Encourage children to string beads onto a pipe cleaner. Provide construction paper, safety scissors, glue, and googly eyes for each child to make their own beaded snake.
Provide children with markers, glue, Pom Poms, and googly eyes for them to make their own bookmarks. Self-made bookmarks may encourage children to look at and/or read books.
Ojo de Dios (God's Eye) is a native american craft that is common in both the Huichol and Navajo tribes. The four tips represent earth, air, water, and fire.
The first step is to glue two popsicle sticks together.
Wrap the yarn several times around the center to secure the yarn. Then wrap the yarn around the popsicle stick over and around clockwise.
After weaving around the popsicle sticks secure the end.
Rain sticks are beautiful instruments, traditionally made of cactus. The spines of the cactus are pulled off and poked into the cactus. It is then filled with rocks, beans or other small objects and sealed. In our non-cactus version, we used a wrapping paper tube (paper towel rolls would suffice as well), toothpicks, Tulle (to close the ends), packing tape, rock salt and beads.
1. Poke the tooth picks into the cardboard tube. This will need adult supervision.
2. Have an ADULT break or cut the excess of the toothpicks and cover any sharp edges.
3. Decorate and fill
Have your child document their summer by writing what they do each day and adding it to their chain. At the end of the summer they can look back at all the fun they had.
Help each child glue together two toilet paper rolls using a piece of construction paper. Provide art supplies for them to decorate their binoculars. When they are done decorating, punch holes on the side of each pair of binoculars and tie a piece of string through the holes so that the children can wear the binoculars around their necks.
1. Soak popsicle sticks in warm water for 5 hours or until flexible enough to fit into your mold.
2. Bend the popsicle stick to fit inside a cup or jar, and let dry.
3. After the popsicle sticks are completely dry you may decorate them, we found washable markers had a nice effect. They may also be decorated with paper and mod podge.
This first sun catcher can be made with construction paper, plastic wrap, tissue/gift paper, and diluted glue.
Lay down a piece of plastic wrap. Provide the children with construction paper stencils, such as the rocket ship shown below, or allow them to create their own. They can then coat the tissue paper in the glue solution, and place it over the top of the stencil. After it has dried remove the plastic wrap and tape to a window.
The second version we have uses pony beads. Have children create a design on a cookie sheet or in a muffin pan. Have an ADULT put them in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes or until melted. Let cool then add string!