Friday, May 26, 2017

Teen Anime Club - Otaku Bingo


I originally planned to do this with my Cherry Blossom Festival I over planed.  Using the bingo card generator at My Free Bingo Cards, I added 60 manga and anime titles along with some Japanese words and phrases.  You can use the printable below to make 30 cards.  The PDF file also includes 2 cards for the caller which you can cut up and put in a bucket or bag so your choices are more random.  I used a bag of craft buttons as the bingo chips.  I didn't include a free space but this is an option you can add if you make your own boards online. For prizes I gave away Pocky and some Easter bubblegum from clearance.   When I told my teens we were playing Otaku Bingo, one of them replied "great, I like tacos." I dearly hope they were teasing but sometimes you just can't tell. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Five Little Fish - Velcro Glove

I love to use the song Five Little Fish by Dr. Jean from her album Dr. Jean Sings Silly Songs.  It is a great song for a beach storytime. This year I decided to make a velcro glove with little fish so I could share the song with my preschool kids in a new way.  My definition of fancy felt is anything with googly eyes and I sure things these critters are cute.

No little fishies swimming in the sea,
(Hold up fist.)
Splishing and a splashing
(Pretend to swim.)
And a rocking to the beat.
Here comes a little fishie,
Oh, say, "hello."
One little fishie swimming in a row.
(Hold up one finger.)
One little fishie . . . (Hold up one finger.)
Two little fishies . . . (Hold up two fingers.)
Three little fishies . . . (Hold up three fingers.)
Four little fishies . . . (Hold up four fingers.)
Five little fishies . . . (Hold up five fingers.)
Everybody wave 'cause don't you know,
Those little fishies got to go (Wave goodbye)
Oh, ah, away they go. (Lyrics)


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Quick Pic - Transportation Wall Felt Board

Some of the wall felt board sets I make have way too many pieces.  I spent a lot of time playing 52 pick up.  I decided to make a transportation themed felt board consisting of 15 pieces of road and 12 vehicles. In retrospect I could have made all the pieces a tad smaller and lighter. The road pieces are especially heavy and prone to sliding off the wall. The vehicles patterns are based on a set sold on Etsy


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Teen Cherry Blossom Festival, Part 2

Soot Sprites
To celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival this year I planned for a craft, a snack and a quiz followed by some anime on Crunchyroll. In retrospect I didn't like the anime I chose, Food Wars was too mature. Here other activities I've done for The Cherry Blossom Festival

Our craft was soot sprites from the anime film Spirited Away. Most sprites have legs and very large eyes.  Sometimes the sprites also have arms. It is up to you if your sprites just have legs or if they need arms as well. The make a sprite you need scissors, yarn, glue and googly eyes.  There are a lot of methods for making the pom poms but I like the method in this video as it takes the least amount of supplies.  In the picture the smaller sprite was made by wrapping yarn around the tines of a fork.  The bigger sprite was made by wrapping the yarn around my hand. This is a good craft to encourage teamwork is your teens will most likely need someone to try the center string in place. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Good for a Laugh

My favorite form of expression is humor.  I enjoy sharing jokes and even more, I love writing my own. I keep a collection of my comedy for whenever you need a laugh.

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Jokes, Puns, and Wordplay