Activity:

Custom Koozies

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What You Need:

  • Foam cup huggers in blue and red
  • Stick-on foam stars in white (and red or blue depending on the color of the cup holder)
  • Squeezable acrylic craft paint (silver glitter paint works especially well for this project, but your child can choose any color she likes)

What You Do:

  1. Here's one way your child can decorate her patriotic cup holder: Have your child begin with a plain blue cup holder. Let her decorate the cup holder with red and white stick-on foam stars in various sizes, placing the stars in any design she likes. With the different sizes and colors of foam stars, she can layer them in different ways on her cup holder to make different designs. For example, she can place small red stars on top of larger white ones, and vice versa, and then stick them to the cup holder.
  2. Make sure she leaves room for extra decorations, like dots and swirls and family members' names. Invite her to to use the squeezable paint to sign her name on her own cup hugger. She can also make one as a gift to someone else. (Note: squeeze paints are great practice for young developing hands, but don't be surprised if your child needs some help squeezing the bottles. They require hand strength and coordination that may be easier for some than it is others.)
  3. When your child is done decorating, allow the cup holder to dry until the paint has set. Once it has dried, she can use it to hug her favorite iced drink this Fourth of July.

What’s Going On:

For younger children, this simple activity provides good, solid practice in handling shapes and developing fine motor skills. Older kids still get a kick out of designing these cup huggers too! You can cater this activity to any holiday or special occasion by using different colors and decorations. This activity is especially fun for a group of kids hanging out on a hot afternoon. Lay out a selection of materials and invite them to explore!

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