DIY Drinking Straw Bracelet – a craft for a crowd

DIY Straw Bracelet - crafts for crowdsThis DIY drinking straw bracelet is an easy and inexpensive craft that would work well for a crowd, such as a classroom or community event.  These could also be used as gifts that kids can make for others. They can be made by preschoolers to elementary school age kids and up. They can be simple or the kids can create a pattern using different colors and sizes of straws.

 Supplies needed for a drinking straw bracelet:

  • Jumbo, plastic drinking straws – I found these at Walmart.
  • S’peggti  Strings (or yarn) -S’peggti string is a plastic lacing string that I found at Hobby Lobby. I like it because it ties into a tight knot that will hold the bracelet together, but it has a bit of a give so that the bracelet will stretch over someone’s hand. Plus, it is super cheap and was two bucks for 50 yards.
  • Pipe Cleaner  - Create a pipe cleaner needle if needed. The s’peggti string has a lot of body to it, but if your child is younger or they need something a little bit firmer to hold on to, create a ‘needle’ by twising a loop into a 4 inch length of pipe cleaner…also known as  a chenille stem.

DIY Straw Bracelets - supplies

How to make a straw bracelet:

First, cut up the straws. Perfect for scissor skills, but it is up to you if your child is ready to use scissors.

Take a piece of straw and tie it to the end of a 9 inch piece of string using a lose knot. That will keep the straw pieces from sliding off and prevents tons of frustration.

DIY Straw Bracelet

 

Lace the straw on to the ‘string’:

DIY Straw Bracelet - string straws onto lace

 

Size it to fit the person who will be wearing it and tie it off. Pull the knot really tight so that it will hold.

Straw Bracelet - tie the 'string'

 

Finally, trim the ends and just slide a piece of straw over the knot.

DIY Straw Bracelet - snip the string

 

Cute and colorful!

DIY Straw Bracelet - crafts for crowds

 

What do kids and grown-ups learn from this simple craft?

There is so much learning in this activity! First it is wonderful for fine motor development. Kids can create patterns. They can experiement with the sizes of straws that they cut. They can help in the planning by choosing the color of straws or lace. As you play and create, sort the straws by colors. You can talk about size, count the pieces of straws. Talk about which group has the most or least amount. Talk about which bracelet is long or short.

 

DIY Straw Bracelet - an inexpensive and easy Craft for Crowds

Gifts

If you are giving them as gifts, talk about the person who will receive the bracelet. For example, discuss what colors they like and what they enjoy. This teaches your child to think from the perspective of others. It teaches generosity and thoughtfulness too!

 

For an object for Sunday School class

To use the bracelet to teach the Christian salvation lesson, click on this post for Jelly Bean Salvation and use the colors as suggested so that the bracelet is a reminder of Christ’s love and sacrifice.

Have fun creating bracelets together!

 

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Top Nine Pregnancy Apps

I’m pleased to have Bethany Barkey guest posting today. She is my daughter and mother to my first grandbaby. (We are excited!) We expected our little Ruby to arrive yesterday…literally! Bethany has been talking about all of the apps she has enjoyed during the last nine months, so I’ve invited her to share them with you too.

Technology and information has changed so much since the smartphone, and I was somewhat surprised when my doctor recommended I check out apps for keeping up to date on baby’s progress and development! Since that nine week appointment, I’ve discovered a whole new world of information via my phone. Here are some of my favorite apps that I’ve loved and used a lot during pregnancy. The title links are clickable and will take you straight to the app.

Top 9 Pregnancy Apps from Creative Connections for Kids

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DIY Pegboard Organization

Pegboard organization on desk from Creative Connections for Kids

Summer time is organization time at our house since I tend to create a pile mountain of stuff as I rush around through the school year. I wanted a pegboard to organize and hang in my office to help catch the supplies that I am always looking for. Pegboard storage can also be used in a child’s room, a classroom, a closet; the options are limitless.  It just depends what needs to be stored and organized.

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DIY Seashell Frame – Use those shells!

We love going to the ocean and since we live far from one it is a truly special.  We always arrive home with at least a handful or two of shells and other beach treasures. Rather then let them sit on a shelf or in a jar, we made a custom seashell frame. These shells are from Cozemel, Mexico:

Use a seashell collection to create a frame

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Home-made Strawberry Soda

 

Wonderful home-made soda that is full of science!

We are going to make fermented strawberry soda. I learned about lacto-fermentation from the lovely expat blog And Here We Are. Please take a peek at Ariana’s blog, it is one of my favorites.   My daughter, Bethany, and I went out to pick strawberries on a beautiful May morning. My girls and I have been going to the Wilsdorf Berry Patch for years.  We have many very happy memories of picking strawberries together and look forward to this annual outing.

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