Summer crafts and Ideas for Kids

I Love Baseball Box

Give your favorite baseball fan this cute box which makes for a delightful gift. Better yet, help your favorite fan create this box themselves. It is a fun, easy project that children of all ages will enjoy. Smaller or larger round boxes can be used, and a tower of these boxes in assorted sizes makes great storage for your favorite slugger. If you do not have a red paint pen, red acrylic paint and a very fine brush can be used instead.

4 inch round papier mache or wood box

Paint brush

White acrylic paint
Red acrylic paint pen

Rub on baseball designs or stickers

Varnish or sealer (optional)
Cover your work surface with newspaper. Paint the round box with a coat of the white acrylic paint. Let dry for at least an hour (or as long as the paint directions specify). Apply a second coat and let dry for at least an hour. Once the white paint is dry, add the baseball detail to the top of the box as shown in the photo using the red paint pen. Add the “I Love Baseball” slogan around the rim of the box. Place the top on the box and trace a line on the bottom of box using the edge of the top of the box as a guide. Add assorted rub on designs or stickers if desired to the bottom and inside of the box. Let dry thoroughly. Spray or brush on varnish or sealer if desired. Let dry thoroughly in between coats.
YOU COULD MAKE THIS BOX WITH ANYTHING YOU WANT ON IT!

Homemade Bubbles and Bubble Blower

Materials Needed for Bubbles:

1/2 cup Dish soap

1 1/2 cups Waterhttp://www.fotosearch.com/bthumb/UNN/UNN322/u12221547.jpg

2 teaspoons Sugar

Medium sized mixing bowl or cup

Spoon

Sealed container (jar with lid)
Materials Needed for Bubble Blower:

1 Drinking straw (2 if you cut the pop holder into smaller parts)

1 six pack pop holder plastic thing (the six ring things that go around the pop cans)
Scotch tape

Bowl or pan (to pour bubbles into)
Scissors, optional

Instructions for Bubbles:

Mix all 3 ingredients together. Don’t stir or shake too much.
Store in a sealed container. Lasts forever

Instructions for the Bubble Blower:

Tape the holder to the straw.
Pour bubbles into bowl or pan.
Dip into bubbles and twirl around. Makes LOTS of BIG bubbles.
You can cut the pop can holder ring thing into two 2’s (the middle 2 will be wasted) and make two

Make Your Own Play-Dough
Play Dough Recipe

You’ll need:
Flour 3cups
Salt 1 1/2 cups
Water 3 cups
Vegetable Oil 2TB.
Cream of tartar 1TB.
Food coloring few drops or unsweetened “Kool-Aid” 1pkg.

Mix ALL of the ingredients in a large saucepan.
Cook over medium low heat, until the dough comes away
from the edges of the pan and it becomes difficult to move the spoon. Remove from heat. Cool until it can be handled.
Place on counter or wax paper knead 3-4 times.
Store in an air tight container.

Bread and Glue Clay
You’ll need :
8 slices of day old white bread
(Less expensive fluffy type)
1 /2 White Glue
Food color
Flour for work space
Wax paper

Remove Crusts
Break bread into small pieces and place in the mixing bowl.
Pour glue over the bread. Mix with one hand until it becomes a sticky mass. Take the out of the bowl and form into a ball .
With both hands keep patting into a smaller ball until it becomes just slightly tacky. Dust work surface with a small amount of flour and knead gently until it becomes smoother and more pliable. Knead firmly at this time.
Knead until texture is satiny, about 5 mins.

Squeeze Ball

(Not for children under 5)
Have you ever noticed that kids can sit for the
longest time, fascinated by some new squishy or
slimy toy. This activity is a home made version
of a common toy for older kids.

You’ll need :

Latex Balloon (strong helium type is best)
Cornstarch
Blow up the balloon to stretch it, but do not
tie the end! Use a funnel inside the opening of
the balloon to poor cornstarch inside .
When it feels tight, w/o stretching the balloon
too much, you have enough.
Tie the balloon securely and you are done.
The more the ball is squeezed,
the softer it gets!

