Macaroni Day

There is a day for everything!  I actually really like that there is because it helps with ideas on things to do with the kids.

Supplies needed:
-noodles (any kind you can thread through)
-rubbing alcohol
-food coloring
-paper towels
-cookie trays
-rubber/plastic glove
-paper cups
-pipe cleaners
-hole punch

This list seems long but it’s likely a lot of things you already have.

The directions I found for dying noodles was a capful of rubbing alcohol and 5 drops of food coloring in a baggie then add in about 10 noodles at a time for the best color.  Having never done this before I followed directions.  After I had the first batch of noodles in I realized this wasn’t going to be very clean or efficient.  You can’t just dump the noodles because there’s still a lot of liquid left in the baggie.  So, I found myself a glove to pull them out.  The next issue was getting more noodles in the bag…you have to hold the baggie open, still have a glove with food coloring on it and are trying not to spill/stain anything.  I gave up and just poured more alcohol and random amounts of food coloring in and filled the bag with noodles.  It worked just fine.  You need to manipulate the noodles around for a little bit to make sure they are all getting wet but I thought the color turned out just the same as it was only doing a few at a time. I would also recommend using freezer bags as the noodles punctured holes as I swished them around in just a little sandwich baggie.  I will say though that mixing colors to make more fun colors didn’t work.  The orange turned out the same as red and the teal turned out the same as blue.  It must have something to do with the color of the noodle because it looked like the right color in the baggie.  The tutorial I read also said they had a hard time getting purple, it always turned out black.

You can probably use a variety of items as your ‘thread’ but if you use yarn you need to wrap tape around the end because it starts to fray right away.  I just had yarn on hand so that’s what I wanted to use.  

Some of them liked throwing the noodles more than threading them!  It was a good sensory bowl too I guess.

Some of the younger ones just made a necklace but JP enjoys threading so we made wind chime.  I punched 4 holes in a paper cut to go around.  

For the hook I used a pipe cleaner.  I folded it in half and twisted the bottom and poked it through a hole in the top.  I then spread out the tips of the pipe cleaner kind of like a drywall anchor.  


4th of July Star Wand

It’s the 4th of July and a lot of these kiddos are probably a little young for sparklers and other fun but potentially dangerous activities that come with the holiday.  Something for them to shake and catch their eye was what I was going for.
Supplies needed:
-popsicle sticks
-festive garland
-white craft paper
-foam stickers
The first step is to cut the garland in the length that you need.  I just wrapped it tightly around the popsicle stick and it didn’t slip around.  I did cut  off a lot of the stars of the garland that were to be under the white star.  
I cut out a bunch of white stars with my Sizzix Eclips.  It worked best to glue the tips of the stars together.  The garland was a little too thick to actually glue the star to the popsicle stick.  Once the glue was dry the kiddos can add on the foam star stickers.  I was trying for a nice centered star on each side but JP had other ideas and when I wasn’t looking started adding more to where ever they would stick! 

Father’s Day

This was a tough one for me.  I had scoured Pinterest and just wasn’t finding anything that was really catching my interest for a good project for all of the little ones we have in our Fit4MOM community.  I sat in the kids craft isle at Michael’s just staring blankly.  This is the idea that came to me.  
Supplies needed:
-8 1/2 x 11 foam sheets
-foam stickers
-letters for ‘daddy’
-glue stick
The D’s are cut out of foam sheets.  I made my template and just traced it backwards on what would be the back side just so my cutting didn’t have to be perfect and the front wouldn’t have the traced lines.
I trimmed the picture so it was the same width as the D and didn’t hang over.  JP loved the stickers.  I had to keep them out of his reach or he would have put stickers on everything!  I’m glad he has fun with them now because he went through a brief phase where he was really scared of them.  He would cringe and bring his hands to his body and almost panic.  It took some practice to work through it and show him there wasn’t anything to be scared of and now he loves stickers.
JP is one of the older ones in the group so I try to take what I’ve learned with him and help get these younger kids exposed to a lot of different things, work on different motor skills and still keep it fun for them.
Even the little kids were having fun putting the stickers on.

Chocolate Ice Cream Day

June 7th is Chocolate Ice Cream Day.  Who needs an excuse to eat ice cream though, certainly not us!!  
Supplies needed:
-brown paint
-foam paint brush
-full sheets of paper (in colors that brown paint will show up on)
-paper for ice cream and cherries
-brown marker
-glue stick
For this craft I cut out the ice cream shapes and cherries from one of the Sizzix Eclips cartridges I have.  JP’s foot is so big I had to kind of merge a couple of the melting layer to make it fit right across the ‘cone’!  
It’s easiest to get the best and most even coverage on the foot to use a foam paint brush to apply to the foot.  You need to press down especially in the arch area.  You can see that I didn’t do that good enough so I just used the paint brush to fill it in.  
While the paint is drying you can add on the ice cream and toppings.  Once the paint dries you can use a brown marker and make the ‘waffle’ effect on the cone.