wild with it!! Then my son helped me glue the pieces onto the frame with the glue gun. This needs a little bit of patience. Some of the pieces weren’t cooperating and I had to use a little bit of Krazy Glue.
Once it was dried and all the pieces were set, I blasted it with more spray paint so I could get those tricky spots and it ended up covering it completely.
Then we went out to his school one evening and took theses funny shots! I used a computer program to place the words “Thank you” and make it look like he spray painted it on the school’s wall.
I think it turned out awesome! She’ll be getting it on Thursday along with her gift card.
And to help us clean this mess and ALL the messes throughout this school year, we have Green Works® to thank.
I’ve written about their products before and that’s because I’m a proud Green Works Glorious Mess Maker and I love Clorox Green Works® naturally-derived products. WE love their products and use them every day. Products such as:
Green Works All Purpose Cleaner
- made with plant and mineral based ingredients. Use it on counters, appliances, stainless steel, sealed granite, chrome, cook top hoods, sinks and toilets to cut through grease, grime and dirt. It packs a powerful punch for indoor and outdoor cleaning.
Green Works Dishwashing Liquid
- dermatologist-tested and made with plant-based biodegradable cleaning ingredients. It removes grease and baked-on-food, so dishes will be clean and shiny without harsh chemical residue.
Green Works Compostable **Cleaning Wipes
- are 100% wood-based fibers and powered by coconut based cleaners, so you can clean up those irksome spills and messes on non-wood surfaces, acrylic, fiberglass and vinyl with ease.
Green Works Dishwasher Detergent Pacs
- tackle stubborn food stains and cut through tough filmy residue, greasy, and baked-on or hardened foods. Your dishes will sparkle and shine. No worry of any harsh chemical residue being left behind.
Green Works Glass and Surface Cleaner
- is made using naturally-derived ingredients such as essential oils and coconut based cleaners. It cuts through tough filmy residues to leave surfaces shiny and streak-free!
Green Works Bathroom Cleaner
- is made using naturally-derived ingredients such as essential oils and coconut based cleaners. It powers through tough dirt, soap scum, rust and hard water stains with ease.
For more information on Green Works® visit www.trygreenworks.ca
You can also join the Glorious Mess Makers Movement! If your making messes, take photos of them and post them on Facebook and Instagram! From June 8th to July 31th all participants using the hashtag #gloriousmesses , you can have the chance to be featured on the Green Works® website!
So get dirty and get glorious!
Disclosure: I received the above products and a care package in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.