Water glass music lessons by Wilfredo Morales

Stuck at home but wanting to make some beautiful music? Lacking a more traditional musical instrument like a guitar or drums? Thanks to local music teacher Wilfredo Morales, it’s time for you to let out your inner Mozart and make sweet sweet music using items everyone has in their home – glasses filled with water! Check out these awesome video tutorials and let your inner musician out!

Share your musical experience using #ACJrAtHome! A very awesome thanks to Wilfredo Morales for sending in these videos! Be sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel here to thank him.

2020-06-23T10:57:50-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

How to make Carlton from Cuddles and Rage

Are you familiar with the oh-so-adorable-yet-slightly-disturbing diorama artwork of Cuddles and Rage? Their super sweet and slightly scary has style been to Awesome Con – and now it’s coming straight to your home! Let’s learn how to make Carlton, the adorable milk carton man from their book, Bites of Terror. Simply download and print the below Carlton printable template, and follow along with the below video. Cuddles are Rage is comprised of Liz and Jimmy Reed, the husband-and-wife team. The have created a world full of disturbingly cute stories with heart.

Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and tag Cuddles and Rage on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share your Carlton creations. Thanks to Liz from Cuddles and Rage for this adorable tutorial!

Gather your materials!
Printable template below
Cardstock or Bristol Board Paper
Glue
Scissors
Markers or Colored Pencils


Download high res version

Create your Carlton!

2020-05-26T07:31:02-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

Go into space with NASA

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to the moon? Are you curious about our solar system? Want to participate in countless educational and fun space-themed activities and games?  Thanks to our friends at NASA, you can travel into outer space from the comfort of your own living room!

Make sure to tag #ACJrAtHome to show us how your journey into space is going. And thanks to NASA for providing such awesome learning materials!

Tour the moon: Strap on your space boots kids, we’re going to the moon! With NASA’s virtual moon tour website, moon.nasa.gov, you can see a 360 degree view of our moon, anytime you want! You can click around and see pictures and stories from Human and Robot Landing Sites. You can read about all of the humans who have visited the moon. You can learn all about the phase of the moon, real time temperature, and the moon’s core. Everything you could ever want to know about the moon is here for you in an incredible highly interactive tool that’s super fun for martian moms and dads, and their moon children.

Tour the solar system: Far out, dude! When you’re done learning everything about the moon, why not give the rest of the solar system a spin at solarsystem.nasa.gov? This epic website is a real-time, living encyclopedia all about the robotic exploration of the solar system. We’ve got 8 planets (9 if you’re still #TeamPluto) to dig into, plus dward planets, even hypothetical planets, and their moons! Not enough for you? How about learning about asteroids, comets, and meteors – oh my! Looking for something a little bit more interactive? NASA has provided 10+ Things to Do with NASA at Home which includes awesome activities like instructions to build your own rocket, and fun science projects to do.

NASA STEM Engagement Activities: There are countless activities to do on the NASA STEM Engagement page for kids Grade K-4, 5-8, and 9-12! No matter what age or grade, there are an assortment of activities designed to inspire, engage, educate, and employ the next generation of explorers! Wanna solve a space puzzle? Ever tried to build your own edible spacecraft? Want to play some space-themed online games? How about a huge assortment of coloring pages and books? There is no shortage of resources here and they’re all out of this world!

NASA’s Space Place: We’re going to the Space Place! Get ready to explore Earth and space through this awesome kid friendly portal! Fun facts, games, crafts, activities, videos, and a ton more. This site has been kicking since 1998 and has been designed to educate and enrich upper-elementary-aged kids about our world, and beyond! It has material in both English and Spanish, plus resources for parents and teachers!

 

2020-04-11T16:16:20-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , , , , |

Yarnies by Mikey Plushie Workshop!

Have you ever wanted to make your own plushie? Get ready to learn to design and sew 3D plushie figures. You can create animals, monsters, and characters from your own imagination using fabric and basic sewing techniques, then embellish them using stitching, buttons, and sequins. Join Mikey from Yarnies by Mikey for this full-filled Plushie Workshop! Protip! Use found materials from around your house! See below for some amazing examples of plushies YOU could make!

So are you ready to get crafty and create a plushie of your very own? Let’s go! Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and tag Mikey so he can see your pics! I know he would love that! Facebook: Yarnies | Instagram: @yarniesbymikey

Gather your materials!

  • Paper
  • Pen or marker
  • Scissors
  • 2 pieces of fabric or felt
  • Thread or yarn
  • Needle that will work with the thread or yarn
  • Something to stuff your plushie with – even bits of chopped of fabric will work!

Create your plushie!
Once you’ve gathered your supplies, see below for the step by step instructions as to how you can create your own new little buddy. Hooray! Then you will have made your very own plushie friend.

Give your plushie a personality!
What about your plushie’s bio? Why not go the extra mile and give your plushie some special abilities and goals? Then you can share your plushie with the world using #ACJrMaking. See what other friends your plushie might make online! Make sure to ask a parent or guardian for permission before using the Internet.

2020-03-29T13:08:41-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , |

Making a Book with Atomic Rapture

Ever wanted to make your very own book? It’s time to get crafty and creative with this fun, DIY book-making tutorial thanks to Atomic Rapture! Let’s make a book using materials you can probably find around the house! Kids, make sure to ask a parent or guardian for permission before using scissors.

Be sure to share using #ACJrAtHome. Also be sure to check out Atomic Rapture on Etsy.

Materials:

  • Empty box
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Paper (can be any type; you can even recycle junk mail if you want to!)
  • Ruler (or a handy cutting mat like the one in the picture)
  • Yarn or string
  • A darning needle (unless you punch holes big enough to thread your yarn through by hand)

Did you find everything? Great! Let’s get to work.

Step 1: Cut your cardboard to the size you want your book covers to be.

You might have to break your box open like I did. It will make it easier to cut.

I chose to make my covers 7 inches by 4.5 inches.

Step 2: Cut your paper to the same size as your covers.

I used everything from old math worksheets to construction paper. Literally any type of paper will work here as long as you can cut it to be the size of your cover!

Step 3: Measure where you would like your holes to be for the binding.

You can do as few as 2 holes if you want to save some time and steps, but the binding will be looser the fewer holes you have. I chose to make a hole at every inch. Make sure, however you measure, you have an even number of holes.

Step 4: Get punching!

Use your hole punch to make holes in your covers and pages. You may need a grown-ups’ help if your cardboard is thick.

You can use your cover as a guide for your pages to make sure all of the holes line up. Remember, you can always ask a grown up for help!

Step 5: This is where your darning needles comes in!

No worries if you don’t have one. You can thread your string or yarn by hand if you used a standard sized hole punch! Cut a piece of yarn or thread that is two feet long.

Tie a double knot in the end of your thread. If using a needle, thread the other end through your
needle.

Step 6: Get sewing!

Pass your thread through your top cover, and all of the pages, and pull it out through the back cover. Make sure you leave a tail that is about seven or eight inches long.

Stitch from back to front starting at the next hole over on the bottom cover.

Continue until you’ve reached the last hole.

Both ends of your thread should be poking out of your top book cover like the picture above.

Step 7: Tie the ends of your thread together using a double knot.

Then trim the ends of the thread so that you have about half an inch remaining above your knot.

Step 8: Flip your book over and decorate your cover however you would like and you’re all done!

You’ve created your own book. Fill up your pages with stories or drawings, or give it as a gift! We hope you had fun making it!

2020-04-05T09:12:12-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |