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Beads: The Portable Craft

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Going away on vacation?  Don’t underestimate the brilliant, time occupying nature of an old fashioned bead set.  Not only will children make you gorgeous necklaces, but the multitudes of tiny colorful objects lead to sorting, arranging, and rearranging.

Grab an organizer from the craft store and fill it with beads of all  shapes, sizes, and colors.  If you are faced with a rainy afternoon or if your kiddos are in need of some quiet time, break out the kit and let them play.  We don’t go camping without one!

Don’t forget cord and twine for making necklaces!

I love wearing my child made jewelry!

-Emily

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Sidewalk Chalk Art. Just Add Water.

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Pick a warm summer afternoon,  break out the sidewalk chalk and offer your kids a bucket of water as well.  When the chalk mixes with water, the chalky pastels turn to rich, deep pigmented colors.  The color transformation is truly addictive.

If your children are interested, encourage them to use their feet and hands to mix and blend colors.

Make prints!

Or, hearts

And, when the art project winds down, let them run through the sprinkler to clean off.

Summer fun at its best!

Cheers,

Emily

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Summertime Party Garland

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Now that it is summer and we find ourselves celebrating outdoors, I am reminded of how much I love to make party garlands. When we break out the shade structure, I love to decorate it with a colorful, paper pendant garland.  It makes the yard look happy and inviting.

The best part about this project is that most of it is actually kid made. I enlist my two and ask them to paint bright colors onto brown paper bags.  Then, we cut out triangles and I slowly sew them using a straight stitch on my machine.  You can also punch holes and thread with yarn or string.

Hang it wherever the party is!

Happy July weekending, my friends.

-Emily

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Beach Art

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

As you head off for your summer vacations, this is just a little reminder to make art with the shells, sand, seaweed stones, and other bits and bobs that you find a the beach.  Line them up on the sand, make collages, organize by color, and build sculptures.

Don’t forget to take photographs so you can remember all of the beauty that surrounded you!

Cheers,

Emily

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Make it: Bubble Printing

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

A few weeks ago, sounds of bubbly water and giggles filled the room as  my children and their cousins experimented with bubble printing.  I was doing some craft development for a FamilyFun feature and the children were more than delighted to be the testers.

The activity involved filling a tin with bubble solution and paint, asking children to blow bubbles until the tin was frothy and full, and then gently placing paper onto the bubbles to make lovely little prints.  We cut the printed paper into squares and plan to use them as gift tags.

This is a nice rainy day project, and would also be a great backyard activity for a group of friends.

Cheers,

Emily

 

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