Teen Craft: DIY Light Switch Plates

For our craft this month, I wanted to do something fun and easy: DIY Light Switch Covers. Each cover only costs $0.45. Add a $5.00 tub of mod podge, a few old magazines, and you’ve got a wonderfully affordable craft. 🙂

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Hunger Games Day

So…confession: I adore The Hunger Games. So do my teenagers which, of course, means programming. This year, though, I decided a single program wasn’t going to be enough. Instead, we planned an entire DAY dedicated to Ms. Everdeen. 🙂

Part 1: Hunger Games Archery Class

a1Yes. You read that right. Archery. At the library. We partnered with the Tampa Archery School to make this program happen and held it in our large, grassy yard.

Bryce Smith and several of his fellow instructors came out and brought all of the necessary supplies: bows, arrows, targets, etc. Bryce walked our teens through a fifteen minute orientation and lined them up to shoot.

And I have to say, for their first time out the gate, they did a pretty good job! Better than I could’ve done at any rate. 🙂

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Part 2: Mockingjay Movie Release Party

Food & Decorations:

Our color scheme was black and yellow, so I created parachutes with each of the twelve District crests and hung them (and some streamers) around the room. At the entrance, I had laminated bookmarks courtesy of Living Locurto. I also had a dystopian book display to encourage additional reading.

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Our menu included Cinna Sticks, Nightlock berries (blueberries), Cornucopias (Bugles), Peeta Bread & Hummus, and Catching Fire Cupcakes. The two dozen cupcakes were generously donated by Sweet Ida Mae’s Bakery.

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Crafts:

We offered two options for this program: locker magnets and bottle cap keychains/necklaces.
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Games:

We had two options available for our adventurers: “Pin the Mockingjay on Katniss” and “suction cup archery.”

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Afterwards, we all settled in to watch Catching Fire. I raffled off a copy of the trilogy and tickets to see Mockingjay.

In total we had 23 teens and tweens attend this event. I’m very much looking forward to doing it again next year!

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