The High King Lives

Crafty Monday: Time Machine Study: 1975-2000 & My First Big Peg Doll February 5, 2013

In this Post: The 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Also, my first big Peg doll “Sophie” for my lil friend Sophie. Crafts include: Lava lamp, volcano, Super Mario craft, and picture from Hubble Telescope painting. Activities include: learning Disco dance moves, chocolate fondue, and playing Pogs.

Hello dear ones :). Last week we finished our Time Machine study of the 20th Century. I’m sure we could’ve used the “time machine” for other lessons but it was time for it to go. We threw the machine out yesterday and put something else in it’s place.

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First, I want to show you my first big peg doll. Her name is Sophie because I made her for my friend Sophie. You’ll remember her from Sunday’s post. She’s my best friend Julie’s daughter. I put a lot of love into this lil doll and I had a hard time parting with her.


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standing up

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She rode on the dash

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Waiting to meet her new owner

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Sophie with her new doll “Sophie”

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Now, on to the Time Machine studies. The last quarter century was a bit depressing but we found some fun moments amidst the history.

We began with the 70’s and it was the most pleasant decade of the week. We actually began our week with a party. The theme of course was disco.

But before the party we had Happy Meals for lunch because…you guessed it….the Happy Meal came out in the late 70’s.  We watched The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Mysteries TV show while we ate. It came out in the late 70’s. It gave Michael a great idea of how people dressed back then. The Hardy Boys had some hair alright lol. You can watch the show on Netflix.

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Come to my page to see this youtube link of The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Mysteries (warning: some mysteries may be too scary for lil ones):

70’s Disco Theme Party

I found this neat  bowl at Party City….also the disco light.

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I got a chocolate melter to make fondue. Then I got several foods to dip: a fruit tray, pretzels, biscotti, wafers, and banana chips.

Mom got talked into another party lol. She’s a super kewl Nana. You can tell she’s always coming from work.

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The decor was very simple and didn’t matter since most of the lights were off. You can see I have a colorful banner and the disco light. This was our dance area.birthday celebration Feb 2013 096

I also had a black light. It was hard to get pictures but the black light and Disco ball made things groovy.

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This was a neat picture.

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We watched this video to learn our dance moves (remember to come to my blog page to see it):

Mom and Michael “mowing the lawn”.

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Point to the exits……going all John Travolta.

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I also got into the moment.

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The Bump ~ yeah Mom relived her teen years. Ha!

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So after dancing and eating too much I recruited Mom and Michael to help me make pigs in a blanket for supper. Michael’s not possessed. He just thinks that horrible face is silly.

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And before bed we made a lava lamp as a family. Yep, homeschool is an all day event around here. Even Daddy helped. We just used part water part, part vinegar, and food coloring. Then we dropped in alka seltzer to move the blue blobs around.

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I got The Sims3 70’s, 80’s, & 90’s stuff pack to show off the fashion trends of the day.

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Inside the Time Machine on the 80’s side. We learned about the Challenger exploding in 86. We watched “Jem”, a cartoon that came out the year I was born, 85.  I developed a love for the show because my older sister passed on her dolls and cassette tapes with the music.  We learned about the Berlin Wall “falling”.

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Jem intro on Youtube:

Nintendo’s Super Mario came out in the 80’s so we had to incorporate it.

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80’s style was easy: sideways pony tail and bright colors. We also watched Napoleon Dynamite since it has some 80’s stuff in it.

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Michael trying to figure out the Rubiks Cube

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Chris trying to figure out the Rubiks Cube

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We had a tornado warning one day and we spent our time in and out of our make shift shelter (behind the bunk bed).

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Michael reading to Chester. Poor kitty in his Elizabethan collar.

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It’s uh Mario!

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So we watched several news videos about events of the decade. I’ll post the link at the end. Mt. St. Helen erupted so we made a mini volcano out of playdough, a pill bottle, and of course baking soda, vinegar, and red dye.

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You know you have a boy when…..

