Friday, August 7, 2009

There was an old lady...

Hi friends,
For the August make I thought we could create a project you could use in your home or under the shade of your favorite tree to give you a break from the summer heat. We will be making “old lady” puppets—but not just any old lady—we will be making old lady who swallowed a fly-old lady-puppets (I don’t know why she swallowed a fly…). I am pretty sure you are all familiar with the song from which this activity has been inspired but if not, or you need a refresher, you can check out a sampling HERE.

If you are able to attend this make, you will help your child assemble a puppet from a pre-cut paper bag, glue, and collage materials like paper, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, yarn, etc. You will also receive two sets of paper animals that the old lady will “swallow”…as the song goes. One set will be a simple line drawing of the animals that your child can color in and the other set will be a pre-colored version of the same animals which you can use instead if your child is not in the coloring mood or for if you’d like to have a back-up set, a set to laminate, whatever. You will also get a copy of the lyrics to the song in case your memory needs a little refreshing...I know mine did.

LET'S MEET: in the church primary room Friday, August 21st at 10 am
RSVP: on or before the night of Wednesday, August 19th. To do this, leave a comment on this post or email me (see sidebar)
FEES-SHMEES: $2 cash per child/per puppet
ALSO: If you recall, one of the phrases from the song says, "perhaps she'll die" and the old lady does indeed die at the end of the story after eating a horse. This is the way I sing it to my kids at home since we make a big deal about how silly, and impossible the story would be in real life. However, if you are uncomfortable with using the original lyrics, for the make, we can replace the old phrase with "perhaps she'll cry" instead. Please let me know your thoughts by email. If I don't hear from anyone regarding this matter then I will stick with the original phrase when the project is presented.
P.S. If you participated in the "beach in a bottle" make last month and would like to have a re-do, bring your old bottle or the materials from your old bottle and I can give you some clean oil, glitter and colored water for a second attempt...perhaps without sand this time! If you no longer have your original bottle I also still have some seashells so you can make a new one from scratch if you want too...keep in mind this offer only stands while supplies last.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Just Beachy

Thank you to those who were able to attend last months “beach in a bottle” activity. It was an eventful one to say the least. If you were not able to attend here is the recipe to make your own personal ocean from a 16 oz clear plastic bottle:

Step 1: Fill bottle with a little less than ¼ cup full of sand *

Step 2: Pick out 8-10 of your favorite mini seashells and add to the sand mixture

Step 3: Fill the bottle half way with pre-tinted water…not to dark as it will prevent you from seeing the shells and not too light because the sand could suck the color right out.

Step 4: (Optional) add a pinch or two of glitter and perhaps some fun fishy confetti

Step 5: Fill the bottle to the top with baby oil and you’re all set. Oh wait! I almost forgot; don’t forget to glue your lid with some high hold glue—we’re not mixing drinks here silly!

* I highly recommend forking out the cash for some high grade sand if you choose this as one of your ingredients for the project. Some of the bottles we created at the make became way too cloudy and mucky by using good old-fashion play sand.

One more thing, if you still have a few plastic bottles lying around the house, here are a few other projects I enjoyed making with my mom as a kid:

QUIET BOTTLE: Throw some light karo syrup in a bottle with a little glitter and sequence to keep the kiddies entertained for hours (or at least 5 minutes) as they watch the sugary syrup drip and droop in slow motion to the other end of the bottle as it’s tipped from side to side.

I SPY BOTTLE: If you have a handful of miniatures lying around, pop them into a bottle with some white rice to create an instant game of “I spy.” We have one we made with colored rice which works fine too. Remember, your miniatures don’t have to be doll house quality, think; penny, paperclip, button, small battery…or anything else you have lying around the house.

TORNADO TUBE: This one is great for kids of all ages. You will need 2 clear plastic bottles (you could go for the 2-liter bottles for this one), water, glitter, sequence, (or something of the sort) and a tornado tube, also called a cyclone tube or vortex tube, which can be found at your nearest teacher supply store or specialty toy store. In Denver try Timbuk Toys. You will fill one of the empty bottles with tinted water and the other ingredients of your choice. You will then connect the two bottle together vertically (openings together) with the tornado tube. Give your connected bottles a little twist and a tornado will form in a matter of seconds, turn it over and start again! You have probobly seen this trick but if not you can check out a video HERE.

Photography by Charissa Spendlove
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