Friday, May 27, 2011

Red, White and Blue Hand-print Hats . . . Special crafting with grandma & Service Project For Memorial Day!

headerAs you begin Memorial Day weekend, if you are looking for a fun craft you can make with your grandchildren consider Red, White and Blue Hand-print Hats! These hats will only take a few minutes to make and once they have dried, your grandchildren can wear them all weekend . . . and even all summer! Plus, I have info on Operation Gratitude and how you can show your appreciation and care for someone serving in the military!

Supplies -
Directions -
  • spread newspapers over your work area
  • put a small amount of paint on a paper plate and add an equal amount of textile medium - stir so it is well blended - the textile medium will keep the hand-prints from washing out of the shirt
  • one at a time, paint your grandchild(ren)s hands and allow them to carefully make a hand-print on their hat - use one color at a time and be sure to wash hands between colors!
  • when they have enough hand-prints on their hats allow them to add stars, swirls, dots or whatever they like with the glitter puff paints - they can use puff paints as the "glue" to add sequins, crafting gems, etc as well
  • allow hats to completely dry and enjoy!
As your grandchild(ren) are working on this project, talk with them about how their hand/finger prints are special . . . no other person in the world has the same hand/finger prints. Lead them in thanking and praising God for creating them to be the unique and special people they are. Ask them what they can do with their hands to show others their love and pray with them, asking God to help them use their hands to show others they know and love Him! 

Talk with your grandchild(ren) about why we celebrate Memorial Day and lead them in praying for our military and for military families. Check the website for Operation Gratitude and help your grandchild(ren) use their hands to pack a care package for an individual Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine deployed in harm's way. Operation Gratitude care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support. Be sure to lead your grandchild(ren) in praying for the military person they send the package to.

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