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These quick and easy craft ideas will help keep the little ones entertained all summer long
It’s a well-known fact that kids love chalking outside on the pavement, but did you know you can make your own chalk paints at home? All it takes is equal parts water and corn flour, and a few drops of food colouring! Try turning a cupcake baking tin into a handy palette and mixing up lots of different colours.
If you’re looking for a summer craft that is simple, productive and creates an opportunity for you and your child to bond, don’t throw away those lolly sticks! Instead, spend time coming up with some cheap and easy activities for your family to do over the holidays, then use acrylic paint (these paints by A-Color have glitter in them!) and embellishments to decorate several wooden lolly sticks. Write the activities on the sticks with a Sharpie and keep them somewhere safe for when you need to pick out a surprise treat or outing.
What’s better than blowing bubbles in the garden on a sunny day? Blowing bubbles with a beautiful beaded bubble wand, of course! For a simple yet effective craft, twist a thin pipe cleaner around one end of a wooden dowel and let your child thread on pretty beads. Create the circle for the bubble wand by twisting the other end of the pipe cleaner around the same section of dowel and using a hot glue gun, like the Stix2 Hot Melt Glue Gun, to secure.
With the sun out in full force, summer is the perfect time to teach your child how to care for the garden, so why not turn a chore into a fun crafting activity and create your own watering can? Simply wash an empty milk bottle and remove any labels, then take off the lid and use a skewer to poke several holes through it. With the bottle filled with water and the lid securely in place, you’re ready to get sprinkling!
The beauty of a creating a tissue paper suncatcher lies in the fact that you can make it as simple or as decorative as you like. Try using diluted white glue to stick strips of tissue paper, such as Creativ’s 30 sheets in 30 colours, to clear contact paper, or sticky-back plastic. Once your design is completely dry, you can cut it into a fun shape, carefully peel the paper or plastic away from the tissue paper, and stick it to your child’s window.