He Made, She Made: Badge-Earner Backpack
I always loved earning badges and ribbons for successful feats -- from long jump to tying a knot to caring for the birds in winter to recycling. Plus, whenever I see a backpack, I think adventure! So, I thought it would be fun to decorate the backpack like an adventure pack, and add badges that kids can award to themselves. You can expect fun and hilarious results.
- Plain backpack
- Permanent Markers
- Beads and trinkets
- Safety Pins
Cut out badge shapes from the felt, or cut out award ribbons. Cut symbols from the felt and ribbon for your awards. For example, kids can cut out a plane or pair of wings for a badge denoting their First Solo Flight to Grandma's. Or, maybe they'll cut out a big smiley face for Best Joke Told.
To add some more decoration, use beads or charms dropped onto the straight edge of a safety pin to make nifty souvenir show-offers!
Kids can do this activity on their own, or with a friend. In groups, kids can award one another fun badges and patches for their packs. You can also ask kids to come up with badges they'd like to win in time (maybe they want to learn to whistle, or taste three new flavors of ice cream in three months), and then they'll have fun goals to work toward. The badges are also great conversation starters in the cafeteria!Check Out Jonathan's Backpack