Well we love Summer Reading and having the book come alive in the form of a related activity is AWESOME! One of my kids favorite books is the Scrubbly Bubbly Car Wash. It’s fun to read and rhythmic.
So for the activity, actually going to the car wash is a given, right? While that can be super fun, we went a little different route. We had a windy rain storm recently and it left Dad’s car quite dirty. We hadn’t had time to give it a wash, but he didn’t enjoy taking it to work each day that dirty — LIGHTBULB moment! How about we surprise Dad, and wash his car?!
It is still missing the front door, but the girls don’t care; they love the new Playhouse that Daddy built for them. We had been shopping around for a playhouse/swing set to put in the backyard, but didn’t find anything that we loved. So when my husband’s folks came to visit in January and we wanted a project to do with them, we decided to build a playhouse.
Here we are breaking ground.
The kids’ handprints in the playhouse footings.
Laying down the floor.
The playhouse is starting to take shape, and it’s time for Grandma & Grandpa to head home.
After Grandma and Grandpa left, Daddy finished putting the outer “skin” boards on, but then the project was abandoned for about a month while we figured out how we wanted to finish it. Well I guess not really abandoned since the girls loved playing in it, painted or not.
With no real ideas flowing we decided to just paint it white. I was actually at Home Depot getting the paint when I picked up a copy of Dwell magazine and saw this house. It was the stroke of inspiration we needed to finish things up. We decided to use the brown and red color scheme that worked really well with the color of our house and our future plans to paint our barn red. Plus the high-contrast colors really played up the super-long rectangular windows, giving the playhouse the modern feel we were after.