Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Building Without Nails

Welcome to the July 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Creations
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared crafts, recipes, and philosophies of creativity. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
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One of the blogs I subscribe, No Tech Magazine, has a bunch of articles on ancient or old fashion ways to solve problems.  When I came across the article on lashing I knew I wanted to try it.  Selena loves to climb so I figured we could build her some monkey bars.  We aren't all the way there yet, but so far we have a swinging bar.

Here are some of the instructions we used.  I also used this YouTube video as that technique worked better for the tripods.  If you google lashing, lots of Boy Scout links come up.  Apparently they know all about it.

I ended up lashing sticks to the bottom of the tripod as well because when you swing on the bar, the whole tripod rocked and would collapse.  One problem we encountered is that the sticks aren't thick enough to stand on.  If you look closely at the picture you can see the remnants of a stick that was a victim to this use.

The girls helped pick out the sticks and helped hold string while I figured out how to tie.  I am sure this will be a better activity when they are a bit older and can lash stuff themselves.  Overall our contraption isn't the sturdiest.  I don't think I'd let children who aren't my own swing on it, but it is kind of cool, and making it into monkey bars will be fun.

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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
  • Garden Soup — Bailey finds a way to help momma Katy (from Muse of a Daffodil) in the garden.
  • This One Time, I Tried To Make a Car — Ashley at Domestic Chaos tries once again to make something crafty from stuff around the house.
  • Pin-tastic creative ideas — Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares how Pinterest is inspiring creativity in her family this summer.
  • Baby Hiccups In The Womb — Alinka at Baby Web shares one of the ways she bonds with her unborn baby.
  • Turtle Mosaics — Lyndsay at ourfeminist{play}school and her little family spend a quiet hour making a turtle mosaic inspired by the work of Melanie Mikecz.
  • Edible Art Plus 8 Art Supply Recipes — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares some natural, chemical-free art supply alternatives, which are gauranteed to be tons of fun for children of all ages. They taste great too!
  • A surprise art lesson — Tat at Mum in search has been taking art lessons from her 5-year-old son.
  • Memory Creation — Laura from Pug in the Kitchen talks about how her family aims to create as many memories as they can as a family.
  • A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words — Melissa at Momma Beer tries to replace cars with crafts.
  • My Creative Family: Sometimes Messy, Always Fun — Emily at S.A.H.M i AM embraces the messes that sometimes accompany creative play but admits you don't always have to get dirty to have fun.
  • Fun Family Learning: Constellation Cave Tutorial — Abbie at Farmer's Daughter gives step-by-step instructions for building a fun new twist on a cardboard box playhouse.
  • Cooking... Kind Of — ANonyMous at Radical Ramblings makes pizza with her daughter, hoping to inspire a love of cooking and encourage a bigger interest in food. As well as making mess and having lots of fun, of course!
  • Crockpot Refried BeansThat Mama Gretchen's family loves to experiment with new recipes, and today she's sharing a kitchen success!
  • Creating Memories — Andrea at Tales of Goodness reflects on how the best creations can emerge from just letting kids be kids.
  • Making Beautiful Things ... And Sometimes Just Average-Looking Ones — Tamara at Tea for Three looks for ways to add more craft and creativity into every day family life.
  • Making Fruit Leather Together — When Amy Willa at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work took some time to involve her children in the process of finally trying a fruit leather recipe stored on her Pinterest food board, she got more than just a scrumptious homemade snack as a result!
  • Making Glasses from Children's Art — Mandy at Living Peacefuly with Children used her children's artwork to make some very special glasses for her husband for Father's Day.
  • Preparing Family Meals Together — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares how she started the tradition of creating meals together with her children, which makes family gatherings more fun.
  • It's a trap! — Lauren at Hobo Mama shares the innovative snares her son and husband have set for her.
  • How To Make The Most Of A Very Wet Summer — Luschka at Diary of a First Child shows us the first few weeks of the Summer Camp At Home project for keeping boredom at bay.
  • Creating with... well, what do we have? — If necessity is the mother of invention, Momma Jorje thinks perhaps boredom is (or at least can be) the mother of creativity. In a pinch, she got creative with a household item to entertain herself and her toddler.
  • Creating Joy! Felt Counting Fish and other Fun — Terri at Child of the Nature Isle started creating Felt Counting Fish and then fell down the rabbit hole of fun with a number of other games.
  • I Am Going! (A Code Name: Mama Homemade Theater Production of Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie book) — This might be the finest example of child and baby acting ever recorded. Enjoy this Mo Willems treasure via video from Dionna at Code Name: Mama.
  • DIY Summer Sleep Sack for Baby Tutorial — Shannon at GrowingSlower made an organic summer sleep sack for baby, and you can too with her easy tutorial.
  • Chalk It Up! — Amy at Anktangle recounts how an impulse buy has turned into a fun collaborative activity that she hopes will continue to foster creativity in the whole family.
  • The Family Garden — Excited that her son has been a big help in the garden this year, Ana at Pandamoly shares how her garden grows and offers up some secrets on how a toddler can be a great assistant in the garden.
  • Getting my craft on — In a guest post at Natural Parents Network, Jona at Life, Intertwined takes a trip down memory lane — and finds it in stitches.
  • Easy DIY Sandpit for Toddler Play — Christine at African Babies Don't Cry shares her easy DIY toddler sandpit tutorial.
  • Building Without Nails — Laura at Laura's Blog builds a swinging bar using just sticks and twine.
  • Family Talent Show — Erika at Cinco de Mommy holds an after-dinner family talent show.
  • Ar matey! Fun and Learning with Pirate Play. Positive Parenting Connection is sharing lots of really fun Pirate-themed learning activities for the whole family.

7 comments:

Lauren @ Hobo Mama said...

How creative! I would have never thought to build my own monkey bars. That's a fabulous idea. Pretty, too. I can't wait to see what you end up getting together!

Anonymous said...

This looks like great fun! My son would love monkeybars! Looks like great fun was had setting up too :)

Dionna @ Code Name: Mama said...

We aren't using lashing, but we are building our kids a play set out of real logs this summer (by we, I really mean my FIL ;)). I'm SO excited! My hubby has also made a teepee out of sticks, and I was supposed to grow some peas or something to vine up it (cough cough - that hasn't happened yet).

Shannon @ GrowingSlower said...

Oh this is brilliant! I love the fact that it is so earth-friendly without using any of the plastic or even metal that other jungle gyms use. I hope you'll post an update to show how it all turns out.

Jona @ Life, Intertwined said...

I love how this looks - such a contrast from the hectic colors so often featured on commercially produced kids' stuff. Also loving how you involved your kids in creating this. I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Andrea at Tales Of Goodness said...

I have to admit, I'd never even heard of lashing until I read this, but how neat! We've been looking for a way to make a playground at our summer shack - I think this may be it. Thank you.

Alinka @ Baby Web said...

This is extraordinary!!! I love love love it! Swinging just like your daughter in the picture was my favorite pass time as a little girl :)