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Summer Crafts- Tic Tac Toe Travel Game and Pool Noodle Creatures

This week at SURF Club my girls made Tic Tac Toe games and pool noodle creatures. They don’t necessarily go together, but both were super easy and inexpensive to make.

For this craft I supplied:

  • 5×7 fabric pouches (I bought these from a party store)
  • Cut up foam board, between 4×4.5″ and 4×6″ approx. (I just eye-balled it and I used a craft knife to cut the foam board; could also use cardboard)
  • Soda bottle caps and small soda/water lids (8 caps per game)
  • Fabric markers
  • Paint and paintbrushes

First, the girls painted their bottle caps/lids. I thought four “x’s” and four “o’s” were the perfect amount. Some of the caps required two coats of paint to completely cover.

While the caps were drying, the girls put their unpainted boards inside their fabric pouches so they could color the outside with fabric markers. One option the girls had was to add a tic tac toe board directly on the bag. That could eliminate the board, but the board still served a purpose (to keep the markers from bleeding through to the other side of the bag).

The last step was to paint the boards. Most of the girls chose to paint a solid background color and once that had dried, they added the lines. I had to remind some of the girls what a tic tac toe board looked like: two evenly spaced parallel lines and two evenly spaced vertical lines, making 9 spaces in total.

For this craft I supplied:

  • Cut up pool noodles (I just sawed them with a bread knife, eye-balling it)
  • Craft glue (We used a hot glue gun, supervised of course)
  • Googly eyes
  • Chenille stems
  • Feathers
  • Paint and paint brushes (optional; my girls just love to paint!)

There are not really steps for this craft. Just put out the supplies and let the kids use their imaginations. 🙂

These were fun and simple crafts the girls of all ages enjoyed. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Have you been crafting with your kids this summer? How about having a family crafting party! I think crafting together is lots of fun, and a great way to get away from screens.

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Summer Craft- Ocean Creatures

Continuing with our ocean theme, this week my SURF Club girls made three kinds of ocean creatures- jellyfish, crabs, and sea turtles.

Jellyfish, sea turtles, and crabs, oh my!

The idea for the jellyfish came from my husband’s desire to use up left over bowls after a family event. When I showed him a similar picture from Pinterest, he exclaimed, “Someone stole my idea!” So I’m giving him the credit for these as he had every detail planned out in his head. 🙂

For the jellyfish craft I supplied:

  • foam bowls
  • paint and paint brushes
  • string
  • large googly eyes
  • craft glue (we used a hot glue gun to attach the eyes easier)
  • ribbon gift bows and curling ribbon
  • scissors
  • scotch tape

First the girls painted the outside of their bowls. Then they glued on a pair of big googly eyes. To string the top, I poked a pin-sized hole in the middle and created a loop, taping the ends to the inside of the bowl. I had both premade ribbon bowls and curling ribbon for the girls to attach to the inside, allowing the ends to dangle down. Easy peasy! Great for all ages.

For the sea turtle craft I supplied:

  • dessert size paper plates
  • paint and paint brushes
  • craft foam
  • scissors
  • googly eyes
  • craft glue
  • brads

First the girls painted and decorated the outside of their plates. I had pre-cut some green craft foam for the younger girls. Older girls could choose to use my templates to cut their own head, flippers, and tail. I thought it’d be fun to attach the front flippers (at least) with brads so they could move. Other parts were attached with glue. Googly eyes were glued to the head.

For the crab craft I supplied:

  • snack cups (I bought these from the party store)
  • paint and paint brushes
  • googly eyes
  • craft glue (we used a hot glue gun to make it easier)
  • chenille stems
  • scotch tape (optional)

Note- I’ve seen these made with cut foam cups and that might be more durable for little hands, but I thought I was being so clever with the nut cups, and for the most part they worked great. I told the girls to paint them lightly and one thing I learned was that it was easier to poke the necessary holes before painting. First the girls painted the outside of the cups. Then they cut pieces from chenille stem. Each crab needed six legs and two pinchers. Googly eyes were glued to the top of two more pieces of chenille stem. I found that taping the chenille stem ends on the inside of the cup made it more durable for playing.

