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Getting Creative with Pom Poms–Lady Bugs

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Lady Bug Pom Pom Critter

Lady Bug Pom Pom Critter

 
Materials Needed:
Green Felt
4    1/2″ black pom poms
5     TINY black pom poms
1      1″ black pom pom
1     2″ pom pom
2    googly eyes
glue
scissors
 
Instructions:
Step 1: Glue the 4 1/2′ pom pom to bottom of the 2″ pom pom, creating the feet
Step 2: Glue the 1/2″ pom pom the front uppper part of the 2″ pom pom, creating the head
Step 3: Glue the TINY black pom poms to the top of the 2″ pom pom, creating its spots
Step 4: Glue the googly eyes to front upper part of the head
Step 5: Cut out a leaf from the green felt
              Note: You can glue the lady bug to the leaf or not; my kids chose not to so the leaf could double as a blanket.. oh, they aren’t they just as creative as I am?
 
 
The 2″ pom pom serves as the body of the lady bug and can be any color. I suppose you could also use any size pom pom for the body to create mama, papa, and baby lady bugs. They make quite a beautiful herd, if I dont say so myself:
 
 
 
 
The pom pom critters enrichment will be coming to an end soon and I have been thinking of ways to improve the activity for the next time around. So far, I think I have decided that with each pom pom critter the kids make, they will also fill out a form, or write a little something (depending on the age group) about their new friend. Things like the critters name, where it lives, what it eats, what its defensice mechanisms are, and so on and so forth. I believe incorporating something like this into the activity will encourage the kids to think more creativitely about what they have just created. Ha.
 
Thanks for reading.
-The Creative Kitten
 
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Getting Creative with Pom Poms-Bunnies in a Basket

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For this week’s pom pom critters enrichment I did bunnies in a basket. The kids were very excited about this activity because it included a very small wicket basket for their pom pom friend to live in. All in all, they turned out like this:

Bunny in a Basket

Bunny in a Basket

Materials Needed:

What You'll Need

What You'll Need

1    2″ pom pom

1    1 1/2″ pom pom (same color as 2″ pom pom)

1    pipe cleaner (same color or a complimentary color to the pom poms)

1    TINY pink pom pom

2    googly eyes

1     little basket (which I found on Amazon)

tacky glue

Instructions:

Step 1: Glue the 1 1/2″ pom pom to the 2″ pom pom

Step 2: Cut the pipe cleaner in to 6 pieces, making 4 pieces a little longer in the other 2; and then fold them all in half

Step 3: Glue two of the longer pipe cleaners, pointing up, to the top of the 1 1/2″ pom pom, creating the ears

Step 4: Glue the other two of the longer pipe cleaners to the bottom on the 2″ pom pom, creating the feet

Step 5: Bend the tips of the smaller two pipe cleaner, like this:  

Step 6: Glue thebent pipe cleaner to the upper front part of the 2″ pom pom, creating the paws

Step 7: Glue the googly eyes to the front of the 1 1/2 ” pom pom

Step 8: Glue the TINY pink pom pom right under the googly eyes to create the nose

Step 9: Glue the white  1/4″ pom pom to the back bottom part of the 2″ pom pom, creating the tail

Step 10: Wait for your bunny to dry and then place in the basket

Back/Side View

Back/Side View

Front View

Front View

This is a cute idea to recreate for any reason, but I am thinking of bringing back a version of it for Easter.

I have provided pictures of the bunny outside of the basket to help all with show were it all goes. Good Luck!

Thanks for reading.

-The Creative Kitten

Getting Creative with Pom Poms-Teddy Bears

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I had a request from a kindergartner for a teddy bear pom pom critter and this is what I came up with:

Pom Pom Teddy Bear

Pom Pom Teddy Bear

Materials Needed:

1    2″ pom pom                                                                                                  1    TINY black pom pom

1     1″ pom pom (same color as 2″ pom pom)                                            2     googly eyes

4    1/2″ pom poms                                                                                             tacky glue (can be found at any craft store)

4    1/4″ pom poms (same color as 1/2″ pom poms)

Instructions:

Step 1:      Glue the 1″ pom pom ball to the 2″ pom pom ball

Step 2:      Glue two 1/2″ pom poms on the front upper sides of the 2″ pom pom to create the arms

Step 3:      Glue two 1/2″ pom poms on the front lower sides of the 2″ pom pom to create the feet

Step 4:      Glue two 1/4″ pom poms on the top outter part of the 1″ pom pom to create the ears

Step 5:      Glue one 1/4″ pom pom on the front lower part of the 1″ pom pom to create the snout

Step 6:      Glue one 1/4″ pom pom on the back lower part of the 2″ pom pom to create the tail

Step 7:     Glue the TINY black pom pom on the front upper part of the snout 1/4″ pom pom to create the nose

Step 8:      Glue the googly eyes on above the snout

FRONT VIEW OF TEDDY

FRONT VIEW OF TEDDY

BACK/SIDE VIEW OF TEDDY

BACK/SIDE VIEW OF TEDDY

I choose to make the bear two different colors, but you could easily make the bear one color by using all the same color pom poms, except for the black nose.

I have provided a picture of the front AND back of the Teddy Bear to help those of your creating home to see the placement of all the pom poms.

Good luck and thanks for reading!

-The Creative Kitten

Getting Creative with Pom Poms–Mike Wazowski

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For those of you who don’t know me very well, I’m very particular… about everything. As a result, I plan out all of my enrichment activities very far in advance. However, in ordering ASSORTED pom poms, I found that I did not have enough of the colors and sized I needed for the previously planned out projects and had to improvise.

So I thought to make something for Austin, the love of my life. Which brought me this brilliant little guy: Mike Wazowski from the movie Monsters Inc. (One of our faaaavorite movies to watch).

Pom Pom Critters

Mike Wazowski

Materials Needed:

(All of which can be found at your local Micheal’s… and Google)

Tacky Glue

1      2″ Green Pom Pom

2      1/4″ Dark Green Pom Poms

1       Green Pipe Cleaner (Cut into fourths)

1       LARGE googly eye

1       print out of Mike Wazowski’s smile (GOOGLE IT)

Instructions:

Please Note: Once you have glued two pieces, hold together for at least 30 seconds to ensure it doesn’t fall apart while your working on the rest of the project

1) Glue the 2 small dark green pom poms to the top of the large green pom pom to create Mike’s ears/horns. (After a closer look at Mike Wazowski, I noticed these might have been better grey, but it’s up to you)

2) Role one end of all four pipe cleaner pieces, this creates the hands and feet for Mike.

3) Glue on pipe cleaners, two on the side to create the arms and two on the bottom to create the legs.

4) Glue the LARGE googly eye on the front of Mike, closer to the top of his head.

5) Glue on Mike’s cut out smile below the LARGE googly eye.  (Note: Using cardstock instead of regular paper makes it easier to work with and also helps to prevent the ink from bleeding due to glue)

6) Let dry and give to someone who will appreciate how terribly cute he is!!

Thanks for reading!

-The Creative Kitten

“My mistakes make me beautiful”