Sidewalk chalk, you see it everywhere and on most playgrounds all summer long. You can create hopscotch, ocean art, and more with it. We like to make stick figure family members! Chalk is relatively cheap to buy; but when you calculate how fast you use it the savings add up. Making your own gives you the option to create it any way you want to.We made star’s last years and this year I am going to look for snail molds. Sidewalk chalk is a sign of summer; there is no doubt about that. Making your own gives you and your children the freedom to create shapes and sizes that cannot be created anywhere else. Your children can create their own color combinations and you can make enough to last at least a month.
Summer is hot, no amount of ice tea, popsicles or pools will stop that sun. On those days the weather tells you to stay in-do it! The only problem is what to do with the kids.I cannot stand having nothing to do with them and neither can they. My kids get into all kinds of mischief if I leave them to play on their own for too long. If you have been following along with our summer crafts, then you know what we are going to say-craft time. All you need for this one is flour, salt, oil and food coloring. Play-dough stimulates your child’s social skills, cognitive learning and fine motor skills. So, if the kids are clamoring for more Mickey Mouse Clubhouse try making this easy play-dough craft with them.
Summer is in full swing, the birds are out-so why not feed them? We have a great craft for you today. I have been making bird feeders for as long as I can remember. They not only teach about the feeding habits regarding the local birds and sometimes squirrels-but it is also a great way to up-cycle old milk or orange juice cartons.
When feeding birds experts advise to use black oil sunflower seeds to attract a large number of birds to the yard. Also, suets, fruits and mealworms are additional ways to attract birds. I haven’t tried suet yet, but I think we might this week. Sometimes it can be hard to get a good look at a bluebird feeding on your homemade feeders, so use binoculars. The kids will feel like explorers and get a good look at the benefits that their homemade bird feeder created. Did you know that different birds like different food? For instance, the Bluebird likes fruit while the Northern Cardinal prefers sunflowers, thistle and white Proso millet. Hummingbirds of course prefer nectar and Mourning Doves require safflowers and sunflowers. So as you can see the amount of variety in the food that you provide for the birds will change what types are attracted to your bird feeder.
Welcome to our third craft of the summer craft special. Today we are going to create a light garden or sun prints. These prints are created with special paper that you may purchase at a local store or wherever specialty art items are sold. Remember, crafting with your kids is quality time well spent. They learn patience, diligence, hard work, the reward of homemade items and more. It’s so easy to make it fun and to find things to do. Did you know that sun paper uses the exposure of the sun combined with paper to create beautiful sun paper crafts? Yeah, and I found out that our local art museum actually has a whole summer exhibit from artists who created beauty with sun paper. I plan on taking my kids to the exhibit just to see it. As always, make sure to have fun with this, and get creative. After you have created this craft make a small wall mural with them to brighten up your living room. I found out that the paper is extremely sensitive to ultraviolet light and has been used by many science classes to learn about the power of the sun. I cannot remember if I used it-I’m sure I would have remembered because it is so cool!
Bubbles what a great American pastime! Children the world over pop, blow and smack at them and bathe in them. Did you know that you can use them to demonstrate chemistry, outdoor fun, and thriftiness? They can be an awesome way to create with your children. Children can play with these inside and outside, do not let the weather stop you because bubbles are great everywhere. Try playing in the bathtub with them, but make sure that you pay attention to the floor though because it gets really slippery.
The best part about creating your own bubbles at home is they are relatively cheap. Bubbles can be extremely simple to make; you only need some basic dishwashing liquid, corn syrup and of course water. The hardest part about this craft is keeping your children from trying to swish the mixture around. They will want to-but stop them because too much swishing will ruin the elasticity of the bubbles. Then where will we be? Sometimes crafting with your children can teach them an additional lesson in patience.
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