We celebrated my daughter’s 7th birthday the first week of June with a Moana Themed Birthday Party. My girl fell in love with Moana after watching the movie in the theater and she’s been belting out “How Far I’ll Go” at the top of her lungs ever since. Her Grandma and Papa surprised her with the soundtrack for her birthday, which made the party even more special to have her favorite Moana songs playing in the background while she swam and played with all of her sweet friends.
I had so much fun planning this party and I’m happy to say that everything turned out just as I imagined it would. I started making decorations several weeks in advance because May and June are always crazy busy with all of the end of school activities, dance recitals, and two kids with birthdays just a couple of weeks apart.
I used my Cricut Expression 2 to make the black and white tribal sewn paper garlands and the HAPPY BIRTHDAY KARIS pennant banner. I also used it to cut some of the pieces for the Kakamora faces. These were all made out of card stock that I purchased from Joann Fabrics. I also found the tribal print material at Joann’s that I used to cover the contents of our two bookshelves.
The Dollar Tree is a great place for inexpensive tropical decorations this time of year and it did not disappoint. This is where I purchased the tissue paper for the giant tropical flowers, the leis, the grass skirts that I used to surround the table, the plastic beach backdrop, plates and napkins, and the Moana and Maui “magic towels” that we gave to the children as party favors.
My favorite part of the whole party, was the Moana Boat and Sail Photo Backdrop (tutorial link below). All the kids were greeted by my daughter and given a lei to wear and the first thing they saw when they walked in was a huge beach scene with a cardboard Moana boat and sail to play in. I even made an oar out of a dowel, cardboard, and twine. We got some super cute pictures of the kids in Moana’s boat.
If you are planning a Moana party of your own, here are three fun tutorial for you as well as a ton of pictures from my daughter’s party. Enjoy!
Moana Marshmallow Pops Tutorial
Moana Boat and Sail Photo Backdrop Tutorial
Heart of Te Fiti Cupcake Tutorial
Coloring pages, painting, and puzzles…three things my girl loves, all combined into one project. This is a super simple craft that your kids can do at home and you only need a couple of items, most of which you probably already have.
To make DIY Magnetic Puzzles, you will need:
- adhesive magnetic tape
- white card stock
- paint, crayons, or markers
- scissors or a paper cutter
Your child can print a coloring page from the computer or create their own art. The possibilities for unique puzzles are endless! This activity can be modified for very young children by cutting fewer puzzle pieces, and can be made challenging for older children by cutting a variety of shapes.
Watch my daughter’s “Craft Time With Karis” tutorial (above) to learn how to make some DIY Magnetic Puzzles of your own.
For more “Craft Time With Karis” fun, check out these other blog posts:
Colored (Rainbow) Rice
Tricky Hopscotch (With A Twist)
Valentine Craft: Cookie Cutters & Paint
I love setting up sensory bins for my kids. Over the years, we have done white rice, beans, popcorn kernels, shaving cream, salt, and more, but we have never made rainbow colored rice. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make!
This week, my kids are on Spring Break and the weather forecasted several rainy days. Since we were staying home this week, I decided that I’d plan a couple of fun activities to keep us busy. I picked up a large package of inexpensive white rice and some Wilton’s Gel Food Colors at Target and began looking at recipes for colored rice. Some recipes called for rubbing alcohol, but I wanted to make ours without, so I found that vinegar was a great alternative for setting the colors without the alcohol.
My daughter and I had so much fun making this rice! She actually made it almost all by herself! We created this little video tutorial (below) as part of her kid’s series “Craft Time With Karis.”
In the past couple of days, “Colored (rainbow) Rice” has provided hours of sensory and imaginary play. Karis added some little bunnies and plastic eggs for Easter play. She put plastic dolphins and other animals in too, and yesterday we included some cardboard with holes cut out and a funnel for pouring rice. This inspired Karis to create an imaginary town called “Flowerville” while she played with her animals and rainbow rice.
Watch our tutorial to learn how to make some “Colored (rainbow) Rice” with your kids!
