Shark Week 2017 Day 1

Shark week calendar 2017

Well it is Shark Week 2017 and here at WWEDP we have decided to make the whole week of it!

Above is our schedule we have tentatively posted.  We are doing these activities each day and then will post the pictures and (if any) tutorials or links to other sites tutorials on here the next day.  You can follow our day on the day by following us on Instagram @waterwalkerevents or on our Facebook page.

Yesterday was Day 1 (Monday) and so I am posting yesterday’s activities.  And so it will follow each day – posting from the previous day.

Yesterday we started our activities with making Shark Bite tshirts.  For this activity, we gathered up old tshirts.  I had considered purchasing some new tanks, but never found the time and also decided that using old shirts would work just as well for this activity!

The kids all made their own shirts.  They chose which side they wanted to take their “bite” from.  They laid their shirts out flat and then cut a semi circle off the edge of their shirt.  They then cut triangle shapes out so as to give the “teeth mark” pattern on the bite.  Afterwards they posed for some fun pics!

For our next activity, the kids made these adorable Shark Bookmarks:

These were inspired by another blogger’s super cute bookmarks from

https://heyletsmakestuff.com/shark-week-corner-book-mark

Our print is different and so is the fold. But her print is super cute too and she offers hers as a download as well!  If you want to download our bookmarks, here is the jpeg.  Just right click on the image and then save to your hard drive.  Please note that these are for personal use only.  My copyright use allows them for FREE personal use only.  Do not resale this piece in any form, digital or physical.  And do not use any piece of it in any other way than seen here.  If you choose to use my artwork and post online or in any public forum or social media, please credit back to us for the usage.

Shark Bookmark

We also made some shark fins to wear.  Below is a tutorial and a download – in case you do not have gray paper on hand.  This tutorial was prepped and helped design by @themadcat_her (on Instagram).  These were inspired by different pins we saw on Pinterest.  I am unsure who made the first one – so I don’t have an original to credit.  But this is our version we came up with from what we gathered from what we saw.

Shark Fin pic tutorial.

 

Shark fin tutorial 1

– Gather a piece of gray cardstock (or print the gray picture we have included below)

– Fold cardstock paper in half (fold printed paper in half once you have trimmed off all the white edges – making sure you fold where the fin is all on the front page).

– If you are using a gray cardstock – draw your fin shape (as shown). If using our print, the fin shape should already be there for you.

 

Shark fin tutorial 2

– Trim out fin shape through both pieces.

Shark fin tutorial 3

– Open up fins and place a row of hot glue (or regular glue which will take longer to dry) about 1″ up from crease (see photo).

– Then fold back in half and allow glue to dry.

Shark fin tutorial 4

– Once glue is dry, cut along the crease and then fold each flap back to make a tab.

Shark fin tutorial 5

– Then go back and apply glue to the top insides of your fin to secure the two fin sides together.

Shark fin tutorial 6

– We then used a mini clothespin and clipped the fins to the tops of our shirts.

 

Shark fin print

Print this out at full size on a colored print.  Trim off excess white edge that doesn’t print.  Fold paper in half – making sure not to fold fin over on the other half.  Trim out fin shape and fold the other directions above.

 

Shark facts graphic

During dinner, we had family conversation about Sharks.  I read this page from Easy Science for Kids.  And then I took turns asking everyone the questions at the bottom of the page. It was interesting and we are looking forward to more Shark Facts later in the week.

After dinner, we made Shark Bait popcorn.  Our recipe was inspired by

The Love Nerds recipe

only we added some drizzle and some gummy sharks to our version.

Here is how we prepared our

SHARK BAIT POPCORN

First we gathered our ingredients and prepped them.  We gathered all of our “ocean” themed sprinkles (blue sprinkles of different colors, blue round large non-perils, and some gold fish crackers (for salt and crunch).  We also melted two different colored candy melts to add as drizzle over our popcorn to give it some of that sweet to the salty.

Shark bait popcorn 4

Next we popped 3 bags of microwave popcorn and spread it out on our parchment covered island.  We sorted out any unpopped kernels from the mix.

