My little man is in love with the PBS show Wild Kratts. If you aren’t familiar, the basic premise goes like this. The Kratt Brothers, Chris and Martin, explore, rescue, and just get into general adventures with an assortment of wild creatures. They wear “creature power suits” designed by Aviva, their super hi-tech scientist/inventor friend. These suits transform them and allow them to take on the abilities of the animal that episode is focused on.
It’s funny, easy to watch for parents, and educational. If you want to check it you can find them here on PBS. This show is meant for 5-8 year olds, but my 3 year old follows it, and now can name and identify a crazy number of animals. It also has led to some fantastic moments, like when he told his dad he was not as tough as a honey badger. It’s good to know where you stand 😉
For as few objections as I have to this show we do try to limit TV. So I hit the PBS website and found these great printables.
Now paper is going to last about 10 seconds in our house, so I printed these out (I used slightly heavier paper) and took them off to the closest printing shop.
He was super excited to get cutting, so you’re going to need to believe me when I say I got everything onto an 11×17 sheet and paid about 4 bucks to have it laminated.
Once I got Chris and Martin and their creature suit parts cut out, he wanted to put them together right away! I was going to try to keep the creature discs out of circulation, only because I was worried little sis would put them in her mouth, but he knew he needed them to make the creature power suits work! Silly Mom.
I had these little Velcro circles. They are stick-on and small. The teeth portion of the Velcro is pretty transparent which is great for how we’re going to use them.
I got to sticking! Just make sure you have a matching set. I put transparent teeth on the Kratt brothers’ hands, feet, head, and creature disc holder then put the hooks on the back of their power suit pieces and power discs.
I’m actually really happy with the hold. He can happily walk around with them “suited up” and not loose any pieces.
I whipped up a super fast little pouch to keep everything collected in out of fabric I had lying around. It gives me a place to collect everything at the end of the day. I just seamed up three sides, but you could easily use a snap or velcro to close your pouch.
Are you ready to be wowed by my artistic construction paper skills?
I put together a small board for him to play with. If you have a child who is a little older, this would be a great activity! In fact, let’s pretend this was my 3 yr. olds work – advanced no? That’s mud the elephants are standing in. The Kratts rescue an elephant stuck in the mud, so it was really important to have some mud on the board.
I used those same velcro dots on this board and the back of my figures.
Not into the Wild Kratts? You can use this same idea with your favorite characters. There are so many great printables and coloring sheets available online. A quick Google search will probably get you what you need to start!