This fun art activity has your child drawing portraits of themselves or loved ones wearing sunglasses (or eyeglasses!).
If have you ever been to the sunglass section of a department store or even online, you know the choices when it comes to sunglasses are truly endless. The amount of different lens shapes and colors as well as style of rims and frames to consider will make your head spin.
Try this fun sunglass design challenge, which will help you focus in on a perfect pair, either for you or a loved one.
Thoughtfully picked out sunglasses make a great gift or a long lasting addition to your sunglass collection. And glasses gifted with a beautifully framed custom created portrait are even better!
Before you start designing your sunglasses or eyeglasses I highly recommend you check out this absolutely fascinating TED talk on the history and function of eyeglasses!
Photograph of you or the person you are designing for
Art Supplies: Watercolor, Markers, Coloring Pencils, Regular Pencil and Eraser
Foil Paper (to create reflective sunglass design)
Beads, stickers, sparkles
A few interesting style facts and tips to consider!
Sporty People will find sunglasses with curved lenses and UV protection useful
Playful people will like sunglasses in unique shapes like fruit, heart and star and funky frames that are in print or bedazzled with jewels
Classic shapes of sunglasses that are always in style are cat eye, round, tear drop (or aviator) and rectangular
Cat eye sunglasses and sunglasses with large lenses and frames exude a quality of mystery. Are you or your friend mysterious?
The rule of thumb to choosing the perfect sunglasses is the shape of the sunglasses should be the OPPOSITE of the shape of the face. If the face shape is round, design sunglasses with sharp angled frames like on cat-eye shaped sunglasses.
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There are many benefits to making these beautiful “Dream & Gratefulness Catchers” as a family. Making these together allows the whole family to be aware of each others dreams, wishes and most importantly connect to the feeling of gratitude. This activity was also designed specifically to teach little kids how to hold a “needle” as well as how to create a “blanket stitch,” which goes around the perimeter of the plate. Depending on the age of the child they can either performs all the steps on their own or you can do it for them leaving just the “sewing” for them to do. You decide.
wool thread any combination of colors, folded in half and tied into a knot
2 inches of metal wire, folded in half
7” paper plate
Step 1: Cut out a hole in the middle of the plate.
Step 2: Cut the the middle piece you just cut out in half. Snip around the edge of each half to create a paper feather. Hole punch each feather.
Step 3: Write what you are grateful for one on of the feathers and what you wish for on the other.
Step 4: Hole punch around the inside and outside perimeter of the plate.
Step 5: Slip on the wool thread onto the folded wire, which is your needle and sew a blanket stitch around the outside perimeter by inserting the "needle" through the punched holes as shown in the pictures below. When the loops are all "sewn" make sure to leave some string to hang the dream catcher from.
Step 6: Using the same wire as a needle sew a web on the inside of the plate, looping on threads as they run out.
Step 7: Attach three threads at the bottom of the dream catcher and tie the two feather onto them.
Two incredible techniques that can help bring abundance into you life.
When it comes to work, raising a family and running a household, it’s so easy to become overwhelmed. I know from my own experience I sometimes feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to do all the things that I want to get done. Many days I feel like I’m completely floundering.
Thankfully, I recently met Lisa Garr and heard her speak at the “Women with a Purpose Conference”. After her inspiring presentation, I got my hands on her book “Becoming Aware - How to Repattern Your Brain and Revitalize Your Life”. Reading the book I learned the ways in which I get stuck in negative patterns. “Becoming Aware” offered me practical and fun ways to derail the negative train.
And it is simply through visualization.
According to Lisa Garr, “Visualization builds neural networks in your brain that form bundles of neurons that act as a memory. The more that you do this (visualization) process, these bundles get more and more developed. According to latest discoveries in neuroscience this is how a habit is formed.” Lisa also goes on to tell us something that blew my mind. As unbeleivable as it sounds, when you do the processes of visualization, the brain acts as if the event you are visualizing has already happened.
Visualizing consistently ends up naturally gravitating you toward doing the actions today that will fulfill the future memory you are creating. It’s an effortless and efficient way to disrupt the negative patterns that can take over and build the life you want to live - one vision at a time.
