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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. πŸ™‚

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- 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. πŸ™‚

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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).

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β™₯ 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!). β™₯ 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! β™₯

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

β™₯ 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. β™₯

 

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Summer Craft- Lollipops

My regular readers may remember that I’ve been holding weekly craft sessions this summer for as many as 19 girls, ranging in age from 4 to 17, in my little girl craft club- which finally has a name: the SURF club. The girls voted on names this past week and SURF won. SURF stands for Sweet, Unique, artistic/aRtsy Friends and ties in with the beach theme of my craft room, which is now called Camie’s Crafting Cove. πŸ™‚

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This was such a fun kid craft! I got the idea from an early Christmas display at Hobby Lobby. What’s with lollipops and Christmas? I have to say I don’t get the connection. But this was a delightful summer craft for my girls.

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For this craft I pulled together the following supplies-

  • round cake boards (I chose the 8″ boards that come in a pack from Hobby Lobby’s baking section)
  • 12″ dowels (these came in a pack from Walmart’s craft section)
  • markers
  • scrapbook paper
  • craft punches
  • scissors
  • glitter glue, glue sticks, clear Elmer’s glue
  • adhesive gemstones (Walmart has these in sheets)
  • scrap ribbon, craft string, yarn
  • buttons, tiny craft pom poms, sequins (whatever you already have on hand)
  • duct tape (to attach the dowel to the back of the lolly)

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One of the girls made another lollipop with a paper plate and then she painted it black and brushed glitter glue on to make a galaxy pop. πŸ™‚

First the girls decorated the white side of their cake boards using a combination of the materials that appealed to them. Some also decorated their dowel with string or the adhesive gems (which came in long strips) and most added a bow just below the lolly.

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The lolly on the right is strawberry lemonade flavor. πŸ™‚

β™₯ Which is your favorite? This was one of our last craft sessions for the summer as public school begins here on August 22nd. Marcus and I will start our homeschool year August 30th which is the first day of his online classes. Do you have any fun end-of-summer plans? I’d love to hear about them. Thanks for stopping by.Β β™₯

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Summer Craft- Pineapple Pencil Cans

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Aren’t they cute?

I don’t know about your kids, but my cute craft girls are currently obsessed with pineapples! Maybe it’s a summer thing as I have seen pineapple prints on beach towels, tote bags, and water bottles.

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My daughter’s pineapple mug served as inspiration.

For this craft I collected the following supplies:

  • empty cans (washed out, labels removed; I chose hot chocolate cans because that’s what I had on hand)
  • Mod Podge
  • sponge brushes
  • small paper plates (for the Mod Podge)
  • yellow construction paper (I had two different yellows- one light and one dark)
  • yellow tissue paper squares (optional; I already had them on hand from a past craft)
  • glitter (optional, but little girls love glitter!)
  • pineapple crowns made out of green construction paper
  • yellow duct tape or clear tape (for attaching the crown)
  • black Sharpie (optional; for adding a face if desired)

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My daughter created the stencil for the pineapple crowns and although it took me more time and work, I laminated them so they’d be sturdier and wouldn’t tear. That is certainly optional however. πŸ™‚

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I also had some small Pringle cans on hand for the younger kids.

I had the kids start their craft by tearing pieces of yellow construction paper. Then we poured some Mod Podge onto the paper plates and the kids started brushing the glue on the outside of the can, adding paper, and then brushing glue over the paper. Didn’t they do a great job? As you can see, some of the girls turned their cans into banks as I had lids for the cans.

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This was my favorite. Look at the detail.

This craft was a hit with both girls and boys (we had two boys join in the fun), and I loved the way they turned out.

β™₯ Raise your hand if you love Mod Podge as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by.Β β™₯

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Summer Kid Craft- Beach/Ocean Scenes

To kick off my little girl mini craft parties for July, we created ocean and beach scenes with watercolors, sand, and embellishments.

