How to Remove Rust and Repaint Crome on a Tricycle

I had a tricycle passed down to me for my child. A sturdy old school radio flyer. It was great, but it had a lot of rust. Now, to fix that.

Items Needed to Remove Rust

Items Needed to Remove Rust

Items For Tricycle:

  • Tricycle
  • Silver pray Paint
  • Sand Paper (100 grit)
  • Sand Paper (finer grit)
  • Plastic bags and painters tape (to cover the other parts of the bike)
  • Box to spray paint in (optional)
Tricycle Before

Tricycle Before

Getting sandpaper that can be wet is critical so that the rust doesn’t go all over (and get into your eyes).

I don’t have a garage and need to spray paint outside.  So, I like to use a cardboard box to minimize breeze and spray.

OberBargain Tip:  The tricycle was passed down to us, so the overall cost was minimal.  For this project, I was able to purchase everything for less than $10.

 

Directions:

1. Clean and Prep

  • Wet the chrome and lightly sand to roughen up the surface with the 100 grit paper.  If there are any spots were existing paint is peeling, be sure to smoothen as much as possible.
  • With a wet cloth, wipe base clean removing any leftover rust and grit.
  • Let dry to determine if there are any existing areas that still need to be sanded.
  • If so, repeat. If not, repeat process with the finer grit sand paper again using water.

    Tricycle after sandpapered

    Tricycle after sandpapered

 2. Prepare and Spray Paint

  • Cover your work surface and cover the areas you do not wish to be spray painted with plastic bags and painters tape.  Certain parts of the bike might need to be removed to properly be spray painted.
  • Using short bursts, spray paint the chrome to minimize drips.  It may take more than one coat.  Repeat as needed.

3.  Final touches

  • Remove tape, etc., and put the tricycle back together if need be and you are done!

The project took a few hours to complete (start to finish including drying time) but was only a few minutes of ‘work’ for each step.  I did have to sandpaper the tricycle several times as there was so much rust on the chrome. The process was still easy and the transformation worth the little effort!

Here is the final product!

Tricycle After

Tricycle After / Finished

Laugh & Learn: Color Black

Laugh and Learn LogoTHE COLOR BLACK

CONTINUITY ACTIVITIES
More snow and winter colds have dampened our progress, but we are carrying forward! In general, I found this color to be the most limiting in ideas which didn’t help either!

Brown Bear Book Project
We did the hand prints individually and then ended up doing them together to create the Brown Bear Hand Painting Project. The children hadn’t seen each other in a while and we’re excited to paint together. The black sheep was finally completed. It was in doing this craft I realized that black paint varied widely so choose with care.Black Sheep

Fish Bowl Craft
A black veil angelfish was added the white sand to the fish bowl. I thought that would take up less room than a whale. After googling it, options were limited, but I think it looks good all the same. This was added to blue water, yellow starfish, red crab, and white sand.Green Fish Bowl

DAILY ACTIVITIES
These are some activities that the kids enjoyed:
– Black Coloring
Color Song
– Color Pick
– Animal Shadow
– Spider Craft

Animal Shadow
My friend was inspired by a ground hog day craft and thought it would be perfect for the color black! My friend had a monkey and a dog for the kids to pick from and they wanted both. (Of course.) The image was lightly taped down and our children colored around the image with chalk. It was fun to use a different medium besides crayons and paint. The image wasn’t exact. If that’s the outcome you are looking for, then choose a simple image.White Shadow Craft

Spider Craft
Trying to find a black craft, I stumbled across an image of an egg carton ant and it inspired me to create something similar but with a toilet paper roll. It was going to be an ant, but my child wanted a spider so 8 legs it was!Black Spider

Laugh and Learn: Color Pink

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THE COLOR PINK

CONTINUITY ACTIVITES

Brown Bear Book Project
We decided to add the color pink to the Brown Bear Hand Painting Project with a pink pig. This was one of a couple colors we decided to add since we were using this a basis to teaching colors and kick-starting each week. The handprint went well and immediately lead into a coloring activity with stickers. The children were entertained for longer than we anticipated with this.Pink Pig Handprint

Color Cards
We got to do the pink color cards this week. As in previous weeks, I would point to the color card say the name of the color, and then point to the individual letters and spell it out. My child wanted to play with these cards. Whatever works!!

