Monday, June 28, 2010

VBS Crafts

My blog's a little dusty, since I've been neglecting it recently. I've been wrapping up my moms club duties, and it's taken some time. And now I'm gearing up for Vacation Bible School! I'm the craft lady. That's what you get for starting a craft blog. I'm so thankful I did, because in addition to using the crafts that came with the curriculum, I'll be mining my blog archive for craft ideas. Nothing like using old standards. I like the ease of use with the curriculum crafts, but they're not that open-ended, and I want to give kids some options. The theme is Planet Zoom, with a "bee" figuring prominently in the visual aids and crafts. The age is kindergarten through the 6th grade. I'm going to have a craft associated with the Bible story for each day along with two stations. One for card making, which I'm going to send with my next package of stuffed animals to troops stationed in Afghanistan. The other station is for pom-pom bugs, especially bees.

For the K - 1st grades, I'm going to be working on the hive/bee thumbprint craft. This should be lots of fun with minimal mess. One of the days will focus on Jesus feeding the 5,000. I thought this would be a good time to work in my pom-pom sundae crafts, using them as an opportunity to show Christ's love by making a treat for someone they love. I might also use the craft foam sandwiches too, since one group can make sandwiches, while the other makes sundaes. I'll probably do this bee craft with them as well. Or this, which might be easier.

The older kids will do the curriculum crafts, but with the option of making keychain critters from pony beads. Of course, I found instructions for a bee. I also need to rummage through our halloween supply for my bee costume. I thought that would go over well with the kids.

Well, I'll let you know how it goes. Bee good.

Deuteronomy 31:6 (New International Version)

6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

Joshua 1:9 (New International Version)

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Potty Power: Part 2

So, Monkey's getting around the potty-training age, so I dug up the potty chart I used for Tater. See here for more info. I had all kinds of frustration trying to train him, but this really worked. I'm not as stressed about Monkey getting it. I got way too wound up in the fact that other kids were potty trained, and Tater wasn't. I needed to just take a chill pill, because it's perfectly normal for some kids to take a little longer. In retrospect, I think I felt my inability to potty train him reflected poorly on me as a mother - as if I needed something else to feel inferior about! Tater got the potty thing by 3 1/2, thanks to this chart. Monkey's only 2 1/2, so I know he'll take an interest in it when he's ready.

I think a lot of the hesitancy with Tater was his need to assert his independence and control over the situation. I've no doubt Monkey will be just as strong-willed and assertive. I'm ready this time. I added some things to the new chart. Here's the updated version. Click on the image for the full size:

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Taggie Blanket #2

I made this one for a girl...

See here for another example. Some folks have been telling me I should make and sell these on on etsy or something. I actually think that would be fun, since they are quick and fun to make.

Diaper Cake

I made this and a taggie blanket for a very sweet expectant mom. It's so lovely to make pretty things for wonderful people, isn't it? After two boys, she's having a girl. I decided to go with a bug theme, using the butterflies on the invites for inspiration. It's a gender neutral theme, too. The baby shower was so much fun. I was so glad to be a part of it.

Here's how you do it...

Diapers - size 1, you'll need the 100 + count
Big piece of corrugated cardboard
Aluminum foil
Grosgrain ribbon, 1 1/2 inches wide
Wood shapes or artificial flowers (3)
Curling ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue

Cut out a big cardboard circle. I used a big platter as a template. I covered it with aluminum foil.
I used size 1 diapers, since babies grow out of the newborns so fast.
Fold diapers in half and group into three's, tying together with curling ribbon.
Arrange the sections with folded sides out.
Tie sections to each other with ribbon.
Once you have a nice circle that covers your cardboard base, fill the center with diapers.

Begin a second tier using the same method, but make smaller.
The top tier is a little trickier. I alternated two diapers tied together with individual folded diapers. This helps better control the roundness. But don't stress too much; it all comes together with the grosgrain.

Wrap the bottom layer with the grosgrain ribbon. Make it snug. Use opaque ribbon to hide the curling ribbon. Glue ends together with hot glue. Repeat with other layers.

I picked some adorable little bugs to decorate the layers and cover the overlapped raw edges of the ribbon. You can also use large fake flowers like gerber daisies, as well. Adhere the embellishments to the ribbon with hot glue.

Wrap that sucker with cellophane and tie off with curling ribbon. This makes a really big statement without much expense. The ribbon was about $4. The wooden cut-outs were about 6o cents a piece. Altogether, it costs about $30 to make. It can also make for a nice centerpiece at a baby shower.