When kids are ill at home or in the hospital, they have to hang out in bed for a long time. You can help transform their environment by giving them a colorful Soaring Gardens. This project is especially fun because you can create a bouquet which reflects your own unique style and personality. Imagine how exciting it will be to watch your garden grow!
Here’s How to Get Started:
1. You will need tissue paper and pipe cleaners.
2. Cut tissue paper into rectangles of desired size such as 6 inches by 6 inches or 8 inches by 8 inches.
3. Stack 4-6 pieces of tissue paper. Use the same color or different colors.
4. Accordion pleat the tissue paper working from the long side of the rectangle.
5. Wind one end of the pipe cleaner stem around the middle of the accordion pleated tissue paper.
6. Gently separate each layer pulling upwards toward the middle of the flower.
After You Finish Your Soaring Garden: You can give your Garden to someone who is ill. Or, you can take a photo and email it to Soaringwords and we will post your garden on our website. Soaringwords 54 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dream Catchers are from Native American culture. A Dream Catcher can be hung above the bed or next to a window. It is believed that a Dream Catcher changes a person’s dreams, allowing only good dreams to filter through the web while bad dreams stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day. Another version is that nightmares pass through the holes and out the window while the good dreams are trapped in the web, and then slide down the feathers to the sleeper. To see other examples of dream catchers click here.
Dream Catcher Materials:
Paper plates Yarn Feathers Scissors Hole punch
Here’s How to Get Started:
1. Cut out the center of the paper plate to leave a 1-2” circle boarder
2. Punch holes around the paper plate circle ½” – 1” apart
3. Thread yarn through one hole and tie a knot on the back of plate
4. Weave yarn through all of the holes and knot when completed
5. Add three additional holes to bottom for attaching feathers
6. Tie a loop into the top for hanging
After You Finish Your Dream Catcher: Find a place to hang up your dream catcher and enjoy it yourself or give it as a gift to someone who is ill. Sweet Dreams!
– ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”; is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques without the use of cut or glue. The best known origami model is probably the Japanese paper crane.
Ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.
- Markers for decorating (optional)
- String or thread for hanging
Instructions: (click to enlarge image)
After You Make a SoaringOrigami
Use it to decorate the hospital room or IV pole or give it as a gift to a friend, family member, other person in the hospital (patient, doctor, nurse, child life specialist).
You are invited to decorate simple brown paper lunch bags and transform them into cute, funny and creative bag puppets for the kids in the hospital to play with. SoaringPuppets can help keep the hospitalized children company, distract them from the hospital routine and inspire them to create a puppet show and make their own puppet. You can make your favorite animal, a funny face or just decorate it with lots of colors and shapes. Turn the bag over and write an inspiring message for a child in the hospital and write your name. Have fun!
Bag puppets Materials:
- Paper lunch bags
- Small cotton balls or colorful fuzzy balls
- Construction paper
- Glue Markers Scissors
Decorate your paper bag using the materials! Use your imagination and make it fun and colorful! Turn the bag over and write an inspiring message for a child in the hospital and write your name on the Soaringwords nametag!