Saturday, July 25, 2009

Cool School

Years ago in Seattle, we had some youth in our ward host "Cool School". They plan a fun day for kids and then you pay them a few bucks to take your kids for a couple of hours and completely entertain them. I LOVED it! So the past few years I have tried to get some girls in my neighborhood to start it up but no one ever did it. Well this year as I was telling someone about it, I realized that Maggie was old enough to host it (with a little help and supervision from me). She was so excited about doing it. We quickly made a flier and planned 5 days to have 8-9, 4-7 year olds come over for crafts, games, activities and lunch. She was booked solid before we knew it. We have had 3 of the 5 so far and they have been a big hit.

4th of July Cool School
We started with Fireworks painting. Instructions here

Then made 4th of July Flip Flops (love the $1 spot at Target for the flip flops). We just tied cute red, white, and blue ribbons and tulle onto the flip flops and most of the girls could do this by themselves (Bonus!!!).

Lunch consisted of hot dogs, chips, grapes and fun patriotic popsicles (homemade by Maggie). Recipe here

Our last activity was decorating sugar cookies. Some of the girls went all out with frosting and Sugar. YUMMY!

And of course what activity would be complete with out a favor of some sort for the girls to take home. Maggie made these for each of the girls. Instructions here
We used scrapbook paper to wrap around life saver rolls (nearly impossible to find these. We went to about 4 different grocery stores before we finally found them at our local mini mart. Why don't they sell life savers anymore?)

Our first Cool School... pulled off fabulously with a big bang!!!

Teddy Bear Tea Party

This was the theme for our second day.
We started by making crowns. What kid doesn't love to squeeze out lots of glitter glue and stick foam stickers onto stuff.

We then made necklaces and bracelets. They lost interest before many of them finished so we ended up having necklaces for the stuffed animals they brought.

We then brought out all of our dress-ups and the girls chose their outfit for the tea party and then we proceeded to have a fashion show for each of them to show off their outfit. My favorite thing of the day was that Preston wanted to join in on the fun, so amongst all the princesses, rock stars, and cheerleaders, we had "BATMAN".

We then went into the Dinning Room for a "proper" tea party. We had flower shaped sandwiches, pretzels,  fruit kabobs, pazookies for dessert and lemonade.

By far my favorite picture of the day. Batman having tea.

Our last activity was a foam princess paper doll craft. 

Party Favor: Flower Suckers. Instructions here
A last fly by.

Second Cool School...I do declare it was a most enchanting day.

Spa Day

We had all the girls come today in their pajamas and had plans to pamper them. Maggie and Lindsey set up pedicure stations and as the girls worked on a fleece pillow (Instructions here) they took turns giving pedicures. We had candles and relaxing music playing. We were excited for this day.

After everyone had their toes done, we had an assortment of meats, cheeses, crackers and vegetables for lunch. We also served fresh fruit smoothies.

We finished off our spa/pajama day by making flower hair clips.

The party favor...bath sponges.

The girls were exhausted at the end of the day and had to relax at the spa themselves.

Spa Day Cool School...Relaxing, Rejuvenating, and Beautifying


The Dillon 6 said...

how FUN! Laurel would lOVE to do this. If I wasn't working, I'd be all over it! Way to go, Maggie! HOpe you have big plans for the big-bucks! ;)

Moira said...

Shaylee is having so much fun at the "Cool School"...Thanks to you and Maggie for such a wonderful idea.

Emily said...

Love it!

Cami said...

Looks like so much fun! Wish I could come to Cool School! Especially the Spa Day! Great work, Maggie!

Dane tells us she's great with a sewing machine, too. Even sewing buttons! He suggested we let her sew buttons on his Jedi robe.

Harmony said...

Ok how cute are these pictures. Avery may have to borrow Minnie for Halloween. Maggie did such a great job. My girls loved cool school. Let's make it a tradition!