Create A Gumdrop Topiary – A Sweet DIY

This adorable gumdrop topiary DIY is great for home decor and parties, as well as being a fun craft for kids highlighting math skills and textures.

Create A Gumdrop Topiary

A Sweet DIY

Who knew math could be so fun? Your preschooler or kindergartener will delight in this counting activity that results in a beautiful holiday decoration for the whole family to enjoy. Your child can count out loud as he adds each gumdrop to the topiary, and as he sees how high he can go, he will be practicing important math skills! This activity will also help your child practice color recognition and learn about different materials and textures.

Beauty and the Beast – Lumiere_and_Cogsworth_Topiary – Disney Wiki – Wikia

Topiary is the art of trimming and shaping trees into sculptural, ornamental shapes. Disneyland boasts some of the most famous American Portable style topiaries. In the early 1960’s Walt Disney used the theme park’s landscape shrubbery to recreate his beloved cartoon characters. They continue to be a highlight today!

What You Need:

  • Large Styrofoam ball (this will be the “canopy” of your topiary)
  • Wooden dowel, up to 1” thick and approximately 15” long
  • Green spray paint
  • Flower pot or vase
  • Moss, faux grass, or shredded paper
  • Floral foam (available at your local arts and crafts store)
  • Toothpicks, broken in half
  • Gumdrops in many different colors
  • Ribbon (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Spray the dowel green with the spray paint and let it dry completely overnight.
  2. Cut a block of floral foam to fit inside the flower pot or vase and place it inside.
  3. Help your child insert the dowel into the center of the Styrofoam ball about 3” deep.
  4. Help your child insert the other end of the dowel into the floral foam all the way down so that it touches the bottom of the vase. Make sure the dowel is stable.
  5. Have your child sort the gumdrops by color.
  6. Have your child stick a gumdrop onto one end of the toothpick and push the other end of the toothpick into the Styrofoam ball. Working in rows, continue placing gumdrops all the way around the ball.
  7. As your child works, ask him to count each gumdrop out loud. Occasionally ask how many of each color he has used or has left.
  8. Once the Styrofoam ball is completely covered, assist your child in placing moss, faux grass, or shredded paper into the vase to cover the floral foam.
  9. Tie a bow around the dowel with the ribbon (optional).
  10. Now stand back and enjoy your new Candyland-inspired table topper!

Isn’t this a fabulously fun and festive DIY project? What a bonus that it provides practice with math skills, dexterity, and textures for your little ones too. This would even make a cute Mother’s Day present!

 

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Family Night Fun – Jiminy Cricket!

Background Photo: Production Cel of Jiminy Cricket from The Mickey Mouse Club’s “I’m No Fool” Segment – 1950’s

Family Night!

Fun with Jiminy Cricket

If you are looking for some family night entertainment, watch Jiminy Cricket.

The other night, Luke and I were sitting around talking with Rory, and somehow, we got on the subject of Jiminy Cricket’s “I’m No Fool.” Luke and I were singing the old familiar song from our early childhood. Rory thought we were crazy. We were all laughing so hard.

Since I had the computer very close at hand, I decided to search up the beloved memories of the past. (Luke and I both remember having to watch these films every year in school from Kindergarten through 3rd grade–late 60’s, early 70’s). Guess what I found on YouTube!

Rory and Luke piled in next to me on the couch, and we watch all the “I’m No Fool” episodes we could find. Your teenager will have a blast laughing over these adorable, yet educational, videos. This was really quite a generation connector–linking our past with the technology of the present.

The short, 8 to 10 minute, films were made back in the 1950’s by Disney, and shown on the original Mickey Mouse Club television program. I’ve put the films together in a playlist for your viewing enjoyment…

Jiminy Cricket in I’m No Fool … Playlist

If you are looking for a fun, laughter-filled family night with your teenager, I would highly recommend Jiminy Cricket’s, “I’m No Fool” series. And, for those of you with little ones, these are super cute and teach great lessons. There is even another Jiminy Cricket series that teaches about the human body. Homeschooler’s resource?

Watch for more family night ideas coming to Life With Lorelai.

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Flashback – OMG, What Were You Thinking?!?


It was 1976…

  • The United States of America celebrates its bicentennial
  • The $2.00 bill is issued
  • Dorothy Hamill wins ice skating gold at the Olympic games in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Nadia Comaneci and Mark Spitz rocked gold at the Montreal Olympics
  • NASA unveiled the first Space Shuttle – the Enterprise
  • Apple Computer Company is formed
  • The Damned release New Rose – the first ever single released and marketed as “punk rock”
  • Popular Movies included: The Omen, Rocky, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Jimmy Carter defeats Gerald Ford in the Presidential Election
  • On TV: Happy Days, M*A*S*H, Charlie’s Angels, and The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Fashion Trends: Bellbottoms, Plaid and Paisley, Platform Shoes, Hot Pants, and Leisure Suits
  • Disco was in full swing
  • And on the radio…

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And this was 12-year-old me ~ Aren’t passport photos lovely?!?

OMG – What Were You Thinking?!?

Can you believe that shirt??? Look, it’s puka shells… and that hair cut, holy cranoli! (Now, to be honest, it was supposed to be a Dorothy Hamill hair cut, but apparently the hair dresser in Mississippi didn’t have a clue what it was supposed to look like…barf… Why I decided to cut my below-the-waist long hair on vacation is beyond me.)

Well, there you have it. One of my most embarrassing photos! Live, Laugh, and Learn…

 

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