I found this on goAupair’s blog and wanted to share some of these fun craft ideas with you.  You can find more at www.goaupair.com.

As the weather warms up and children get ready for school to end, many families and care providers will be looking for activities to keep their children entertained. The internet holds a plethora of great craft ideas for children of all ages. Plus, the great thing about crafts is that they allow your children to step away from their “connected” worlds of technology and spend some time creating.

Although there are millions of craft ideas to choose from, we have selected three of the most simple to highlight in this post. We also invite Au Pairs and Host Families to contribute their favorite summer craft by emailing us or commenting on this post.

Dazzling Dragonfly

The dragonflies, caterpillars, and beetles are a snap to make and great for sparking your kids’ creativity.

Materials

  • Wire (20 gauge)
  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters
  • Multifaceted plastic beads (with diameters of 12 mm, 8 mm, 6 mm, and 4 mm)
  • Needle-nose pliers

Instructions

Start by creating a long straight body. Bend an 18-inch length of wire in half. Use the pliers to curl up a 3/4-inch section near the bend to create the tip of the tail. From the other end, slide nine 6 mm beads onto the doubled wire. Next, add two 8 mm beads followed by one 12 mm bead.

Make the wings by threading eighty 6 mm beads onto a 20-inch length of wire. Bend the tips to keep the beads from sliding off. Shape the upper two thirds of the strand into a figure 8 for the top set of wings; then shape the lower third into a smaller set of wings.

Set the body on top of the wings and attach the two by wrapping the trailing wire ends of the wings around the body wire between the 8 mm beads.

Information and instruction provided by Disney’s Family Fun

Paper Plate Porthole

This project, adapted from the well known Paper Plate Aquarium, is a unique and fun way for kids to create their own world under the sea. If making this as a classroom project, line the wall with gray paper and line up your portholes for all to see.

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 paper plates
  • Silver craft paint
  • 8 pieces of ring shaped cereal
  • Fish-shaped crackers
  • Silk plant leaves
  • Sea shells
  • Sand
  • White craft glue
  • Blue cellophane
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors

 How to make it:

  1. Take both paper plates and set them on the table. One should be right side up and the other should be upside down.
  2. On the plate that is right side up, draw your sea floor about 1/3 up the center of the plate.
  3. Line the floor area with white glue, use an old paintbrush or your finger to spread the glue out evenly.
  4. Cover the wet glue with sand and set aside to dry.
  5. On the upside down plate, draw a circle where you will cut out your porthole in the center of the plate.
  6. Glue ring shaped cereal pieces around the circle; these are the bolts on the porthole. Let dry.
  7. Paint the cereal pieces and the paper plate from the outer edge to your penciled lines. Don’t worry about painting over the lines a little, as you will be cutting it out. Set aside to dry.
  8. Take the paper plate with the sand on it and hold it over a sheet of wax paper. Turn the plate sideways and gently tap it to loosen any excess sand. The sand should end up on the wax paper and you can save that for another project.
  9. Glue sea life onto the plate with the sand floor. Glue on shells, silk leaves, and fish shaped crackers. Let dry.
  10. Take the silver painted plate and cut out the center circle to create your porthole window. Place it gently over the top of the other plate to see if you are happy with its size and viewing area. Increase size of the hole if you like.
  11. Turn silver plate upside down.
  12. Cut a piece of blue cellophane large enough to cover the hole on the plate and glue in place. Let dry.
  13. Place porthole plate over the top of the sea life plate and glue together. Let dry.
  14. You can add a hanger to the project if you like, simply glue some string or yarn between the two plates at the top during step 13.

Tips:

You can simplify the supplies in this project by using construction paper to make fish, plants and even shells.

Make your fish scene more cartoonish by adding wiggle eyes to the fish.

If you don’t have blue cellophane, use clear plastic wrap and paint the background of the seal life plate blue before adding sand and sea creatures.

Information and instruction provided by Kaboose

Bubble Art

What you’ll need: 

  • Bubble solution, either store bought or homemade (see “recipe” below)
  • Food coloring or tempera paint
  • Paper
  • Straws
  • Masking tape
  • Clean disposable containers (such as plastic takeout bowls, aluminum trays, etc.)

What you’ll do:

In a disposable container, combine bubble solution with a few drops of food coloring or tempera paint, until the solution is tinted to the desired shade.

Tape together several drinking straws. Let the kids blow gently into the tinted bubble solution (for best results, don’t let the straws touch the bottom of the container) until the top is filled with a layer of bubbles.

Quickly place a sheet of paper over the bubbles. When you remove it, you will see a colored pattern of bubble circles.

If desired, the kids can start over with a different color for the bubble solution to make a multicolored design.

To make your own bubble solution, mix a quarter cup of Joy dishwashing detergent (it contains the most glycerin, which makes the bubbles “stronger”) with half a cup of water. Add a few drops of corn syrup to make the solution last longer.

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