I downloaded Lisa's companion CD “Guided Meditations for Becoming Aware”, (part of Lisa's "Rainbow Daily Meditation Pack) and use track 4 to be guided through these three points:
I truly believe we are all put on this planet because we each have a very special gift we are meant to share. We can all make a difference and help people with this special gift. What is yours?
How amazing is it that we can picture ourselves using our special gifts to help both people and our planet, while simultaneously experiencing life’s abundance?
For me, the guided visualization made one thing very clear: I want to raise my kids to be resilient, independent, healthy, creative, happy, loyal, and generous members of society. So I have been visualizing my kids possessing all these qualities and succeeding in life.
It’s fair to say developing these qualities also requires loving care and attention on the part of the entire family, as well as commitments towards our financial goals. After my visualization practices helped me become crystal clear on exactly what I wanted in my life, I added one additional exercise to my daily routine that has exponentially grown my efficiency as both a mother and a businesswoman.
This exercise, paired with my guided meditation, helps further the gravitational pull of abundance towards me. After many years on pause from work, and choosing to be a stay at home mom, reintroducing my professional life to my daily routine is something I’m interested in focusing on. I’d like to draw into my work life the financial flow that makes investment in my kids’ future possible, so, I do this special exercise every night before I go to sleep: I write a check out to myself!
You have probably heard about this exercise before. I'm sure you have even already tried it. But, I encourage you to try it again, because I have a little twist to offer you. And the twist has to do with consistency. Don't just write one check. Write many.
I designed a check template, which features three checks per page, and each check looks similar to a real check. Each day I “give” myself an additional $1000 to spend.
So, on day one I wrote myself a check for $1000.00 to spend, on day two I gave myself $2000.00 to spend, and so on and so forth.
This creative and fun exercise of simply writing a check made out to yourself, visualizing what you would spend that money on, and feeling the joy and gratitude of that experience is, in fact, surprisingly powerful.
Try this exercise before you go to bed. If you keep the checks on the night table by you, they will serve as a reminder to dream big before you head to sleep. Write yourself a check at night and then you start off your morning aware of what you want to attract into your day. This is an perfectly efficient exercise for busy people. Building image boards that require searching for pictures that speak to you, then cutting and pasting these images into scrap books or vision boards can be creative fun, but also time consuming. If your time is limited, just write a check!
I hope these exercises help you as much as they have helped me in becoming clear about life goals and creating abundance .
As my friend Suzy so eloquently stated when I shared this article with her. “If you don’t put your destination into the GPS, you will end up nowhere.” Visualization and writing checks to yourself are two great ways to clarify your life destination and attract abundance. When performed consistently together, these exercises are sure to propel your life to the next level.
And finally, please enjoy this moment between Oprah, and the hilarious and talented Jim Carrey, where he shares his personal story on the power of written intention.
The title above, whilst attention grabbing, is mostly guaranteed for children 13 and under, but I have seen some astonished adults. So you never know you might entertain a teenager with silliness du jour.
Making balloon animals with and for your kids is a lot of fun and a great way to connect with them. Thank you to Steve Valentine whom I have enlisted to help with this little tutorial video. My husband, along with all the other stuff he does, is a balloon expert and brings his unique sense of humor to enlightening us on the art of making a balloon poodle.
Once you and your kids learn the basic twisting and folding that is needed to make a balloon animal you can apply these techniques in creating your own unique masterpieces like flowers, hats and swords. That’s what our daughter did when we showed her how to make a balloon doggie. Her imagination went wild and after an hour we were swimming in her unique balloon creations.
All you need for this activity is a pump and a bag of balloon animals. They can be purchased together and cost just under $20. Wrapped up beautifully they can be given to someone as a birthday gift. Yes it’s great for kids, but I especially think gifting this kit to an adult would be unique and hilarious. Being able to entertain others with balloon animals can come in very handy.
Because a balloon doggie is so easy to make that a child can do it they can use this skill to cheer someone up. The satisfaction they receive from making something with their own hands and then cheering another child up with it is priceless.
Although we haven’t tried this yet ourselves, but totally plan too, I think putting up a lemon stand this summer and offering balloon animal making lessons with the sale of each glass of lemonade can teach a child a lot of valuable lessons. Not only will selling lemonade teach them money making skills, but throwing a balloon animal in the mix will further educate them on the art of conversing with others and allow them to experience what it’s like to instruct someone. In teaching someone how to make a balloon animal the child can get to develop their story telling skills. Learning to give clear instructions is a vital skill to have in this world where we need to work with others in order to thrive and succeed. Experiencing someone listening to them and even copy what they are doing will empower the child.
