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Fun2Do - craft

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    Find unused notebooks in your home or grab a few at the dollar store. Using scrap paper, glue, glitter, markers, ribbon or any other craft supplies you have on hand and decorate the notebooks. As a family write in your own Determination Diaries, set goals for the year and set aside time each month to remember what goals you each have and talk about ways to accomplish those goals. Once you’ve hit a goal set another one! Be determined as a family to accomplish those goals together!

  • Humility

    Drawing blindfolded can be humbling, however this will be the funniest craft project you’ve ever done as a family.

    What you will need:

    Blindfolds/bandanas
    Paper
    Markers
    Time (phone might be best)
    List of random words: Cat, House, Boat, Tree, Car, Hat, Earth, Star, Ice Cream Cone, Flower, Chair, Mickey Mouse, Pineapple, Spider, etc.

    Each family member gets a piece of paper, marker, and a blindfold. Decide on a time limit as a family and pick a word from the list. Everyone will draw the same “word”. Put blindfold on and start timer and have fun drawing! As a family choose a winner for each round. Have Fun!

  • Forgiveness

    It’s always fun to create and craft. However we tend to have a lot of left over pieces of paper, scraps of fabric, mismatched beads and stickers. Don’t throw them away, give them a second chance. Get all those left overs together and create a collage, giving those craft pieces a second chance at being beautiful. You can create a stained glass type collage, use scraps to create a flower or tree, or just be creative and create an abstract collage. Place your work of art on the wall or fridge and tell friends or house guests about your forgiveness collage and how you gave these random craft pieces a second chance and how we should forgive others and give them a second chance as well.

  • Love

    Love is treating someone the way you’d want to be treated. Treat someone to a bag of love! Using paper lunch bags (colored ones are fun!), decorate the outside with loving words, stickers, beautiful art and some sparkle. Then fill the inside with love notes, baked goods, and maybe some homemade chocolate truffles (see recipe above). As a family deliver these bags of love to family, friends, teachers, postal workers or someone who needs a little extra love this month.

  • Knowledge

    It’s time to make art with words. Using newspapers and magazines, cute out words that describe you or things you love. Use glue, paint, glitter, crayons or any art supplies you have on hand to create colleges. Display your art on the fridge and let every family member explain why they picked their words and what they created out of them.

    It’s fun to use different mediums to create are and also learn knew things about each member of your family.

  • Joy

    We all have a puzzle that’s missing pieces, instead of throwing it away use it to make Christmas ornaments! Or grab a puzzle at a yard sale/thrift shop for next to nothing.

    Spray paint puzzle pieces white, add some glitter if you want some sparkle. Then glue together in the shape of a snowflake. Add ribbon for hanging. Easy way to use something that would have otherwise been thrown away.

    These make for fun and easy Christmas gifts for teachers or family members.

  • Honor

    Take the time to cut, glue, glitter, sticker, paint, draw a card for someone your child would like to honor. Help your kids write on the inside, thanking someone for what they’ve done for them. Everyone has paper and pits of crafts to make an Honor Card for someone special.

    You can attach your honor card to some bake goods and deliver them to someone to show them how much you honor them.

  • Courage

    Using colorful paper have each family member write or draw things that they worry about, are afraid of or scare them. On the other side of the paper draw or write things that make you happy, your favorite things and things that give you courage.

    Fold papers into air plane with fears on the inside and happy thoughts on the outside. Go for a walk or family hike a let go of your brave planes off a large rock or hill.

    Talk with your kids about having courage and conquering fear can be letting go of those fears and worries and focusing on the things that make you happy and give you courage.

    *Remember to respect the outdoors and not liter*

  • Trust

    Salt and vinegar crystals are easy-to-grow non-toxic crystals that you can grow in a rainbow of colors! You get to work together and wait (trust) that you will grow crystals over night.

    Salt & Vinegar Crystal Materials

    1 cup hot water


    1/4 cup salt


    2 teaspoons vinegar

    
food coloring


    piece of sponge

    
shallow dish

    Salt & Vinegar Crystal Instructions

    1. Stir together the water, salt, and vinegar. Boiling waterworks best, but very hot water is okay. (Parents handle boiling water)

    2. Place the piece of sponge on the shallow dish. Pour the mixture over the sponge so that it soaks up the liquid and just covers the bottom of the dish.


    3. If you want colored crystals, you can dot the sponge with food coloring.


    4. Save the rest of the crystal growing solution.


    5. Set the dish in a sunny window or other warm area with good air circulation. You will see crystal growth overnight or within a day. Add more crystal growing solution to replace the liquid that evaporates.

