- Tissue paper in various colors
- Floral wire or twist ties
- Fishing line or clear or white thread for hanging
The dollar store sells a variety of colors of tissue paper and you can probably find something that will match your theme. I really like the rainbow stripes and dots tissue paper they sell.
The size tissue paper you use will determine the size of the pom poms you get. The tissue paper I got was sized 20 by 20 and is great if you want to make really BIG pom poms.
Stack four sheets of tissue paper and start folding in an accordion pattern like you would to make a paper fan. I tried to make each fold 1 1/2 inches wide.
When you are done, you should have something that looks like this.
Martha Stewart used floral wire for this next step, but I am more a use what you have kind of girl. I don't think it would shock anyone who knows me that I don't have floral wire lying around. But I do have lots and lots of twist ties that I save when we get various items. So I found a twist tie that fit around the folded tissue paper and secured it in the middle.
Next, I rounded the edges using a scissor. Make sure you have a sharp, strong scissor as you will be cutting through a lot of paper at once. You can get different looks for your pom poms depending on how you cut the edges. The red pom pom you will see below has pointed edges which I made by cutting the ends to look like an a "V."
Here it is when it's all fluffed out. I cut off six inches from the 20 x 20 tissue paper to get this sized pom pom. I like the idea of having various sizes hanging as I feel it adds interest.
To hang the pom poms you can use some fishing line or clear quilting thread. I used some white thread because I had neither of those around and it looks fine too.
Here are some of the different colors I made. I will hang them all up outdoors the day of the party and will be sure to post some photos of the decor next week.
I recently purchased some pretzels for a snack for the kids and myself. I was thinking about how I love chocolate covered pretzel rods. In fact, we even made some ourselves this past Christmas. This gave me the idea to make some pretzel bark. It is super simple to make and the kids just love helping out.
Posted by Vicky @ Mess For Less at 7/18/2012 04:45:00 PM
If you're like me then you have lots of peeled crayons lying around. I don't know how this happens exactly. Who wouldn't want to keep a wrapper on a crayon? Apparently, my kids. They have so much fun peeling the wrappers off. Today's activity is a way to use those unwrapped crayons and create some fun kid art at the same time.
You will need:
- Hot glue gun
- Cereal box
- Unwrapped crayons
Cut your cereal box so you have two large sides. You will be using the back of the box to create your rubbing template.
Using your hot glue gun, draw designs onto the back of the cereal box. You can make a specific picture, designs or even your child's name. Hot glue is extremely hot, so make sure the glue is totally dried and hardened before giving the cardboard to your child.
The kids enjoyed feeling the cards before we started the crayon rubbing. This provided a fun sensory experience as they ran their fingers back and forth over the glue.
I gave the kids some plain white copy paper and demonstrated how they needed to hold the paper over the cardboard and rub the crayon across. This was probably the trickiest part for the kids. It took them a few tries to figure out how to hold the paper so it would not move when they were doing their rubbing.
I thought the kids would just enjoy making the rubbings, but after my daughter B made a rainbow rubbing, she decided the color it in. She made her own coloring page!
One fun idea we discovered was that you could do the rubbing in different colors and a produce a rainbow effect picture. The bottom one in the photo was created using this technique.
If you are at all crafty, or want to be, then you probably have a hot glue gun at home. Now you have a new way to use it. Happy gluing!
Posted by Vicky @ Mess For Less at 7/16/2012 11:39:00 AM
- Candy coated chocolate balls (M&M's work well too)
- Clear glass or plastic jar
- Bowls and cups for sorting
We started out by washing our hands very well. Since I was going to be serving these to party guests, I wanted to make sure everyone's hands were super clean.
The candy came in four colors - red, yellow, blue and green. I gave each child four plastic cups and a bowl filled with candy. I started them off by placing one of each color in each of the cups. They took it from there.
I was worried there would be a big spill and I would have a floor filled with hundreds of candy balls but I think only three actually fell. The girls worked diligently. A and B, the twins, kept asking for more balls when they would run out. Little C got bored after she finished sorting her first set.
The kids were able to go through three bags of candy. When the candy was done being sorted I place it in a glass jar to see how it would look for the party. Not too bad!
Oh and I should mention I am not the meanest mom in the world. I gave each child some of the candies as a "thank you" for a job well done.
One chore checked off my list. I will keep you posted on our preparation and on the final results of our party planning!
My kids love going out to get frozen yogurt. Their favorite thing is to pick toppings for their frozen yogurt from the sundae toppings area. If you've ever been to a frozen yogurt shop, then you know that this can get pricey fast. I decided we could do something similar at home with sundae toppings we already had around. Actually, I did need to buy some ice cream (on sale of course!) but we had everything else.
This matching game was inspired by the show Play With Me Sesame. If you have never seen it, it's where the Sesame Street characters play games and "interact" with kids. On a recent episode, they played a game where they had to match socks on a computer screen. This gave me the idea of creating a hands-on sock matching game. This was very easy to create with some basic supplies.
- Patterned paper
- Large piece of construction paper
After I cut out the socks, I glued one of each pattern on a large piece of construction paper. I made sure to leave space for the kids to glue the matching sock.
I gave each child a pile of paper socks. To make things interesting I cut out some socks from patterns I didn't glue on the construction paper. This made the activity trickier for the kids since some socks had no mate. Poor single socks!
The kids had fun matching the socks. I gave them each some glue sticks and asked them to glue the matching sock next to it's partner.
Don't you wish it was this easy to get all your real socks matched up? Am I the only one with a bag of solo socks forever looking for mates? What happens to them all?
Little C is very proud of her socks! All the kids did great with this activity. If you want to reuse the socks you can skip the part where you glue them on the paper and just have the kids match them up at a table or on the floor.