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my story matters

The following is a new activity that we have never done before. We would like your feedback as well as feedback from the Novas. Please take note of what areas were unclear, not age appropriate, and what the overall impression was towards the activity.


Supplies: clear glue, plastic lids, food coloring, toothpicks, glitter, beads, cookie cutters, paper, pens, pencils,

  1. The Novas will make colorful discs to reflect different parts of the stories they just wrote out! They will be making 3-5 discs to represent moments/feelings/aspects/events of their last year.  As time and supplies allow, they can make as many more as they’d like.

  2. Instruct Novas to pour enough CLEAR glue into the plastic lids to just cover the surface. If needed, spread it around to cover the entire inner surface.

  3. Put one or two drops of each color of food coloring in the glue.

  4. Give each Nova a toothpick to swirl the colors around in the glue. Stop swirling before the colors get too combined, or the final result will be muddy and brown.

  5. If a Nova would like to use a cookie cutter, beads, or glitter, now is the time to do so. They  can even write or draw some things on a piece of paper and add that into their glue creations. Note: if you place a cookie cutter in the colorful glue mixture, there will be a hole in that shape when it dries.

  6. Let dry. As the colors settle, they will continue to expand and create a tie dye effect. Depending on how much glue you used, the suncatcher will take one to two days to fully dry. You will know it’s ready when the edges start to peel off the lid.

  7. Set these aside until I am Homeful day!