Looking to mix it up a little? Have some fabric leftovers that need using up? Want a summer project that doesn't stick to your sticky sweaty fingers the way wool yarn does? Try knitting up a rug with fabric strips!
With summer currently in full swing, your kids are bound to spend time fishing or swimming with the fish in the ocean. Afterward, they can take some time to wind down by creating a clay fish.
First, your kids will need to scour the beach for seashells, smooth stones or any other item that they think they can use to decorate their clay fish with. You can give each of the children a bucket to collect their treasures.
Second, give each child a block of clay that they can shape into a fish. The clay doesn't have to be colored because your kids are going to paint the fish in the next step. They make fish molds for use on the beach if you want to use one of those to create the shape of a fish. My kids like turning their clay into fish without the mold, but it could be helpful for some kids.
The United States Olympics Committee is one of the most litigious organizations in the world, rivaling even Disney for sheer "don't mess with our copyright" attitude. Therefore, when I heard that Ravelry had received a "Cease and Desist" letter regarding the Ravelympics, my first reaction was "I'm surprised it took so long." Anything that even suggests five rings will receive a smack-down from the Olympics. And using half the name to make the word "Ravelympics" is like waving a cape before a bull.
The concept of "sun tattoos" is not a recent one. If you have ever doodled anything on your skin with sunblock before going out in the sun, you have hit upon the basic premise. There are several companies that will sell you stickers that you apply to your body, so that you can get a white spot left behind on your tanned skin in the shape of, say, a heart or a butterfly. One fascinating artist even created a "tattoo robe," with cut-outs that create a beautiful floral motif on the skin after a day of hard-core sun tanning.
Looking for an Independence Day craft to do with your kids? How about a creating magnets that resemble the American Flag? You can use these magnets on your refrigerator, or hand some out at your Fourth of July party.
The first thing you need to do is cover your work space with old newspapers. The craft can get a bit messy. You may also want to instruct your children to put on some old clothes that they no longer care about if you don't have any art smocks.
Now you can help your children create the clay that they will use to craft their magnets. Get out a mixing bowl and add 1 ¼ cups of flour, ½ cup of water and ½ cup of salt. Combine the three ingredients together and set them in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
Christmas is not the only time to place a wreath on your door. Wreaths can be made to coordinate with any of the four seasons. Kids can even get in on the action by making a seashell wreath.
You will need the following items to make your seashell wreath:
- Large paper plate
- Hole punch
- Glue gun
Dads don't need store-bought Father's Day cards. They need homemade ones that were made lovingly with little hands. One such card can be made to resemble a shirt and tie. This is especially great for dads who have business careers or dads who dress up for church on Sunday.
You will need the following items to make your Father's Day tie card:
- Construction paper
- One of dad's ties
- Pictures of you