I am re-posting this project from when I guest posted over at Domestic, But Not Martha.
A child development professor taught me years ago that children spell love: T-I-M-E. That has really stuck with me, and it’s true. So true.
And one of my oldest son’s favorite ways to spend time together is playing games like UNO.
The only catch is that he has a hard time holding all those cards at once. Copying a Leap Frog card holder I have heard about, I made this card wheel to help remedy that.
It is just the right size for little hands. And…simple enough to also make with your kids thus spending more time with them!
Want to make one too?
Here is what we did. We gathered some supplies…
two, 3″ wooden circles per card wheel
a brass brad
optional – clear coat
Then gathered up the kiddos to have a little painting party.
Acrylic paint permanently stains once dry, so I made my boys strip down to their skivvies. We have stained way too many clothes in the past to take the risk anymore. 🙂 If you do end up with a spill get the fabric soaking wet immediately. This buys you time as you try to contain the mess and clean up.
Once the paint was dry I quickly painted the other side for good measure even though it won’t really be seen. I also drew on Reid’s circles with a red sharpie. I think it gave it a cool textured look.
I then topped it off with some clear coat spray paint. Since it will likely get really loved and banged up this coat adds some sturdiness.
Once it was all dry so we drilled little holes in the middle of each wooden circle.
The hole doesn’t look like it will fit the brad, but if you get the wood circles you can buy from Hobby Lobby or Joann’s the wood should be soft enough that it will give with a little pressure and fit great.
Slip the brad in and open the fastener legs at the back. Don’t make it too tight or it will be difficult to slide the cards in. You want it loose enough that you can still spin the circles freely.
Owen really tried to teach Reid how to play…
Reid was more interested in showing me how he can hang on the edge of the table.
He may be too young to actually play now, but he still likes to be included. And this card wheel helps him keep his cards all together.