This is a really fun project for kids. These bangles are made from popsicle sticks (admittedly, I call them lollipop sticks, so perhaps it depends where you are in the world). The popsicle or lollipop sticks are bent into a bangle shape and then decorated with rubber stamps. Making them into bangle shapes is fiddly, and I think that this is part of the project for adults to do in advance, however once bent and dried, the youngsters love decorating them. We used rubber stamps, however you could also cover them with washi tape, draw patterns with markers etc. The only thing to watch is that very wet medium such as some paints, may seep along the grain of the wood. You can read more about making these bangles here – DIY Popsicle Stick Bangles.
I needed some graphics for prepositions of place work that I am doing now with some youngsters, and I could not find anything that was appropriate. I wanted some graphics which were fun, not too young but where each character was differentiated. I decided to create my own and made this set featuring an alien – who is in a different color in each graphic. This was important for me as I wanted the youngsters to be able to describe the different aliens (the orange alien is behind the spaceship), and it also means I can ask them questions (where is the orange alien?). I like this set and I’m pleased with how it came out – I’ve put it in my TPT store.
Here’s an invitation that makes me smile! This invitation is for an end of school party. The wording on the invitation will be customized for the customer. I love the faces on this card – I am sure that I looked the same when I was facing the end of school and the long summer holidays! The invitation is here – Schools Out Invitation.
Some of my students love Monster High and I have a 3D model which features a cross between a monster and a fashion doll which I use with them in lessons. I create characters for them using their specifications and because these have a monster theme, they can go to town with odd color schemes. They are delighted as they see their ‘monster’ coming to life in front of them. This works really well and it helps to engage the tween learners who are too old for cutesy themes but not old enough for realistic.
Seeing how much they love these graphics, I thought I’d use this 3d model to make some graphics to use in invitations and put these in my Etsy store. They certainly hit the spot with my tween group, so hopefully they’ll work as invitations too. These invitations will be customized with details of the party so they are completely tailored to the recipient. The invitation is available here – Monster High Inspired Party Invitation.
I’ve been working really hard on many cards and invites. I am absolutely loving doing something a little different – I particularly like making the cards. It was quite a challenge first, working within a 7 x 5″ frame, however it’s really fun now! I made some Super Teacher cards for my Etsy store in time for Teacher Appreciation Week and I’ve sold a couple! These feature a teacher super hero in a comic book style and can be printed from home, which is ideal for people who want to send a few cards and not spend too much money. This card can be found on Etsy here – Super Teacher Card.