Letter Watermelons { Summer Alphabet Craft }

alphabet for starters Quick and easy crafts seem to be our thing right now because free play in our yard , reading under our maple tree ,and drenching each other in water fights is occupying most of our time. It’s summer and we are soaking it all in. That said I still want to do some fun summer themed learning activities and this one fits the bill. This is part of our Alphabet For Starters series that exposes children to letters through fun and creative activities instead of drill and flashcards. You can see all the posts in the series here.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some black letter stickers, pink and green crayons, scissors and paper plates. letter waternelons
  2. Start by coloring a full plate pink in the middle and green on the edges.watermelon alphabet craft Paint would give you better coverage but this is a fast craft so we used crayons. Coloring on the edge was a really fun sensory experience. It’s bumpy and makes a fun sound. watermelon letter craft for children
  3. Cut in half. watermelon craft
  4. Add the seeds! In this case the seeds are alphabet stickers but you could do numbers too. watermelon lettersMy son did numbers water melonwhile my daughter did random letters on one and her name on another.  letter watermelon abcOlder kids could spell words too. Something you will likely notice with a young child still discovering letter is that they will naturally name each letter and or ask you to name it as they apply it to their watermelon. I love that. You don’t have to drill them because they are exploring on their own.I was about to write let dry but since we used crayons there is no drying time at all. Perfect quick summer themed craft with just a short burst of letter recognition. watermelon letter craft for kids

4th of July Craft { Confetti Pop Fireworks }

4th of july craft idea   This firework craft is our 4th of July version of our Love Bomb craft we made last year.  That was such a hit I knew I’d have to do it again but I was waiting for just the right time. Yesterday was that time. It looks messy and daunting but this us actually a super simple 4th of July craft . I can’t help but think of bombs bursting in air when I see these fireworks!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paper bags, red, white and blue streamers, and I added some foil too. Scissors, glue and black paper. Oh and a vacuum on hand. confetti pop firework craft for kids
  2. Cut up the streamers and foil into small confetti pieces. confetti fireworks
  3. Fill the bag. confetti 4th of july craft
  4. Add your glue to the black paper in the shape of a firework in the night sky.confetti pop fireworks 4th of july craft
  5. Fill your bag with air. PLEASE adults only for this step . If your child sucks in the air from the bag before blowing ( which is pretty natural to do)  they could suck up some of the confetti. So it’s best left for the adults.  Besides the kids don’t care about blowing it up they just want to pop it.
  6. Place the paper with glue on the floor and pop it! confetti popping fireworks 4th of july
  7. Scoop the extra confetti up and plop it on the glue. Boom Fireworks 4th of july craftAfter seeing her brother do it my ready to swim wee one decided it did look cool and joined in.fireworks craft  4th of july I popped the bag for her but she shook the contents all over her glue. fireworks craft for kids
  8. Let dry! 4th of july craft

I know I sound like a nervous nelly but I really try to make sure that I treat your kids the way I treat my kids if not a little more cautiously. This is not a dangerous activity and my 6 year old thinks it’s beyond super cool but I do want to make sure that everyone is safe.

Books About The USA

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Click the image to read the book reviews!

Simple Summer Crafts For Kids – Bird Feeder

kids craftsToday we are starting a new series of Simple Summer Crafts most of these crafts won’t be ground breaking and many will be ones you probably did at summer camp or girl scouts growing up. What we aim to do with this series is  to jog your memory or introduce you to easy crafts for kids that can be done quickly between family vacations ( or on family vacations) , summer camp schedules and picnics. We know you are busy so these are frugal easy crafts that are still fun and educational.

This first craft was made because I found old cereal in the pantry and didn’t want to throw it away, so we made these instead.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some pipe cleaners and cereal with holes in it. kids crafts
  2. I wasn’t expecting my daughter to have the patience but as long as I held the pipe cleaner for her she threaded quite a few on. bird feeder craft
  3. Don’t forget to bend the end so the cereal doesn’t fall off the other end. crafts for kids
  4. What I love about this activity is that they get excited about feeding the birds ( and dude we have a ton around our yard) and they aren’t thinking about all the great fine motor , hand eye coordination and even counting skills they are brushing up on at the same time. Both of the started counting on their own while crafting.kids crafts
  5. Shape and make sure there is enough pipe cleaner on the end to make a hook.kids craft
  6. Head outside and pop them in a tree.kids crafts Can you see my son sitting on his soccer ball waiting for me to play after I take the picture. That is our favorite simple summer activity , front yard soccer!

 

Easy 4th of July Crafts

Time to celebrate the USA with fun patriotic crafts and activities for kids. I have a few fun new ones planned for next week but I need to stock up on some red white and blue paint. Today I will feature the best from the past few summers so they don’t get lost in the archives!

Flag Craft – that flag lasted years!

Handprint Fireworks – great for all ages.

Cookie Cutter Prints make drawing stars a breeze.

These Cupcake Liner Fireworks are super simple and crazy cute!

This Star Garland can be a family project with toddlers pitching in with finger painting!

Sail Boat Craft

 

boat craft

We live by the water and one of my son’s favorite things to do is to jump in the Ergo and check out the boats at the marina. We decided to make our own today. Here is how we did it.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need A paper towel roll, the top of an egg carton, some tissue paper, glue, paint scissors and tape.
  2. Paint the egg carton. We used the dot a art paint, because it goes on with very little mess and had a playdate shortly after art time but any paint will do, just keep it thin so it doesn’t saturate the carton.
  3. Next up the paper towel roll mast!
  4. While your child is painting, cut the tissue paper into a sail.
  5. Glue onto the mast.
  6. Add a layer of tape on top to keep the sail in place. You don’t have to do this but I find tissue paper is so flimsy that I did 3 layers and needed glue on the bottom and tape on top.
  7. Glue the mast onto the boat, I poured a ton of glue and stuck the roll into it. Let dry.
  8. Voila , your boat is beautiful and environmentally responsible!


Books!

” Boats” by Byron Barton is a board book that has been read continually since it came home form the library a week ago. Perfect for toddlers who will appreciate the simple text and bright fun pictures, this book is a great for anyone with a child who like mine screams ” Boat, Dingy! Boat!” whenever they are near water!

” An Island in the Soup “ by Mirelle Levert is an award winning book , and it’s easy to see why. The story follows a little boy who refusing to eat imagines a fantasy world in his bowl of soup, it rains peas and carrots and he encounters a bad fairy but in the end he eats his delicious soup. The illustrations are perfect although the bad fairy’s unibrow is very very frightening!

” Busy Boats” by Tony Mitton is s cute little book that uses cartoony characters to help explain all about boats and how they work. This is a perfect book for children who’s attention isn’t held by a non fiction book, but wants to know more about boats!