Summer holidays, you either love them or hate them. I am never sure about which camp I am in. I love spending time with the children but do worry about the cost of summer activities. I relish not having to get up each morning and giving up the school routine, but I don’t like hearing the words “I’m Bored” That is why I came up with the bored jar (about four years ago).
Buttons make a great craft material and these 20 adorable button crafts for kids are a great way of recycling them. There is something magical about Buttons. I remember spending hours when I was young with my Mum’s button tin. I used to sort them and play with them and just love looking at them, wondering where they had come from. Lots of them wee her mums before her.
We have been long time fans of glue resist art here in the Mad House and this octopus watercolour glue resist art project is great fun for kids of all ages. I have tailored this towards tweens by using a hot glue gun with back glue. We like using glue guns for art projects as they dry super fast and are perfect for impatient people like me!
It really feels as though Spring might have sprung here and this plastic bottle wind spiral mobile is perfect for hanging out in the garden and watching spin as the wind catches it. I love that it is a cross between process art and a craft and it is a great activity for preschoolers through to tweens.
This Blow art paper plate lion is so much fun to make and if great for a large group of children and so easy to do. Plus how doesn’t like blowing paint to see where it goes. Originally we were going to make our lions on paper, but then Mini had the great idea of using paper plates and they worked even better. As they have a slight upturned edge the children really have to blow hard to get the paint to the edges if they start in the centre and if the start at the edge they learn that the paint will blow to the centre much easier, so it more »
We are big fans of bleeding tissue paper art here. We have even done it in the past and let rain create the art, which was great fun. This beautiful bleeding tissue paper canvas art was created with confetti circles and is fun process art activity for kids of all ages. Plus you are left with a fab piece of art to display.
I am a huge lover of creative pursuits and getting boys involved in crafts and arts. In today’s digital age I think that being creative is even more important, but do acknowledge that sometimes it can be hard to engage your children. I have lots of arts and craft materials at home but love great craft kits. So in conjunction with Bright Minds here are my top five from Djeco.
I love candles and I love Christmas. Add the two together and you have these beautiful DIY Christmas tree luminaries made from air drying clay. These have been inspired by some I saw here. We are big fans of holiday keepsakes and these festive luminaries for battery operated tea lights would make the perfect gift or a treasured keepsake to bring out year after year.