Fish Bowl Craft
This week we added a seahorse to our fish bowl craft. At this point, it should be ocean life craft, but I will stick with the original name. The weekly color additions are more important than the name of it anyway! I think the seahorse added a nice touch to the blue water, yellow starfish, red crab, white sand, black fish, and green seaweed.Orange Fish Bowl

DAILY ACTIVITESPink Bunny
These are some activities that the kids enjoyed for the color pink and they varied by day:
– Pink ColoringPink Painting
Color Song
Pink Doodle Paint
Pink Play-dough
Toilet Roll Bunny
Painted Clay Hearts
– Pink Sidewalk Chalk
– Cherry Blossoms on a Tree

These are so activities we did not get a chance to do, but home to do another time!
Tissue Paper Stained Glass Window
Tissue Paper Heart Wreath
Noodle Necklaces
Heart Shaped Animal Crafts

Cherry Blossoms on a Tree
My friend championed this craft.  She printed out a tree with just branches and the children added the ‘cherry blossoms’ with pink paint. You could have them use their fingertips. My child preferred to use a Q-tip. (It was also an easier way for us not to make it a handprint tree!)Pink Cherry Blossoms Activity

Laugh and Learn: Color Grey

Laugh and Learn LogoTHE COLOR GREY

CONTINUITY ACTIVITIES

Brown Bear Book Project
So for the Brown Bear Hand Painting Project we varied for our grey handprints. My child and I did an owl and my friend and her child did an elephant. I had a practice run with our owl and liked it best when the colors of gray were gradual around the owls eyes.Gray Owl Handprint Craft

Color Cards
This week was the grey color cards. Like I did with the other colors, I would point to the grey color card, say the name of the color, and then point to the individual letters and spell it out. My child always looks forward to picking a new card each day. Although it was easy since the printable was already done. It might have been fun to do our own.

Fish Bowl Craft
So, it the fish bowl or ocean life scene craft again.  Picking a grey item wasn’t easy. We decided on an octopus. We added this to the blue water, red crab, yellow starfish, white sand, black fish, green seaweed, pink seahorse, orange clownfish, and purple jellyfish.Grey Fish Bowl

DAILY ACTIVITIESGray Artwork

I recently found this and wish I had saw it sooner:

Laugh and Learn: Color Purple

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CONTINUITY ACTIVITIES

Brown Bear Book Project
So for the Brown Bear Hand Painting Project we did the purple cat. Now, the kids were anticipating the craft and handprint happy. It was getting more difficult to get enough paint on the hand before they placed one or more handprints. We definitely had back up paper at the ready!Purple Cat

Color Cards
This week was the purple color cards. Like I did with the other colors, I would point to the purple color card, say the name of the color, and then point to the individual letters and spell it out. My child always looks forward to picking a new card each day.

Fish Bowl Craft
The fish bowl or ocean life scene was now pretty robust with the blue water, yellow starfish, red crab, white sand, black fish, green seaweed, pink seahorse and orange clownfish. We decided to add a purple jellyfish. (Nice way to also teach some water safety!) I cut out the jellyfish, but let my child glue it on and kept reinforcing the color as we did the craft. Although, it was easy to do with “What’s that, Mommy?”Purple Fish Bowl

DAILY ACTIVITIES
These are some activities that the kids enjoyed. It always varied day to day:Purple Play Doh

Purple Color Find
The kids had to pick a purple block from the various colors of blocks. They took turns and each time would place the purple block on the top of the previous block selected. It was great reinforcement of color, taking turns and building.Purple Find It

Laugh and Learn: Color Orange

Laugh and Learn LogoTHE COLOR ORANGE

CONTINUITY ACTIVITIES

Brown Bear Book Project
We did the handprints for the Brown Bear Hand Painting Project and it went smoothly. I got inspired after we did the handprints and really tried to make the goldfish look more like a goldfish. I am happy with how it came out.Orange Goldfish Handprint

Color Cards
This week we did the orange color cards. Like I did with the other colors, I would point to the orange color card, say the name of the color, and then point to the individual letters and spell it out. My child always looks forward to picking a new card each day.

