I mentioned last week that in summers past, I had pre-planned some craft projects to do with my kids. It only just occurred to me today that I've really been doing this sort of thing for a long time. When I was in junior high and high school, I'd babysit my younger siblings on weekday mornings and we'd do lots of crafts. They remember it, er... fondly. And even if they don't (which they better), they probably at least appreciate the life skills they learned early on - like using a glue gun, making pop-poms, wrapping pipe cleaner friendship dolls with embroidery floss (remember that?!?!), and making friendship pins.
It's clearly part of who I am to encourage people to get crafty with me :) This summer is looking to be no different. Some moms look at June, July, and August and see an opportunity to let their kids roam the neighborhood and hang out on street corners. I look at June, July, and August, and see hours of opportunity for Forced Family Craft Time! Believe me, they love it! (Have you ever noticed that when someone says "believe me," you probably shouldn't believe them??)
Anywayyy... I spent an evening scoping out Pinterest, making a shopping list (and a gather-from-around-the-home list) for the supplies we'll need and we're ready to go! Here are our options for this summer...
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Glitter Bottles... (the boys have made these before, but I think it would be a nice project for the girls this year)