HABA Expedition Tent

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Pretend Play is so important for children the creativity and problem solving that flourishes during pretend play extends into real world applications that promote confidence and positive social interactions. My children as well as the many children I have cared for have all absolutely adored pretend play in fact I have never met a child who does not in some way love using their imagination to extend play into something extraordinary. Play tents and forts can be great imagination starters and the HABA Expedition Tent is no exception. It is one of the largest play tents I have ever used. It is tall and its circumference gives plenty of room. My whole family and our dogs can fit inside. The kids love going inside and curling up with a book as well as creating elaborate stories and scenarios in which they are caring for injured animals, rescuing princesses and princes or just camping in the woods. There is no limit to their wonderful imagination and the plethora of creativity this tent exhumes.
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The HABA Expedition Tent has created hours of entertainment in our home. It is so inviting and I just love watching my children getting along and working together to create lasting memories of adventures they create together. As for the setting up and taking down of this tent it is very simple and I am very happy to say that it stores very easily. It comes with a carrying case and folds small and flat which makes storing super simple. You can store it under a couch or in a closet. We have left it up because honestly the kids love it so much and it is so cute I have not felt the need to take it down.
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This rugged, free-standing adventure-themed tent is the perfect addition to any child’s home. Measuring 75″ high and 59″ wide it provides ample play or relaxing space for you and your little ones. Go inside and read a book together, pretend it’s a cave or just sit and play a board game; either way this tent will be used over and over again. High quality printed and applique designs are complemented by an entrance that can be opened and secured with ties and a window on either side. The Expedition tent has two flexible support rings that can be twisted and folded into a neat space saving, storage tote. Pop the tent open, easily slide in the high quality support rods and plop the decorative cap on top and voila! Sewn of the finest cotton and polyester blends and mesh and free from harmful chemicals such as fire retardants, water repellents, BPA, PVC and phthalates.
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Buy It: Visit the HABA site to purchase the Expedition Tent

Disclaimer: I received a HABA Expedition tent for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

HABA’s Little Friends Bendy Dolls

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HABA’s Little Friends Bendy Dolls are a huge success at my house! My daughter and my son love these cute little bendy dolls. They are perfect for little hands. The arms and legs bend easily and they are just right for all the imaginary play your child can think up.
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My daughter who is 9 instantly fell in love with these dolls and put them to play right away in her doll house.

While she is at school my 3 year old loves playing with these dolls. They have been added to his fun sensory bins where we build playgrounds for them and obstacle courses. He has them zooming through the air like superman and back down again just in time to have lunch with him.
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BUY IT: HABA’s Little Friends Bendy Dolls are sure to be a hit with your little ones. These 4 inch tall “bendy dolls” are made from flexible soft plastic, with metal wires inside which allow for them to be posable. MSRP: $7.49. For ages 3 years +. Available at www.HABAusa.com

Our Favorite Imaginary Play Themes

Imaginary Play

Flower Shop

Museum

Restaurant

Post Office

Castle

Space Station
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Pet/Vet/ Groomer

Camp Site

Market

Imaginary Play: Flower Shop

Welcome to our Flower Shop! The kids named the shop and made the sign.
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We have a display of lovely 99cent store flowers. Plus Kaia pointed out we pick up our organic fruit from the flower shop by us. So we have some fruit there as well.
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If you want to make some cute flower balls. Its super easy just pick up some of those plastic balls with the holes in them from the 99 cent store and hot glue flowers in each hole. If you want to get fancy you can spray paint the ball first but I didnt and I dont think you can tell.
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You can see the red one I made in the picture above and the yellow one in the picture below
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More Flowers and our butterfly/ caterpillar den behind
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Watering cans in the sink and Birds and bloom magazines behind
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More flowers and baskets
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The buying station. There was a calculator and a pad and paper for receipts. But I didnt get any pictures of it. Here is Kaia wrapping cellophane around the flowers (the cellophane was precut) and pieces of ribbon

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Selling flowers tying ribbon (hooray for fine motor)
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And bags are essential
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Cards to personalize the flower shop gift
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selling station

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I used cutup pool noodles to hold the flowers up
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super fancy
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Mikey was super into this. Flowers are not just for girls!
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This Imaginary Play kept them busy for a long time!
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Looking through a flower magazine for shopping choices
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This was such a fun set up pretty much everything came from the 99 cent store so it was pretty inexpensive!
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Our Flower Stand Go Here for step by step instructions on how to make one.

Fairy Watching Binoculars

Disclaimer: I received a gift card from Jo Ann Fabric and Craft stores to help with purchasing the products to create this craft.

BINOCULARS

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is one of my favorite places to shop. This summer they a fantastic program that has 72 wonderful Summer Crafts. These ideas are spectacular on their own but I like to put my own twist on things. When I saw the Binoculars project I knew it would be a fun project to work on with my kiddos.

We make binoculars every summer. They are fun and easy. Jo-Anns came up with a super simple way to make soft fun binoculars. I love it and it made me start thinking we need to make our binocular making to the next level. Jo-Anns has a ton of really cute craft foam in different colors and prints. I fell in love with this scrapbook paper. It is glittery and iridescent and it does not flake. Meaning the little glitter bits don”t come off with rubbing etc. This is important to me since the binoculars will be next to their eyes.

I started with two toilet paper rolls. We always have a ready supply of those. I cut my paper to the right length using the toilet paper tube as my guide. I then did a mock roll and cut the paper to the right width. You can use your first piece as a guide to make your second. I then glued the piece of cut scrapbook paper to the roll. Once that was done I glued the other end to itself. I also used glitter ribbon. I love it I got some that is self sticking and some that needs glue to stick. I love both I am totally sold on using this for craft projects it is so pretty!

Now its time to glue any other paper embellishments that will be going around the roll completely. Once that is done. Glue the rolls together to create your binoculars. You can now glue on any other goodies you would like attached. Like rhinestones, flowers, stickers etc. Once you are done doing this punch a hole in each of the outer sides of the binoculars to connect your neck strap.

In the Jo-Anns version of this project they use some cording. I wanted ours to be different. So I started thinking maybe ribbon or rickrack. And then I thought mardi gras beads. I just cut the beads. One cut anywhere on the strand. Now push the end bead through your hole you created. I added a dab of hot glue to the inside bead in the TP roll and one to the outside bead that you can see. There I added a little fabric rose to conceal and block the hole where the bead was pushed through. Repeat this on the other side.

You can see the rose up above where I added it to conceal the hole.

I absolutely love them. They turned out so cute!

Kaia loves them too. She immediately took them out and went searching for faeries. She wears them around the house and hangs them above her bed.

You can view the full online Cape Discovery Catalog & Jo-Ann’s Weekly digital advertisement to see everything that is going on! You can find a single coupon for 40% off one item there as well! There are even more craft ideas & you can find out what is on sale when you visit in store & online!

What kind of Summer crafting activities do you enjoy doing with your kids or even for yourself? Which one of the Jo-Ann Summer craft activities are you most excited about?