Fish Bowl Craft
The addition to the fish bowl or ocean life this color week was a clown fish!  Who doesn’t love Nemo. I cute out the fish, but let my child glue it on and kept reinforcing the color as we did the craft. We added this to the blue water, yellow starfish, red crab, white sand, black fish, green seaweed and pink seahorse.Orange Fish Bowl

DAILY ACTIVITIES
These are some activities that the kids enjoyed. The activities varied daily:Orange Playdoh
– Orange Coloring
Orange Play-dough
– Orange Sidewalk Chalk
Orange Color Song
– Orange Color Find (2 ways)

Color Find
We did this outside and looked for orange flowers amongst the other color flowers.  We also did a version inside. The children took turns picking an orange block for the multicolored blocks. Each time we asked them to ‘please pick an orange block and put it in the plastic bin.’Orange Find It

Laugh and Learn: Color Green

Laugh and Learn LogoTHE COLOR GREEN

CONTINUITY ACTIVITIES
This color was kicked off on St. Patrick’s Day, so we had a lot of inspiration and help!

Brown Bear Book Project
We did the handprints for the Brown Bear Hand Painting Project together, thankfully. (I am so glad that we decided to do Laugh and Learn! It helps to have someone to bounce ideas off of and do projects!) The handprints did not translate exactly. The hands had to be crossed. I don’t know how other Moms can do two hands full of paint on a two year old easily. We did one hand at a time and it seemed to work best for us.Green Frog Handprint

Color Cards
This week we did the green color cards. Like I did with the other colors, I would point to the green color card, say the name of the color, and then point to the individual letters and spell it out. My child always looks forward to picking a new card each day.

Fish Bowl Craft
The ocean items we glued on the plate weren’t staying and kept falling off so I had to re-create the craft. I used a piece of blue construction paper and glued the original oceans items on the paper (red craft and yellow starfish). I did add more white paper for the sand tho.  So this exercise helped reinforce the colors we already showcased. For green, added seaweed. I was constantly reinforcing the color green describing the scene we were creating as I cut it out and we glued it on the paper.Green Fish Bowl

DAILY ACTIVITIES
These are some activities that the kids enjoyed:Green Shamrock
– Green Coloring
Color Song
Green Doodle Paint
Green Window Stickers
Green Play-doughGreen Playdoh
Handy Shamrock
– Red light green light
– Green leaves on Tree

Green Doodle Paint
My child helped me mix the paint and kept asking to help mix (another one) the next day. Not only that, the ‘painting’ with the doodle paint was absolutely enjoyed. I couldn’t get the paper out fast enough. I think this will be even more fun as I get larger paper and add new colors. Definitely something I would do again and again.Green Paint

Green Window Stickers
It took 3 days for our window stickers to dry and when applied to the window, they only stayed up for a couple hours. Granted, it’s winter here so there might be better suited for warmer months. Regardless, my child liked filing in the cookie cuter and still sees it as a great craft we did together.Green Window Clings

Green Leaves on Tree
My friend shared an activity she did with her nieces –they printed out the bottom of a tree and paint leaves on. I did this activity with my child but drew the brown part of the tree instead of printing. (I was too lazy to google it!) My friend had her child use their fingertips for the leaves. When I did this craft, we used a q-tip and it worked well.Green Tree 2 Green Tree 1

Laugh and Learn: Color Brown

Laugh and Learn LogoTHE COLOR BROWN

CONTINUITY ACTIVITIES

Brown Bear Book Project
This was the final handprint for our Brown Bear Hand Painting Project.  Our brown handprints made brown bears. My first attempt at the brown bear, it looked like a brown rat. I changed to a more teddy bear face and it seemed to remedy the problem.Brown Bear

Color Cards
This week was the brown color cards. Like I did with the other colors, I would point to the brown color card, say the name of the color, and then point to the individual letters and spell it out. My child always looks forward to picking a new card each day.

Fish Bowl Craft
I was not sure what to do for the brown item in the fish bowl or ocean life scene craft. We decided on seashells. So this was added to the blue water, red crab, yellow starfish, white sand, black fish, green seaweed, pink seahorse, orange clownfish, purple jellyfish and grey octopus.Brown Fish Bowl

DAILY ACTIVITIES

Four Season Tree
My friend did this craft with her son. She created a tree that encompassed four different canvas panels. On each of the panels she had a different season, blue with white snowflakes, purple with pink flowers, yellow with green leaves and green with red leaves. She did the background and her child did the leaves on the various panels.Brown Tree Seasons

Bear Craft
We did this bear craft as the cover of the brown bear book. I loved the idea of creating the bear from this blog, but didn’t have the abundance of crayons to make it. So we had our children do handprints on brown paper instead.Brown Bear Craft

Halloween Activities for Toddler and Baby {Fairfield County} 2015

Some Mom friends were asking what is there to do for toddlers or their babies for Halloween in lower Fairfield County. Well, here’s a round up. (Hardly anything was free, so note costs accordingly.)

