We needed an inexpensive gift for Rosie’s drill team sisters, so I suggested that she make ponytail holders in their team colors- a perfect craft for a tween (and it sure beat filling a cup with candy and writing the girl’s names with paint pen on the outside which seems to be the standard team gift). I gave Rosie a budget and let her go to the store to pick out the ribbon and then let her roll. Since she’s 12 she could do the whole thing by herself (this craft is also easy enough for younger children, if you want to supervise a little). Rosie was excited to make something special to give the girls at camp this week. Score!
Rosie picked out three ribbons in her school colors- gold metallic, black-and-white paw print and black (they were three different widths). She measured her own ponytail first and then cut all the ribbons so they would fall below her hair. Then she tied them in a pattern around the gold and black holder. Super simple.
For a couple of hours, she unplugged from social media and sung at least 25 songs that were not Justin Bieber while she worked (JOY!). Since she was able to make all the decisions herself and do the craft with no supervision, it fit right into the tween “I can do it myself mentality.” And, she got done just in time for dance. It was the perfect Tween Summer Challenge Craft and when she gave them to her sisters yesterday, they loved them!