All my girls of all ages enjoyed making these sea creatures and the supplies were pretty simple. Sometimes the simplest crafts are the best!

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Mermaid Tail Art For Kids

This week my SURF Club girls created mermaid tail art!


For this craft I provided:

  • 10×10″ pre-cut foam board squares
  • two mermaid tail templates
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • craft glue, including glitter glue
  • paint (ocean colors- blues, turquoise, green, pink, purple, etc.)
  • paint brushes
  • glitter foam in various colors
  • embellishments such as miniature seashells, colored pebbles, mermaid glitter, miniature pom poms, sequins, and ocean stickers, craft sand, etc. (all optional!)

The first step was to paint an ocean background and I instructed the girls to only use one paint brush and blend a few colors together. That worked out really well. Some girls added a little sand/beach with tan paint. Some girls added details to their ocean floor. 🙂

Once the ocean was dry, the girls glued on their mermaid tails and decorated them any way they wished.

♥ How’s your summer going? I’m having so much fun with my daughter who is now home from her mission. She is adjusting well to “normal” life again and has set up her courses and housing for another semester at her university, which she will begin in September. This will finish her generals and then she will transfer to a university with a Marine Biology program.

This sign got a lot of attention and random pics from strangers at the airport. And yes, she knew she misspelled a word, but couldn’t change it once it was glued on. 🙂


Meanwhile, my oldest child is working in Texas as a mud logger and my second oldest is preparing to move to China this fall to teach English! We are going in all directions now. I’m extra thankful to have two more years with my youngest child and in a later post I’ll be sharing our plans for another successful homeschool year together. 🙂 I’d start now because I’m especially excited for a unit study we will be tackling, but he’s working at a scout camp this summer and that is a good experience for him. As for our house, it’s still on the market (no bites yet), but I’ve decided that even if it hasn’t sold come September, Marcus and I will move to Montana to be with his dad there. This living apart is for the birds! Thanks for visiting my blog! ♥





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Fun Fourth of July Crafts for Kids

This week, my SURF Club girls made Fourth of July crafts. These are fun, inexpensive crafts that appeal to most ages.


Miniature pallet flags, fire crackers, and patriotic butterflies!

Who doesn’t like something in miniature? I once painted a pallet flag and that is what gave me this idea. For this craft the girls used the following supplies:

  • Jumble craft sticks (8 per flag)
  • Craft glue/Mod Podge
  • Red, white, and blue acrylic paint (I had two choices for the blue)
  • Paint brushes and small paper plates
  • Painter’s tape (optional; can help create a straight line for the blue square)
  • Star punch and white paper
  • Or silver star stickers

First I glued the jumble craft sticks together to look like a mini pallet. I set six sticks in a horizontal row with a little space between each one. Then I glued two more sticks vertically across them, one on each end (see right photo above). I used a hot glue gun, but craft glue works just as well. And, don’t strive for perfection. I’ve never seen a perfect pallet.

I helped the girls mark off a space with painters tape for the Canton or Field (the blue square). I reminded them that the top stripe is red and that the red and white stripes alternate. By the way, this would be a great time to learn some facts about Old Glory. 🙂

I think it’s easier for kids to paint one color at a time, allowing each to fully dry before moving to the next color. I also told the girls to focus on painting the top side of the craft sticks, leaving the back side unpainted. The blue paint should be fully dry before adding stars. Some girls punched out stars from white craft paper. Another option is to use silver star stickers.


Our next craft was firecrackers. For this craft the girls used:

  • Empty toilet paper, paper towel, or wrapping paper rolls (3 t.p. or cut rolls each)
  •  Red, white, and blue acrylic paint
  • Foam paint brushes and smaller brushes for detail work
  •  Red, white, and blue tissue paper
  • Silver, gold, and red sparkly chenille stems (these came in a package from the Dollar Tree)
  • Or red and blue paper straws (I found 4th of July straws at the Dollar Tree)
  •  Craft materials for decorating, such as glitter (red, white, blue, gold, silver), 4th of July ribbon, star punches and 4th of July scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue and scotch tape (Mod Podge worked well for the glitter. Glitter can also be added directly on wet paint.)