  • Obedience

    Sometimes even creativity requires some obedience. To make what you’ve set out to create, you still have to follow the instructions. These craft stick wristbands allow plenty of room for originality, but you need to follow the instructions to bend the wood without breaking.

    Supplies:

    Jumbo craft sticks

    Pan with water

    Stovetop (and parental supervision)

    Glass cup or jar about the size of your wrist

    Decorations

    Directions:

    1. Bring pan of water to a boil.

    2. Drop craft sticks in water and allow to soak for 15 minutes.

    3. Carefully remove sticks one at a time. Bend them and work inside the glass or jar.

    4. Set aside and allow to dry for 24 hours.

    5. Carefully remove from glass and decorate as desired.

  • Faith, pt. 2

    Needed:

    6 squirt bottles

    Cornstarch

    Baking soda

    Food coloring

    Vinegar

    How to:

    - Fill 3 squirt bottles 2/3 full with equal parts cornstarch and baking soda.

    - Add a few drops of red food coloring to one bottle, yellow to another, and blue to the third. Stir with a butter knife. Fill the best of the way with water. Secure the cap on the bottles and shake well.

    - Fill the remaining 3 bottles with vinegar. Add food coloring to each, one red, one yellow, one blue.

    - Go outside and use the chalky squirt bottles to create art on the pavement (or sand, or rocks, wherever you are in the world).

    - Then use the vinegar bottles to make the colors, and your art, change.

  • Faith

    Needed:

    6 squirt bottles

    Cornstarch

    Baking soda

    Food coloring

    Vinegar

    How to:

    - Fill 3 squirt bottles 2/3 full with equal parts cornstarch and baking soda.

    - Add a few drops of red food coloring to one bottle, yellow to another, and blue to the third. Stir with a butter knife. Fill the best of the way with water. Secure the cap on the bottles and shake well.

    - Fill the remaining 3 bottles with vinegar. Add food coloring to each, one red, one yellow, one blue.

    - Go outside and use the chalky squirt bottles to create art on the pavement (or sand, or rocks, wherever you are in the world).

    - Then use the vinegar bottles to make the colors, and your art, change.

  • Contentment

    Dig through the board games, craft supplies, books, toys and sports equipment you have tucked under the bed or in the back of the closet. Gather them all in one bucket and realize you already have a lot of fun things. Next time you’re bored or feel like you need a new toy or game, choose to be content with what you have and play with something in the bucket.

  • Perseverance

    Gather as a family and decide on at least five crazy or fun things you want to do together this summer. Make an inspirational sign by writing them down on a piece of paper, title it your “Summer Bucket List” and decorating it. Put your sign on the fridge or in a frame where you’ll be able to see it. Your list should get everyone excited about the days to come and help you persevere through the end of the school year.

  • Hope

    We all have those days when nothing seems to go right—someone bombs a test, loses a friend, gets cut from the team, burns dinner. This month, have a plan of action to uplift spirits when things go wrong. Find a small box and label it your “Reset Box.” Have everyone brainstorm things to put in it that would be fun to do as a family—maybe a deck of cards, a new coloring book, a gift card to a favorite restaurant (that takes care of any burned dinners!). Get creative turning those bad days into fun days and watch your family’s hearts grow even closer together.

  • Cooperation

    Work together to build each other up by writing “love notes.” Simply place a bowl in a central location in your home. Assign each family member a different color. Then cut strips (or hearts!) out of those colors of paper. Throughout the month, write things you love about each person on their color, fold it and put it in the bowl. See if every family member can write at least five things about each of the other family members so you have a full bowl of “love notes” to share at the end of the month!

  • Self-Control

    Make a journal out of your favorite paper, or grab a blank notebook. As a family, decorate the cover using photos and stickers. Leave the journal out for family members to write in throughout the month. Build self-control by practicing the discipline of writing down important events, milestones, thoughts, and prayers. This might become a tradition to last all year!

  • Compassion

    It can be hard to remember that Christmas isn’t just a story about a baby, a donkey, and three wise men. It’s a story that each and every one of us has a part in! Bring the Christmas story a little closer to home this year by having each family member choose an object that represents them, put a picture of their face on it, and add it to your family’s nativity scene.

  • Service

    Get your kids in the habit of “writing home” this month by giving each person in your family a notecard, envelope and stamp. Have each person pick someone who serves them well and write or draw a picture to say, “Thank you for how you serve me.” Talk about what you wrote as a family and send your notes via “snail mail”!

