My nieces will be visiting for a long weekend and I’m preparing for our time together by buying all the foods they like, planning a trip to the beach and the aquarium, but also collecting crafting supplies and tutorials for some fun Summer projects we can make together as keepsakes from our visit and backyard fun. Here are some of my favorites.
This first one is fun and educational. Sharpie Tye Dye is a great way to teach about color mixing. And the kids can wear their color experiments!
When teaching arts and crafts my primary goal is to give young children experience with mediums that they will be able to use independently to discover the world around them and to express themselves through their work. Watercolors are a great medium for experimentation, discovery and self expression because there are so many ways to paint with watercolors. Let your children experience the varied effects of incorporating some of the following into your watercolor paintings: salt and ice, oil, rice, stickers, tape and glue, brushes and straws to name a few! Here’s a roundup of ideas for projects to inspire your kids at home or in the classroom.
There are a few different ways to paint with bubbles. Some use straws, some use wands. Either way you choose to make your bubbles this craft is going to be a hit with the kids. And when they’re done they can use the paper to wrap presents for friends and family. You can even use newsprint or other recycled paper to make this project even more sustainable.
When I first read this tutorial ‘family’ crafting came to mind because the first part of the project is appropriate for all ages and the final stages would be appeal to older children and young adults. I love being able to say in my classroom or at home ‘we made this together’. This craft project would make lovely wall art for the kids’ rooms as well!