lil j was first introduced to dinosaurs via Harry and the Dinosaurs (by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds). we borrowed lots of the Harry’s series from the library but this is one of his favourites.
lil j's favourite book from Harry's series. having read this countless time, he has started talking about packing his bag for sleepover, although I seriously think he doesn't quite fathom the meaning of sleepover just yet
one of the reasons lil j is fascinated with this book is Jack's tent. we've only gone camping in a tent once earlier this year, but he talked about camping whenever we read this.
so, last weekend, we decided to make lil j a tent – just like Jack’s tent… or thereabout ;)
it was relatively easy – thanks to Rubyellen of cakies. I used her tutorial, but made some small changes. Well, hubz got the frame done actually, with the help of the eager little j who was thrilled when we told him we were going to make him a tent.
hubz and lil j hard at work ;) it was a particularly warm day so while they both slogged away in the heat, i stayed indoor and make the tent cover.. oblivious to the cool breeze from the fan :P
we added dowel on the lower tent legs and they made the frame more stable. also sewn additional elastic loops to secure the tent cover better.
lil j's new tent!
And Apatosaurus said, "Listen!" because you could swish it with your tail and make it whistle.
There is only one way to find out if Apatosaurus was right
Brachiosaurus swished it with his tail, and yes! it did whistle!
all of lil j's dinosaurs are ready for their sleepover now...
but wait. this should be about Harry and the Dinosaurs! the tent is Jack’s, right? well all right, if lil j were to have a little sleepover in the tent, then we need some pillows. now there… isn’t that almost like Apatosaurus eh?
i made these appliqué dino pillows to go with the tent :) we can even do a little puzzle to piece the dino together...
and this was how Harry and Jack finally ended up having a camp in the room.
It was lovely having a camp in the room, with all the toys having special jobs to do.
and, just like in the book, there wasn't one beep out of the cars or the diggers. Their job was to line up quietly in twos, ready for some noisy action in the morning. and i thought i heard lil j's saying "i like sleepovers, i'm going to do lots and lots of them. ENDOSAURUS :P
so there, another project accomplished, inspired by j’s favourite books. i really think Katy’s Once Upon a Thread rocks!
for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Romans 11:29