I loved the variety that came out with this craft! Each girl started with three empty t.p. rolls which she painted red, white, and blue. Once the paint was dry, each roll was decorated with more paint or embellishments such as glitter, ribbon, paper or sticker stars, etc.


Once the t.p. tubes were decorated and dry, tissue paper was folded, cut, and stuffed into the center hole. I had pre-cut big squares of red, white, and blue tissue paper. I had the girls fold the squares into half, and then half again, similar to the photo above. This is not rocket science, so just eye-ball it! Once the tissue was folded, the girls used scissors to make slits along one long end (see photo above).


The folded, cut, rectangle tissue was then loosely rolled, from short end to short end, and gently pushed into the tube center. The result is something like the photo above. The final step was to insert a cut piece of sparkly chenille stem or paper straw. Some girls chose to tie the three firecrackers together in a little bundle. 🙂


Our third craft was patriotic butterflies. I got the idea for this craft when I saw packages of butterfly shaped paint trays at the Dollar Tree.


These came six to a package. For this craft, I supplied:

  • Butterfly paint trays
  • Red and blue acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Red, blue, and silver or white glitter
  • Craft glue such as Mod Podge
  • Embellishments such as tiny pom poms, sequins, bits of craft thread, cut up paper straws, “unicorn glass” (mylar bits), etc. (all in red, white, and blue colors)

First the girls added blue or red paint to whichever sections of the butterfly they wished. Then they added the embellishments. Glitter can be added to wet paint. Mod podge works great for adding embellishments once the paint is dry.

♥ I want to wish all of my readers a Happy Fourth of July next week. I’ll be busy enjoying time with my beautiful second daughter, Marissa, who returns home from an 18-month mission this Saturday. She has faithfully served the delightful people of Peru in the Cusco mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am so proud of her! Missionaries work hard! They live and breathe their mission. Marissa will be returning to her university to finish her generals this fall. She plans to earn her degree in marine biology. ♥




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Summer Craft- Wind Chimes

This week my SURF Club made wind chimes. I got the idea for these from Crafts Unleashed. We added buttons to ours for some extra pizzazz. 🙂


For this craft we used the following supplies:

  • Drift wood (I found these at Hobby Lobby, near the sea shells in the craft section)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Painter or masking tape (optional)
  • Glass and wood beads
  • Craft thread and twine
  • Scissors
  • Small eye hooks
  • Buttons

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I prepared the drift wood ahead of time by poking holes for the eye hooks. After the girls painted their sticks (some kept theirs completely natural), they twisted in the eye hooks.

Floss threaders work great for threading beads onto string! You can buy these in the floss section. They work like giant, soft needles.

Once the girl threaded three or four strings of beads and buttons, I helped them tie the top to the eye hooks. The twine was tied to one or two eyehooks on the top or side of the drift wood for a sturdy hanger.



These were really fun for the girls to make. Next week, the girls will be making 4th of July crafts (I won’t be holding craft days the week of the 4th).


♥ I am so excited because my daughter, Marissa, will be home from her mission in 8 days! She has served an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the Cusco, Peru mission. I am so proud of her, especially because she has suffered from stomach issues most of her mission, but she has hung in there because of her love for the people (and the dogs!). ♥ How is your summer going so far? Marcus and I finished up his 10th grade year and now he’s working at a scout camp for 9 weeks. Zach, my oldest, moved to Texas to work as a mud logger. And, Darcie is planning to move to China in September to teach English. With our house on the market and my husband working in Montana, everything seems to be happening at once. I had the funniest dream not too long ago. All of my teeth fell out at once in a pile on my bathroom sink. I awoke and was so relieved my teeth were still in place. I read that one interpretation of dreams of teeth falling out signify “a period of transition”. Ha! ♥

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Father’s Day Kid Craft


Since Father’s Day is this Sunday, my craft girls made their dads or grandpas monster snack mixes this week at craft club. I think they turned out great! Last year, my girls made their dads the cutest candy/key holders.


