Getting Creative with Pom Poms–Mice

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Pom Pom Mice

In continuing with the Pom Pom Critter Enrichment at work, I have created cute little mice. This creation is more involved than Mike Wazowski, but totally worth it. Not only do the kids get to make something cute that they can play with, but these kinds of activities also allow the kids to practice necessary skills they learn in elementary school; simple skills such as paying attention, following directions, and counting.

Materials Needed:

(Please Note-All of the pom poms, except for the pink nose, should be the same color)

What You'll Need

1    2″ pom pom                                                  1    1″ pom pom

2    3/4″ pom poms                                            1    1/2″ pom pom

1     TINY pink pom pom                                   2    googly eyes

small piece of pink felt                                         tacky glue

6″ a pipe cleaner (in a color that compliments the pom poms)

Instructions:

1) Glue the 2″ pom pom to the 1″ pom pom (Remember to count to 30 after each step to ensure it sticks while you continue working)

2) Glue the 2 3/4″ pom poms to the top of the 1″ pom pom, creating the ears

3) Cut out two small arches from the pink felt, glue them to the front of the pom pom ears

4) Glue the 1/2″ inch pom pom to the front of the 1″ inch pom pom to create the snout

5) Glue the TINY pink pom pom to the 1/2″ pom pom to create a cute little nose

6) Glue the googly eyes above the snout, and relatively close together

7) Fold the pipe cleaner in half and twist together and shape into a cute tail

8) Cover the sharp end of the pipe cleaner with glue and attach to the back of the 2″ pom pom

Pre-made kit with everything you need for the pom pom critter

 

I typically run these enrichments with 20-25 kids, so planning and preparation is key to a successfully run enrichment session. I recently discovered making kits before hand was very helpful in getting enrichment started. Just a helpful tip if you’ll be running this kind of activity with a large number of kids.

Thanks for reading.

-The Creative Kitten

“My mistakes make me beautiful”

Getting Creative with Positive Reinforcement

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Weepul

'WEEPULS' TO PROMOTE GOOD CHOICES

So I’m at work and we (my co-workers and I) are doing a little clean up and I found these furry little critters; which I call WEEPULS. I was so excited because they brought back memories of earning weepuls through magazine drives from my elementary school days. I loved to display them, trade them, and collect as many as I could. In remembering my excitement I figured my kids (the kids I work with) would also love them.

I decided those on the “happy face” board during Power Time would be the first to receive them.

I suppose I should explain that last sentence. Power Time is the hour that the kids spend working on homework. They are provided a quiet room helps them concentrate, as well as multiple staff and volunteers to help with questions and confusions regarding homework. On the white board at the front of the room, there is a happy face and a sad face, indicating the “happy face” board and the “sad face” board. If a child is sitting quietly, focusing, and working hard their name goes on the “happy face” board, if a child is wondering, talking, or being repeatedly disruptive then they will be asked to put their name on the “sad face” board. Ok, now that we understand that, lets move on to the implementation of weepuls.

At the end of Power Time the kids gather on the rug to be dismissed for enrichment; so before this, I called up those who had earned their name on the “happy face” board and presented them with a weepul. The weepul thanks them for their good behavior and is stuck to their shoulder (They come with a sticker bottom).

The idea behind the weepul on the shoulder is not only to show their peers that they were making good choices, but to also remind the child to continue to make good choices.

The kids LOVE these. Not only do they love the recognition of behaving well, but they love that it is cute, fuzzy, and theirs to take home. Having weepuls hanging out on the kid’s shoulders all day long has encouraged all kids to improve their behavior and their choices; mainly because they all want a fuzzy friend to display and take home.

With my kids, I highly express that these are earned through good behavior and good choices. Weepuls are not given out for winning a game or being the first one to complete a task or an assignment. They are not only given out for those who do well during Power Time, but at all times throughout the day for participation, good sportsmanship, kindness, listening, following instructions, and setting a good example; all of which I identify as good choices.

Just a creative way I found to encourage my kids to be as amazing as I know they are.

Weepuls can be simply made, but they are also sold  for fairly cheap at sites such as Oriental Trading and S&S (search under “pom pom critters”), both of which can be googled. Below is a close up so you can get a better idea of what these ‘weepuls’ look like.

CLOSE UP

Thanks for reading!

-The Creative Kitten

“My mistakes make me beautiful”

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”

Getting Creative with the Creative Kitten

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Let me first just start by saying I am so excited (and kind of confused) to be joining the blogging world;

so here we go.

Hello All!! I am Brittany and I have always been quite crafty and super creative. As you may have seen in my profile; I love animals, especially cats. I have a cat named Martini who almost has as much attitude as I do and a wardrobe to die for thanks to my creativeness (and crazy-cat-lady-ness).

I work for an after school enrichment program for kids ages 4-10 and I am always creating something, whether its for work, for a costume, for my room, for the love of my life, or just because I am bored. I believe I get this from my fab mother who can craft anything and my awesome father who can pretty much make anything himself; along with my need for flare, my obsession with goddy everything, my inability to sit still, and years of sorority events. My mind is always wondering off into a creative wonderland and from now on I plan to post pictures, instructions, and my thoughts behind it all.

My motto is: “Buy it cheap. Make it look expensive”

And although this may not come out in everything I do, such as work projects because they are crafts for 5 year olds; I do believe it is an awesome mind set and that I am damn good at following it.

Below on the left is a picture of the of some of the set up from a Christmas Party my roommates and I threw back in 2009 for about 40 people. We turned out living room into a Christmas Banquet room and everything was made from items either laying around or purchased at a Dollar Store. Not to bad for my first large get together. (Please excuse the poor exposure of the photo) And on the right is a picture of a lady bug and Mike Wazowski, from Monsters Inc which I made with about 25 kids at work for a ‘pom pom critters’ enrichment. (After this picture was taken, Mike was altered to include a mouth)

Pom Pom Critters

Lady Bug and Mike Wizowski

I hope you can find my creativity as fun as I do and that you will see the somewhat sarcastic part of my personality come out. I hope you are ready to learn how to be a Creative Kitty because you will be learning from the most Creative of Kittens.

Christmas Party 2009

Christmas Party 2009

Thanks for reading!

-The Creative Kitten

“My mistakes make me beautiful”