Laugh all you want but I was the mom that came up with all the dance team motivators for camp. I stepped up to be the head of that committee in the Spring when no one else came forward because that's how I roll. And, to be honest, I am fairly handy with a glue gun and have decent graphic design skills so I thought, “Why not?”
We needed three days of motivators plus enough fabric to make 23 sets of flip-flops. So, I turned to Pinterest to find some ideas. Guess what? There's not a lot out there for dance teams but tons of stuff for cheer. So, I borrowed a couple of ideas and in Deb CB style, improved upon them. Now, when the next dance mom comes along for ideas, hopefully she'll see my cool pins, right? But first, let's start with the flip flops.
Instead of using bandanas that cost a buck a piece, I headed to Wal Mart to buy some cute polka dot and striped fabric in our team colors. At $4 a yard, I was able to spend less than $25 for the flip flops and since I was told it takes 35 strips a shoe (which is not the case, it really takes 18), there's plenty left over for next year.
Next, I moved on to the Camp Survival Kit. As many of you know, last year there was a little bit of tension on our team. So, I wanted to come up with a motivator that had a message (whether they got it or not). I found a couple of cute things online and then used PicMonkey to make it my own. The cool thing about this one is I had a lot of the items (bandaids, sponge, rubber bands etc) sitting around the house so I didn't have to spend a bunch of money and it turned out so cute.
Water bottles are a tradition on this team and to be honest, I had a hard time finding yellow ones that were reasonably priced. I did find pink and blue ones at Dollar Tree that were a buck a piece so I bought those and then customized them with black and gold paint pen. On one side, they had the team and the other side the girl's name. I finished it off with a little curling ribbon and they were good to go.
For the last day, I wanted to remind the girls that they had a great team (especially since they were exhausted from two full days of dance and an overnight at Great Wolf Lodge). I found a cute motivator with lucky charms and I set out to make it our own. I bought a huge back of cereal at Wal Mart for $6 so it was another cheap, yet brilliant idea. If you'd like to use this for your team, here's the printable. All you have to do is cut it out, glue it to green paper and you're good to go.
So there you have it. Our dance team motivators. Since we have a full year to fill, I'd love to hear your ideas. What do you think would make a great one?