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Kids Summer Craft Ideas

By: Kelly Milano

With summer here, many of us are looking for things to help

keep our kids busy and out of trouble during the long, hot

summer days. Without spending a fortune on craft supplies or

days out, you can create some unique masterpieces with your

children; masterpieces that can last a lifetime.



ROCK GARDEN

During the morning, when the sun’s rays aren’t so hot and the

morning breeze is still present, take a walk together, looking

for rocks. Kids love rock hunting and with every new find will

grow more excited. Tell them to keep an eye out for rocks of

all shapes and sizes, watching for flat, smooth stones, as well

as jagged, sharp rocks. Encourage them to use their

imaginations and look for rocks that can be turned into animals,

flowers, dragons or fairies once you are at home.



When you return home, cover your table or other work surface

with plastic wrap. This makes for easy cleanup once the project

is finished. Arrange an assortment of water tempra paints and

paint brushes and have fun painting to your hearts content.

Use the creations throughout your garden or house hold plants.

Another idea is to take the dried rock creations, glue them into

the inside lid of a clean, dry baby food jar, seal and glue the

lid and you have your own miniture rock garden.



PAINTED PIGGY BANKS



Turn empty koolaid canisters into piggy banks that your kids

design and create. Simply peel the outside label off the plastic

canister. Wash the canister and allow to dry completely. Once

dry, arrange the various paints and brushes, remembering to

cover the work surface with plastic wrap first. Your child can

use their imagination to make a farm animal, a beach ball or

other ball, face or anything they can dream up. Cut a slit in

the top of the canister. You may also want to seal the top and

bottom pieces of the canister together to keep little hands from

getting into the new treasures. These are a great, fun place

for your child to put their allowance or other chore money

during the summer.



BACK TO SCHOOL PLANTER



Another idea for the empty KoolAid or other small plastic

container is to create a Back To School Plant. Covering the

workspace and arranging paint again, allow your child to paint

the canister any way they please. Once dry, take a sharp knife

and poke several holes in the bottom of the new ‘planter’ for

drainage. Fill the container with soil and let your child plant

several seeds in the soil. This is a great learning experience as

your child will need to water the plant and care for it as it

grows. When your child returns to school in the fall, he can

take his plant with him and give it to his teacher as a ‘Welcome

Back to School’ gift for the classroom.
About Author Kelly Milano :

For more fun ideas, visit www.friendandfamilies.com/forums Kelly Milano is a SAHM mom to 4. Her and her husband live inMichigan, where he is a home inspector and she owns two websites. www.friendsandfamilies.com and www.shopNswap.net


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