Showing posts with label Kid Projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kid Projects. Show all posts

August 28, 2012

Peter Pan in the Park

We have a friend whom we love to pieces...M. She is bright and beautiful inside and out. She is one of the kindest, most giving young girls I know. And she will defend you like nothin' else. She's had cause to defend my boys a time or two. Yes, this girl is one who has a heart for Jesus and it's evident in the way she loves her family and friends. She loves to help others and believes that anything is possible. I love that about her. M is also a very talented young girl and has a real passion for theater, so when she mentioned that she was putting together (completely by herself) a one week theater camp in the park...I had no doubts about her ability to do it. Since she was a little girl, M has been involved in theater camps and plays every year. She just loves it!

Our two oldest boys, O and C signed up for her camp without hesitation. They do have a bit of flare for drama. M had written and tailored a script for the play, Peter Pan, for the 10 kids who signed up. There were four moms, each of us with 4 kids in tow who arrived each afternoon at the park. M did such a great job teaching, directing and helping the kids learn their lines while making it fun with creative games that helped each of them come out of their shells and really have a good time.

Last Friday was the day of the performance. We met at a different park, one with an amazing outdoor stage that turned out to be so perfect for this play. With moms and grandparents and younger siblings in the audience, we watched in awe as our children performed a very sweet rendering of Peter Pan. I could not have been more proud of our boys, of M or of our other friends who performed that day.

 This is M, our director, producer, choreographer, and friend. We think you're amazing Tinker Bell!!

The cast!

One of my favorite moments of the day. My sweet friend Jenny, (M's mom) gathered everyone to pray before getting started. I can't begin to tell you what seeing these kids praying together does to my heart. 

 Our C is an Indian in this part (later playing one of the Lost Boys) and O is playing the part of John.

 "John and Wendy" warming themselves by the fire. 

 "Peter Pan and Michelle"! (Love these kids!)

 Two of the cutest little Indians ever! 



 Sweet little Mermaids!



 Aren't they the cutest pirates you've ever seen?

 "Captain Hook"




 Farewell Tinker Bell and Peter Pan!

 And there was dancing...

 At the end of the play, the cast danced their little hearts out to "Do You Believe in Magic" by The Lovin' Spoonful.















 My little actors, O and C.

 O and C with best bud, G.

 Best Friends!

Thank you M, for an amazing experience and for all of your hard work. We love you!!

March 25, 2012

Milk Jug Bird Bath & Peanut Butter Bird Feeders

Last year we had a lot of fun making peanut butter bird feeders. Our son, C, in particular loved it so much, he wanted to do it again this year, but also add a bird bath. He could see all those birds starting to gather in our backyard and wanted to give them a place to get water and bathe. So, we set to work gathering our supplies.

The bird bath was very simple. C wanted the bath to have a covering on it so we took a gallon milk jug and cut a large hole in the side of it. We then cut a length of yarn, put both into the opening at the top and screwed on the cap. That is what we used to hang the bird bath in our tree.


Last year we used crushed corn seeds to make our bird feeders, but we didn't have any this year. So, to make our peanut butter bird feeders, we covered two toilet paper tubes in peanut butter. Then we rolled them in crushed oatmeal and peanuts. This worked perfectly!


And then my lovely mom (and always willing participant) helped us hang them in the tree.

 


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January 30, 2012

Sam Saves the Day!

O's Karate teacher, Sensei Michael, asked the kids if any of them would like to write a short story to be published in the next Karate Newsletter. So, O spent some time last week writing a story and then drew a picture to go along with it. We sent it in to his Sensei, who loved it. (We do too.) He really enjoyed the writing process, which of course is so near and dear to his parents' hearts. O even spent time fleshing out his characters with me before beginning the story. (LOVE that!) He had much more detail, but wanted to be sure to keep the story short enough. It was also very important to him that Sam be an "ordinary" kid...not extraordinary or one with superhero strengths.....just your average everyday kid wanting to help someone in need. I smiled at this, because I think any child (or person, for that matter) willing to stand up for another is extraordinary indeed.

Sam Saves the Day

Sam is an ordinary 8 year old boy who has three younger brothers and loves Star Wars and Legos. He is learning Karate and loves that too. 

One day, Sam was playing at the park when he saw a little boy playing on the monkey bars. Then, he saw an older boy bullying the little boy. The bully punched the little boy off of the monkey bars. Sam thought he should help. 

So, he jumped up and ran over to defend the boy. The bigger boy said, “Hey, get out of my way!” Sam said, “You’re not going to hurt this little boy again!” The bully tried to punch Sam, but missed because Sam blocked his hand with one of the Karate moves he had learned from his Sensei. Sam moved to the boy’s right, then tapped his arm away and punched him in the ribs. This made the bully run away as far and as fast as he could. 

Sam said to the little boy, “Hi, my name is Sam. What’s your name?”

“My name is Eli.”  

Sam asked him if he was OK. Eli said, “I’m OK, but where did you learn those moves?” 

Sam said, “I learned them in my Karate class. Would you like to come to one of my classes with me?”

“OK!!! Thanks for saving me Sam!” 

We don't use our boys' names on our blog, so I covered it up, hence the yellow "star" at the bottom.
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