Playing outside on a nice summer day is an excellent activity for children across the world. The sun provides Vitamin D that helps promote a healthy body. But, there are times when playing outside is not an option. The weather doesn’t cooperate, a child is sick or something new is needed to spur a child’s imagination. Whatever the reason, here are a few summer crafts that will inspire a child to think outside of the box.Good projects for children include stamping, painting, cutting and gluing. Easy items for children to work with are large enough for them to hold with ease. Two simple projects are stamped flower pots and coffee filter butterflies.
Stamped Flower Pot
Supplies: Potato, sharp knife, acrylic paint, paper plate, terra cotta flower pot
Step 1: Cut a large potato in half.
Step 2: Carve the shape of a flower in the cut end of one half of potato. Draw the flower design on the surface of the cut potato. Use a simple design such as a four leaf clover. Carve away the area outside of the design.
Step 3: Squeeze a quarter size spot of the desired color of acrylic paint on a paper plate. Allow the paint to spread or spread the paint in a large enough circle to cover the area of the potato flower.
Step 4: Dip the potato flower carving in the paint.
Step 5: Stamp the potato flower on the surface of a terra cotta flower pot. The position is up to you.
Step 6: Repeat the stamping process until the terra cotta flower pot attains the desired coverage.
Step 7: Allow the paint to dry 10 to 12 hours before use.
Coffee Filter Butterflies
Supplies: Plastic table cloth, round coffee filters, child’s watercolor paint, water, water container, wooden clothes pin, colored pipe cleaner
Step 1: Cover the work surface with a plastic table cloth.
Step 2: Place two round coffee filters on the plastic table cloth.
Step 3: Dip the child’s paintbrush in a watercolor paint. Continue to add water to the paint to make a small pool on top of the cake of watercolor.
Step 4: Dip the paintbrush in the pool of water on top of the watercolor cake.
Step 5: Hold the wet paintbrush 6- to 8-inches above the surface of the round coffee filter. Allow the watercolor to drip off the tip of the paintbrush. Repeat the process until the desired number of colored spots are on the coffee filter.
Step 6: Repeat Steps 3 through 5 with additional colors until the desired design is achieved.
Step 7: Allow the coffee filters to dry for 5 minutes.
Step 8: Pick up the first coffee filter. Pinch the top and bottom of the circle together in the center. Slide the gathered center into the opening on a wooden clothespin. Repeat the process with the second coffee filter.
Step 9: Find the center of a colored pipe cleaner. Place the center on the back side of the wooden clothespin head. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the head of the clothespin twice. Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner to form the butterfly’s antennas.