Thursday, August 6, 2015

Minion Madness

It was difficult to locate unique, easy Minion crafts for older kids.  So, we started the program by showing some short videos from this DVD.  Luckily we have public performance rights for it, so we could show it.

Next the kids got to make a variety of crafts and play a few games.

Game: Tic Tac Toe
I took small white paper plates and made five yellow and five purple Minions using construction paper and large wiggle eyes.

Game: Minion Toss
Using yellow and purple cups from Dollar Tree, I added a large wiggle eye and permanent marker goggle lines.  Kids used rolled up socks to knock them down.

Craft: Minion Slime
Slime recipe:
Container 1: 1/2 cup white glue, 1/2 cup water (mix together)
Container 2: 1/2 cup liquid starch, yellow food coloring (mix together)
Add container 1 to container 2 and mix well.
Divide into baby food jars (which the kids then decorated to look like Minions.  Blue painters tape around the bottom for pants, black sharpies around top for goggles, large wiggle eye).

Craft: Finger Puppets
Paper and markers and tape.

Craft: Bookmarks/Puppets
Large popsicle sticks, markers, small wiggle eyes.

Craft: Paper Minions
We pre-cut the Minion body, eyes (black and white circles), goggles strips and grey goggle base.  Kids created the rest out of paper scraps.

Evaluation: This was a super hard program to pull together, although it went extremely well barring some major issues with the slime.  For some reason, some of the mixtures didn't jell together at all.  I don't know if it was the liquid starch or the glue that caused the issue.  We had enough liquid starch for the first program.  For the second we waited to see how many kids showed up and then game them a runnier slime and told them to experiment at home to see if they could "fix" it.  They really enjoyed the other crafts and the mini-movies.  This was a great way for us to start the program as it allowed for late comers to arrive before we got down to the activities.

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