ChildCareGroup depends on volunteers to help us continue teaching children and parents, training education professionals, and assisting families in Dallas. We greatly appreciate the time and service our volunteers give, and they help us impact the lives of more than 40,000 children, parents, and early childhood professionals each year. Last April, ChildCareGroup launched the first Great Big JAM at Dallas Country Club, a family literacy event featuring crafts, breakfast, and an exciting performance by Eric Litwin, the New York Times bestselling author of the first four books in the Pete the Cat series. Our event was an amazing hit thanks to volunteers from PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, Frost Bank, National Charity League – Turtle Creek, and Junior League of Dallas.
Volunteers from PepsiCo/Frito-Lay did face painting for all of the children at the event. Frost Bank and Junior League of Dallas volunteers helped with the event’s bookstore and registration.
The event crafts — Pete the Cat crowns and spoon maracas — were done with the Turtle Creek Chapter of National Charity League. The crowns and maracas were a lot of fun for the kids at the Great Big JAM this year and will be a great hit for your kids this summer! Below are the list of supplies and instructions for each craft.
PETE THE CAT CROWN
What you’ll need:
- 18 x 12 sheet of construct paper
- Cat eye stickers (optional)
- Black crayon/marker
- Using the blue construction paper, cut the full 18×12 sheet in half. You should now have 2 sheets, both pieces 18×6.
- Take one of the sheets and fold it in half.
- ¼ from the edge of each side take your scissors and carefully cut 2 triangular incisions. This should form a triangle towards the fold line. Please try not to cut past the fold line.
- Flip up the two triangles you have just made to make cat ears.
- On the clean side of the paper, not showing the cuts made, stick on your cat eye stickers OR draw your own.
- With a black crayon/marker, draw a cat nose and whiskers.
- Once the face is finished, staple the two ends together to make a crown. If it does not fit, you may need to use the remaining flap behind the face you made by cutting it.
What you’ll need:
- Elbow macaroni
- 2 plastic eggs
- Duct tape (any color/pattern)
- 4 plastic spoons
- Using one plastic egg, place 3-4 pieces of elbow macaroni inside.
- Close the egg tightly.
- Place 2 spoons on the outside of the egg. Make sure the inside of the spoons are cradling the egg.
- Tape the egg, starting from the middle. This should secure the 2 spoons around the egg.
- The tape should cover the entire maraca. Now shake and you’ve got yourself a maraca!
I hope you enjoy this fun craft to do with your kids. Don’t forget to look out for next year’s Great Big JAM with author, Laura Numeroff, author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Work for Biscuit, on Saturday, April 9th of 2016!