This week, the L4LL DIY Summer Reading Camp theme is SPORTS! The following literacy craft tutorial is a guest post by Denise Cortes who publishes the site, PearMama.
Soccer is a big deal in my house. My son Cyan just finished up his very first season of soccer, and I just became the quintessential soccer mom. Every Saturday morning we would pack up our chairs and snacks and cheer on my boy while he ran up and down the field, kicking the ball and being awesome. He learned so much and now he’s hooked!
As a busy mom with six kids, team sports have always been a challenge for me. The cost (registration, new shoes, uniform, etc.), the time away from home, and making the commitment to attend team practice and games usually has me shaking in my boots. However, the excitement of being on a team and the smile on my child’s face when he sees me cheering from the sidelines makes it so worthwhile.
Since my boy is constantly schlepping his soccer bag to and from the soccer field, I wanted to make him a fun book-inspired ID tag to celebrate Latinas for Latino Lit’s 2014 Summer Reading Program. I’m a big fan of fun, functional crafts. With this cool ID tag on his soccer bag, my son can easily spot it amongst his teammates. It also showcases his love of reading and soccer.
You’ll also need this:
- glue stick or Mod Podge
- black marker
Whenever I am crafting, I really try to utilize my resources. Instead of going out and buying a thick piece of cardstock, I used a piece of cardboard. I just cut it down to the size I wanted my ID tag, which was 3 x 3 inches. I also cut a circle so I could make a soccer ball shape. On the white paper, draw a soccer ball, making sure its the same size as the cardboard circle. Color it in with the Sharpie marker and then cut it out.
Glue the soccer ball drawing onto the round cardboard shape. Also, glue the blue scrapbooking paper onto the cardboard as well. You can use a glue stick, but for this particular project, I prefer Mod Podge. Not only will it glue my shapes together, it will seal the surface and make the ID tag a bit more sturdy. This means you’ll need a coat under your paper to glue it down to the surface as well as a coat brushed on top to act as a sealer. Once that coat is dry, you can add little details on your “book” with a black marker.
My son’s team was called “The Transformers” and the team color was blue so I kept to a blue palette. I also cut out a few triangles to give it a fun, modern look. Glue them down with another coat of Mod Podge. Doodling a few fun designs would look great on your ID tag, too.
Once it’s completely dry, make a hole in the corner of each shape using the hole punch. Pull the shapes onto the loose leaf ring.
Be sure to flip the ID tag over and write down your child’s information, just in case his or her bag gets lost. Your book-inspired sports ID tag is now ready to be displayed on a sports bag or backpack. My boy loves his new ID tag that mom made just for him!
Have a great summer and make sure you stay tuned for more fun summer reading crafts.
Denise Cortes is a writer/blogger and an artist when she isn’t tending to her family and teaching art. Denise is the content creator at Pearmama.com, a blog about a Latina mom raising six kids and living a creative life. A native of Southern California, Denise has been blogging since 2006, when her husband suggested she continue her life-long practice of journal writing about life and family. Since then, she’s been sharing fun DIY craft projects, Latino culture, creating art on TOMS shoes and writing heartfelt parenting stories about her children, ages 8 to 16. Denise is also a regular contributor at BabyCenter and Latinamom.me. You can also follow her on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.