Football Fever has hit the Games house! KarateKid and GoGoGirl enjoy watching football with MechDaddy and watched the playoffs, so they’re ready for the big game on Sunday. I’ve convinced them to root for the Steelers… mostly because I love those colors! I knew they’d be fun to work with.
By far their favorite craft so far has been making SPIRIT FINGERS. It was so easy and had such fantastic results that I thought I’d share the idea with you, in case you have a chance to do this before (or even during) the Super Bowl.
Our SPIRIT FINGERS are just stretchy gloves… with pom poms in team colors on every fingertip.
8 year old KarateKid made his mostly independently – it does help to have a buddy hold your pom pom as you tie it, but he did the rest on his own. 4 year old GoGoGirl loved the pom pom making and I attached the puffs to her gloves for her.
All you need to make your own: yarn in team colors, stretchy gloves from the dollar store (available in tiny size for GoGoGirl), a toilet paper roll for wrapping, scissors, and a yarn needle.
Snip the toilet paper tube into sections. You’ll be using this to make the pom pom, so the length of each strand of yarn in the final pom will be half the width of the tube. If you want larger or smaller poms, you can cut cardboard to whatever size you like. Toilet paper tubes just happen to be very plentiful in our house! (I wrapped yarn around a roll of masking tape to make the pom poms in GoGoGirl’s ponytails!)
Wrap yarn around the tube several times to make the base of your pom pom. The kids wrapped each color around the tube six times. Wrapping more times will make a fuller, stiffer pom if you prefer that.
This is the tricky part of pom pom making: slide the yarn off the cardboard and tie it off in the middle. It’s much easier if you enlist the help of a buddy, even if her four-year-old fingers are a little wiggly! Tie your yarn as tightly as you can so the pom won’t slip.
Here’s what one of KarateKid’s poms looked like. You need to make ten of these for each pair of gloves.
Thread the needle with yarn that matches the gloves and/or the pom poms. Slide it in and out of a finger tip, right up at the seam at the top. Try to leave only a tiny space between where you go in and where you come back out, as you’re really just tying a knot there.
Lay the pom pom across this yarn right at the finger tip, and tie the yarn tightly across the center of the pom pom to attach it to the glove.
They’re irresistible! KarateKid had to try his on with only two pom poms attached! It does help to give your hands a good shake once the pom poms are on, to make sure they’re secure and to let them fluff up a little. Do you see the black-and-gold blur in the bottom left corner of that photo? It’s GoGoGirl, fluffing her fingers!
Once the kids had these on… they had to CHEER!
T-O-U-C-H down, TOUCH down, give us six points!
Go, go, G-O go, GO, fight, and WIN!
(Hey! Cheering is spelling practice. All except this one from high school… “R-O-W-D-I-E, that’s the way you spell ROWDY…” Yeah. There was a reason the band geeks made fun of the cheerleaders.)
These turned out to be all-purpose gloves, good for…
…and especially TICKLING! These are fantastic tickle-monster gloves!
After I left the room, the kids decided they were also perfect for firing bolts of lightning, a la Emperor Palpatine. In the afternoon, they decided that the shaggy fingers looked like the Grinch’s. I can’t wait to see what they are tomorrow!
If you decide to make a pair or three, let us know!