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Family FunSpot May

Family FunSpot May

Here’s to a magical May! In fact, we’ve filled the FunSpot with flowers, butterflies, mermaids, and unicorns—all the things that promise to make this month incredibly imaginative!

 

Tote Bag Sit-Upons

Tote Bag Sit-Upon

5/22/19

You will need:

  • Reusable, plastic-coated tote (found at JoAnn Fabrics, Michael’s, TJ Maxx or Marshall’s)
  • 1” foam, newspapers or 1” roll batting for the inside cushion
  • Colored duct tape

Instructions:

Take foam, 1/2″ stack of newspaper or batting and cut a piece(s) that will fit inside the tote. These totes are usually 18-20” square. Cut the square cushion piece for inside the tote slightly smaller so it will easily fit.

Slide the cushion inside the tote.

Take the duct tape and fold it over the top, sealing the opening of the tote.

If you would like, wrap the edges all the way around the tote with the duct tape to frame the sit-upon.

Leave the handles on your sit-upon for easy transport!

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at liddiardsperch.blogspot.com for sharing this activity with our team

 

Unicorn Slime

Unicorn Slime

5/15/19

You will need:

  • 1 Bottle of Elmer’s glitter glue per batch (6 oz)
  • Pink, gold and blue glitter (one color for each batch)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda per batch
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon of contact lens solution per batch *Important: your brand of contact lens solution must have boric acid and sodium borate in the ingredient list. We like Biotrue from Walmart.
  • Optional: 2 Tablespoons of water, per batch, if you’d like the slime to have a bit more stretch

Instructions:

Mix the above ingredients together and repeat this recipe for each color (you’ll need to make 3 batches of the glitter slime to form unicorn slime)

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at thebestideasforkids.com for sharing this activity with our team

 

Magical Mermaid Tails

Magical Mermaid Tails

5/8/19

You will need:

  • White butcher paper
  • Coffee filters
  • Spray bottle
  • Watercolors/water-based paints
  • Paintbrushes and pencils
  • String or ribbon
  • Handheld hole punch
  • Glitter
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Hot melt glue and a glue gun

Instructions for Flowers:

Roll out a piece of the butcher paper long enough for your child to lie down on it.

Trace around your child on the paper, making a mark where the waist and feet are.

Draw a triangular “fishtail” at the bottom of the tracing near the feet.

Next, draw a slightly curved line from the point of the triangle to the area marked as your child’s waist. Do this on both sides to create the mermaid tail.

Take coffee filters out and dampen them (a spray bottle works well).

Use the watercolors to paint the filters—they can be hand painted or dipped into small dishes filled with water-based paint for a tie-dye effect.

Let the filters dry, brush with diluted glue and sprinkle with glitter.

Let the filters dry again and then layer the coffee filters like fish scales from the bottom of the “fishtail” cut out you created from tracing around your child.

Use hot melt glue to secure the filters as you go.

Use a hole punch on each side of the top of the mermaid tail.

Cut a piece of ribbon or string to fit your child’s waist plus 16” and cut in half.

Loop a length of ribbon through the hole punch on each side of the waist of the mermaid tail.

Tie each side of the ribbon in the back and let the mermaid tail fall into place in front of your child’s legs.

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at hellowonderful.co for sharing this activity with our team

 

Tissue Paper Flower

Tissue Paper Flowers & Butterflies

5/1/19

Nothing says spring like butterflies and flowers. These tissue paper crafts are a magically easy way to add a splash of color to a seasonal table or look equally adorable in a child’s room.

You will need:

  • Colored tissue paper—dollar stores are a great inexpensive resource
  • Pipe cleaners

Instructions for Flowers:

Cut tissue paper into 10 5” squares and layer in the colors you want to use—you can choose solid colors or layer in multiple colors.

Fold the stacked paper back and forth—like an accordion/fan.

Secure the center of the folded piece (1”x5”) with a pipe cleaner and twist it tightly.

Gently begin pulling up the top layer of the folded piece toward the flower’s “center.”

Alternate back and forth, pulling the tissue layer up and inward toward the anchored middle.

Continue until you have pulled all layers upward and toward the middle.

You should now have a flower-like shape of layered tissue.

Instructions for Butterflies:

Take two sheets of tissue paper. Fold in half together once down and then fold in half to one side.

Take the folded tissue paper longest way across. Fold over in one-inch pieces back and forth in an accordion/fan pattern until entire stack of paper is folded.

In the center cut out two tiny triangles on each side.

Tie a ribbon around the cut-out part.

Cut down the center of both folded sides all the way to the tied part.

Wrap one gold pipe cleaner around the middle. Twist it together on the top and fold down piper cleaner ends.

Take the bunches of tissue paper and gently pull the sheets apart, starting at the top.

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at verywellfamily.com and valeventgal.com for sharing this activity with our team
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