When I started researching different ways to keep the boys busy and entertained this summer (as part of our Cool Summer Days calendar), I got this bright idea to invite all the mom's from Sunday school to bring their kiddos over for a massive crafting playdate. I figured I could have several Father's Day crafts available for the kids to do. Well this massive crafting playdate was on Friday and there were 14 kids in my house eager to do crafts! What was I thinking? While chaotic it actually went pretty smoothly and I think the kids had a good time. Given all the chaos I didn't get a single picture of the kids working on their crafts but I thought I would at least share the projects we did in case some of you want to do them with your kids. Click on the links for more info/photos of each craft.
Shrinky-Dink Footprint Keychain with poem
This is so cute! I bought some Shrinky Dink paper and painted the bottom of the boy's feet. I used craft paint and put the foot print on the rough side of the shrinky dink paper. Let the paint dry and then cut the print out. Hole punch the heel. I learned that you really need to punch about 4 holes really close together in order to have a hole big enough to put a key chain through once you bake the print. The shrinky dink paper will tell you what temperature and for how long to bake your creation. I printed out the poem to go along with the foot prints. This is such a cute Father's Day gift that a kid of any age could do. This was definitely a hit at our massive crafting playdate. Shrinky Dinks are so cool.
"Dad Rocks" Paperweight
You can do so many things with this salt dough recipe. It is so easy, so pliable, and so fun.
This is another really easy, versatile craft. I bought plain white tiles at Home Depot for .16 a piece. So cheap. Some of the kids did the tissue paper with Modge Podge. I also set out some car magazines so that the older kids could cut out letters, or photos to put on the tiles. You could also paint the tiles and then modge podge over it. Or, if you have a cute picture of dad with the kids you could make a coaster with that. So easy.
The massive crafting playdate was a success. I was quite exhausted once it was over.
On Saturday we took Caleb (and Benjamin) to a birthday party at a skating rink. Caleb went to a party at this same rink a while back and he had so much fun using his chair so he was excited to go again. Plus he was so thrilled to see his friends from school, he misses them already. Caleb was a blur on the rink for most of the party so I didn't get a good picture of him. I did manage to get a picture of Benjamin wearing roller skates for the very first time.
We closed out the weekend by making our very own lava lamps. This activity was so fun. The boys loved it. You can click on the link to get more information but basically you take some water bottles, fill them over halfway with vegetable oil, add water, food coloring and then drop in pieces of Alka Seltzer.
Picking out their color. Benjamin went with yellow, Caleb chose green.
Getting ready to drop in the alka seltzer.
Watching the show.
The boys were fascinated. The great thing is that you can continue to drop in pieces of Alka Seltzer to keep the bubbles going. There is no limit to the number of times you can do this. I was kinda impressed myself. This one was a big hit with my boys.