Then we started our layers.  First we added and mixed in the goldfish crackers.  Then we drizzled both colors of drizzle all over the popcorn.  The kids then each took turns sprinkling on all sorts of sprinkles all over the mix.  We added on our gummy sharks.  And then we let it set and let the drizzle harden while we all went for a dip in our pool and decided to be sharks.

After our swim we enjoyed some of this fun snack while we watched “The Reef” on Netflix.  It was a great end to our fun day!

 

Follow along with our day over at Water Walker Events Facebook Page!

 

Do Others Have a Gift You Wish You Had?

Today I have a guest contributor.  My sister, Tracy Robbins, blogs at HappyHealthyandProsperous.com.  She’s featuring my design business, Water Walker Events – Design – Planning, this week in her discussion about gifts and talents that God graced us with.  Below is an excerpt of her blog post.  She discusses the event planning and styling of my niece’s movie party this past weekend.  For more pictures of her movie theme / party decorations, you can visit my Instagram page. (@waterwalkerevents) or my faceboook page.

Gifts picture

 

Do Others Have a Gift You Wish You Had?

By Tracy Robbins

I didn’t get the creative genes gift in my family, at least not when it comes to decorating, crafting, sewing, etc.  My mom and my sister Shawna probably possess the creative prowess in these areas of a hundred people.  Not me.  Nope.  Give me something to write, teach or stick me in front of a crowd of people to speak any day!  But put me in a room of kids to pull off a birthday party, and I’m toast.  That is utter torture to me.

Thank goodness my kids have their aunt and grandma!  Without them my kids’ birthdays would consist of some really sad decorations (or none at all), maybe a really ugly but yummy cake (I can cook even if it doesn’t look pretty), maybe a few family members over to our house (or better yet a restaurant, that way I don’t have to clean up after everyone), and probably some pretty cool presents (I AM really good at shopping 🙂 ).  I guess I’m somewhat of a minimalist.  I typically like to keep things simple—probably more because I’m not very good at the creative stuff.  It’s not one of my gifts or talents.  I am so very thankful that God made us so that our gifts complement one another.

I’ve learned that that keeping things simple is not all bad.  I’ve also learned that my kids can have the really cool birthday parties, and it’s STILL simple.  It’s simple because I’ve learned the art of delegation.  I simply delegate those tasks that I’m not good at or that seem torturous to me to others who actually enjoy doing them and are quite good at them to boot.  In other words, it’s their gift to do those tasks that I despise.

Take this past weekend for example.  It was my daughter’s 8th birthday.  We went to a local movie theater to have her party and watch the movie “Home” (which was quite good by the way).  Thanks to my AWESOME sister, I was able to just show up with the cake, presents and birthday girl.  My sister handled the rest.  It was pretty amazing.  She had the party room decorated in just a matter of time with some of the cutest customized movie-themed decorations that you just can’t buy at Walmart or a party store.

Movie party table for online pic 2

The ideas that she had and the party décor she created were incredible.  This isn’t the first time she’s done it either.  In the past couple of years we’ve had a Duck Dynasty party, a Pet Shop party, a Nerf Wars party, and a Farm party, all that she’s designed and planned for my kids.  I’m telling you that girl is a graphic-arts genius (inherited from my mom who is also a graphic arts genius)!  It’s one gift of her many gifts that God has graced her with.  She’s very humble about it and will tell you she’s not a genius, but she most absolutely is.

I think that’s the thing about our gifts and talents…sometimes we don’t realize that we truly have a gift in one or more areas because it may seem to come so naturally to us.  We think, “Ah, that’s easy.  Anyone can do that.”  I honestly didn’t realize that I was good at teaching until several people pointed it out time after time.  I mistakenly thought, “Anybody can explain things in a way others can understand them.  It’s not that hard.”  I also thought public speaking was fairly easy and that it should be that easy for everyone.  That is until I taught college classes where several times almost half the class would opt to take a zero grade on a class presentation simply because they didn’t want to get up and speak in front of people!  I’m thinking, “What’s the big deal?  It’s so easy!”  However, for many it’s not.  It’s a gift that God has given me, and that’s why it is easier for me.  Just like designing parties, decorations, invitations, game ideas, etc. is easy for my sister but is such a chore and dreaded task for me.

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