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National Hat Day Crafts

This was such a fun themed craft! To celebrate national hat day with my little SURF Club girls, I thought it’d be fun to go with an Alice in Wonderland theme. After all, who knows hats better than the Mad Hatter?

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My friend, Heather, made these darling teacup cupcakes.
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I pulled out my favorite table cloth and my Grandma’s party crystal.
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These are my teacup cupcake attempts and my Alice in Wonderland tea set.

To set the mood, the girls first enjoyed a tea party. I think the Mad Hatter and Alice would have approved. πŸ™‚

For this craft I thought it’d be fun for each girl to make a Mad Hatter-inspired hat and a princess crown, which was inspired from the queens in Alice in Wonderland (the movie version with Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway).

For the Mad Hatter-inspired hats, I provided the following supplies:

  • Mini seed planter pots (from Dollar Tree)
  • Pre-cut poster board circles; dessert plate size, for the hat rim
  • Pre-cut poster board circles, for the hat top (smaller than the rim)
  • Paint and paint brushes
  • Ribbon and fabric scraps
  • Gemstones
  • Feathers, pom poms, buttons, and other embellishments
  • Craft glue, hot glue guns, and glue sticks (use low temp glue guns and supervise)
  • Alligator clips (so the girls could wear their hats if so desired)

For the princess crowns I supplied the following:

  • White paper party cups (from Dollar Tree); I pre-cut the bottom out with a hobby knife and shaped the top to resemble a dainty crown
  • Paint and paint brushes
  • Gold glitter
  • Craft glue, hot glue guns, and glue sticks (use low temp and supervise)
  • Heart and star stickers
  • Gemstones and other embellishments
  • Alligator clips (so the girls could wear them)

I’m always delighted by the girls’ creativity when we craft. One girl turned her hat into a pencil holder, taking advantage of the water holes in the planter pot. And as a last bit of fun, the girls posed for pictures wearing their hats.

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It’s been a winter wonderland here this month. These crafts brighten my mid-winter days.

β™₯ If you ever make mini hats at your house be sure to let me know! Thanks for stopping by and I hope the rest of your week is fantastic. If you’re in a snowy winter as we are, stay warm and drive safe. β™₯

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National Trivia Day Crafts

It’s a new year and that means new crafts with my SURF Club girls (Sweet, Unique, aRtsy Friends). For January I decided to mix it up from winter crafts and theme our crafts around national holidays. I chose a national holiday which fit into each week, and the first was National Trivia Day (January 4th).

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When I was looking for inspiration for this craft, I visited Barnes and Noble and purchased a National Geographic Kids Weird but True! book. These little books are really fun! I ended up creating 2″x 2″ cards for the girls on cardstock. I added in some of the facts from the book, in my own words. I also printed out blank cards and let the girls thumb through the book themselves and write out facts of their choice.

For this craft, I gave the girls two choices: they could make a trivia board game or they could make a trivia book. Most of the girls chose to create a game, and I loved the originality, even when they were based off games like Jeopardy and Sorry. They came up with their own layout and their own rules. For the game boards, I provided the following supplies:

  • Poster board (half size and smaller)
  • Pencils
  • Rulers
  • Markers
  • Glue sticks
  • Washi tape
  • Stickers
  • Buttons and pom poms for game markers

Some of the girls worked on a game together, in pairs.

The trivia books turned out super cute! For these I had paper sack books already made up (left over from our nature journals last summer). I also supplied:

  • Markers
  • Glue sticks
  • Stickers
  • Washi tape
  • Scrapbook paper

It was fun to hear the girls share facts with each other and maybe it even sparked some interest in learning about something further. In one group I ended up looking up how Jelly Belly beans are made and they really do take 7 to 21 days! That’s amazing to me!

β™₯ So that was our first craft to kick off the new year. How is your new year going so far? I’m hosting these craft sessions three days a week so that is keeping me busy. I have six new girls and three are younger sisters of craft girls in my group so that is fun. They are 3-years old and so cute! For this craft, I made up an animal matching game for them to color.

Marcus just passed his driver’s test and is waiting another week or so for the 6-month driving permit period to be up so he can get his license. He started his second semester of this homeschool year (his 10th grade year) this week and we are trying to finish up his last five merit badges so he can earn his Eagle. He is still deciding what to do for his Eagle project. Any ideas? β™₯

 

 

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Christmas Kid Craft Party

This past Saturday I hosted a Christmas craft party for my SURF (Sweet, unique, aRsty, friends) Club. I hosted 14 girls, ages 3 to 11. I created stations and put the girls into groups. It’s the easiest way for me to host this many girls at once.Β The girls made jars of love, ornaments, and graham cracker houses.

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In my crafting cove, the girls made jars of love as a gift for anyone of their choosing. These are decorated jars filled with rolled slips of paper. Each paper states something positive about the receiver. Some examples for a jar of love to one’s mother might be: “I love your hugs!”, “I love your cooking.”, “I love your piano playing.”, etc.

