Here in Massachusetts, the sun is finally reappearing after days of steady rain. This parting of the clouds along with my children embarking on school break inspired this week’s 5 Bright Spots. Now that we’re spending more time in the fresh air, we’re always looking for fun activities that make us smile.
1. Jackie’s Summer Twig Ornaments (pictured above) fit the bill! They are beautiful, creative, and will festively decorate our indoor and outdoor spaces in a fresh, summery way. I can’t wait to make these with my children!
2. I love the idea of creating a summer camp vibe for your kids where they set fun goals for themselves and create merit badges when they achieve them. Julie offers a gorgeous tutorial for handmade Merit Badges on the Etsy Blog.
3. Cork Canoes, people! This is project looks fabulous and SO fun. Perfect for bringing along on camping trips, I imagine.
4. Lee offers a step-by-step tutorial on making Strawberry Rocks. These are so pretty! Seeing that I have a special affinity for crafting with rocks, I had to post about these. (via hodgepodgecraft.com)
5. Make Grape and Tomato Caterpillars for a delightful outdoor, picnic treat. (via craftgossip.com)
Happy warm days!
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This is a creative, fun way for children and adults to leave sweet (and sassy) messages for each other. Put them in snack bags, tape them to pieces of fruit, stick one on the mirror or in the cabinet. It is a charming project that offers children practice writing words and sentences during the summer vacation weeks!
carving block — rubber eraser or an easy cut carving block such as a Speedball Speedy Carve Block
carving tool — X-Acto knife or linoleum block carving tool will work (to be used by adults or with adult supervision!)
card stock paper
thin black art marker
1. Use pencil to draw the shape of a speech bubble onto the carving block.
2. Use carving tool to cut along the pencil lines. (This step should be completed by an adult or with adult supervision!)
3. Dip the new speech bubble stamp into the ink and press firmly and evenly onto a piece of card stock. Repeat.
4. Set aside to dry
5. Once dry, use art marker to write messages inside the bubbles.
6. Place them in fun places
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Here are a few more outtakes from the craft development we did for FamilyFun‘s Messy Backyard Art feature. Aren’t the swirly colors gorgeous? We had so much fun playing with this project. Did I mention that my children labeled me “best mom in the world” after they were knee deep in messy projects for the month of May? They did and I didn’t argue.
This one was particularly messy and especially fun! It involved a giant ice block on a hot summer day, so it was also refreshing.
Today, it rains and rains. Maybe some indoor process-based art?
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1. These (see above) Garden Markers made out of rocks are bright, punchy, simple, and SO cheery!
2. Spread some seed love with Dana’s DIY Shredded Paper Seed Starters.
3. Mark special occasions, moments, and memories with lovely Garden Stones. I especially love the fern prints!
5. After all of their hard work in the garden, have your children cozy up under this snug, easy to construct, garden tent.
Have fun outside!
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Liesl over at The Homeschooling Den recently posted about the “ugly” crafts that get made in her house and the way in which they often aren’t deemed photo-worthy and, therefore, rarely make their way to her blog. It was so nice to see photographs of her child’s milk jug monster and puffer fish! How refreshing! Her post made me think about my own children’s and student’s meandering crafty ways, where so much of it is more about the process than the end result. In these moments they become captivated with exploring and experimenting with materials, and it is so nice to have a record of this kind of creativity.
This sort of discussion can serve as a reminder that the beauty of an art project is determined by the child’s experience — was it fun? exciting? boring? Did the child get the hang of a new craft skill? Is he/she proud of the result? Did she/he discover happy mistakes along the way?
In an effort to pay respect to the random, free-form, process-based art that takes place in my home and classroom, I’d like to share a few of these kinds of art moments with you:
Do you tend to photograph these kind of art moments?
Thanks for starting the conversation, Liesl!
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