Young children will often become fixated on new ideas, some pass quickly, others linger for years. I’m currently watching Little Guy as he goes through this and had an opportunity to feed one of his obsessions.
It started with vehicles, then dinosaurs, music and then late last winter or early spring it became monsters – specifically monsters related to Halloween. He’s never tired of his monsters and so this Christmas his mother gifted him with the original Ghostbuster movie starring Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray. The movie has become his latest fixation.
Last week when he was visiting he went upstairs to the girls’ room and brought down a clothes hanger which he put on his arm and tried to pretend it was a proton pack.
He was so happy with himself that he wouldn’t go home without that hanger. I off-handedly mentioned he needed an actual proton pack. That one comment started the gears moving and soon I’d devised a pack from items I had in the house. You know I’m not leaving the house with sub zero-temps, right?
Here’s what I came up with.
I started with a box my son mailed a Christmas/birthday gift to me in. I needed straps and found bias tape I bought eight years ago and had just been sitting in my sewing box.
I simply used a box cutter to slit an opening to slide the bias tape through then knotted it so it wouldn’t pull through. Next, I needed a “hose” to hold the “gun” to shoot the ghosts. I didn’t have enough bias tape but I do have a roll of thick ribbon I use to hang the Christmas ornaments I make the children each year. Again I punched a hole in the side of the box and slid the ribbon through, knotting it a few times to prevent it from pulling out.
I searched through the toy box and came up with a vacuum attachment (a brush) my oldest grandson had played with for several years and tied the end of the ribbon to this.
This is the cover of the Ghostbusters movie I wanted to incorporate into the proton pack.
I’m not what one would call a talented artist but I thought my limited skills could sketch this. Using plain construction paper and colored pencils this is what I came up with.
I trimmed the excess paper off and since I couldn’t find any glue I used some packing tape I had from shipping Christmas gifts to affix this to the back of the proton pack.
I wasn’t done. The box was a bit plain. I have a book here Little Guy loves and wanted to incorporated a few images from the artwork in it.
Specifically, I wanted to incorporate this guy’s pack into the one I was making.
I added images from this boys pack on the sides of the one I was making.
I had thought about adding an empty toilet paper roll to the one side to act as a harness for the “ghost gun” but decided to use the ghost image instead.
Tonight this is sitting on the table waiting for the roads to clear so Little Guy can visit. Should his obsession with Ghostbusters end soon everything here can be repurposed or recycled with the exception of the tape. We can remove the tape and recycle the box, I’ll take the bias tape and ribbon back for another craft and the vacuum attachment can go back in the toy box.
The last piece needed is a set of headphones which Little Guy has at home. I know this will be a hit but even better is that with a zero cost there’s no reason to be disappointed should it not get a lot of use.
If you have a ghost-obsessed child feel free to build on my concept or check out Pinterest for more elaborate plans.