For this craft I provided the following:

  • small plastic jars (I bought these from Michael’s in a bulk sale; they came in packs of 10)
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brushes
  • small paper plates (for the Mod Podge)
  • tissue paper squares
  • glitter
  • pre-cut strips of paper (I chose scrapbook paper I already had on hand)
  • thin markers and/or pens
  • white gift bags (optional)
  • blank cards with envelopes (optional)
  • Christmas stickers and washi tape (optional)
  • Christmas stamps and black ink pad (optional)
  • Christmas craft punches (optional)
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Two of the girls made their jars for me!

Some of the girls glittered their jars. Others Mod Podged the tissue paper. Both looked pretty. While their jars dried, they wrote on their paper slips and scrolled them up. They also decorated gift bags and made cards so it was a complete gift ready to give.

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“Straten (straighten) my sisters shoes” How sweet is that?

At another station, the girls created ornaments from craft kits I bought from Hobby Lobby. The pieces had sticky backs so no glue was necessary. I provided markers for coloring. I also provided paper snowflakes and we discussed how December 1st was Worldwide Service Day. Each girl wrote acts of service she would try to do at home or in her community this week.

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At the kitchen table, my daughter supervised the graham cracker houses. For this project I provided:

  • Graham crackers
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Toothpicks
  • Plastic knives
  • Sandwich bags (for makeshift frosting bags)
  • Mini marshmallows (the fruity kind)
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Smarties, Red Hots, Sixlets, gummy bears, and other small candies
  • Christmas sprinkles
  • Paper or foam plates (I bought the oval shaped ones)

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For many of the girls, it was easier to make tents.

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The last station was for the wish ornaments. A wish ornament simply contains a written wish scrolled up inside it. For this craft I provided:

  • plastic ornament bulbs (purchased in a set of 25 from Michael’s)
  • craft snow confetti
  • tiny beads
  • sequins
  • anything miniature and Christmasy from my craft supplies
  • pre-cut strips of paper (I chose Christmas scrapbook paper)
  • thin markers and/or pens

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The girls filled their bulbs as they chose. They also wrote a wish on a piece of paper and scrolled it up. Since this station didn’t take as long as the others, the girls also made a get well poster for a club member who was sick and missing out on the fun.

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To help the girls keep their creations together in one place, I always provide an extra table. I gave each girl a gift sack to collect their ornaments. That made it easy for them to bring them home as well.

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The girls also had a snack. One mom was kind enough to make these delightful wreaths out of crispy noodles. Yum! There was also cheese and crackers, apple and orange slices, and juice.

β™₯ Merry Christmas Everyone! Thanks so much for reading. I’d love to hear from you. Will you be hosting a Christmas party this year? β™₯

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Winter Craft- Penguins


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My SURF Club’s last November craft was penguins. This was requested by one of the girls. πŸ™‚ In fact, she made the penguin pictured above.

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For this craft I gathered the following supplies:

  • black paper or cardstock (for the penguin’s body and wings/flippers)
  • white felt (for the penguin’s belly and face)
  • orange craft foam (for beaks and feet)
  • small brads/paper fasteners (optional; to attach the wings/flippers)
  • black buttons (for eyes)
  • chenille stems
  • pom poms
  • pony beads
  • Christmas fabric scraps (optional; I had some on hand)
  • assorted craft foam
  • cotton balls
  • craft glue, glitter glue
  • scissors
  • markers

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I pre-cut the bodies, bellies, wings, and feet to make it easier for the younger girls. Just like each girl, each penguin is unique.

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Could this be any cuter? I think not.

This was a fun craft to transition us to winter and the Christmas season. On Saturday we are having our Christmas craft party and then I’m taking a break from crafting with my girls until January.

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Also, I’d like you to meet our newest family member, Casper. Casper was rescued by my son outside his workplace, two weeks ago. It was early morning and this wee one was all alone and shivering in the cold. The vet thought he was maybe 6 weeks old at the time. My son took him around to the neighboring homes, but no one claimed him. So we gladly adopted him. He has added a lot of cheer to our home! He likes to cuddle, play, and be close to us.

β™₯ It started snowing our first real snow of the season here today and this morning we had the thickest fog which made for a slow commute. Thanks for reading and if you live where it’s winter, I hope you’re staying warm and cozy. β™₯

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Thanksgiving Craft- Colorful Foam Turkeys

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For the second week of crafts this month, my SURF Club girls made turkey families out of craft foam.

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For this craft I provided:

  • Three sizes of pre-cut craft foam turkey bodies (they look more like snowmen or bowling pins, haha)
  • Pre-cut turkey feet (all the same size)
  • Googly eyes
  • Craft feathers
  • Chenille stems (optional, any colors)
  • Pony beads (optional, any colors)
  • Markers
  • Craft/Elmer’s/glitter glue
  • Extra foam (scraps work well, for beaks and wattles)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks (for gluing the chenille stems onto the foam)
  • Scissors

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No brown turkeys here! Some of the girls chose to make their turkeys represent their own families. One girl used pumpkin seeds as her turkey beaks. She colored them orange first. I thought that was pretty creative.

