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Easy Summer Craft Ideas for Kids

Another HOT summer day ¬†finds me and the boys home with little to do. This heat wave makes it difficult to get the proper daily exercise. So we’re opting to go out for short spells. Today we’ll venture to the local reservoir in search of smooth river rocks to paint. If you’d like to try this craft with us you’ll meed the following supplies:


Craft Paint

Paint Brushes


*Newspaper, paper plates, old grocery bags, etc. (to protect your work space and art piece)

1. Take a walk in your backyard, neighborhood, local park or beach to find rocks. Look for interesting shapes and textures. I like smooth surfaces.

2. Once you’re back home clean your rocks and allow them to dry completely.

3. Choose a work area that is dry and comfortable. Then protect your work surface with one of the *items listed above.

4. Space the rocks, paints and brushes out so you can work without disturbing your masterpieces.

5. See if you can make insects, frogs, cute garden gnomes, fairy houses or whatever you can think of!

6. Once you’re finished you can display your work in mom’s (or grandma’s) garden or backyard. Or hey! Why not have your own backyard art show and invite family and friends to see it!

Can you name other fun ways you can display your new rock art?


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Toilet Paper Tube Crown

Just found a great tutorial for a super easy kids craft. This toilet paper tube crown makes for a simple project young boys can do on a lazy day. You’ll need:

1 Toilet paper tube

1 Piece of lace (or other scrap fabric)

1 Craft gem (plastic or paper)


Paint brush

Glitter glue

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Inexpensive Helmet

Found a site today with great instructions for creating helmets out of rubber foam. The result pretty decent and life like. I threw one together in 1.5 hours. It looks decent considering I made lots of mistakes.

Judging by the way he’s jumping around, Sir Ian likes this helmet a lot:

Five Dollar Spangenhelm

Foam Helmet

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