crafting with kids

Galaxy Day!

The Date to Create for May was Galaxy Day. The granddaughters, Margo and Helen, made Galaxy Slime, rode in a flying saucer, ate Galaxy popsicles and MilkyWays….and ended the day with painting and making planets from styrofoam balls and old cds. So much Glitter!

We started the day with the flying saucer on the swing, but it proved to be much more fun on top of the little car.

This was an amazing day. The big hit – definitely the Galaxy slime. It started as four different colors swirled together, but by the end of the day was deep purple and lots of stars and glitter. Still beautiful! They played with this stuff for literally hours. I did learn that the glitter does not necessarily stay in the slim. It was turning up everywhere!

We used glow in the dark paint to accents on their cd planets. The girls had to run into the closet and shut the door to check their painting every minute or so. The last project of the day was doing a galaxy painting. They both had a different take on it, but two beautiful, creative paintings!

Weather Day

I had my April Date to Create with Helen and Margo on Saturday. It was a day exploring about weather. And a great day it was! We had real Spring weather to get outside and enjoy.

We made weather wheels that could be turned each day to reflect what the outside day was showing. I gave them the option of drawing the different pictures for them or they could do it themselves and/or copy mine. They had their own ideas about what rainy, sunny, windy, snowy and cloudy looked like. For Margo, that meant pink rain, pink snow and a rainbow sun.

I lucked out with a breezy day, so we were able to go out in the field to fly kites. When Grammy was tired of running from kite to kite to help keep them in the air, we moved to the garden. Helen enjoyed digging up worms (in her dress, of course). She wouldn’t touch them, but Margo sure would…and would have taken them all home if I had let her. I explained that I needed them in the garden, so she created new homes for them in the soil, then watered them. She did manage to capture a Rolly Polly bug, named it Daisy, and put it in a container with dried leaves. Lucky for Mom and Dad, it was left at my house for me to bugsit.

When we were inside that had fun playing with the doll house. Helen decided to have an Easter Egg Hunt for the dolls. She took the eggs from the hen’s nests and hid them throughout the house for them to find.

We had a wonderful time! In May, we will enjoy exploring the universe in a flying saucer! Can’t wait!

Opening Night!

Yesterday Margo and I finished up the props for our opening play in the puppet theater. She did a wonderful job painting the butterfly for the finale! I could see the pride in her eyes when we glued the wings onto her butterfly puppet.

We did a screening of our show for Papa yesterday and Margo got a standing ovation! One more practice run this morning and we will be ready for our premiere for Mom and Dad and sister Helen. Margo does feel we need popcorn 🍿 for the viewers…and for her when we are done. It was very important to her that she wrote her own name on the marquee for the show. When she finished, she said “My S looks like a three…but that’s okay, because that is how old I am!” 😂 Break a leg Margo!❤️❤️❤️

I had a wonderful day with Margo yesterday. We were worn out by the end of the day and bedtime came early for both of us. She completed her fairy garden and played with the doll house in between puppet show practice and painting props. I was right about her approach to the fairy garden….first thing she did was mixed all of the colored rice into “rainbow rice”. Love that little girl!