Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Rainbow Magic Book Club: Addison the April Fool's Day Fairy

This has been the most successful after-school program I've done.  Children must register each month to ensure their spot as I limit to 16 children, but often make more spaces to accommodate disappointed little girls.  Boys are MORE THAN welcomed to attend, but I have only had girls come.

The concept is simple....but the crafts, activities, planning, shopping, set up, snack preparing is not.  I am so lucky to have had three teens help me yesterday as every minute of their assistance was needed during the program.  It's a lot of work, but so worth it!

The Book Discussion:

The group always (or always tries) to read the book before the meeting and we all sit in a circle.  I ask them discussion questions like, "How did the goblins' mood change once Addison got all her magical items back?" and the girls know to raise their "fairy wands" if they want to be called on.  Sometimes they all have their wands up and are just about falling out of their seats to answer so we all shout the answer out at once.

This month's craft:  Clothespin Fairies
I set out two fairies that I made, put out a BUNCH of supplies, and printed several pictures to give the kids ideas.  There were 18 girls and only 4 adults (me and 3 teens) so my only rule was keep the supplies organized (kind of happened) and they come to us when they needed specific help (like hot glue or something cut with sharp scissors vs. hand-holding)... and use their imaginations!  And they did!


 Gathering Supplies

Working with Teen Volunteers

 The Masterpieces!!  I was so impressed!

This is Sunset.  Magical power: Setting the sun. Favorite colors: Red and yellow

This is Rainbow.  Magical power: Making rainbows after it rains.  Favorite color: Turquoise

This is Liliana. Magical power: Life cycles. Favorite color: pink and yellow

Another lovely fairy:

This is Snowy.  Magical power: Making it snow.  Favorite color: White

This is Rain Flower.  Magical power: Blooming flowers

This is Jingles.  Magical power: Growing flowers. Favorite color: Gold

This is Maddison.  Magical power: Making music.  Favorite color: Pink and red

This is Pinkie.  Magical power: To make pink flowers bloom everywhere.  Favorite color: pink

Another lovely fairy:

This is Jessica

This is Rosebend.  Magical power: Making flowers bloom in Spring and Summer. Favorite color: Orange and pink

This is Rose Petal.  Magical power: Making flowers bloom.  Favorite color: Pink

This is Love Heart.  Magical power: Spreading love.  Favorite color: Pink and green

This is Wildfire.  Magical power: Lighting fires.  Favorite color: Orange and yellow.

Solomon really, really helped with this one!
Snacks:  Look at these gourmet plates Maverick assembled for each kid (they tend to have big appetites after school so I try to pre-portion healthy snacks)