Summer is a great time for arts and crafts that can get messy - just set up a table outside and make sure the hose is handy! Then, read this post at Casa Maria's Creative Learning and get inspired for an afternoon of finger painting!
Please welcome Willowday with this lovely guest tutorial on how to make glow-in-the-dark stars that can be used in lots of different fun ways! ~ I was thrilled when Cassi gave me the opportunity to collaborate on a summer project. I thought of this simple, yet, versatile 3-in-one-Star Shadow Puppet Card. It has endless possibilities. These Star Shadow Puppet Cards are great summer party invitations. You can also just make the shadow puppet as a toy, which can be used for: 1) a window shadow puppet 2) a flashlight shadow puppet (Something for summer nights in tents) and 3) a glow-in-the-dark toy or decoration. See instructions below.
Upper left: Use a curtain or a flashlight for a shadow puppet theater. Upper right: Place the glow-in-the-dark star shadow puppet up on a bedroom wall for a bedtime glow-in-the-dark decoration. Bottom: Hold the star puppet up to a light, then, go outside. Wave, twist and move with these glow-in-the-dark star puppets on the back lawn and run with the fire flies. Watch these stars glow and shine on their own and on the faces of those who are running with them, too!
SUPPLIES: Non-toxic Glow-in-the-Dark Paint Heavy Card stock Paint Brush Card and matching blank envelope Reflective Tape Popsicle or wood stick Glue Gun (or other glue, if you prefer) Xacto Knife Optional: Gold, silver or red paint for painting a striped envelope
Left: Paint the reflector tape, as well as the star. Middle: Add stripes of gold, silver or red to the envelope. Right: Personalize each star with the name of a guest and use these as invitations.
Cut a star from the heavy card stock. Make sure the star fits within the width of your card.
Cut streamers from the reflective tape.
Optional: Add red and blue ribbons, in addition, for a 4th of July theme.(See above card examples for length reference and with sample of these colors.)
Paint the star and the reflective tape with glow-in-the-dark paint. Let dry.
Once the star is dry, write an optional message on the star and/or card.
On the back of the star, glue the stick and the streamers to the star. Let dry.
Cut two slits which will hold the shadow puppet stick on the card. These slits should be centered on the bottom half of the card to hold the Shadow Puppet Star in place. To find the correct placement, place the dried star shadow puppet on the center of the card and mark both slits. The first should be just below the star and the second, will be approximately 2 inches below.
Optional: paint stripes on the address side of the envelope. Let dry.
Slide the completed Star Shadow Puppet into the card and place in envelope.
This butterfly mobile looks so delicate but because each butterfly is dipped in wax it is weatherproof! I really want to make one of these, if only to hear the gentle sound of them brushing against each other. Visit Growing Up Creative for the full tutorial and more pictures.
Check out this amazing cardboard box playground at Play and Grow! The maker says it was created for a company picnic that included 300 children and it apparently held up pretty well, even with a bit of rain. Wouldn't it be fun to do something like this in your own backyard? Let me know if you do! (English translation here)