Good news! Lori is in training to lead the Chicktime movement in Summerville! If you are interested in learning more about you can help the hurting and forgotten children of Summerville, please contact Lori today at email@example.com!
Pre-Easter celebration at Bokenkamp Children’s Shelter was a success. The girls had fun beading necklaces and bracelets with colorful beads today. They got to stick decals on paper crosses and each received a box full of goodies and a dozen cascarones each.
It was a beautiful day and we ended it with giving all the boys their boxes, cascarones and hostess cupcakes. They were all so grateful and their responses made our hearts full. Bringing happiness to the kids, even if it’s only for a little while makes all the hard work we put into it sooooo worth it.
Thank you HEB for your generous support! And thank you to our volunteers who donated items to make this Easter Celebration a success. #HEBHelpingHere
We did a resurrection egg activity, played games, and had some good food.
Thank you to Ms. Moniqueka and her ministry, “Real Sisters and Real Brothers in Christ”
for blessing the girls with Easter bags.
We had such a great day with the girls and hope you will join us next time.
Next month we will be having a picnic and maybe have some outdoor activities.
Tree of Strength- Art Directive
Large sheets of construction paper of art paper (11 x 17 or similar would be a good size)
Trace your arm and hand onto the paper, leaving your fingers open
At the end of the open fingertips, extend the drawing to create more branches.
At the end of the branches draw several large leaves, making sure they are large enough to write in.
On each leaf write one thing that helps you get through a difficult time.
This can include personal strengths, coping strategies, enjoyable activities, and supportive people.
Color, paint, and decorate your tree as you wish
(not too dark over the leaves so you can still see the words)
The steps of this art process and the tasks of listing strength and coping tools helps to activate more cognitive aspects of the brain.
It also helps people to feel they are able to some things to cope with their situation
and realize they are not completely helpless.
Click here for the printable instructions.
Mind Calming Watercolor Activity
Black pens/fine tip markers
This is an activity to teach people how to relax their brain when they are overwhelmed with emotion.
Watercolors and paper are fairly inexpensive, so this is a great go to coping strategy.
Have your group choose colors that make them happy or colors that remind them of happy memories.
Saturate the paint brush with paint and apply it to the paper, allowing it to bleed or run in all directions.
Fill the paper with color by adding splotches of paint all over the paper and allowing them to run.
Then, with a black pen or fine tip marker, trace the shapes that the paint has made.
By the time this project is complete, the brain has relaxed, the focus has been on happy colors or memories,
and the result is a beautiful piece of art!
Click here for the printable instructions
In the season of love, we wanted to express how much we love the youth at Immerse Arkansas by making self care baskets for the moms in their Life Base Care program
Rising Above it: Ocean in a Bottle Activity
Clean clear bottle with lid
Blue food coloring
Vegetable oil or baby oil
Beads and stones of various sizes
(make sure they will fit in the opening)
Carefully fill half the bottle with water.
Add a few drops of blue food coloring.
After filling the bottle about 1/3 with water and adding blue food coloring,
pass around some large beads, or stones
(as big as will fit in the bottle opening. Make sure they sink!).
Tell the group, “They represent the broken places in our hearts.
Notice they sink to the bottom, much like our burdens drag us down.”
Slowly add the oil using the funnel, until the bottle is 2/3 full.
The oil won’t mix with the water but will rest on top!
Give the girls some tiny beads or pebbles to represent those smaller daily irritations
(nasty comments made by others, someone cutting you off in traffic… getting your period ).
They also sink and drag us down.
And lastly give each girl a cork to put in the bottle and have them place the cork in the bottle.
You can even have the girls write a positive message on the cork.
It would be great if you could find some self sealing bottles, and once the caps were on, they lock in place.
But you could also use tape or glue to seal the bottles)
The cork represents giving our burdens to God.
The girls could shake their bottles like waves on the oceans. But no matter how hard they shook them,
the cork always stayed on top of the waves.
Giving our burdens to God, large and small, helps us to rise above life’s storms.
Click here for the printable instructions for this activity.
Mixed Emotion Sand Art
Transparent Glass or Plastic Container (With Lid)
Small bowls to hold sand
The idea is to think about the many different emotional experiences related to grief,
choose corresponding colors for these specific emotions, and fill the containers with these emotions.
This will help those who may be bottling up their emotions begin to express them in a nonverbal way.
Have the group think about grief and ask them to name an emotion that comes to mind (e.g., sadness).
Next, ask them: If this emotion were a color, what would it be?”
Pour some of that color of sand into the container (have each person do the pouring, if possible).
Tell them it’s up to them to decide how much of each color/emotion they want to add to their container.
Next, ask them to name another emotion that comes to mind (e.g., love).
Then, repeat your earlier question: “If this emotion were a color, what would it be?”
Pour some of this color into the container. Again, let each person determine how much.
Repeat until the container is filled.
Talk to the group about how the emotions all exist together.
If you prefer, leave a little space in the container and let them shake it up
because grief is messy and sometimes everything feels all mixed together.
(Just note that, if you shake the container up, the end product obviously
won’t look as neat and tidy as the one pictured above).
Give each person in the group an opportunity to share about the emotions they added to their container.
