I'm always looking for easy and fun ways to entertain our kids while we are camping. Sometimes we travel to amazing destinations that provide the entertainment and activities but there are times when we need a little something to keep our kids happy, occupied and out of the fire pit ashes...lol
Who doesn't love an emoji? My daughter absolutely loved when we made emoji pins as xmas presents last year so I knew turning them into a swap would be fun. We did this as part of the Making Friends badge. Girls made two, one for themselves and one to share with a friend!
I'm really excited to share with you Mamas this easy and fun activity your kids can do by themselves! My 4 year old was able to do this so the younger age's can do it too!
What you need:
- Canvas tennis shoes (Walmart for $5.99)
- Assorted Sharpie Markers
- Spray bottle
- Rubbing Alcohol
Step 1: Take out the laces and decorate you shoes.
I hinted to the girls that symmetry might look best but really let them design/color their own shoes. I do recommend sticking with 4-5 colors. You don't need to press in hard but you do want to fill in all the areas that you don't want white. This will give it the best tie dye look.
Step 2: Spray your shoes with Rubbing Alcohol.
I recommend doing this outdoors or in a well ventilated area. If you don't have a spray bottle you can use a dropper as well. Spray until you get the desired look. This might take a couple rounds of spraying.
Step 3: Allow to dry.
The girls REALLY enjoyed this activity! It was super easy for them and left room for creative mistakes. The best part, they did it all by themselves! They have been wearing these shoes nonstop and have been receiving so many compliments!
Hey Leader Friends!
So to be perfectly honest, I'm not a fan of leaders giving out end of the year gifts and I totally think it should be the other other way around but I really couldn't resist these! lol
The idea is pretty simple and affordable. It could also be used as a jewelry making badge if you have the girls make their own!
- roll of ball chain with clamps
- Blank bottle caps w/jump rings attached ( I used 5/8" mini bottle caps from Hobby Lobby)
- bottle cap image/Printable
- Magic dimensions
- dangle beads (Hobby Lobby) and stampable plates
1) Print and Cut out your 16mm (diameter) printable circles.
Print out your image on photo paper. Regular paper will not work and it will get wet. If you have a circle punch small enough for this that would be idea but I used scissors. Use E6000 to adhere your printable to the bottle cap. You can also use rubber cement but I find that E6000 works the best. Allow it to dry. It can take a couple hours. If you are doing it with a troop and are pressed for time you can use rubber cement but make sure you don't get it on the front facing image.
2) Apply Magic Dimensions
Word of advice, dispense a small amount of the dimensions goo on a piece of paper first to avoid air bubbles. Start in the center of the cap and in a circular motion fill the entire bottle cap. If you go a little over that is okay. When the dimensions goo dries, it sinks a bit. Use a tooth pic to get out any air bubbles... if you see below, the air bubbles will dry like air bubbles so get them out. Allow this to dry for 3 hours or overnight.
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3) Assemble your necklace
If you purchased the bottle caps that already have the punch with the jump rings then this will be easy. You can cut your ball and chain cord to the desirable length your girl prefers. I recommend 18 inches long. Attach your connectors and voila!
If you want to go an extra step, you can add colored dangle beads link in the picture below. If you have a stamping set, they you can also add initial plate charms too.
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Bella recently made a YouTube video of a fun craft her Girl Scouts did during an indoor camp out! This was a super cute idea and easy enough for the Daisies (ages 6-7).