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With temperatures blazing into the 100 and teens here in Phoenix, it is always a challenge to find things to do INDOORS with the kids besides TV, electronics and videos. One of the things I have always enjoyed with my own children and now grandchildren is crafting together. It is a great thing to teach kids skills that they can use throughout life, give them a chance to express themselves creatively and there is a strong link to cognitive function as they take things from their minds and express them through their hands. They develop their fine motor skills and can also exercise problem solving as they create.
One summer I let each of my kids pick out fabric and they made decorative pillows for their beds and learned to use my sewing machine in the process. Those pillows stayed in our house for years! When they were little and wanted to paint when I was painting, I gave them water, a paint brush and a block of wood and let them go to town mess free.
You probably have things around your house that will work for kids to use to imagine and create all kinds of wonderful things:
If you are still short on supplies, this is a good time of year to:
Here are some more great kids crafting kits available right now for reasonable prices. You could give your kids some options and let them choose something that they will really get into. There is something to be said about getting a kit and learning to follow directions while also adding some extra flair of their own!
At Dollar Tree: (They have a ton of options, these are just a few!)
Hobby Lobby: (again, there are a ton of options! And, many of their art kits are 40% off right now!)
Magic Paint posters! You only need water
and your dino lover can paint away!
This kit even comes with the rocks!
Michaels: (lots of clearance going on here!)
*In stores only pipe cleaners, felt, pom poms and wooden paintable door hangers are on sale for 47 cents!
It won't be long now until school starts back up! Take these last few weeks to make some memories, build some confidence in your kids, do some STEM activities without them knowing it and just have some fun away from the screen! Use this craft time to initiate conversation and relax together. You and your kids will love it! Have a Fun Friday!
If your children love doing crafts, you may want to consider this:
Mysteries in Time-A crate box full of books and historical activities, only $6.95 per month!
Green Kids Crafts- Monthly STEAM projects using only green materials. Use coupon code SCREENFREE for $10 off!
Last year, we put on a Christmas in July Party and we shared lots of kid friendly crafts!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!