"I'm BORED!", the children cried, and it is only the first day of summer vacation. Hey Mom! Surprise them with some different arts and craft projects, some of which are quiet ideas, active ideas, some for creating, some for pretending, some for thinking and learning..., get ready, get set, GO!
Painting: PAINT A TWIN
Use a long piece of Butcher's paper or use the backside of a roll of inexpensive shelf paper to make a piece of paper a littler taller than the child. (Poster board or lightweight cardboard also work). The child lays down on the paper and someone traces around him/her. Paint the twin and after it is dry, cut it out, then add colored construction or material for the clothing, yarn for the hair, bows, buttons, etc. If your child prefers not to make a twin or already has one, then suggest a storybook character.
Construction Paper: Strip Art
Colored construction paper cut into strips can become a bird, bug or imaginary creature. Bend or roll the strips into a shape and use staples or glue to hold them together.
Sculpture: Cookie Cutter Art
Break up several old candles and remove their wicks. Melt them in the microwave oven, adding a crayon if you want colored wax. (You can also paint your finished wax project with a mixture of one part tempera paint and one part white glue). Lay a piece of waxed paper or newspaper on top of a bread board. Grease the inside of a cookie cutter and place it on the waxed paper. Slowly pour the melted wax into the cookie cutter and let it dry for 24 hours till it hardens completely. (If you want candles, a wick needs to be added before pouring in the melted wax).
Wood: Hammer and Nail Picture
Draw a picture on a piece of wood. Pound nails along the pencil lines, about one-half-inch apart. paint the wood and nails if you wish. Then wind spool wire or yard around the picture from nail to nail. A simple picture can be made by following the outline of the nails. You get more interesting effects by winding spokes or zigzags. You can fill in the picture with different types of nails instead of yarn or wire.
Cloth Material: Doll Clothes
This is the easiest possible way to make a doll dress. First, put the doll on a sheet of paper and draw around her, from shoulders to ankles, marking off where the dress would be on the legs. Mark a neck hole so the dress can be pulled over the doll's head. Cut out the paper pattern. Fold a piece of material and put the pattern on it, with the top of the pattern on the fold. Draw around it and cut it out. Put the dress on the doll without sewing, use another piece of material to make a belt or sash. Use scraps of lace for collars, buttons, bows, etc.
Cardboard: Bowling Pins
Make a set of bowling pins by using empty paper towel rolls. Put a rock or two inside each for weight. Seal the ends with tape. Paint the pins if you wish. Make as many pins as you can -- doesn't have to be ten of them. Bowl with a rubber ball, scoring one point for each pin knocked over.
Using prepared cookie dough from the grocery store, cut into slices. Using small cutters or patterns, cut out cookie shapes, saving scraps to roll together to make more cookies. Frost the cookies or even more fun, let the kids paint their cookies with "EDIBLE" marking pens -- click on Cookie Fun.