  • Individuality

    Your family already knows a lot of people who are making a difference. Brainstorm together people your family knows best. Then answer the questions: What can each person do well? How are they using that talent to make a difference?

    Choose one of these family friends and draw a picture of them using their talents. But don’t get the crayons and markers . . . we’re going to use ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, whatever you have in your fridge. After your masterpiece dries, consider giving it to the friend and thanking them for showing Individuality.

  • Initiative

    Sometimes initiative takes a little “investigative reporting” so we can see what needs to be done. Let’s help each other by creating an “I” Team Reporting notebook. Get a spiral notebook or journal. Cut out or draw pictures of eyes, and glue them on the front cover. Leave the notebook in a place the entire family can get to it. Whenever someone sees a need, they can record it in the notebook. It could be a small job around the house, something at school or work, or a big need in the community. At the end of the week, review the things your family has seen that need to be done. Together, decide to do one of them, and put initiative into practice.

  • Wisdom

    Do you like to collect anything, or find treasures or unusual things when you’re playing outside? This week, you can make a treasure box to store all of the fun things you find. All you need is a bunch of popsicle sticks (a side project could be eating a bunch of popsicles, or you can buy them at any craft store—we’ll leave that up to you J), and some craft glue. You can buy pre-painted sticks, or paint them on your own before you assemble the box, if you’d like.

    To make the box, lay two sticks down in the same direction, and put a drop of glue on the corners. Then place two sticks on top of them so that it forms a square. Continue
    gluing two sticks to the highest corners until the box is the size you want.

    Make the bottom by placing glue along the edges of the highest layer of sticks. Place sticks side-by-side across the box. For the top, line up the same number of sticks and place a line of glue along the top and the bottom of the sticks. Place two sticks along the glue on the edges to hold the sticks together. Once the box is dry, you can decorate it with stickers and place whatever treasures you find in the box!

    Original source: http://www.powerfulmothering.com/kids-treasure-box-made-with-popsicle-sticks/?utm_source=buggyandbuddy.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_article

  • Conviction, Pt 2

    What you need:

    Several sponges

    Ruler

    Marker

    Scissors

    String

    Note: You will get wet, so put on your swimsuits for this fun craft.

    What you do:

    Use a marker and some rulers to cut your sponge into 1″ strips. Gather 9 strips of sponge (use a mix of different colors) and tie them together with your string, making something that looks like a pom-pom. Tie the string very loosely in a bow. Shift the pieces around so they create a ball shape. Wet the ball and head outside to throw it at something. Did it hold up? Probably not… That little bow string you tied is hardly strong enough to hold up!

    Try the craft again, but this time, tie the string in a really tight knot, or even better, wrap a rubber band around the middle tightly so the ball will stay together. Make as many “Stand Strong Spheres” as you’d like, talking as you work about how important it is to have conviction so you can stand up for what is right. Then head back outside to see the difference that having conviction and standing strong makes when you’re put to the test… in a water ball fight!

    Source: http://thechicsite.com/2014/04/23/make-sponge-water-bombs/

  • Conviction

    If you’ve ever gotten tired of doing the right thing, you know how strong you have to be to live out conviction. This week, you’re going to use various materials from around your house to make towers that never tire of standing strong… well, at least until your little brother knocks them over.

    What you need:

    Toothpicks or popsicle sticks (leftover from the snack recipe, perhaps?)

    Sticky materials: marshmallows, gum drops, chewing gum, play dough, etc.

    What you do:

    You can either work together to build a strong tower, or split up into teams and make it a competition. While you build, talk about what you think it takes to stand strong even when you’re tired of doing the right thing!

    Source: http://www.ehow.com/ehow-mom/blog/help-kids-build-some-sweet-math-skills/

  • Honesty

    You may have heard the phrase “a little white lie” – which is the idea that you can tell a small lie that won’t hurt anyone. But that’s not actually possible, because even a seemingly small “white” lie will grow, and before you know it, you’ve got a giant avalanche on your hands. This week, make some snowball soap to remind you that lying can turn a snowball into a disaster!

    What you need:

    4 bars of ivory soap

    ½ cup lukewarm water

    cheese grater

    large bowl

    tray

    What you do:

    Grate the soap into a large bowl. Gradually add the lukewarm water and mix with your hands into a clay-like consistency. (You can also add an extract or essential oil to make them smell yummy.) Form snowballs with the mixture and place them on a try to dry for 24 hours.

    (Note: be sure to rinse the soap off your utensils completely before putting them in the dishwasher!)

    Source: http://www.celebrate-it.com/kid-friendly-craft-snowball-soap/