Grab ‘N’ Go: Spider SWAP

SWAP_Spider_lrlSpiders are a great SWAP for everything from camp to Halloween. Our spider is very basic, but you can always add to it to make it better!

 

Tools:

  • Wire cutters

Materials:

  • Pipe cleaner, black
  • Pony bead, black
  • Safety pin

 


Steps:

Cut — Cut pipe cleaner into four equal parts of 3″ each.

Insert — Push all four pieces through the pony bead and center the bead.

Bend — Bend the legs so they look like they have feet.

Add pin — Bend one of the feet around the safety pin to keep it secure.

 

To download a PDF of this Grab ‘N’ Go sheet, click here: GnG_Spider SWAP_lrl

Badge: Father’s Day Crafts

FDC_04URLMaking gifts for our special male figure is a tradition for many families. Let’s explore some gifts we can make.

 

 

Steps

 

1. Cards.

Find free printable cards online, make one from a sheet of paper or start with a blank one and a sentiment that’s perfect for your dad. Make a card. Add your sentiment or find one online that conveys your feelings. Remember not to be too “sappy.”

2. Hand print art.

With kids, handprints are a great item to incorporate into your art project. A few ways to incorporate handprints include:

  • Use handprints on a t-shirt or tie
  • Plaster plaque with handprint
  • Handprint on a tile

You might want to add a name, year or sentiment. Discuss this with kids. What other ideas do they come up with? Try one or more.

3. Photo crafts.

Making dad a gift featuring a picture of his kid(s) can only be improved by giving him a picture that includes him as well! Include the picture on a card, with a magnet for a fridgie or any other way to show your love. Check out the Enrichment Project badge program “Photo Crafts” for ideas or search online.

4. Frame it.

Making or decorating a frame takes a photo from a “picture” to a “gift.” Explore ways to make a frame or decorate a purchased one

5. Crafted containers.

What kind of containers can dad use? A bowl that says “DAD” to hold his car keys? A jar for change? Find one you think your father will use and make one or decorate one.

6. What I love / like about you.

Even if you can’t find a craft that you feel is appropriate, making a list of all the great things that you appreciate about your dad can be the basis for a craft. Listing these in a card or even framing the list will allow him to enjoy it for years to come.

7. Be sweet.

Re-wrap a box or bag of candy with a printable that delivers a special message for your dad. Do a quick search for “custom candy wraps” and you’ll get quite a few ideas. You can also write a note to him on poster board, replacing words with candy. Look online for ideas and printables that feature candy as a material. Use one you find or make your own.

8. “World’s Best.”

Is your dad the best? Duh! How can you let him know that? Look through the craft ideas on this badge program or look online. This might include color sheets, cards and more!

9. Just for dad.

Draw a special picture for your dad. Perhaps when you went fishing or camping with him. Can’t afford to buy him something? Draw it and let him know how much you love him and wanted to get him the real thing, but couldn’t.

10. Coupons.

Make your own coupons for dad or find printable ones online. This might be so he can enjoy an afternoon off while you mow the yard or wash his car. Perhaps you can let him choose the movie you watch or the restaurant you go to. Brainstorm items you can “give” dad on coupons.

11. Gifts from previous years.

List the gifts dad has received over the years. Can you use one of those as a way to make a new gift? A favorite bowl for pocket items might need to be replaced or he used all his coupons and needs more!

 

 

Supplements Available

 

SUPP_Color_Best Dad.pdf

  • Color sheet with the words “World’s Best Dad”

SUPP_Color_Best Grandpa.pdf

  • Color sheet with the words “World’s Best Grandpa”

 

Sites to Explore

 

To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Fathers Day Crafts

 

 

Badge: Father’s Day

FD_04URLFather’s Day celebrates those men in our lives that exemplify the ideal “dad”. Explore the holiday as we celebrate.

 

 

Steps

 

1. Father’s Day in the United States.

Father’s Day was created to complement “Mother’s Day” and is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.  It celebrates fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of male figures in society. It was first celebrated in 1910 when Sonora Smart Dodd heard about Mother’s Day and felt there should be a similar holiday for fathers. Learn more about the history of Father’s Day.

