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Crafting lesson: Countdown to School

I can’t believe that we have less than a month before school starts up again. Princess is super-excited to be going to kindergarten and asks on a regular basis if she gets to go to school today.  I decided to do a little project to help her see how many days until she becomes a mighty kindergartener.  We made a paper countdown chain.

Yes, we’re crafting in our jammies.  It’s summer-time. 🙂

 Basically, I had Princess and Little Miss Sunshine choose different colors of construction paper.  Then they decorated one sheet to be a header.  I cut strips from the remaining papers (about 1 inch wide).  The strips were then stapled individually to form a chain.

We finished by stapling the chain to the bottom of the paper.  Now they can pull one link off before going to bed and watch as the remaining 3 1/2 weeks of summer fly by.  Princess will be starting kindergarten before I can blink. 🙂

Crafting lesson: CD Suncatchers

This isn’t an original idea.  In fact, I got the idea from my Cub Scout resources.  But, they are fun and easy to make, so I thought I would do a tutorial.  I think we’ve found this year’s Valentines. 🙂
CD Suncatchers
You will need:
2 CDs per suncatcher
Something for a hanger (yarn, string, rope, ribbon, ric rac, etc.)
hot glue
decorations (foam shapes, stickers, etc.)
Find a stack of CDs.  We had a bunch of old ones, but you could use new ones as well.  Cut your hanger to desired length (4-5″).  I just eyeballed and cut a pile.

On the label side of one CD, put a glob of hot glue.  Place both ends of hanger in glue, forming a loop.

Add a strip of glue around the CD.  You don’t want this too close to the middle or the edge.

Place the second CD on top of the first and press together to adhere.

We used foam stickers to decorate.  

Add a few stickers and voila, you have a suncatcher!  You could decorate both sides if you plan to hang where it will be free-hanging.  Just one side works if it will be against a window or wall.

We plan to use these for Valentines.  Add a little tag with something along the lines of “You’re a star!” or use heart stickers and a traditional Valentine greeting.  The possibilities are endless.

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