The Hunger Games party. Friends had been reading the books for years, but I've had my head stuck in non-fiction space books for so long, fiction just passed right by me. My 11-year-old daughter started begging to read the trilogy, and I decided that - based on what I'd heard about the violence in the book - I needed to read them with her so I could make sure it was appropriate for her.
I read the first book in less than 24 hours.
That week, aside from the normal work and family tasks, I luxuriated in devouring the whole trilogy. Reading a good book is absolutely blissful, and I loved how this story sucked me right in and wouldn't let go until I turned the very last page of Mockingjay.
My daughter also devoured The Hunger Games (though she's going through Catching Fire more slowly) and we have had so much fun discussing the books. We fight over the whole Team Peeta/Team Gale thing, talk about how Katniss' awesomeness knows now bounds, and discuss if she thinks something like this could ever happen in real life. It's been a wonderful way to connect with each other, and if you are a parent to a pre-teen ... you know how much it means to find something to connect with.
We have our tickets to see the movie tonight, and have a whole date night planned. She mentioned wanting a shirt, but of course I thought, "Why buy when I can DIY?" I posted a Hunger Games craft roundup on CRAFT last week, and one of the projects included a template for the Mockingjay pin. I decided a simple bleach pen/freezer paper stencil on black t-shirts would be easy and would give us that gritty Hunger Games feel.
We may look like total nerds wearing mother/daughter Hunger Games t-shirts, but if she's game for it, I will not pass up the opportunity. Who knows when she'll be willing to do this ever again!
Bleach pen/freezer paper stencils are insanely easy, quick and inexpensive. Here's all you need to make your own Mockingjay t-shirt to wear to the movie this weekend. Once you have the supplies on hand, you can easily be done with your shirt in 30-40 minutes.
- Black T-shirt
- Bleach Pen
- Small Sponge Brush
- Freezer Paper
- Mockingjay Template (available here from Forever Young Adult)
- X-acto knife
- Scrap piece of cardboard
- Small container or dish you don't care about
- self-healing cutting mat