Thankful (Weekly Unplugged Project)

By , November 25, 2007 8:45 pm

This week’s theme for the Unplugged Project was “Thankful.”

This project tied in nicely with my oldest daughter’s ambitions to raise money for her class. The class is trying to buy some animals from Heifer International to benefit a village in Africa and each child must figure out a way to raise some money towards this project. My daughter decided to make Christmas ornaments and intends to set up a “Christmas Ornament Stand” at the end of our driveway (more on the success – or lack thereof – in a future post). But these few days off from school were spent making Christmas ornaments.

We made a dough out of corn starch, salt and water and rolled it out (recipe from The Toddlers Busy Book). We cut out shapes with cookie cutters while the baby rolled some dough around on the table:

We let the ornaments dry overnight and the next day, we decorated them with paint pens and glitter glue.

I haven’t tried this dough before and am a bit dubious as to its strength, so I think I’ll get a clear enamel spray of some sort from the art supply store and we’ll spray the ornaments tomorrow. It was fun though. Here are the results:

I thought it would be nice to make a few ornaments to keep for ourselves that the children could decorate and I would write on them what they tell me they are thankful for. Here they are:

My 5 year-old son is thankful for “Life” and “Animals” and my 7 year-old daughter is thankful for “Family Life” and “Trees.” They had lots of other ideas and wanted me to write these long, descriptive sentences on the ornaments, but unfortunately there wasn’t room for much, so I had to get them to pare down their thoughts a bit.

I put their names and the year on the backs. We’ll string ribbons through them and hang them on the tree for as many years as they last.

What was your “Thankful Project?” If you joined in this week, please leave your link in Mr. Linky so we can find you!


I am still trying to figure all this out. Some people like vague ideas, and those ideas do work for all ages, but others like specific ideas. Perhaps this week I shall propose two related ideas, one vague and one specific. Let’s see how that goes.

Next Monday’s theme is “Paper.”

Or if you prefer:

Water Paper Painting:

  • Wet some paper down with a paintbrush. Have your child (or you!) draw on it with paints or magic markers and see what happens.

21 Responses to “Thankful (Weekly Unplugged Project)”

  1. Heather says:

    The decorations look wonderful. Your kids did a great job. I hope that they have great success at selling the ornaments.

  2. Becky @ Boys Rule My Life says:

    WOW! I love the ornaments! What a great idea: ornament stand at the end of the driveway! (I’m sure you’ll be calling some friends to come buy some so it will be a huge success!) :)

    I’m impressed with your project this week!

  3. Jenny says:

    I’m sorry to say I completely spaced the project this week. I read your original post about it, wondered what we’d do, and then the week was over!

    Your ornaments came out beautifully- I may have to try that with CJ and see what she thinks.

    As far as ideas, you’ll never be able to please everyone! The alternate suggestions was inspired- you must have a great source for ideas. :o)

  4. amanda says:

    What a great idea, and such a cheerful looking result!. I hope your daughter’s ornament sale is a success. If she is interested in selling them via mail order I will buy one (or a couple). I think it’s wonderful.

  5. Claire says:

    Those ornaments look great. I think that is something we will try soon.

    We have had great fun this week with the Unplugged Project. Thank you.

  6. Andrée says:

    That is beautiful. Heifer is my favorite charity and I feel as if my money is actually doing some good. If I could, I would like to contribute to their fund raising. Do you have a paypal account?

    PS I don’t need the ornament. Please contribute it to a family that does.

    PPS My children made ornaments with dough like this when they were young. They are in their thirties now and they are my most precious possessions. But be careful to prevent mold in storage. I have lost some to mold. I don’t know how to protect them, tho.

    My best to your kids on this project.

  7. Tamara says:

    So neat! I wish your daughter a lot of success. And involving the baby too… How brave!

  8. amanda says:

    I just tagged you over at my blog if you want to play . . .

  9. Mom Unplugged says:

    Hi all,

    As always, thanks for the participation and kind comments.

    Andree and Amanda,

    I am truly touched by your interest in helping. I wasn’t intending to sell these online, but I am sure my daughter would be thrilled to sell them to anyone who wants to help out no matter where they are. She is asking $1.00 each for them.

    Be advised that you should consider it more of a charitable donation to Heifer than anything else. The ornaments are cute, but they were made by a 7 and 5 year-old and look like it! I also cannot attest to their durability.

    If you are genuinely interested in helping her class out with this project, then you can use the “unplugyourkids” email from my right sidebar for PayPal. I’ll happily cover the shipping cost if you want the ornament.

    Please don’t feel you have to do this though! But thank you!!

  10. Daphne says:

    I was so sad to miss the thankful project – by last Monday we were just thankful to be home again :) I love your ornaments. Even more I love that your children are thankful for so many things that they didn’t have enough space :)

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