Our MOPS Creative Activity for April. Our kids joined us for our MOPS meeting this past Wednesday. We were doing a MOPS “swap” day- bring your kids stuff (toys, clothes, books, equipment) they’ve outgrown and maternity clothes and take home what you can use.
Before we swapped, we had a trail mix line for a snack- dip a bit of several different snacks out of a bowl and put it in a bag for each kid. We enjoyed some chat time while the kids snacked and played.
Then we worked together on our Creative Activity- Summer bucket lists. I got the idea over here at thefoleyfam.
I got sand buckets for a dollar at Michaels and made a simple wrap from paper for them- about half a sheet of paper that slightly curves. (Your pattern will vary based on your bucket. Just remember you can’t get the cool castle shaped buckets if you’re putting a wrapper on ) Everyone decorated the wrap pieces. Some colored right on the wrapper, some had kids color on paper and cut out shapes to glue on the wrapper. Stickers or paper punch shapes would probably have worked equally well. (We’ve got part of a sandcastle, a campfire, a wildflower, a book, a kite, a berry, and an ice cream cone here. I-Spy, anyone? Colored paper for either the wrapper or the shapes would have been helpful for visibility.)
The wrapper tapes onto the bucket. You can try glue, but I don’t think it will work well. (Not that you can see the tape here, but you get a detail of our sandcastle and some random squares/circles)
Then, the list. The idea is to make a list of things you’d like to do as a family this summer. Go camping, roast marshmallows, catch fireflies, read books, go to the zoo, blow bubbles, go swimming, pick berries, etc. etc. Some moms wanted to take their list home to consult with their husband and make it a full family decision. (Great idea! They just took clothespins with them. I don’t always think of these things when I trial these crafts at home…)
Once the list is made, write each goal on a clothespin and clip it on the edge of the bucket. I used a pen to get more letters on, but a sharpie would be suitable as well. Shorten your phrases and write small. Remember there’s 2 sides if needed for more detailed goals…
As you complete each activity over the summer, pull the clothespin off and throw it in the bucket. Fun!