Running a lemonade stand would also be fun to do as a team, gathering a few of your friends and neighbor’s kids to help out. While one child can be in charge of making the balloon animal the others get to pour the lemonade and handle the money. Then they can switch so everyone has a chance to experience everything when it comes to running a little business.
Further more adding to that fresh cold drink your thirsty customer awaits a balloon animal lesson might bring in more sales and tips. Word will spread quickly around the hood and all the neighbors will come out to see what all the hype is all about. “Hey there are kids over there selling delicious lemonade and they make awesome balloon animals too.”
Anyway, this is what I have planned for this summer and in my imagination that’s how I see it all going down; Evie taking away many valuable lessons and all. I will keep you posted on this latest shinanigan in the Valentine Household on my Instagram page.
If you end up doing this before me will you drop me a note and let me know how it goes?
And on a final note, if you or your child are interested in magic, the art of entertainment and silly trickery, subscribe to “Magic on The Go”. It’s a wonderful members only site that has many easy to follow instructional videos on how to perform magic. I’m a huge fan of the teacher and founder of “Magic on The Go”. He is a very talented performer, Award Winning Magician and he is my lovely husband, Steve Valentine.
“Magic on The Go” members make up a supportive community of magic lovers from all around the world. Members from U.K. and India, Iceland and Australia, Canada and the U.S. are able to reach out with specific questions on the sites forums about a magic trick or tutorial video and they are expertly guided to all the answers. It’s simply the best, online magic school in the world. New content is added monthly and subject matter is suitable for anyone who is starting to those well advanced in the art of deception.
You can also give the subscription of "Magic on The Go" as a gift.
Happy Connecting and Balloon Creating!
I have recently started carrying stickers in my purse. Here’s why. Having stickers on hand can provide an opportunity to connect, give you a good laugh, inspire you to think of others and sometimes even snap you out of your worries.
1. Stickers and Toddlers
Stickers are a useful and fun tool to teach toddlers new words. I was sitting with my sixteen-month old son shortly after Easter had come and gone when I spotted some stickers that were left over from our egg decorating activities. I showed him a sticker of an egg and said “egg” as I stuck it onto his sweater. Giggling, he copied me and now knows the word “egg” as well as “butterfly,” “bunny,” “flower”—the words we learned with the help of this simple sticker game. We spent half an hour sitting together peeling stickers and sticking them on one another, learning words.
Be advised—stickers are small and naturally little ones will try to stick them in their mouth. This activity requires your constant attention and stickers will need to be put out your child’s reach once you are done with the activity.
2. Sticker Art with Kids
Take a blank sheet of paper. Have your child choose stickers she likes and stick them randomly on the pages. Using art materials of your choice (such as paint, crayons or pencils) draw around the stickers creating an original work of art. You can surround the stickers with speech bubbles and create a conversation with one another or be surrounded by shapes. It’s all up to your kid’s imagination.
3. Sticker Hugs
After discovering that I can teach my son new words using stickers, I sent my daughter off to school and my husband off to a pitch meeting while secretly planting stickers on them during our farewell hugs. I was laughing to myself imagining the moment that each of them discovered stickers of cats wearing bunny ears stuck to them. They each came home telling me about the moment they—or someone else—discovered the sticker stuck to them and we all had a good laugh.
4. Sticker Bandit
So, my daughter being a prankster—just like me—started wanting to stick stickers on everything and everyone. I have been guiding her to be selective about where she plants her stickers and make each sticker special by holding it between her palms and attaching beautiful vibes to the sticker. That way the sticker hug has positivity infused into it. I love the positive stickers from Redbubble, and when there is time it’s fun to custom make my own made on compostable and recyclable adhesive stock.
5. Go Super Silly & Lighten Up Someone’s World
There are some crazy fun stickers out there. If it’s in your budget, and you feel like going all out, check out Redbubble for some wonderfully fun and beautiful stickers.
There are my favorites. I crack up laughing every time I imagine one of these stuck to someone. Planting one on your moody teenager’s backpack, binder or lunch box might make their day--or not! They will think of you when they see it and know that you are thinking of them and you love them.