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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Tangled-Inspired Bow Tying and Hair Braiding Activities for Kids

This blog article was originally posted on my first blog In Our Pond.  I started out trying to put all my travel content on my homeschooling blog, but it grew to be too big.  So, I'm moving all the road trip stuff over here!  It'll probably take me a while to move all the posts, but I'll also be posting new content on here as well.  In Our Pond will now be exclusively for homeschooling and parenting content, while this blog (Party Through the USA) is for all the family travel posts.  Check them both out!


Tangled-Inspired Bow Tying and Hair Braiding Activities for Kids from In Our Pond

It's Travel Time Tuesday again, where I share with you a tip, printable, or toy for your family adventures.  Today, I'm bringing you a quiet book ideas that can also be made into a stand-alone activity (which is how I'm presenting it to the kids).  Dragonfly (age 6) has been learning to braid and tie her shoes.  I made these two activities so she can practice her skills in the car.



Tangled-Inspired Bow Tying and Hair Braiding Activities for Kids from In Our Pond

Shoe tying is a needed skill, but for this activity, I thought the dress was more feminine.  Plus, Dragonfly loves Tangled, and I thought she would appreciate the theme.  I found bow-tying directions on an autism site that I'm intending to shrink down and attach to the activity with a binder ring.

The dress pattern is borrowed from a doll pattern and was easy to print and trace onto the felt.  I loved working with felt because it was easy to sew.  I added the grosgrain ribbon as I stitched it with the machine, then I melted the edge of the ribbon with fire.



Tangled-Inspired Bow Tying and Hair Braiding Activities for Kids from In Our Pond

The other side of the board is for hair-braiding practice.  I contemplated for quite a while about what I wanted to use for hair (felt, fabric, yarn, etc).  In the end, I decided to use paracord, and I'm glad that I did.  These strands literally don't get tangled!  It's so great for an activity that is going to get moved around a lot.  The cords are a big stiff, but I love that they're thick, feel good in your hands, and come apart from each other easily when you're done braiding.

To secure the braids and decorate the hair, I made a few felt flowers (free pattern).  I cut out the flowers and then hot glued them to a snap clip.  Super easy.   My daughter loved them so much that she wants me to make more for her to wear all the time.  The pack comes with 50 clips, we we'll have lots to use for crafting.


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