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This was one of my favorites. The creator wanted an ocean floor scene

This craft was especially fun to create in my beach themed craft room. This room is my calm, happy place, and the little girls just love it, although I have heard there needs to be more pink. πŸ˜‰ We have set three simple rules to keep chaos at bay when we craft:

  1. Keep the mess at the table.
  2. Share the supplies.
  3. Clean up after yourself.

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For this craft I gathered together:

  • sturdy paper plates (dinner size) with no pattern
  • watercolor paint
  • assorted paint brushes
  • clear plastic cups for water (I reuse these)
  • craft sand (I had pink, blue, white and a little bit of beige sand on hand)
  • miniature seashells and pebbles (I also had a package of colored starfish)
  • Elmer’s clear glue
  • scratch sheets of paper for testing colors or doodling

Those were the basics. I also pulled out of my craft cupboard:

  • ocean themed stickers (I had mermaids, seashells, and sea creatures)
  • ocean themed paper punches (I had a seashell, fish, seahorse, dolphin and shark)
  • colored paper for the punches or anything else
  • glue sticks
  • scissors
  • Another option is to find a free printable ocean creature coloring page online and reduce the size to scale if necessary.

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The only instructions I gave the girls was to paint the ocean first, and let it dry, before applying the sand. We found the easiest way to glue on the sand was to sponge brush the glue over the entire area and then gently shake the sand over the glue.

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For the past couple of weeks we’ve been trying to come up with a fun name for our craft club. We haven’t came up with any winners yet though. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them.

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For the snack I planned ahead and had my son make up berry blue jello in clear cups. Once it set (after approx. three hours) the girls added crushed graham crackers to represent sand, whipped topping (sea foam?), and Swedish fish. I didn’t think to do this, but Nerds can be added to the bottom before the jello to represent pebbles. I did find some neon sour octopus candy and added one at the bottom of some of the jello cups before setting. It was kind of creepy, haha, but the girls told me it was yummy.

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My son created this scene. πŸ™‚

β™₯ Are you and your kids crafting this summer? I hope you’re staying cool! Temps here this week (northern Utah) are in the 90’s. Perfect timing for my AC to go out in my car, right? The mechanics have yet to find the leak so I’ve got to take it back in one week for a recheck. I’ve also come down with a fun head cold. Ah, the fun surprises of life. Thanks for visiting. Happy July! β™₯

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Summer Kid Craft- Leis

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I’ve been hosting little girl mini craft parties all month long. This week the girls in my crafting club made leis. I thought they turned out pretty cute.

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My daughter’s garnet ornament

These craft parties all began with a Christmas craft party my daughters and I hosted back in December 2015 with five neighbor girls. They made birthstone ornaments, snow globes, and decorated sugar cookies.

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These fairy gardens were a big hit with the girls.

That party led us to host more craft parties, usually around a holiday or in the summer months, and with each party we held, another girl or a couple more girls would join us. Each party would be three to four hours long and include lunch or dinner. And they were a blast for everyone involved.

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Painting kindness rocks was our first summer craft.

This summer I decided to host mini craft parties once a week in June. They were two hours long and held in my new craft room. I chose one simple craft per session and included a snack, which the moms of the girls provided as a contribution. I had to hold two separate sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon to accommodate all of the girls as my craft room comfortably seats 10 at my table. This turned out to be a brilliant idea because I started this summer with 13 girls and I now have 19 girls in my craft club.

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We ended June’s crafting with lei making and these are the supplies we used:

  • Fabric lei flowers. I bought mine off Amazon. It was an inexpensive party pack of 30 Hawaiian-style leis. Their quality isn’t great, but good enough for this craft.
  • Paper straws in a variety of colors and patterns. You can find these in the party section of Walmart or Hobby Lobby and also at Michael’s.
  • Pony beads in a variety of colors. I just grabbed what we already had on hand.
  • White string
  • Sewing/crafting needles
  • Scissors

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My preparation for this craft included taking apart the party leis and separating the flowers by color. I then cut the paper straws by fourths or fifths so that each straw came out to be 1.5″ to 2″ long. I cut the string to 40″ lengths. That seemed to work out just right for a medium-length lei after tying off the ends.

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I counted approx. 16 flowers for each flower-straw-flower lei.

I had each girl tie a bead at the end of her string as she was beginning and most of the girls used a sewing needle to thread the flowers, beads and straws onto their strings. Most of the girls chose a flower-straw-flower-straw pattern, and some girls inserted beads after each flower or on each end of the straws.

β™₯ The finishing touch was having the girls make cards for each lei recipient. These leis and cards were given to grandmothers and cancer patients in our neighborhood. Some of the moms were willing to take their daughters to deliver these in person. β™₯ From feedback received by some of the girls and their moms, I’ve decided to continue my weekly craft parties in July, with a break for the holiday week of the 4th.Β β™₯