Showing posts with label Crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crafts. Show all posts

Monday, December 21, 2015

Lego Ninjago Birthday Party!

My baby turned 7 years old today. SEVEN! Sigh. We had a small party at the house yesterday with a couple of his friends. The theme: Lego Ninjago. There are a ton of ideas for a  Lego Ninjago themed party and I borrowed from several sources and came up with my own ideas as well. I love this kind of thing and I had a blast planning and preparing.

I made each child a headband with their name on it. I printed out the names using a font in PicMonkey and laid white ribbon over the name. I used a small paint brush and black paint to copy the name onto the headband. It was a bit tedious but they came out really cute and they were a big hit at the party. I tried tracing the name with permanent marker but that bled too much, I found that paint looked cleaner and neater.
You know I'm the queen of cardboard so I had to make something out of my favorite material! Using a Lego Ninjago minifigure as my inspiration I sketched out a design on a large sheet of cardboard. 

I am so proud of how this turned out ya'll! I cut out holes so we could use the cardboard cutout as part of a ninja star throwing game at the party. You'll see how that worked out in a minute.


I bought cheap black gift bags and added the circles to make them look like Lego bricks. The goodie bags contained some chop sticks, origami paper with instructions on making a ninja star, a Ninjago coloring book I put together, and some Lego brick crayons I made using a Lego brick mold.

To make the crayons, you just put pieces of crayons (without the paper) into the mold. Bake in a 250 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes until the crayons are fully melted. Then put into the fridge to firm up. They are really cute when they are done.

I used small takeout boxes filled with fortune cookies as another take-home treat. I got the printable from this site.

When the kids arrived they had to figure out their Ninja name using the code above. They got a kick out of that!

I went simple with the cake and cupcakes.

Benjamin had the idea of using Ninja sword toothpicks.

The dining room was transformed into a dojo for the party. I went to Dollar Tree and bought several black and green tablecloths for $1 each. I used the black to cover the walls. I covered the chairs with tablecloths as well. 


I made the sign in PicMonkey. Easy-Breezy.

This is my favorite and I wish I could take credit for the idea...but I can't. I saw it on Pinterest and thought it was adorable. It's just Rice Krispie treats that I cut into rectangles, put a Swedish Fish on top and wrapped fruit leather (or a fruit roll-up) around it. I made the food labels using PicMonkey and added Ninjago stickers.

Kai Kabobs was Benjamin's idea. We took the Ninja swords and added fruit to them.

For Cole Cookies, I just dipped fortune cookies into melted chocolate.

Ninja fuel = Drinks.

I got the juice box and water bottle labels here

I ordered these paper lanterns from Wal-Mart for $2 each. I printed the ninja eyes (from the site above) and taped them onto the lanterns.

I cut out a bunch of ninja star shapes and taped them all over the wall.

The boys ninjas are ready for the party. See how cute the headbands came out! Each kid also received a black belt (just black ribbon I bought at a craft store). Benjamin wanted to be this Ninjago guy:





You know that awesome Ninjago cutout I made....see him just cast aside on the ground? The boys found Benjamin's Nerf guns and spent most of the time in the backyard shooting each other. No one threw ninja stars at my Ninja. I have to laugh because I think I could have just passed out Nerf guns and bullets to all the kids, skipped everything else I did, and they would have been just as happy. Lesson learned. I may like to craft and plan, but boys just want to run and play. They don't care about all the bells and whistles. Oh well. Benjamin had a blast and that is what matters.


Seven.


You can check out Benjamin's wild entrance into the world by clicking here. He was forced into the world 8 weeks early and has been causing trouble ever since. I love this kid.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tapestry of Grace, Year 2, Unit One

We recently wrapped up our first unit from TOG Year 2. If you have been following this blog for a while, you know how much I loved TOG last year so there was no question that we would continue into Year 2. This 10 week unit took us through the Middle Ages. Here are some highlights from our studies.


We learned about monks and their life inside a monastery. We made "dinner bells" out of small clay pots. Monks remained silent so they would use a bell of some kind to call everyone to meals.
While TOG isn't Benjamin's main curriculum, and won't be until next year, I try to pull him into as many of the activities as I can.


In the Middle Ages books were rare and very valuable. They were written by hand and had intricate designs and pictures. They are called Illuminated Manuscripts. Monks living in monasteries would spend hours hand writing books. We made our own Illuminated letters using markers and glitter paint.

We spent some time studying cathedrals and their beautiful stained glass windows. We made a simple version of stained glass by using black glue (I mixed black paint into a bottle of glue) to outline our design.

Once the glue dried, we used water colors to paint our designs.

 We learned about Mohammed and the start of the Muslim religion.

Caleb made a replica Mosque.


 Then we moved on to the Vikings. This was a favorite with the boys. Turns out the Vikings were a bunch of trouble makers.

We made a Viking ship complete with Playmobil Viking figures. We wrote "Ravager" on the side of the boat in Norse, the language of the Vikings.

We also made a Viking Longhouse.

The boys even decorated the inside of the house making beds out of Lincoln Logs and a table out of cardboard.

We made shields.

Our completed lapbook for the unit. I love the lapbooks, they provide such a great review at the end of the unit. When you spend 10 weeks covering a large span of time, it is nice to have a quick review to wrap up the unit.


Benjamin is working very hard in first grade. We are using My Father's World and it is moving pretty fast. I never really appreciated how weird and random our language is until I started teaching Benjamin to read. I swear some of the words we use and the sounds in them make absolutely no sense when you break it down. Anyway, he is learning and I'm certain he will be able to read at some point. :)

He made a giant ABC scroll.

He does regular copywork and he seems to enjoy it. His handwriting has improved tremendously over the last few weeks. My little lefty. 

So that about wraps up the first chunk of our school year. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Super Summer: Catch-up post

I'm a wee bit behind on our Super Summer activities so I'm just going to lump the last few weeks into one post.

Make Something Monday:

We are planning a trip to the coast and we made our very own "beach themed" shirts for our vacation. All you need is fine grit sandpaper, crayons, shirts and an iron. Just google "sandpaper crayon shirts" and you'll find plenty of tutorials.
First we colored our design on the sandpaper. I drew a crab (thanks to a tutorial through Art for Kids Hub), Benjamin did a shell in the water, and Caleb went with a beach ball.

Then we used an iron to transfer the image from the sandpaper to the shirt. Super cute! We can't wait to wear our one-of-a-kind shirts to the beach.

The boys painted wooden bird houses one week...

...and sun catchers another week. 

Tasty Tuesday:

We made ice cream in a bag.



Wet 'n Wild Wednesday:

We've made several trip to Hurricane Harbor. We love having season passes!

Loungin' like a boss.


That's Easy Thursday:

I don't usually have pictures of this. We usually watch a movie or go to the library on these days. Some Thursdays we just chill out and take it easy.

Sometimes we get a little silly at the 5 Below store. This clip on umbrella was actually a neat find. It can attach to the back of Caleb's chair. 


Field Trip/Family Fun Friday:

We went bowling....again.



We went to see a movie. 


We didn't actually see this movie, we saw Inside Out. It was quite a treat for us to go to the movie as a family. Caleb has major issues with loud noises and typically refuses to go to the theater. We managed to get him to go this time. He wore his noise reduction head phones the entire time but he made it through the movie!


I think that covers the Super Summer highlights over the last few weeks!



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