Velcro. Raise your hand if you have something in your home with velcro on it. I’m sure you all raised your hands enthusiastically, but do you know how velcro was invented? Neither did we, but we found out in a short story we read on GenZ Read Together. I’ve joined a group of amazing kid bloggers on a blog tour of activities to supplement the stories on GenZ. We’ll explain a little about what GenZ is, why you’ll love it, and how you can check it out with your kids. We are also each hosting a giveaway so 3 of you can win 20 stories from GenZ Read Together.
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Since Fen turned 10, it’s been harder to get her to slow down and focus on doing anything that remotely resembles learning. I’ve realized I need to sneak it in in small doses here and there and find a way to make it fun. To this end, I’m loving GenZ, because the stories are short, interesting, and easily inspire… art projects! Yay! I chose to read about the invention of velcro with Fen, because it seemed like something that would interest both of us, and I’ve been wanting to try to make duct tape velcro bracelets for ages. We cozied up and read the story together, and went through the few questions/conversation starters on the page next to the story. There were just a few, so I wasn’t treated to a bored eye roll. Next, we watched a video of David Letterman with his velcro suit jumping and sticking onto a velcro wall- remember when he did that? We rounded out our velcro exploration with the duct tape bracelet project, and I decided to get Beckett in on the action by making him duct tape watches. Want to make some? Here’s our process: Materials:
- duct tape and washi tapes if you so desire
- velcro squares (they’re almost 1″ x 1″ square)
- printer paper
- permanent marker (for the watch faces)
Directions: You can approach the bracelet in a couple of ways. The easiest way is to cut off a long piece of tape and fold it sticky-side together, lengthwise. Wrap it around your wrist to measure the length, keeping in mind you will need about 1″ of overlap for the velcro square to be attached. Cut it to size with scissors. Decorate the bracelet with more tape, and add the velcro squares onto the ends. It’s that easy! The second way we made the bracelets was by laying out stripes of tape onto a piece of printer paper, and then cutting out the strip to fit Fen’s wrist. For Beckett’s watches, we followed the bracelet directions, but added a watch face to the top. To make the watch face, simply place a strip of duct tape on either side of a piece of paper or card stock, trace around a small circle (we used a cap), and cut out. Draw on your watch numbers and attach it using more velcro. You can make several different watch faces to switch out according to your wee one’s outfit. Stylish.
Enter the Giveaway: I am giving away 3 Summer Reading Packages of 20 stories worth $4.99 to 3 lucky winners!
If you don’t win but want to try it out, GenZ is offering a special discount to my readers:
20 stories for $3.99!! Use promo code: SUM20
This is a blog tour! Follow along all week:
Monday, July 29 PragmaticMom on the The Lost Atocha Treasure
Tuesday, July 30 Artchoo! on The Invention of Velcro (You’re here)
Wednesday, July 31 No Twiddle Twaddle on Christian the Pet Lion Returns to the Wild
Thursday, August 1 Edventures on The Deadliest Diamond
Friday, August 2 Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas on Anita and Arabella in Space