Click here for the printable instructions for the Mixed Emotions Sand Art Activity
It didn’t go just like we had planned, but it went so much better.
We had an amazing speaker, April Adams, come and share her incredible story
about self love and overcoming so much to get to where she is today.
Because she was brave and shared her story, one of our girls at Elks
wanted to be brave and share hers too.
Just think about that. This young girl realized that these women
from Chicktime are safe and she felt free to share her story.
We do not take that kind of trust for granted.
Nothing could have prepared us for the story we were about to hear.
Abused, trafficked, assaulted, almost killed.
All before she was barely a teenager.
We all circled around this young woman and prayed over her.
It was a beautiful, tender moment.
This is why we do Chicktime.
We want to be there for these girls, speaking truth louder than the lies.
We want to help them find their voice, find healing,
find their purpose, realize their potential.
All the things. We also had Miss Georgia and Miss Georgia Teen come and hang out with us which we were all excited about.
They are such kind and beautiful ladies and we really appreciated them
taking time out of their busy schedules to come and spend time with us.
They reiterated the message of self love
which was perfect for our Galentine’s Day event.
We were supposed to decorate Valentine cookie houses,
but we didn’t get to do that because we were so wrapped up in sharing our stories.
I think that was much better. So we sent the cookie houses with the girls to do later.
We also gave each girl a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Such a beautiful day!
We had such a fun time this weekend decorating Valentine’s Day cookies and making Valentine’s Day card boxes!
Thank you S.O.S Children’s Village for having us!
For more information about what Chicktime Deerfield Beach does and how you can be apart of, reach out to Lily at 267-726-9418
Chicktime tonight couldn’t have been sweeter we had the perfect cold weather meal and made Valentine’s Day cards. The fellowship was wonderful. If you’d like to volunteer with amazing humans who serve incredible youth meet us the last Monday of every month for a really great time.
Thank you to all our volunteers who braved the cold weather to give the youth a little piece of heaven tonight !
Kristi was our workshop leader today at Clearfork, and she taught the girls to make ocean bottles.
The stones on the bottom represent our burdens that we are releasing. The smaller beads represent those small irritations. And the cork represents us learning to rise above.
Such a powerful lesson!
Sharing snacks and sharing dreams!
That pretty much sums up our Chicktime Saturday making vision boards!
So fun! Our girls have some amazing goals they’re striving for
and we want to encourage them every step of the way.
From mental health goals, physical goals, career and family goals,
each girl had something different.
We love seeing these girls sincerely reflecting
on how they want to grow in different areas
and making a commitment to put it into action.
The Vision Board Party was a success!! Goals & Good Vibes with the Immerse Arkansas youth Happy 2023
Kitchen Utensil Flower Art
Crayola Fluorescent Tempera Paint
Recommended Kitchen Utensils:
Large Slotted Spoon
Plastic Bottle Recorker
STAMP AND PRINT
I recommend black paper as a background for this project as it is unexpected
and will showcase the vibrant fluorescent paint colors.
Gather the kitchen utensils and dip them in paint to stamp the petals of each flower onto the black paper.
Stamp the center of the flower as well.
Try combining and experimenting with different tools. Make sure to also paint a stem
CUT AND GLUE
Draw and cut different style leaves for each flower. Glue them to the stem of each flower.
Click here for the printable instructions for this flower art.
Plastic Egg to Planter DIY
Gesso surface prep
Acrylic craft paints
Flowers/succulents (real or fake)
Skewer your egg
Before you begin painting, push a wooden skewer into one of the holes in the egg.
This will prevent you from having to touch your egg when you’re painting it,
and it will allow you to stand your eggs up in a vase while they dry.
Prime your egg
Give your egg a coat of Gesso (primer) to ensure the paint will stick to the plastic.
Allow to dry before painting and decorating your egg.
A hairdryer is handy if you want to speed things up or you can do this the night before.
If at all possible, try to stay away from the line where the two egg pieces meet.
This will keep them from sealing shut and will be easier if you are making planters.
Paint your egg
With a paintbrush, apply a layer of acrylic craft paint.
If your egg requires 2 coats, allow the first coat to dry before applying the second
Decorate your egg
With a fine liner brush, decorate your egg with squiggles and zigzags.
For perfectly round dots, use the handle end of a paintbrush dipped in paint.
Place the skewered egg in a vase or tall container and allow to dry before varnishing (the hair dryer can help here too).
Varnish your egg
When your egg is completely dry, brush on a coat of craft varnish
to add a glossy sheen to your egg and to protect the paint from chipping and scratching.
To Make the Planters:
When eggs dry, hot glue the side together (both sides facing out)
Fill the larger egg piece with soil and flowers or succulents.
Click here for the printable instructions for this “eggcelent” craft!
What a beautiful Chicktime Christmas Party we had this month!
We got enough donations from our community to be able to give each youth 2 presents and did a white elephant system to give them to the kids. The courage cords were special gifts from Chicktime Charleston Park Circle Co-Leader, Beth . They say things like “you got this girl”, “I can, I will, watch me”, and “ I’ve got this”. The boys bands were simple leather bands. It was fun and full of love. It’s so humbling that the kids are waiting for us to arrive!
God knew our chapter needed to be here.
Join us in January. Come love where you live!