Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Goin' Wild Kratts!

Bug-A-Boo is an animal lover.  In her short time on this planet she has loved learning about animals.  After Disney World her favorite place is the zoo.  The big cats are her absolute favorite.  It's funny because during our bed time routine each night she tells us 5 different jobs that she would want to do when she grows up.  They are as follows:  Zoologist, Zookeeper, Marine Biologist, Park Ranger and Veterinarian.

She recently got to meet Jack Hanna at the Columbus Zoo and was pretty excited about it, although she was to scared to get her picture with him.


I asked her if she would have been afraid to meet and get her picture if she could meet the Kratt brothers?  She said, "NO!  I love them."  Sorry Jack.

Bug-A-Boo is obsessed with the Kratt brothers and their PBS Kids show "Wild Kratts".  It is amazing to me the things that she is learning (and teaching us) about.

In case you haven't heard of the Wild Kratts here is synopsis by PBS Kids:
  
Join the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure, while traveling to animal habitats around the globe. Each adventure explores an age-appropriate science concept central to an animal’s life and showcases a never-before-seen wildlife moment. It’s all wrapped up in engaging stories of adventure, mystery, rescue, and the Kratt brothers’ brand of laugh-out-loud-comedy that kids love.
The real-life Chris and Martin introduce each Wild Kratts episode with a live action segment that imagines what it would be like to experience a never- before-seen wildlife moment, and asks, “What if...?” The Kratt brothers transition into animation and the adventure begins, bringing early-elementary school children into the secret lives of extraordinary creatures, many of which have never been animated before – including proboscis monkeys, draco lizards and caracals!
Aided by the brilliant hi-tech inventor and scientist Aviva Corcovado and her team, the adventuring brothers can activate their Creature Power Suits to fly with peregrine falcons, tag along remora-style with a great white shark, or dive to the bottom of the sea with whales and colossal squid!
From meeting a young elephant who uses the physics of suction to bring water into her trunk, to poison arrow frogs who use chemistry as their defense, to peregrine falcons who harness the force of gravity to fly so fast, the brothers and viewers learn that animals can take you anywhere in science!
Martin Kratt, Aviva and Chris Kratt

Bug-A-Boo is such a fan of this show that she has asked for a Wild Kratt birthday party (her birthday is 6 months away).  She also has devised a game that she plays with Prince Charming almost every night.  It is so much fun watching them run around the house rescuing animals and developing Creature Powers to help them accomplish their missions.  The first time Bug-A-Boo looked at Prince Charming and said, "come on Bro, let's rescue that cheetah.   CHEETAH POWER!"  I thought I was going to pee my pants I laughed so hard.

I knew then that I needed to make her a Creature Power suit so I took to the internet for inspiration and found a lot of other kids who were obsessed too.  Using ideas from several different creative women I designed a Creature Power suit for my little Wild Kratt Kid!

front of vest

For the vest of the Creature Power suit I used black fleece and green felt (because Chris wears green and Chris is her favorite).  I cut the fleece to fit her and used a sewing machine to sew on the felt.  The black dot in the center is a piece of velcro to hold the Creature Power discs on.

back of vest

Not the straightest but Bug-A-Boo doesn't seem to care.


Creature Power suit accessories:  communicator, gloves, pouch and Creature Power discs.


For the pouch I just took a piece of fleece and made a loop to put the belt material through and bought a clip at Joann.  I found the Creature Power discs online and had them laminated and put the opposing piece of velcro on the back.


The gloves are just a pair of black gloves found in the Target Dollar Spot with hand sewn green felt.

The communicator was a little difficult to make.  First I cut an extremely thick piece of chip board.  Then I printed out the picture of Aviva, Koki and Jimmy.  I used adhesive to attach it and then covered it with a piece of transparency to make it look like a screen.  I made a pouch for the chip board out of black felt and cut a hole in the felt for the screen.  I hand sew'd the "buttons" on and then sew'd a piece of elastic so it can go around her wrist.


The finished product.  One happy Kratt Kid.


I'll keep you posted on the birthday party.

20 comments:

  1. Where did you get the Creature Power Discs? I'm hoping to make something similar for my boys and I'm trying to find discs.

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    1. I found the Creature Power Discs at various sites online. I did a Google search for "Creature Power Discs" and found several. If there was one I needed but couldn't find online I made it myself.

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  2. Any chance you would sell one of theese? Thanks- please email me at donnadehaan@msn.com my grandson loves this!

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  3. please sell this stuff.(or at least give me instrutions. me and my sisters are obsessed with and i don't mean really my best friend has 50 acres of land and i want to use it. thanks.

    p.s.: what's the date?

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  4. This is awesome! My girl wants me to make all of this stuff too....looks like I got my work cut out for me!

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  5. Hi Kelly - your suit is awesome.. I saw some for sale on E-Bay that doesn't look as nice as yours...therefore I am going to attempt to make it for my son at Christmas....did you say you made the fleece vest? I was looking to buy a vest- thinking that might be easier.
    Thanks

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    1. I did make the vest. It was very easy to do. I folded the fleece in half, cut out a neck hole and arm holes and just sewed the sides up.

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  6. wow what an awesome job!! I as well am having a wild kratt party for my 6yr old boy. I have a couple of creature power disks but I can't seem to find a good cheetah power disk that does not come out pixelated when i blow it up and print it. Any suggestions on links I can follow to find other creature power disks? you also mention that you made them your self? Can your post the steps? Thank you soo much!

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    1. I'm sure your party will be a hit. I was able to find creature power discs online just by doing a google search for "creature power discs" and looking for images. The ones I made myself I did using Photoshop. Your best bet will be to do the google search.

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  7. SO awesome. A wonderful inspiration and source of Creativity Power for me on my quest to make one little boy as happy as your little Kratt kid looks. Great job Mom! :)

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  8. This is awesome! My four-year-old has been asking me all year to make him a creature power suit, with specific Creature power Discs that he likes. You have some great ideas!
    Do you find, though, that the fleece is just too hot? I know my little guy will be running around in it and he tends to get a bit sweaty.

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    1. The fleece can get a little warm but you can also use any other type of fabric. A plain black cotton would work as well. I just found that the fleece was the easiest fabric to work with. Let me know how it goes.

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  9. Where did you find the image of Aviva, Koki and Jimmy? I can't find it anywhere

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    1. I found it here
      http://www-tc.pbs.org/teachers/includes/content/wildkratts/team.jpg

      Let me know if the link works. Good luck!

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  10. This is amazing! My son is obsessed and would like to be one for Halloween. Wonder if I can pull this together this weekend.

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  11. If anyone asks me, Wild Kratts one of my favorite shows on the PBS's PBS Kids. And i have more than one reason for that.

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  12. WoW~ you know, you are the bet mom, well, im 13 and I can DIE if I could get to be the wild-kratts next life!

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  13. Thank you so much for all the great ideas!

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  14. Really random question- I'm about to make up four of these for Christmas.... sewing the dots on the fingers of the gloves.... that seems.... painstaking. Any tips?

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    1. I was extremely painstaking. I made a set for a friend's daughter and couldn't bear the thought of doing that again so instead I used green, puffy, fabric paint. It worked great! Good luck!

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