Parties

  • Halloween Art Party – Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT. Sunday, October 25th; 2-4 pm. Admission: $15; members $12. Participate in art activities (including mask making and clay pumpkin painting), costume parade, and enjoy snacks and a Halloween movie!
  • Halloween Spooktacular – New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan, CT. Saturday, October 24th from 6:00-8:00pm. Admission: Members $7, non-members $10. Meet bats, snakes, spiders and more. Make your own slime and roast marshmallows at the end of the night. Costumes encouraged. Spaces are limited and advanced registration is recommended.
  • Monster Mash – Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk, CT. Tickets: member $10, non-members $15, and children under 1 are free. Saturday, October 25th, all day long. Dress up in costumes and enjoy games, face-painting, and treasure hunt. Storybook Pumpkin Contest. noon-1pm. $3 material fee.
  • Mill River Halloween Party – Stamford, CT. Sunday, October 31st; 12-3pm. Children will trick-or-treat along the river path on the west side of the Park, from Broad Street to the playground. There will be spooky costumed performers and pumpkin decorating station.

Trick or Treating

  • Trick or Treat at Stamford Museum and Nature Center – Heckscher Farm. Sunday, October 25th; 1-3pm
    Admission: Members Free; Non-Members free with gate admission. Wear your Halloween costume to trick or treat with your favorite farm friends! Grab a map and head off in search of different “treats” at the trick or treating stations.
  • Overbrook for “Ick-Fest” – Overbrook at Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Sunday, October 25th; 1-4pm. Admission: Members Free; Non-Members free with gate admission. Get slimy with our slime table, visit live reptiles and bugs, and create crafts around some of our favorite Halloween critters.
  • Trick-or-Treat with the Stew Leonard’s Characters – Norwalk, CT. Thursday, October 22nd; 5:00-6:00pm. Children are invited to dress in their costumes and come to Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk to go trick or treating. Children can come with their own bags or Stew Leonard’s will provide one for them. Stew Leonard’s famous characters, including mascot Wow the Cow, will be available for taking photos with the children.

Parades

  • New Canaan Halloween Parade – Park Street Lot Park Street, New Canaan CT. Saturday, October 25th; 12:00-2:00pm. Annual Halloween Parade starts at 1pm lead by the Old Faithful Antique Fire Truck. Goodie bags are handed out. Children of all ages and their dogs are invited to participate.
  • Rowayton Halloween Celebration – Rowayton Community Center, Rowayton, CT. Sunday, October 25th; 1:00-4:00pm. In addition to a parade, this event has a hay maze, petting zoo, pony rides and a haunted house.
  • Westport Halloween Spectacular – YMCA and Town Green in Westport, CT. Wednesday, October 28th. 3:30 p.m. in front of the YMCA and 4:30 p.m. on the Town Green. Children in costume parade up Main Street and trick or treat along the way towards Town Hall for more treats, snacks and a DJ dance party. The Town Green party starts at 4:30pm.
  • Darien Halloween Parade – Friday, October 30th at 10am. $5/child. Meet at the parking lot next to the Darien Fire Station opposite Post Corner Pizza to participate in this annual parade for toddlers and pre-school aged children. Costumed kids trick or treat with local merchants on their way to Tilley Pond for snacks and a special magic show with The Amazing Andy.