Potato Prints
You’ll need
Potatoes
Poster paint or tempera
Paper, cardboard, or wood
sharp knife
pencil
1. Cut potatoes in half or thirds.
2. Draw desired design onto potato with the pencil.
3. Young children can carve their whole design with
the pencil but if more detail is preferred,
an adult needs to cut around the pencil outline.
4. Place paint in tray or paper plate in a thin layer.
5. Press potato design into paint and firmly press
onto paper for impression.
Don’t have Paint ????
Coloring with marker onto the potato
works as well although it produces a lighter effect.

Making Stamps
You’ll need
Any of these items
Rubber erasers, Cork board, Styrofoam, cardboard
Inner tube rubber, Felt squares
Sharp utility knife
ink pad
Glue gun
1. Cut the desired shape out of a rubber eraser for example:
The tip of a pencil eraser will form a circle,
Add notches to create flowers, carve letters
( don’t forget to reverse for printmaking)
2. When using felt, cork or cardboard attach the stamp
to a wood block with a glue gun.
Two inch dowel pieces work well.
3.Press stamps onto ink pad and press on paper.

Summer Time Windsock
You’ll Need:
Empty cardboard ice cream container
Colored construction paper
White glue
String
Crepe paper streamers
Hole punch
Scissors
Stapler
Thoroughly wash the ice cream container, then discard the top and cut out the bottom. Glue construction paper around the outside of the container. Cut strips of crepe paper streamers and attach them to one end of the container with
a stapler. Use the remaining paper to cut an glue decorations onto your windsock or use markers to color and decorate. Children may find it easier to decorate their paper before attaching it to the ice cream container. Use the hole punch
to make four holes evenly around the top of the windsock. Thread string through the holes and double knot.
Tie all four strands together at the top to make the hanger.

Ten free kids activities
When you think of doing things with the kids, you may think of spending huge amounts of money on junk that you don’t need or want. Kids’ attractions are usually money traps because smart business people know that parents will spend the money on their kids if the kids are persistent enough. Just try to get out of an amusement park with any money left in your wallet and forget about a carnival or the circus. Fortunately, there are many things you can do with your children that don’t cost anything at all and these are the things that your children will look back and remember because it was quality time spent with you. Sure, the big parks are a blast, but there are so many activities going on that they hardly see you at all.

1. Feed the ducks. Feeding the ducks used to be one of my all time favorite kid things to do with my mom and dad. Mom would drive us to a nearby river or lake where some ducks made their home and we would bring a bag of our stale rolls, bread, cereal or crackers. Once you start tossing out a few pieces of food, you’ll have every duck in the pond at your feet making all kinds of racket. This is a great chance for your kids to see wild animals up close and ducks and geese are easier to find than ever these days.
2. Visiting historical monuments. Every state has historical monuments, whether they be from war times or just places where famous people passed through, lived or worked. You can find out where these places are from your state’s tourist office and take the kids to visit a bit of history. Historical landmarks are almost always free.
3. The old swimming hole. If you can find one, a secluded swimming hole has the makings for a wonderful day of family togetherness. Peace and quite and cool water on a hot day. Show off your diving tricks and skills!
4. Go on a nature walk. Put on your backpacks and load up with water and snacks. There are free parks in every state where you can walk through the woods and discover nature. See how many different kinds of wildlife you can find from frogs to caterpillars.
5. Biking. Get the whole family on their bikes and take a long bike ride somewhere you don’t usually go. Explore new roads you haven’t traveled on and don’t forget to stop into any interesting places you see on the way.
6. Visiting. Kids love to visit friends and relatives and it’s free! Get in touch with some folks you haven’t seen in a while, make a desert and head on over for a change of scenery and some good company.
7. The good old park. Find a nice big park that you don’t usually go to and pack a picnic lunch. Spend the whole day just lounging in the grass, playing Frisbee and swinging.
8. Build a fort. Find some old boards, some nails and a hammer and get to work! Find an old tree with a branch low enough to put a flat board on and build yourself a tree fort. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, the kids will love it whatever it looks like.
9. Movie night. Make a giant bowl of popcorn, get in your pajamas and bring all of the pillows and blankets out onto the living room floor. Have an old fashioned sleep over with the family while you watch your favorite movie and tickle each other until you’re exhausted.
10. Go to the library. Kids love the library and it’s educational too. Take the family to the library for a few hours and let the kids check out as many books as they like. Get something for yourself too!

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