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It’s been a while since I’ve typed the letters DIY around here, but what can I say, the holiday bring it out of me. The cool thing is my kids are finally old enough to where I can hand them some supplies, rough directions and let them go for it.

Our Halloween decorations are still up in the attic but instead of waiting for my husband to go up and grab them for us (because I don’t want to deal with spiders thank you very much), we went ahead and made something new to display until we get out other things down.

DIY juice box monster craft tutorial.

These are juice box monsters, and they are so easy to make. So easy my kids basically made these by themselves. And they turned out super cute.

Here’s the materials you’ll need to make these:

Construction paper
Tape
Scissors
Juicy Juice boxes (empty or full)
Glue
Googly eyes

Step 1 (optional)

My son liked drinking his juice box then working with an empty juice container, but this is optional. If you’re hosting a Halloween party with kids you may want to keep the juice box full and have these little monsters set up as a decoration that doubles as a fun drink.

Step 2

DIY juice box monster craft tutorial.

Cut the construction paper to fit around the juice box. No need to be exact, it can fold over itself a little bit. Then tape it down.

Step 3

DIY juice box monster craft tutorial.

Decorate the front with silly faces. Use googly eyes, cut pieces of construction paper to make mouthes or hair etc. You can also get creative and use other household items such as toilet paper to make faces.

My son isn’t into crafting at all. Coloring isn’t his thing, and glue gives him the heebie jeebies. But he was happy to participate in this activity because it involved drinking his favorite juice. He made a monster all by himself and proudly showed it off when he was done.

DIY juice box monster craft tutorial.

My daughter on the other hand made half a dozen by herself, and even kept going once I was done taking photos, so we’ll be drinking from decorated juice boxes all month.

You can find a bunch of other family time activities on the Juice Juice Family Time page. Juicy Juice products are made from real juice, with sweetness that comes from the fruit and no added sugar or artificial sweeteners!

Easy DIY how to make a Halloween juice box monster craft with kids.

I’m teaming up with Juicy Juice this to share our family adventures and inspire others to enjoy family time together. All opinions are my own.

We kicked off our first day of the homeschool year with a Poetry Tea Party last year. This year we did the same. I first got the idea as I met with some fellow homeschool families and again when I went to the Wild and Free Homeschool conference. In many circles it’s called Poetry Tea Time, and it’s essentially a way to introduce and hopefully instill a love of poetry to your children. There’s this idea that poetry is boring or intimidating but it really opens up the door to so many discussions about writing and life. From rhyming, metaphors, humor, and meaning, there’s so much you can dissect and discuss.

Though this trend is sweeping through the homeschool communities I absolutely think it’s something any family could enjoy. Whether on a weekend, a Friday afternoon after school, or some other time. Juicy Juice is working to inspire families to come together for more family time activities. In an effort to help you do that,  I’m going to break down how we set up our poetry tea parties and give you some suggestions for how you can set up your own.

Set a tea time

The first thing you need to do for this occasion is set the date. Let your kids know what’s coming up so they can enjoy and help in the planning. Are you celebrating the first day of school? Making this a weekly tradition? Something you do to celebrate another milestone? Your kids could even work together to make invitations to invite the mark the event and save the date. We like to do ours at brunch time after we finish our morning subjects. If it’s been a productive week this will often take the place our other Language Arts time when we do spelling and handwriting practice.

Pick your poetry

There is so much out there. My kids’ favorite right now is definitely Shel Silverstein. We found some of his poetry compilation books at a thrift book store. I ordered a children’s poetry book online, and I’ve collected others like Maya Angelou through the years. Dr. Seuss is fun to read too as are songs your kids love to sing. It’s really cool discovering poetry in different forms. If you don’t have much of a poetry book collection yet you can always look online and print some out, or hit up your library and check some out for your party. I recommend doing that every week anyway because you never know what new author or style of poetry you’ll run into and fin you enjoy.

Set the “table” right

My daughter loves the entire process of poetry tea time. But her favorite is getting everything set up. She’ll clean the table, and set it up with the tea cups and plates. When I told her we could take the tea party outside now that it’s cooling down she insisted we bring our usual tea time setup. You can use a nice tablecloth and host at your dining room table, take it outside over a picnic blanket or picnic table, or any other setting you like. It doesn’t need to be at a table or with fancy decor. I love seeing pictures of different setups with eclectic tea sets. You don’t need a matching tea set, hit up your local thrift shop and see what you can piece together to make it fit your family. Setting our table right also means having snacks. My kids love fresh fruit and mini muffins along with their “tea” of course.

