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Kids Crafts & Summer Fun { Add Your Post }

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It’s summer !!

I hope the first few days of summer have been as sunny and fun for you as they have for us. I am looking forward to seeing what you have been up to so please add your links! If you are new here it’s a great time to jump in the fun. Add a link or two of activities, summer reading, crafts or other family friendly fun.

Have a great week!

Magic Nuudles Creations { simple summer crafts}

magic nuudles - simple summer craftsI ran out of paint last week and while buying some new colors I spotted these Magic Nuudles at the craft store. Now before we go any further I have to tell you this isn’t a sponsored post. I just grabbed something and thought my kids might like it. When they did I decided to share.  Last weekend my kids decided to get up at 5:45. Fun times since I was working on my newsletter until 2am.  At 7:30 we’d already watched TV, read books and I was too exhausted to throw together a big project. Then I remembered I had these Nuudles. These are a perfect simple summer craft and I am adding it to our list – you can see the others here. 

nuudlesI quickly read the package and grabbed some plates and soaked a few paper towels to make little wetting stations. The Magic Nuudles stick together if you wet them but please do not let your kids wet them on their tongue. They dissolve but can still pose a chocking hazard. magic nuudles are cool


I laid out a huge bowl and let them create. I  played with them and of course made some letters.magic nuudles letters

My son made weapons. magic nuddles fun

My daughter made a magic wandmagic nuudles magic wand and then I helped her make a “Horrrrrrible Spiiiider!! ” magic nuudles family time

This wasn’t a planned post but they sat and enjoyed these for so long that I knew I had to share.  I have them in a bag stashed in the dining room so I can grab them quickly when I need to. magic nuudles fun

What is your favorite easy to set up go to activity? Tell us in comments or share it with us on Facebook !

Water Balloon Color Mixing- Outside Art Project

If you combine water balloons with art you’ll get this super fun summer activity!  Right after my son turned 4 all of a sudden his finger took the shape of a gun, his pretend play switched from firefighters to police, bad guys and super heroes and my sanity got a little more fragile. I am a born pacifist so it’s taken me some time to acclimatize to bombs, blasters and such. One way that we have addressed it in our house is you guessed it, art and play.  A project like this that channels the aggression and need for destruction was the answer for us. It was also fun!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some water balloons, a container, a canvas, water color crayons ( or washable markers), and a kid ready to blast a few things.
  2. Start by coloring the canvas with water color crayons – washable markers will work too, just use darker more vibrant colors.
  3. Fill up some balloons.
  4. Go outside.
  5. Throw!  My son was adamant that he could throw it at it and had fun even though none of the first round of balloons hit it, although some were really close.
  6. Dropping them worked way better!
  7. Check out how the canvas has changed! 
  8. A few days later we tried adding washable marker.
  9. Blasted it with water “shooters”- liquid syringes since we were all out of water balloons, after I told him we could go blast some, luckily this was available and just as “cool”.
  10. Worked great.
  11. Let dry – pull out again and again, I think we are going to do this many more times for the rest of the summer. The layers of color will be so cool.

* As with every craft please make sure you only do crafts that you and your child can do safely. Broken balloons can be very dangerous for kids who are still putting things in their mouths. Please ensure all pieces are picked up and disposed of so we can all keep playing and creating. *

Shell Picture Frame

One of the best parts of creating with your child is the time you spend together. Parent and tot projects like this Beach Shell Picture Frame  are a special time to not only work together on something but also to practice taking turns something that can never be done too much . Ironically I did this without my son, he was at summer camp all week hopefully practicing taking turns with other kids, and exhausted when he got home. I will be doing this with him when we get back from our beach getaway next week though!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard ( 2x as large as you want the frame to be) , a large magnet , crayons, shells, hot glue gun and glue, scissors , tape and a picture.
  2. Start by cutting your cardboard in half, then cutting an opening in one piece for the frame.
  3. Tape your picture ( I trimmed mine) on the other half  of the cardboard. Trim the cardboard so that it’s no larger than the frame piece , you don’t want it peeking out from underneath.
  4. Have your child decorate the frame with crayons.
  5. Heat up the glue gun. When I do crafts that require the glue gun but I want my son’s input of where to place things like these shells I will ask him before I add the glue where I should add it and what I should put on it. At the very least have them choose the shells to add.
  6. Glue the shells on.
  7. Glue the magnet on the back of the piece with the picture.
  8. Glue the two pieces together and let cool.

More Shell Activities

Shell Sorting

Beach Sensory Tub