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The 90’s…

Honestly, I was depressed when I looked at world news in the 90’s. Many sad things happened. Princess Diana died, Aids was on the rise, the World trade Center was bombed and there was the Oklahoma bombing,the Gulf War (Desert Storm),  the Rodney King Riots, the Columbine shooting, Dolly was cloned, and the Y2K scare. The two good things were the Hubble Telescope coming out and Nelson Mandela being released from prison.

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A picture of me and my Dad in the 90’s. I was born in 85 so I grew up in the 90’s. Thankfully I don’t remember the bad things that happened in the world that much. I remember TV, toys, and video games. I thought it was a fun time to grow up. I do however, remember Princess Diana dying. I believe I was a Freshman in Highschool when the Columbine shooting occurred. I grew up in a small town and it was not that eventful.

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I only learned about the Rodney King riots last year. Michael and I re-read “Smoky Night”. It’s about a little boy during the Rodney King Riots, his cat befriends their Asian neighbor’s cat during a fire. It is a sweet story about how hardship can bring different people together.

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We watched several videos about 90’s events. We saw an inspiring interview of Columbine students ten years later. I’ll put the link at the end. Chris used the globe to teach Michael about the Gulf War.

I ordered some pogs off of Ebay. Most of them are from this millennium but there are a few from the 90’s.  They have a Marvel comic theme. I really liked the Iron Man slammer. I remember playing pogs when I was a kid. I don’t know what I did with mine but they were fun to collect. I wish I could’ve gotten a Furby and a Tamagotchi to show Michael. They cost too much.

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Michael sporting his 90’s look, a backwards cap.We really had fun playing pogs.

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Michael taught Chris how to play. Chris was born in 84 but surprisingly he never played pogs.

Silly husband….Trix are for kids!

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Michael watched several 90’s cartoons in between work. He had a 25 question test about the 20th century. As a bonus question I asked him what his favorite 90’s cartoon was. His choices were Bobby’s World, Rugrats, Auuug! Real Monsters, Angry Beavers, and Hey! Arnold. He chose Auug! Real monsters. The cartoons were not as kewl at age 27. I found them a little weird.

We went to the Hubble Telescope‘s website:

and we found a picture of the core of the Whirlpool Galaxy. We thought it was super kewl so Michael and I tag team painted it for Chris.

We used the pastel resist method. First it was colored black.

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Then Michael painted it blue. We watered down the blue to help it.

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The black wasn’t dark enough so I took black paint and we went over it. Voila!

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Here is my Pinterest link with all the 80’s and 90’s news videos (the link may not show up in email but come to my blog site to watch):

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

PS: This month the crafts etc should be easier. We are learning about God’s love and then Esther for Purim & Daniel. So there may be a royalty theme going on…

Time Machine Study 1950-1975:

Time Machine Study 1900-1925:

Check out our Story of the World history study (Creation through the 1800’s):

First post:

The Renaissance (start here):

The Middle Ages (start here):

Rome (start here):

Greece (start here):


Last post:


5 Responses to “Crafty Monday: Time Machine Study: 1975-2000 & My First Big Peg Doll”

  1. GodGirl Says:

    I am always awestruck by your creativity and inspired by your sense of fun Amber! Thanks for more great ideas 🙂

    • amberdover Says:

      Thank you for being so sweet! It all comes down to being a big kid. If I’m bored the I know he will be lol. It’s like we are learning together. You’re welcome and thank you for your words of encouragement and devotion to Jesus! love reading them 🙂

  2. humphreyjen Says:

    Jem is excitement!
    Oouu Jem…
    Jem is adventure!
    Glamour and glitter,
    Fashion and fame!

    Jem is truly outrageous
    Truly, truly, truly outrageous
    Woo ooo Jem…
    the music’s contagious (outrageous)

    Jem is my name
    No one else is the same
    Jem is my name

    But we’re the misfits
    Our songs are better
    We are the misfits (the misfits)
    and we’re gunna get her

    • amberdover Says:

      Lol rock it sis! 🙂 Michael actually liked the show. I don’t know if I told you but thank you for the cute stamp. Just my style :). And I’m using the Butterfly table runner with my Valentines decor. Love you!

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