The Sparkles kids and I have been busy doing a lot of crafting this summer to keep everyone’s sanity and our home relatively in tact before preschool resumes in the fall. The Leprechaun has reached that fun age where he can do much of a craft himself and actually asks most days “Want to do a craft!” which I love as it’s so sweet to watch his excitement at learning and creating. We sometimes do a dance of him not wanting my help which I know is a common 3 year old trait but his can go above that with his need to control things as is common with kids with sensory issues. Princess Sparkles can do things such as placing stickers or handing me things but is still a little small at 18 months to fully get her craft on. We have made some wonderful crafts such as jelly fish, moon and stars, and lobsters that I’ve ferreted away as keepsakes before the kids could disassemble them and with those easy kids crafts we have also made some wonderful memories.
When I heard a local radio station KSBJ was promoting a program called Make 1 Take 1 I knew it was right up the Sparkles family’s alley. The premise is to get families crafting together this summer (make 1) but also to help teach kids to give to those needing a blessing by creating a craft for children at the local Ronald McDonald house (take 1). The RHMC takes up one of the most noble causes I can think of as a mother. In their own words “Our Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Our Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. We believe that when a child is hospitalized the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed.” These are families experiencing every parent’s worst nightmare and if we can help brighten the day of a child going through what no child should have to and help further the work this wonderful charity is doing with something as small and easy as a craft, then sign us up.
I decided to do a set of crafts for the boys at Ronald McDonald House and another set for the girls which is how I came up with the theme Planes and Princesses.
When I did a search for “crafts for little boys” to find a project for the Leprechaun I found this adorable clothes pin airplane by My Super Foods I knew he would love it! We modified it a bit and painted the clothes pins and added the button for the propeller and he did love it. It was almost like he couldn’t believe we made a plane. I knew if my little guy loved it the chances were good that the boys at Ronald McDonald house would love them too so we made 8 to pack and send. You can see our fleet above. (The intention was to make an even 10 but we had 2 casualties. Shot down by the Red Baron? No, broken by an exuberant 3 year old crafter!) You can click the hyper link above for her instructions and as I mentioned the only modifications we made were spray painting the clothes pins and adding the buttons. They are super easy to make especially by adding the washi tape. We did use hot glue to make sure they stayed together so of course that was a job for mom (although I did manage to burn myself LOL) These little guys would make great birthday or play date favors along with just being a fun craft to do with your little guy!
Every princess needs a wand, right? I had a vision of bright, colors and of course sparkles. I got the idea for the wand from We Made That’s felt wand linked up at All Things Pretty. You can find her instructions here. Instead of ribbon, I used washi tape to wrap around the dowels and I used the sheer purple and pink glitter stars I found in the quincenra section of Michael’s. I hot glued them to the top of the dowel and added the pink and yellow and iridescent curling ribbon. These were so easy to make and my own Princess Sparkles had so much fun waving her wand. If the washi comes up you can add a bit of Scotch tape to secure it down. Again, this is a fun easy craft for any little princess to do but it would also work as a party or play date favor.
The Sparkles Kids and I had so much fun making the easy kids crafts and making memories in the process and it means so much to know they might bring a smile to a child at RMHC. I am so excited to deliver them to KSBJ at an upcoming event. If you would like to participate in brightening the day of a child at RMHC whereever you are, you can do your favorite kid’s craft and mail it to the address on the Make 1 Take 1 page and the station will deliver it for you.
Note: This is not a sponsored post and Sparkles And A Stove is in no way affiliated with KSBJ or Ronald McDonald House charities. I just thought Make 1 and Take 1 and the work at RMHC were more than worthy of sharing.