For this craft I provided the following supplies:

  • Quart canning jars
  • Chex mix
  • M&M’s candies
  • Mixed nuts
  • Pompoms (various sizes)
  • Googly eyes
  • Chenille sticks and feathers
  • Craft glue and hot glue gun (requires adult supervision)
  • Scrapbook or printer paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Stickers (optional)

The girls created monsters for the lids, out of pompoms, googly eyes, and chenille sticks. They created their own labels out of printer or scrapbook paper. They filled their quart jars with Chex mix, M&M’s, and mixed nuts (if their dads ate nuts).


♥ My husband is driving home this very moment to spend this weekend with us. He works out of state so any time we get with him we especially treasure. I am so grateful to have him in my life. He is a wonderful father to our four children. He has taught our children the values of honest work, integrity, and serving from the heart. My own dad lives in the Philippines with his fifth wife and I haven’t seen him in over ten years. It is what it is, but I did have to go through some therapy to make peace with it. My father-in-law, Earl, passed away from cancer many years ago. I miss him. He was a great guy. One of my favorite memories is singing with him. He used to sing and play the guitar at events in his community. One time he taught me the chorus to the song he was performing and everyone was surprised when I stepped up to the microphone with him. At his funeral I had the privilege of singing, I Believe There Are Angels Among Us. I sang to a recording of Earl singing and my little nieces danced their own choreography in front of me. It was a special tribute to an amazing father and grandpa. ♥ To all the dads out there, Happy Father’s Day. ♥

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Summer Craft- Nature Paper

Summer SURF Club days are in session! I told my cute little craft girls that I’d keep our club going until we sell our house. This month 28 girls are participating! To accommodate them all, I set up two sessions on Tuesdays and one session on Wednesdays. This week, we focused on nature. The girls made paper sack nature journals and nature paper.

Now you’ll know something to do the next time your bouquet flowers start to wilt. 🙂

This is a simple and inexpensive craft for kids to make. You only need three main supplies:

  • White tissue paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Flower petals and leaves (make sure they will lay flat)

You’ll also need scissors, wax paper, a small paper/foam plate (for the glue), and a sponge brush.

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If you don’t have Mod Podge, mix three parts Elmer’s glue with one part water.

Gather your supplies. Cut the tissue paper into a rectangle of any size and then fold it in half. The idea is to have your child sandwich the petals and leaves between the two sides of paper. I cut these pretty small to keep the attention span of younger children.

Use wax paper as your child’s work surface. Pour some prepared glue on a small plate and give your child a sponge brush. Have her gently brush one side of the unfolded tissue paper with the glue, making sure she covers the entire area.

These could be made into bookmarks.

On top of the fresh glue, instruct your child to place leaves and petals any way she wishes. She may want to dab more glue over each one. Once that is accomplished, have her fold the other side over and press her hand over the entire paper. Gently peel it off the wax paper and lay it flat somewhere to air dry. It will take several hours to a day to dry, depending on the size.


An optional drying/smoothing help would be to gently iron it between parchment paper. Use the lowest setting on your iron and beware that the heat might alter the petal colors a bit (which we thought was cool). Of course, ironing requires adult supervision.

On a side note, the girls made leaf rubbings in their nature journals, which was a fun activity.

♥ On the night of May 22nd, we had a huge windstorm here in northern Utah, and the next morning I woke up to a fallen tree. That was surprising and a bit sad. At least it fell into our driveway, away from the house. Two awesome neighbors cut it up and hauled it off for me since my husband was away. We get some crazy winds here. Not tornados, though, so I can’t complain. Now my son is in Texas and he’s been under some tornado watches. My prayers go out to those who have dealt with severe weather. I understand the U.S. recently had 500+ tornados in a thirty-day period. That’s just crazy. Stay safe, everyone. Let me know how your summer is going so far. ♥