Monday, August 28, 2006

Fun Links to Go with our Space Theme

Here are some fun links that go with our Toddler Club's Space theme this month we think you might enjoy them

NASA Kids Club and other fun NASA Links

A Fun Project to try at home -- Marbled Paper

Here is a great at home project for you to try. We just made cards out of this homemade marbled paper, and it was a lot of fun.
You will need:
Shaving Cream (buy the cheapest you can find, we used plain old Barbasol)
A Baking Dish
Construction Paper or Card Stock
Tempera Paint (Washable is best!) in 2 or 3 complementary colors.
Small Paintbrush

To start, fill a baking dish with shaving cream, 1-2 inches thick.
Smooth surface with a spatula.
Drizzle paint over the shaving cream.
Using the handle of your paint brush, swirl the paint to make interesting patterns.
Press a sheet of paper into the pan.
Make sure to get the whole sheet of paper covered with shaving cream.
You can either wipe the paper with a paper towel at this point in the process, to speed the drying process, or let it dry overnight to let the shaving cream evaporate.
We used these for party invitations, and they turned out really great!

Kids Craft September Projects

This month, we don't really have a theme for September, so we're calling our theme this month "Club's Choice". These are projects that didn't fit into any of our regular themes, but were too much fun to leave out of the club offerings this year. Enjoy!

Project #1 -- Bumblebee Tic Tac Toe with Tote Bag

All this one really takes is some glue, and a little bit of patience. But I hope that it's worth the wait, because we think it's a really fun one!

Project #2 -- Rocket Launcher

This one is really simple from a craft perspective, but a lot of fun

Project #3 -- Sportsball "I love reading" bookmark

Beads are a favorite of mine, and I thought this was a perfect project for Back to School!

Project #4 -- Beaded Window Hanger
More fun with beads!

Project #5

This project really will be Club's Choice. We test out a lot of projects, and not all of them make it into the club, usually because they don't fit into a theme. So this month, we're going to send these great projects your way.

Toddler Club September Projects

Here is a quick look at the September projects for our Toddler Club. Our theme this month is Space, and I'm really excited about the projects we have lined up for you this month.

Project # 1 -- Solar System Paper Plate Mobile

This is one of my favorite projects for this whole year. Your toddler will enjoy threading the wood beads onto the strings, but may need your help with the ones that are foam. This is a great project to talk to your toddler about names of planets, and the instructions come with each planet labelled, so you can use it as a fun teaching tool after it's complete. I hope you really enjoy this one!

Project #2 -- Foam Space Scene

This is another really fun project. We don't do a lot of foam projects, particularly with our toddlers, but the pieces in this great project are self adhesive, so your toddler should have a lot of fun putting it together.

Project # 3 -- Space Sand Art

Sand Art is always a favorite in our house... whenever we have a sand art project I have to hide them from my older son, because he would do these for hours! I hope that you enjoy these this month. Just peel back the paper to expose the adhesive surface, and pour the sand onto the page.
We are also sending another great set of cardstock stickers. This month they are in a Back to School theme. This is another thing that my son loves to play with, so I hope your child enjoys them too!

Welcome to the Blog!

Hi Everyone

At the beginning of the year, we launched our "Members Fun Area" ... the idea behind it was that I was looking for a forum to really build a community within the club. I was hoping to build a place that you could come to get pointers on the projects, see pictures, get ideas for other crafts you can do at home. With our current website, the upkeep for that was just too cumbersome, and with a growing business, plus two growing boys, I feel like I wasn't ever getting time to do those things. So, I'm going to try this new format, and I hope that it works out well, and that you enjoy it!