On my last Creative Cynchronicity show on July 11th, I shared three different fun summer crafts for you or to make with your children. They incorporate items from nature or little trinkets you pick up along the way so they can serve as wonderful mementos of a lovely summer together!
This rock has been decorated with a melted crayon technique. You can leave it as is, fill in with more crayon to cover it completely, or use some paint and the crayon will act as a resist. This works on plaster pieces and tiles as well.
Sandcasting is a fun activity that can be done right at the beach or you can bring some sand home with you and make it later. Just take along a container of plaster, some water, and something to stir it with. It’s fun to have the kids make an oval in the sand and then fill in with items to form a face – looks much like a tribal mask when you’re done!
God’s Eyes are classic kids’ crafts but this one has a twist to it. Throughout your summer, the kids can be collecting items from nature or little trinkets and tying them into the God’s Eye as they go along. Items without holes? Simply use some wire to create a simple cage around them and then tie them on. This can be a work in progress project that you add to as you go as I’m doing here or you can collect the items for it and then make it as an end of summer activity. What fun it would be to make it while you talk about each item and where it came from….the memories each of you have from that particular event/location! There are lots of different ways to make God’s Eyes – I even like to just wing it and try out my own weaving methods – but here are some basic instructions if you need them: http://www.allfreecrafts.com/nature/ojo-de-dios.shtml
Here’s the playback to the show if you want to see how I made each of these items: https://www.linqto.com/PlaybackRoom.aspx?roomname=creativeedventures&name=SingleExplicit_2012_07_11_20_29_50_256