Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pom Pom Family Kids Craft: Project #30 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #30: Pom Pom Family
Crafts for all abilities! 
for Ages 3 Years and Up   

A Cute Tribute to Your Family!
Supplies Needed:
  • 2 Different Colors of Yarn
  • Variety of Googly Eyes
  • Old CD or Same Size Cardboard Circle
  • 2 Popsicle Sticks
  • Adult Scissors
Time Needed: 30 minutes  
It's amazing what you come up with when you have no idea there's another way! I've never made a pom pom before, but I heard that you use a cd, so that's what I did. However, I now know that I didn't do it the "right" way. (Just goes to show you that there's more than 1 way to skin a cat. What a gross saying! Anyone have a substitute?) I'm going to show you pictures of how I did it and also how it "should" be done. 
 What To Do:
  1. ADULT: Glue 2 Popsicle Sticks to one side of the cd so they stick out parallel to each other.
    VIEW VIDEO: The advisable way for a child to make pom poms
  2. When glue is dry take your first yarn color and wind it around the 2 sticks about 100 times! A great counting exercise. Little ones can count to ten, ten times :)
    THE WRONG (or creative, as I like to say) METHOD! I did this without
    the sticks and couldn't figure out why anyone would do it this way LOL!
    It kept coming off the cd! When YOU do it wrap your yarn around
    THE STICKS and not the cd. The cd is merely an object to hold the the sticks !
  3. Cut off 4 inches of yarn from the skein and use it to tie off the yarn you just wound on the sticks. 
  4. Pull yarn off the sticks.
  5. ADULT: Use scissors to cut the loops at their peak.
  6. Tada! Pom pom 1.
  7. Repeat this process for 4 pom poms, using a different color yarn for the males vs females in your family.
    TO MAKE THEM DIFFERENT SIZES
    : Create another cd/popsicle stick pom pom maker with the sticks closer together this time. This will make a smaller pom pom.
    To make a larger pom pom wrap the yarn around many more times to get a fuller, bigger looking pom pom. To make the baby pom pom I used my pointer and middle finger (as the sticks) and wrapped the yarn around those fingers about 25 times!
    Mom and Daughter!


  8. Glue googly eyes to each of your pom poms. We used some big, some small, and different colors too!
    That' me, on the left, with my daughter LOL!
  9. ENJOY! You're done! 
  10. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.
Distinguish among your family members by using different colors, different eyes, and different sizes!
This is how I made the "girls" in our family.

Our family: Dad in the back with me, my daughter and my son!
My kids are twins but for fun we made him the baby!

Why We Love Crafts for Kids:

Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs:
Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.

Let him decide which colors of yarn to use and where to apply the googly eyes.

Display his family in a prominent place in your home!

For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by cutting out hearts from construction paper to become the feet of each family member! He can also write the family member's name on the feet :) Adding characteristic touches like glasses or a hat would be fun too!


Associated Educational Activities:

And now a word from SeeryusMama, "READ 'The Relatives Came', by Cynthia Rylant. When Cynthia's relatives come to visit from Virginia there are people and hugs everywhere! Full of the warmth and joy you'd expect from a big, huggy family and perfect to read along with this family Valentine's Day craft!"

LessonPathways.com suggests making a Family Member Cluster Chart where groups of the same type of relatives are placed together, ie., Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents.
 
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*Sky (Seeryus Mama) is the mama of two kiddies, Johnny (a tween) and Paige (a toddler), and the trophy wife to her husband Brandon. They live in the middle of Nebraska - otherwise known as The Good Life.  Sky works part-time at the local library, attends college part time, hoping to eventually earn a Masters in Library Science and volunteers for several different organizations. Sky blogs at Seeryus Mama, where it's all about the good life and the products that go along with it.    
 
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