β™₯ Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving week with your family. β™₯

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Fall Storybook Kid Craft

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This month I decided to hold weekly craft days for my SURF Club which is made up of 21 neighbor girls ranging in ages from 3-17 years old. (SURF stands for: Sweet, Unique, aRtistic Friends.) Because of the high number of girls, and different dates of availability, I’m holding two hour craft sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays after school in my Craft Cove.

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Can you tell this is a well loved copy?

For this first week, I did something different with the girls. I read them a fall story called Pumpkin Town! from my family’s library, and that became the theme of our craft.

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For this craft I provided the following supplies:

  • Printed copies of a full page pumpkin outline on cardstock (my own drawing)
  • Orange markers and crayons
  • Orange tissue paper, Mod Podge and paint brush (optional)
  • Green chenille stems
  • Brown construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue (Elmer’s/craft glue, glue sticks, glitter glue)
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Pre-cut foam rectangles and triangles (any colors, small enough for the inside of the pumpkin)
  • Tiny flat buttons, Pom poms, pony beads, and sequins (optional embellishments)

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First the girls colored their pumpkins orange and then they cut them out. They cut their own stems out of the brown paper and used the green chenille stems for the vine. A fun activity was threading pony beads onto the “vine” and twisting it. Homes were made from the foam shapes and pumpkin seeds were glued on to represent the town from the story. Embellishments were added as the girls chose.

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β™₯ It’s always a delight for me to see each girl’s creation. πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting my blog today. My posts have really slowed down because I am sharing my computer with my daughter so she can use my Photoshop for a video she’s putting together for a class assignment. She is in her final semester of university and soon will have her English degree. I’m so proud of her, and for all you homeschooling moms out there, she was homeschooled. She has done exceptionally well in college. She also took a gap year. β™₯

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Halloween Kid Craft Party

This past Friday, I hosted a SURF (Sweet Unique aRtsy Friends) Club Halloween party for sixteen neighbor girls between the ages of 5 and 15.

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With that many girls I decided to create three craft stations and divide them into three rotating groups. In my Craft Cove, the girls made Halloween wreaths. I set up the table with pre-cut paper plates, paints (purple, orange, black, green), brushes, markers, pom poms, ribbon, gems, googly eyes, chenille stems, scissors, and glue.

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At the second station the girls decorated foam cauldrons (from Dollar Tree) and created monsters from pre-cut monster shapes my son created for me, with pom poms, gems, googly eyes, feathers, markers, and glitter glue.

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I didn’t take a picture of the kitchen table, which was the third station, but the girls decorated sugar cookies there. I made the cookies the day before. There were witch hats, brooms, cauldrons, pumpkins, ghosts, bats, cats, spider webs, coffins, skulls, bones, and tomb stones. My daughter made up plates of cookies, covered them with gallon zip locks, and labeled them with the girls names ahead of time. I thought that was a great idea! For decorating, we provided vanilla frosting in black, green, orange, purple, white, and blue, Halloween perils, writing gels, and plastic knives.

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When I give these parties, I’ve learned to provide a space for the girls to keep their projects together. I lined the bar side of my kitchen island with kraft paper and used a pencil to draw lines so that each girl had an equal space. As the girls arrived, I sent them to the counter to select a space and write their names. Another trick was to have the girls names on paper cups and have an assigned place for their cups so they could get drinks as needed.

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It worked beautifully.

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Is it just me or does this cauldron look a bit like the Kool-Aid pitcher?

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I didn’t have time to take any more pictures. Hosting is a full time job! Luckily, my two sons stuck around to help me. They each took a station. I served the girls mummy hotdogs and mac ‘n’ cheese in jack ‘o lantern cups. They watched The Nightmare Before Christmas and munched on Halloween Chex mix. My son made up an orange punch for them with gummy worms in it. I also had a Halloween scavenger hunt to keep the girls busy between their craft rotations (some girls finish quickly, others take their time).

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The best part for me was decorating for the party. I love to decorate my house for holidays and I especially enjoy decorating around my fireplace. But I have a Halloween town and all sorts of decorations throughout the main rooms of my home. My kids think I’m nuts! But the girls loved the ambience. We even had Halloween music playing in the background while the girls crafted. Oh, and the girls all came dressed up as well.

β™₯ Do you host a Halloween party at your house? When my children were young and we lived in Washington, we were the neighborhood rest stop on Halloween night. We’d have several of the neighbor families take a break from trick or treating to eat chili or sip cider or hot cocoa at our house. It was a lot of fun. Here in the country, we don’t get many trick or treaters on Halloween night because of the distance between houses. So this was fun to have my crafting girls over for an all-out Halloween party. It was a LOT of work, but worth every effort to see all the happy faces. Thanks for stopping by!Β β™₯