The Power of Moms

 

Thursday
Jun252015

Sun Catchers

 

We recently visited the Arts Festival in my hometown and saw this fun activity, so we thought we's share.  It's super easy and can be done inside or out. 

You'll need cheap plastic dessert plates, sharpie markers, and a drill (or a hot nail). 

 

Preheat your oven to 350, or you can use your grill on medium.  Have your child draw and color on the plate.  The more color they add, the more colorful the end result will be.

 

 

 

 Next place the plates on a foil lined pan and bake for 5-10 minutes (honestly I'm kind of guessing at the bake times.  Just wait for them to curl up).  Let them cool slightly before lifting them onto a cooling rack.

 

Drill some holes, or melt the plastic with a hot nail.  We strung ours up with twine, but you could also turn them into magnets, or make a windchime.  Their are lots of possibilities!

Hope you enjoy!

 

 

Wednesday
Jun172015

Solar Lanterns

 

Summer has arrived, bringing with it camping trips, bonfires, late night star gazing, and an overall sense of merriment.  I remeber the magic of summer as a kid so vividly.  I thought it might be fun to make a special solar light for sleepovers at grandmas house.

There are a lot of ways you could go about this, but we decided on this option.

Now, as much as I like Ms. Garner, this little puppy runs a steep $19.99.  Luckily I had a few coupons tucked away and it ended up more like $8.00.  You could easily piece your own together using a solar lid, acrylic mason jar, painters tape, craft paint, and a small length of rope. 

 

This is a pretty simple project that takes about 20 mintues to make and about 30 minutes to dry.  This kit came with "stickers", which were basically shapes made out of blue painters tape.  Place your stickers onto your clean dry acrylic mason jar, making sure to give them a good rub to affix them firmly.

 

 

Next using a sponge or a foam stenciling brush, dab on a generous coat of acrylic craft paint.

 

 

Let the paint dry in a warm spot for about 20 minutes then peel the stickers off.

 

 

Now because my little one is pretty rough with things, and because everything is better with a good dose of glitter, I added a double coating of extreme glitter modge podge.

 

 

There you have it!  Add the rope, then the lid and you've got yourself a fabulous summer night light. 

 

Tuesday
Jun162015

How To Make A Stained Glass American Flag

I loved making stained glass decorations with my children. We are in full gear getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July and thought Stained Glass American Flags would add to our patriotism.

 Materials:

  • Cardstock Outline of an American Flag
  • Clear contact paper
  • Red, white, and blue tissue paper
  • White cardstock for the stars
  • Scissors

To Make:

1. Cut out the outline of an American Flag. I used my Silhouette to cut out the shape.

2. Cut out two pieces of clear contact paper that are both the same shape. They should be slightly bigger than your American Flag cutout.

3. Cut out small squares out of the red, white, and blue tissue paper. Place the colored squares onto the American Flag. The tissue paper will stick to the contact paper.

4. Cut out small stars out of white cardstock. Place onto the blue tissue paper. We did not need to use glue since the stars stuck to the contact paper.

5. When the flag is finished, place the 2nd piece of contact paper over the finished design and cut out. I like to cut just a bit outside of the outline to keep all the sides stuck together.

6. Hang and enjoy!


Thursday
Jun112015

Coffee filter chromatography butterflies

 

So, you may not know this about me, which you probably don't since we are still strangers, I am a bit of a nerd.  I love science and am always trying to find fun ideas to introduce it to my girls.  This week I found a little tutorial on pinterest and decided to give it a go. 

 

In case you're not familiar, chromatography is a method used by scientists for separating organic and inorganic compounds so that they can be analyzed and studied. By analyzing a compound, a scientist can figure out what makes up that compound. Chromatography is a great physical method for observing mixtures and solvents.  In this case we're seeing what colors make up a Mr. Sketch marker. 

For this you're going to need coffee filters, small cups (such as a juice cup), Mr. Sketch Markers (which will immediately take you right back to Jr. High), a pencil, and pipe cleaners if you're choosing to make butterflies. You'll want to prefill the cups with a small amount of water.


First Have your child draw a medium sized circle on the page, and write the name of the color in the center of that circle.  The pencil won't travel so you'll be able to tell which color you started with. 

 

Next have or help your child fold the filter in half, then in half again.  Place it in the cup of water, making sure that the marker circle does not become submerged.

Now let the magic of science begin!  The colors will separate into individual components as the water travels up the filter.   

 

Let the filters dry on a paper towel.  It's fun to try to guess the starting color without looking at the pencil.  Ask them which one surprised them and which ones didn't. 

Once dry, use the pipe cleaners and fashion into a butterfly!  Science made fun.

 

Sunday
Jun072015

Summer Badges

It has been so long since I have written! I am back (I think!) Life is so busy and fun! Since my last post, we have moved cross-country and loving our new area. We are surrounded by mountains, lakes, and evergreens. It’s been a bit of a crazy few years but we wouldn’t change a single thing!

This summer, our family is working on Summer Badges. A few weeks ago, I sat down and brainstormed all the activities I want our family to focus on. I divided it into four categories: academics, physical, outdoors, and skills. It helps me with my brainstorming. Below are all the badges and descriptions I came up with. Of course, customize it to your family. You may want to do more, less, or visit museums.

 

Click on the picture for the complete file with all 36 activities.

 My kids have already earned their hiking badge and are super excited to continue!

I am not a graphic artist and decided to turn to google to find summer badges that I could print and award my children. I found three websites of graphics that I loved.

Lifescouts

Camp Badges by The Girl Tyler

Symboly Gamification Icons

They are now all printed on cardstock and ready to be cut and given!

We decided to keep our badges on a white poster board hanging in our kitchen. My husband and I were discussing possibly having a fun family event when so many badges are earned. We haven’t really gotten that far in our thought process and are open to suggestions!

What are some fun summer activities you plan on doing?