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The summer holidays are still in full swing, so take this chance to experience good times with your kids and build lasting memories. Not only will these fun projects help channel a youngster's energy into something creative, but it'll help them build valuable skills like coordination and patience.
A fun-filled visit to the beach will leave you with ever-lasting happy memories... and maybe some craft materials too. Why not bring back some pretty shells for an art piece that the kids will love getting creative with? You can even combine them with Joanna Sheen's Signature Ocean Corner Dies (375904) for a delightful under-the-sea themed piece, with colourful fish, shells and seaweed.
If you don't mind a little mess, or can ignore it so long as your little one is having a great time, you could try making fun 'stained glass' decorations. Simply get a sheet of clear plastic, and mix some glue with food colouring to create a colour palette, then let the kids go wild. For glue, you can use Create and Craft's Pack of 4 Everyday Essentials Glue (268262), which is water-based and will provide fast-drying results.
The best toys are ones that kids can play pretend with – they'll keep them entertained all day! With two old soft-drink bottles, you can make a DIY scuba-diving tank for your child's new career in deep-sea diving. Simply tape them together, attach a strip of fabric or old belt for you child to wear, and accesorise with a black ensemble, goggles and flippers for the full look.
With some curled ribbon and a cake wrapper or paper plate for the head, you can create a simple but highly-personalisable model jellyfish. Add Create and Craft's Ruffled Ribbons (376490) for a realistic and ethereal appearance, then let your little tyke loose to run around the house with their wiggly new toy. You can also attach some string to the top and keep it as a decoration, and maybe even make a few for a whole swarm.
If your BBQ is more of a sit-down affair, decorate the table in style with personalised name cards. To make them, create a tent-fold mini card blank on a square piece of card. Then attach pretty die cuts, which can be made with dies like these Moonstone Beautiful Butterflies and finish with hand-written names – for a fancy touch, you could even try using calligraphy!
For those hot, sunny days, you could try making a cut out Jaws toy by printing out a shark picture, cutting it out, then laminating it. With some straws attached as a stand, this DIY toy is ready and willing to go in the paddling pool and seek out unsuspecting victims. Now simply sit back while your joyful child hums an off-key rendition of the Jaws theme. With some clever use of an elastic band, you can even make a movable mouth!