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Last weekend my husband and I were in charge of our church youth group's annual youth conference. (The custom t-shirts and hotel goody bags deserve their own post; look for one soon!) As part of youth conference we wanted the kids to participate in a service project, so we visited The Road Home to interact with the preschool-age children.
While the boys took some of the kids outside to play with a ginormous parachute, the girls stayed inside to help the kids frost cookies and make an extremely festive and easy St. Patrick's Day necklace.
We weren't sure how many kids would be there nor did we know their ages, so we chose a St. Patrick's Day craft that would be easy no matter age or number. Lauren, who was in charge of the project, worked with a fellow youth to get everything prepped before our visit so it would be easier to manage.
Don't underestimate the chaos that can be preschool kids and Fruit Loops.
Lauren made a sample necklace and then measured (by volume) how many Fruit Loops were required for a super fruity and loopy necklace (about 1 cup), allowing for some snacking during the project. Then she cut the gold yarn into about 18-inch lengths and attached the screw eyes to the erasers.
Isn't the screw eye thing brilliant? They are super easy to twist into the eraser and super secure once attached.
- Attach the eye screws by gently twisting them into the erasers.
- Cut yarn to desired length (leave enough length to easily slip over the head).
- Thread shamrock onto necklace.
- String Fruit Loops cereal onto either side.
- Knot or tie yarn in a bow.
- Wear with confidence!
Simplest and cutest thing ever, right? Plus, as craft manager, you get to eat the leftover Fruit Loops while all the kids are at school and you're home alone photographing projects. Or something like that.