Make your “tea”

Confession: We don’t drink tea at our tea parties. We love the fancy tea party setup but we actually replace the tea with apple cider. It has a similar color, it’s nice and warm and we all love the taste. We have a special recipe we like using instant apple cider mix and hot water, then a dash of Juicy Juice apple juice to cool it down. When we take our tea parties outside I’ll freeze a couple Juicy Juice boxes for a few hours and grab them before we head out. I keep the apple cider in a thermos to keep it warm and use the slushified juice boxes to help cool theirs down. It’s also a fun extra snack.

Be delighted

Enjoy your delights and be delighted by poetry. There are a lot of different ways to go about your poetry tea party. My advice is to not overthink it. We like to take turns picking a poem to read from each of the books we have spread out. I don’t worry to much about dissecting the meaning, rhyme or reason behind each one. If the kids have questions we’ll talk about it. I may ask a simple question about what rhymes they heard, or if they noticed any personification, alliteration, rhymes, metaphors, or if it stuck out to them in any way. But usually we just read poems, eat snacks, sip “tea” listen, laugh and enjoy.

10 first day of homeschool traditions

Set a goal to dive into some poetry together this year and find out what style or which poets you like best. Poetry Tea Time is just one way to bond with your kids and have fun while learning. I’d love to hear your favorite poems and poets so please share that with us in the comments!

You can find a bunch of other family time activities on the Juice Juice Family Time page. Juicy Juice products are made from real juice, with sweetness that comes from the fruit and no added sugar or artificial sweeteners!

What is poetry tea time and how to start it in your home.

I’m teaming up with Juicy Juice this to share our family adventures and inspire others to enjoy family time together. All opinions are my own.

I’m a list-maker. I love making vision boards, setting new year’s resolutions, and other ambitious goals. So when Juicy Juice expressed interested in sponsoring my thoughts on a summer bucket list I naturally said yes. All opinions are our my own, but I may have gotten some awesome ideas from my friends in our #Cherish365 group.

How to make a family summer bucket list.

I decided we should make a summer bucket list because while we have the best intentions and so many ideas of what we’d like to do, executing those things is another story. I used to look forward to my husband’s days of because it meant we would spend time together and get to do something fun. Lately I look forward to his days off because it means I can get some uninterrupted work done while he goes out with the kids. Problem is I miss my husband, and I wish I was there for the fun too. We were each taking turns doing things with the kids, but rarely all doing them together. It was time for us to make a list, and get to crossing them off.

We each wrote down some of the things we want to do this summer. Here’s most of what we’ve come up with so far:

-Go kayaking
-Visit a water park
-Go on a family bike ride
-Have a picnic
-Ride a train
-Collect and create art rocks
-Have a family Disney Movie Night
-Have a water balloon fight
-Go to movies in the park
-Volunteer together
-Family workout
-Make our own drink umbrellas
-Build a fort
-Go out to eat together
-Make popsicles
-Stop the ice cream truck
-Have 3 date nights (sans kids)
-Take family photos
-Build a fort
-Sleep in

How to make a family summer bucket list.

You can pretty much guess who wrote each one. My husband and the kids love their water balloon fights in the backyard. They’re usually on the trampoline. I’ll join in now and then but I’m usually off limits cause I’m holding the camera (see my strategy?). I’ll refill the balloons or during their breaks bring them water or some Juicy Juice Splashers which are a 50/50 blend of fruit juice and filtered water.

How to make a family summer bucket list.

My kids aren’t adventurous at all so some of these things will really be a stretch for us. Like kayaking for example. I am all about trying the “firsts” together. There’s a great lake in Austin that my husband and I kayaked on with Snoop before we had kids. I’d love to take our kids to try the same. On the same trip we can have a picnic and ride a train and all of us will be happy.

Movie nights are an easy one, but movie nights in the park will be new. It’s been something I’ve wanted to go to for years, but I keep forgetting to execute. And some of the other goals are already in the works.

I also love this idea to take a park crawl:

What’s on your summer bucket list?

How to make a family summer bucket list.

I’m teaming up with Juicy Juice this to share our family adventures and inspire others to enjoy family time this summer. All Juicy Juice products are made from real juice, with sweetness that comes only from the fruit and no added sugar. My kids love it and I feel good about it. All opinions are mine and my family’s.

 

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