Summer is almost here, and it’s time for fun – bike rides, camping, picnics, swimming lessons, trips to the beach, the park, the zoo, the science museum, and play dates…lots of play dates. For kids, summer seems to last forever, and eventually we start to hear, “I’m bored.” Really?! As a Mom, I know it’s tempting to plug them into a video game, hand them the iPad, or rent some movies to watch. But there is another opportunity – to bring arts and crafts into their lives. Creativity has to be fostered and encouraged, and here at Stubby Pencil Studio we have plenty of great ideas for creative summer time fun.
I’ve been selling art and craft supplies for nearly a decade and I’ve learned that making art with kids makes everyone feel good. We have fun, are more engaged, and most importantly create a stronger bond. Childhood is short and taking time to make things together is something your kids will always remember. I love looking at the projects we made when my twins were small – the blotched paint and messy scribbles have been captured forever and the older they get the more precious these treasures are to me.
For spring and summer we have a bunch of fun ideas and activities to make and do together with your kids:
Make hand puppets and finger puppets and try filming your own short movie
Try a do-it-yourself Kaleidoscope kit and teach your kids about colors and light
Make cute critters with the Twirly-Q’s Paper Kit
Go for a nature walk to collect flowers and make crafts using a pressed flower art kit
Make Shrinky Dinks
Glue craft sticks together and paint them – this kept my kids happy for hours
Vacation Activity Book – ideas for drawing, painting, making things, cooking, gardening, and even dressing up
We have a variety of crafting books filled with terrific ideas – don’t worry about perfection – just have fun being together and getting creative.
- Mama Kate