Disclosure: I worked with Kidzvuz on this post which was sponsored by Amazon Studios. All opinions expressed within are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
When my oldest was 2, his favorite book in the WHOLE WORLD was I Stink! by Kate and Jim McMullan. Besides reading it every.single.night, we also read it to his preschool class on “special person day” and acted out the story with our toys. We loved this book.
The Stinky & Dirty Show
Fast forward 5 years. Earlier this week, I sat down with my nearly 3 year old to watch the first episode of the Amazon original series, The Stinky & Dirty Show, featuring Stinky, the garbage truck, and Dirty, the backhoe. As soon as the characters hit the screen with their silly antics and problem-solving adventures, my 5 and 7 year olds also stopped what they were doing to watch along with us.
All four of us loved the show and binge-watched several episodes before dinnertime. I liked that I recognized a lot of the voices from the series, including Joan Cusack, Andy Richter, and Whoopi Goldberg. Likewise, the kids loved the colorful characters and the recycling themes throughout. The definitely laughed a lot during the episodes they watched!
Check out the trailer here:
DIY Ombre Rope Pencil Holder
I asked the boys if they would like to make a craft based on The Stinky & Dirty Show. The characters frequently ask “What if?” to brainstorm ideas to solve problems. My Kindergartener asked, “What if we used a tin can?” A great idea, but of course we did not have a can of any type in the house.
We DID have an old mailing tube that was bit “like” a can. One of the issues we face in our house is that the boys’ pens and pencils clutter their desks. Therefore, what better reason for a recycling craft than to create a pencil holder.
I am a big fan of all things ombre and wanted this pencil holder to be something that I would not mind on the main floor of my house, so we grabbed some old rope from a Florida Keys vacation and dip dyed it in some RIT Navy Blue dye.
We left 1/3 of the rope in the dye mixture for 20 minutes, and then added another 1/3 of the rope for an additional 10 minutes. If I were going to do this again, my second dip might only be 2 minutes or so to get a little color, but not too much.
We hung the rope out to dry overnight.
Then, we used Elmer’s Glue to attach the rope to a mailer that we sawed down to size.
We wrapped around and around from the bottom up until the entire cardboard mailer was covered.
After drying, we added pens and pencils. Ta-da! A free and stylish pencil holder was born.
Want to promote the repurposing of recycled materials with your kids? Watch The Stinky and Dirty Show on Amazon and decide how you can reuse items around your house to answer “What if?” yourselves!