More “Craft Time With Karis” Fun:
Tricky Hopscotch (with a twist)
Valentine Craft (Cookie Cutters & Paint)
You know that scene from the movie “Trolls,” when Poppy and Branch are on their way to rescue their friends from the Bergens, and they camp for the night? Poppy sets up a collage of Popsicle Stick Frames with pictures of all the missing Trolls and it keeps expanding. That was the inspiration behind this Trolls Craft. As soon as I saw that scene, the first time we watched Trolls in the theater, I knew that my daughter and I would have to make a “Poppy Frame” of our own. So I started gathering the supplies, and my plan was to have a special “Trolls night” with my girl as soon as the movie came out on DVD.
I found a set of Trolls stickers at Joann Fabrics. The rest of the supplies we bought from the Dollar Tree. I also picked up this amazing find, a plastic veggies and dip tray to hold all of our craft supplies. I have reused this dollar store treasure many times since for other art and craft projects and sensory activities.
The week that Trolls hit the Red Box, I surprised my daughter with a special “Mommy/Sissy” Day. We rented the movie, made our craft, and also created a yummy treat to enjoy, Trolls Marshmallow Pops.
My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her special day and spent a long time making her Poppy Popsicle Stick Frames with pictures of her favorite Trolls and tons of decorative embellishments. Here’s what we used:
- colored popsicle sticks
- colored cardstock to back the frames
- Trolls stickers
- paper cutouts (cut from my Cricut, left over from another project)
- butterfly charms
- pom poms
- glue (I used a hot glue gun for the frames and my daughter used Elmer’s glue for the decorations)
Here’s a screen shot of Poppy’s Frames and some fun pictures of my daughter’s creation.
Today my 11 year old son had to stay home from school because he woke up with pink eye. Bummer day…or so we thought! Cleaning the house was at the top of my agenda, but then Micah started playing around with his newest Nerf Gun, the Nerf Centurion. He grabbed some duct tape and popsicle sticks and rigged up a hanging target to shoot at. Somewhere in the middle of house cleaning and target practice, Micah and I came up with this super fun activity that we like to call “Exploding Easter Egg Nerf Gun Targets.”
Did you know that some plastic Easter eggs have two little holes at the bottom? Well these holes came in handy for today’s activity and so did the duct tape and little sister’s bag of sequins. Check out our tutorial about how we made these explosive Easter eggs! They may be messy…but they sure are fun!
Helpful Tip: If your plastic eggs do not have holes (2 of ours did not), you can easily make holes by hammering a nail through the bottom of your eggs (from the inside) two times about 1/2 inch apart. I used a wood block under my eggs while hammering so they didn’t crack.
For more Nerf Gun fun check out my blog post Nerf Target Practice
My Little Pony Capes Template
This week I finally made the time to create a tutorial for the My Little Pony Capes that I make for my daughter’s ponies. While she was in school the other day, I made 3 new capes and when she came home she was thrilled! Just a couple of scraps of material, some pretty embellishments, and a little bit of my time has led to hours of imaginary play with ponies the past 2 days. Definitely time well spent!
To see more ideas for “My Little Pony” Capes, you can read my original post here. To learn how to make some of these tiny capes for your child’s own My Little Ponies, watch my tutorial above.
We are currently soaking up any sunny day we get in the midst of this very rainy season. Sidewalk chalk has always been a favorite backyard activity for my kids and I recently introduced my daughter to hopscotch. We started with your traditional, schoolyard, 10 space hopscotch, but my girl wanted to make a bigger one. Over time, we developed a super fun “Tricky Hopscotch with a Twist” that we would like to share with you.
Check out my daughter’s second “Craft Time with Karis” video where she shares her ideas on how to create a “Tricky Tricky Hopscotch.” Karis adds silly spaces in the middle of the basic numbered squares. In some, she acts like a cat, or a dog, in others she will dance or dab. The best part about this, is that kids use their imaginations and creativity to come up with their own unique hopscotch. This one simple activity combines art, writing numbers, counting, imaginary play, and exercise.
Leave Karis a comment and let her know if you made a “Tricky Tricky Hopscotch” of your own and what creative spaces you added to yours!