2. Where in the world?

Father’s Day is celebrated different times of the year in different countries. Learn about the different dates and why a specific country celebrates Father’s Day on that day

3. More than fathers.

Like its counterpart, Father’s Day does not just honor fathers. Step-fathers, grandfathers, soldiers and any paternal figure are honored during this time. Who do you honor on this holiday?

4. Military connection.

The military is made up of a male majority. For this reason, Father’s Day is often linked to the men in service of our country. Do you know a male in the military? How do families include a military father who is serving? Can you help?

5. Commercialization.

Some believe this holiday is more for businesses than fathers. While most holidays and proponents try to stem the commercialism, retail has had its claws in this holiday since the beginning. Take note of the sales, offers and other retail activities revolving around this holiday.

6. Handmade gifts.

Schools, youth groups and even family members make handmade gifts for their fathers. Explore more about making gifts with the Enrichment Project badge program “Father’s Day Crafts” or search online to find a project or two to try.

 

Traditions

7. Traditions in the US.

Explore traditions for this holiday for people in the United States. List each with a brief description.

8. World traditions.

Many other countries celebrate this holiday, incorporating their own history and culture. For example, Spain connects St. Joseph’s day and Germany celebrates more of a “men’s day.” Learn more about how other countries celebrate this holiday. List those that you might like to incorporate into your own traditions.

9. Edible traditions.

While mothers go out to eat, fathers are encouraged to grill outdoors and feed everyone. Of course, many people go out as it is easier. Take note of the restaurants, grocery stores and other retail businesses and how they promote food / eating in their advertising.

10. Gift traditions.

Beyond the handmade gifts listed above, traditional gifts include neckties, golf accessories and tech items. Take note of the other retail items that seem to dominate this holiday season.

11. My family traditions.

Create a list of your own family’s traditions in regards to Father’s Day. Look through the other traditions above. Are there any you would like to incorporate in your own celebration?

12. Fatherhood pledge.

Fatherlessness is becoming a problem in the United States. Studies have shown that not having a father leads to problems in a child’s life. Learn about the President’s Fatherhood Pledge.

 

Sites to Explore

 

To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Fathers Day

Unique Voice

Another assignment from Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course on Udemy. This one is on finding your unique voice.

Words that I feel exemplify what I’m trying to do with my digital offerings include:

  • Accessible
  • Adaptable
  • Bohemian
  • Caring
  • Challenging
  • Confident
  • Dependable
  • Energetic
  • Forward-thinking
  • Friendly
  • Idealistic
  • Intelligent
  • Intertwined
  • Kind
  • Knowledgeable
  • Observant
  • Organized
  • Passionate
  • Patient
  • Powerful
  • Progressive
  • Reflective
  • Responsive
  • Sharing
  • Synchronous
  • Trustworthy
  • Understanding

 

To express these, mainly in regard to the Enrichment Project as that is the one I’ve done the most work on in the last five years, I’d like to offer the following.

  1. Understand that each person walks into any group they will be leading with their own fixed set of cultural and educational knowledge as well as experience. If they do not work to add to this, over time the activities and stories they offer others will become “common knowledge” and the programming will become stagnant. By challenging oneself to learn new things, they can offer more and keep those they are leading engaged and willing to participate.
  2. Challenge others to start their own adventure. My digital offerings are part of that adventure, allowing others to take the first step in a journey of self-discovering and expression. As they take the journey, others will benefit from their new experiences as well.
  3. Make free badge programs and supplements accessible to help others create their own path, intertwining their knowledge and experience with new ideas and concepts that can be used when working with others.
  4. Providing ways to share things so they are not only accessible to start, but add to them so that enjoying one digital item often leads to a more open mind and expands what can be learned and, ultimately, shared with those people they volunteer / work with.
  5. Ask what others think of my digital offerings and take their comments / considerations into account with the final product. Also, leaving things open-ended so they can be updated in the future.