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Here is the situation...<br><br>
I lost my wallet last week. It had everything in it including my licence, birth certificate(stupid! me!) and my social security card, ATM card....everything lets put it that way.<br>
I went to my bank yesterday to take some money out of my savings account and was told that I can't until I have proper ID. I can't get another ID until I have SS card and birth certificate to prove who I am.<br>
I am so upset.<br><br>
My son will be 3 and I am really trying to brainstorm here on what I could do.<br>
I am thinking of maybe doing a nature basket of things I find and make but, I need ideas...<br>
I don't have much time... his birthday is on the 8th.<br><br>
He has many toys all natural... and I am sure he'll be recieving more.<br><br>
Mama's please help me brainstorm...<br>
Thanks,<br>
Tonya mama to Sabai<br>
and 4 months preggo with lil bebe....
 

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Can you sew? A cape might be cool. Or a simple vest type jacket with pockets and straps for attaching things. Rummage around your closet for things you don't wear that could be recycled in this way. You'd only need tha barest of sewing skills. He won't notice if it's not perfect.
 

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Do you live somewhere where you could catch a toad? (We have lots if you want to come here! ) You could put it in a box with grass and leaves and put a bow around it, and tell DS that you'll help him catch bugs for the toad. (After a few days you will probably be able to convince him that the toad needs to go home to see his mama now, so it is time to set him free.)<br><br>
How about decorating a big cardboard box from the attic like a spaceship? Wrap foil around it, or spray paint whatever color you have on hand. If you don't have a box, go to the grocery store and ask for the biggest box they have. You could also decorate it like a cabin in the woods, a ship, or whatever your little guy is into.<br><br>
You could make the "getting" of the present bigger than the gift itself. Hide little trinkets you may have on hand (or homemade healthy treats) outside or in your house and make a treasure map or a scavenger hunt-type list with clues.<br><br>
When he wakes up in the morning, tell him for his present he gets to make all the decisions that day. Pancakes or eggs for breakfast? What to wear, what to do, where to go on a walk, etc, etc. Kids that age love to be in charge!<br><br>
Boy, this is fun -- I will have to use some of these ideas!<br><br>
Good luck -- I know you will make his big day special <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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does he know he's turning three? can you delay it by a week until you get your wallet?<br><br>
other mamas had great ideas. i've got nothing else. brain fried today.
 

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Some suggestions:<br><br>
- Make a dress up or make believe bin by decorating a big box and filling it with hats, scarves, ties, sunglasses, gloves, big pieces of fabric...whatever you can find around the house, in the back of your closet, etc.<br><br>
- Make a craft basket filled with ready-to-do crafts such as:<br>
*egg carton caterpillar body, pipe cleaner antennae, markers<br>
*sponges cut into different shapes, paper and a stamp pad or paints<br>
*mask shapes w/ eye holes cut out our cardboard and misc items to decorate the mask with (feathers, beads, bits of fabric, markers, etc.<br>
*misc. craft items for him to make his own masterpieces with - cardboard tubes, tissue paper, coffee filters, boxes of varying sizes, aluminum foil, etc.<br><br>
- a baking basket w/ a big bowl, a wooden spoon, a whisk, a scraper, measuring spoons, measuring cups, a homemade apron that he can decorate (these can easily be made out of an old adult size t-shirt...the neck hole of the shirt is the neck hole for the apron, a rectangle is cut out from the back of the shirt starting at the sides and going up to the middle of the shirt, another rectangle is cut out of the back from under the neck hole to an inch or two above where the lower rectangle was cut out...this leaves a strip of fabric attached to the front panel...cut this strip in the middle...it's the waist tie of the apron...sorry, this is really difficult to describe!) and a promise to bake bread/cookies/pizza, etc.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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What a great thread! I will have to print this out and save the ideas. If you have any permanent markers, you could even decorate the apron or cape with ds's name. I know my 3 yo ds likes to see his name on things.<br><br>
I think I'm going to go rummage through my closet for old clothes to make a cape out of!
 

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this is such a great thread!<br><br>
this is sort of along the same lines as another poster's suggestion... maybe if you could get ahold of a really big box (like a refrigerator box), you could give him the box, but instead of decorating it yourself ahead of time, part of the fun would be you guys spending a few hours turning it into a fort - so he could do whatever he wanted to with it. gather up some stuff to decorate it in advance (aluminum foil, markers, old clothes you could cut up to make curtains for the windows, etc.).<br><br>
do you guys do outdoorsy stuff? maybe an overnite camping trip (someplace where there aren't fees) or a day-trip to hike, swim, fish, hunt for fossils, pick flowers, chase butterflies, whatever there is to do. or maybe to a free museum? i don't know if there are many around where you are - here in DC of course they're everywhere.<br><br>
don't know if you have a suitable tree in the yard, but if you could get hold of an old tire and some rope you could make him a rope swing.
 

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How about using some boxes to create a "doll" playhouse. We have made a 3 story one out of boxes with duct tape. Furnish with fabric for walls and discard tiles for flooring. Max has used it for years and Lucy now plays for hours with it. He mostly uses it now as a"car dealership" and clears out all furniture to park all his cars in
 
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