Activities

  • Pumpkin Carving Demo – Sunday, October 18th. 11am-4pm. Pumpkin carver will make elaborate Halloween-themed etchings on the store’s pumpkins.
  • Hayrides – Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouse, Greenwich CT. Friday, September 25th – Friday October 31st. FREE hayrides to their Pumpkin Patch
  • Halloween Hayride Spooktacular at Stew Leonard’s In Norwalk – Friday, October 2nd to Sunday, October 31st. Monday through Friday: 3-8pm Saturday and Sunday: 9am-8pm. Cost: $1 per person. It’s 15-minute family-friendly all ages hayride that weaves through a course of more than twenty vignettes, including scenes of popular movie and television characters, traditional holiday settings, and a musical light show.
  • Build a Scarecrow Workshop – Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouse, Greenwich CT. October 10th, 17th, 12th, and 24th. For $35, they supply the frame (4ft or 6ft), head, stuffing and a place to make a mess. You supply the pants and long sleeve button and whatever accessories you want to create a one-of-a-kind scarecrow. Each workshop will be judged and the winner gets a prize. Reservations are a must.
  • Pumpkin Painting – Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouse, Greenwich CT. October 10th, 17th, 12th, and 24th between 10am and 2pm. For $8, they supply the pumpkin, paints and a place to make a mess.
  • Halloween Day Stew Leonard’s – Norwalk, CT. Sunday, October 31st, children who come to the store in their costumes will receive a free small ice cream.

Gyms

  • JOE’s SPOOKTACULAR Halloween Event! – My Gym, Stamford, CT. Sunday, October 18th 9:15-10:15am OR 10:30-11:30am. Sunday, October 25th 9:15-10:15am OR 10:30-11:30am. Pricing (cash only): members $15, nonmembers $20, siblings $5. All ages welcome. Pay n’ Play filled with fun Halloween decorations, games, and activities! Children can come dressed in costume.
  • Trunk or Treat – Parking lot of Union Memorial Church, Stamford, CT. Saturday, October 25th. 4-6pm. Pricing: $5 per child. Come park your car, decorate it or tailgate while handing out Halloween treats.

Laugh & Learn: Color White

Laugh and Learn LogoTHE COLOR WHITE

CONTINUITY ACTIVITIES
The white week(s) were teamed up with nature as we had several days of snow throughout the week. So, it allowed for some natural repetition as well.

Brown Bear Book Project
We started off the Laugh & Learn with quickly with the white dog for the Brown Bear Hand Painting Project. The kids were happy to be reunited in their paint handprints and the activity quickly moved into coloring with white crayons on colored construction paper. We were now getting the process down for painting. We did the painting early on so it would be dry or almost dry for the parent driving to take it home. We also had a plastic discard bag on the side where we put all the used items to be thrown away after painting and it worked out efficiently!

White Dog Handprint Activity

White Dog Handprint Activity

Fish Bowl Craft
This week we added the white sand to the fish bowl. So, the aquatic scene is coming together nicely with the red crab and yellow starfish.White Fish Bowl

DAILY ACTIVITIES
These are some activities that the kids enjoyed:White Painting
Cottonball Snowman Craft
– White Painting/Coloring
White Hearts Painting Activity
Color Song
– Snow Play
– Water Play
– Pick the White Bear
– White Tree

Cottonball Snowman Craft
We used the image in the link as inspiration and just improvised, like drawing white circles on the paper and using that to fill in the cottonballs. Although our children helped with the glue, cottonballs and other adornments, it felt more like a craft that the adults were doing than the child. Despite that, it is featured on the fridge and my child proudly points to it as her accomplishment.White Snowman

White Painting/Coloring
We usually used same color construction paper and color on it and apply stickers. We also would print out pages with an item to be colored for the week. For white, we took a different approach. We painted with white on different colored construction paper. It being Valentines Day this week, we also painted white hearts.White Hearts Painting

Snow Play
Since the snow has been prosperous, my friend brought some snow in and had her child play with it like sand, using it with shapes and cups. It was a very fun experience.White Snow Activity

Water Play
We did white also in the warmer months and did a water basin. Only used white toys. My child loved playing in the water and getting completely soaked in the process.White Water Bin

Pick the White Bear
My friend lined up the 4 white and one red bear. She then asked her child to pick up a white bear and put it in a different location. After the child completed that, my friend asked her child to do the same for another 2 cycles of white bear. When only a red and white bear are remaining, she asks the child to put the red bear in a different location. Then asks her child what color is the one remaining (white).White Bear Activity

White Tree
My friend and her child did this craft. She used a canvas, but a white piece of paper would work too. White painters tape, make a tree and using various colors, her child painted all over the canvas. When the paint dried, she removed the painters tape to reveal the tree.White Tree