Easy Guitar Pinatas

This past weekend we had Ellie's Elena of Avalor Party, and I'm still in the process of going through and editing the pictures.  I have so much to say about it too!  But I just not ready to share all the details yet!  Hopefully next week.  Until then though I wanted to quickly log on here to show you one of the crafts that we did for the party...mini guitar pinatas!

 My kids really loved to help make these.  I made cardboard guitars and they loved to decorate them! 

The actual pinata part is super easy to make, too.  You just need some cardboard, and a toilet paper roll. Let me show you all the steps!


Teaching Kids to Code

Today I'm taking a bit of a break from my normal blog posts to tell you a little about a super fun STEM-themed Girl Scout meeting that I led a few weeks ago. When I surveyed my Daisy families for what "extras" they wanted to do this year, STEM won by a landslide. 

Which was totally fine by me!  I LOVE science, and I'm all about exposing kids--especially girls--to science-themed topics.  For most of my life I've seen computers as mysterious black boxes.   As a kid I certainly didn't see them as something that I could tinker with, let alone create with.

I hope that my kids see differently.  I want them to not be afraid to look inside a computer.  I want them to understand that it's not magic that makes computers work.  I want them to realize that the programs that they love so much were created by someone else.  I want them to see themselves as capable of coding and creating. 

I'm a life scientist, but I sometimes wonder if I'd happen to have found myself in a computer science class in my freshman year of college (or even high school!) if I'd have considered computer science as a potential major.  When I took my first computer science class much later on,  I realized that computer science was pretty cool!  I truthfully had had ZERO exposure before that class.  That won't be true for my kids! 

Today I'm going to share with you the approximately 1 hour lesson plan that I put together for a group of 1st grade Daisy Girl Scouts. I hope that others find it useful!  And if computer science isn't really your thing, you might still like the Daisy Girl Scout paper doll printable. The one thing that I really want to stress though is that you don't need to know computer science or software engineering to give young kids an introduction.  This post will have all you will need to know!

Lots of info ahead!  Keep reading for all the details!


Elena of Avalor Costume

Hi all!!
I know I showed you my family's Halloween costumes last week, so you're probably wondering why I have another costume post for you. 

Well, it turns out Ellie, my not-so-little-anymore Halloween baby had just one main birthday present request.  She wanted me to make her an Elena of Avalor costume, for her Elena of Avalor themed birthday party.  (And you know how parties go in my family...so you know that I'll have more to share about that soon!)

Her party isn't for a few more weeks, but I wanted to knock out the costume early on so that I'd have more time to focus on other party details.  

I really love how this dress turned out.  It's a simple dress, with an elastic neckline that makes it easy for Ellie to dress herself. It ties with a bow in the back. 
 Ellie's favorite part though is the dress skirt.  Boy, o'boy does this dress TWIRL!!!  So, so FUN!   
 I think she likes it! I don't have a full tutorial here for you today, but I will share some more details of the dress, including pattern information, which will hopefully be enough for you to make your own Elena costume if you'd like.


A Halloween Flashback (Plus this Year's Costumes!)

Alice in Wonderland Costumes for the Whole Family 
Today I'm over at Make It and Love it sharing our Halloween Costumes for this year. My kids decided that they wanted us all to dress up as characters from Alice in Wonderland and I'm really excited about how they turned out.  I'm also kind of excited that we have a whole family's worth of costumes too.  

My kids thought I was the perfect White Rabbit because the White Rabbit carries a clock around...and I'm usually the one telling them that they are going to be late!  

I realized as I was putting together my Alice in Wonderland post that my kids have actually coordinated costumes for 4 of the last 5 years!  That's pretty crazy, right?

Last year, they wanted me to make them fairy costumes. I love these pictures soo much! The girls tried to convince the husband and I to go as unicorns or elves, but we just really weren't feeling it...and I wasn't really that interested in making more costumes.  I kind of LOVE that I have all of our Halloween costumes done for this year...and they are Halloween costumes for the whole family!  

The previous year we dressed up as the characters from Frozen.  I shared the Anna costume tutorial here on the blog! I really loved being Olaf!
Another year, Lu dressed up as veterinarian, and Ellie dressed up as puppy.  Yep!  You are looking at commercial costumes here!  Oh, and can I say it makes me sad to look back at pictures from that Halloween....so dark and gloomy.  I know I could have done so much better now!  

On the other hand I can say that I am so glad that my photography skills are getting better over time!

And what about the year they didn't dress a like?  We can blame that on a very opinionated 2 year old who was determined to be Minnie Mouse (and a very opinionated 4 year old that really didn't want to coordinate with a Disney character).  It's ok though, because now I have this lovely picture from that Halloween!
Ah, so sweet those little babies were!  They grow up so fast!

Happy Halloween costume making everyone!




Day of the Dead Masks

A while back I talked about pastel basics.  I thought it would be really fun to may Day of the Dead masks with the girls because pastels provide such vibrant colors. We used a combination of oil pastels and soft pastels.

We liked using the soft pastels to color in the background, but liked how vibrant the oil pastels were against the black and on top of the white.

 Lu played around with Q-tips for blending in the white.
 She said she wanted this mask to look like the moon, with crators on the background.  Very creative!
 I think they turned out really fun!
 I laminated them to prevent the pastels from smearing off onto their clothes.  Then I just taped a popsicle stick to the back.
 Lu decided she wanted to look like her mask, so she taped lightening bolts onto her shirt to match it.  So clever!
I hope you all are having a great week!

Make sure to check out my intro to pastels post! 


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