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					by: Beverly Kane

When school is out and the weather is hot, the extra time leaves a child with nothing to do and
boredom can set in very quickly. Making summer crafts would, keep a child occupied, be fun
and be a learning experience as well.

One simple craft idea is to take the children out and let them search for objects outdoors, like
grasses and seeds. Help them make collages with cardboard paper as the backing. Use glitter or
silver or gold spray to decorate their pieces and glue them on to the paper. The child may use the
wild flowers and grasses and arrange them, making a bouquet for a vase. An even better idea is
to make a homemade vase to arrange the flowers in.

To make a vase, take a soup can that has its jagged edges smoothed down, cut colored
construction paper to fit the can. Let the children decorate the paper as they wish. They could
write their names using glitter or letters or even beans and seeds. Or they could draw a picture
with a summer theme. Let the glue dry. After it has dried, glue the decorated paper around the
soup can and let it dry again.

Use the vase for fresh flowers too if you like. The decorated soup may be used to collect pens
and pencils or anything they wish to keep in a special place. Try making a vase out of other
containers, like jars for instance. You may use canning jars but it is much more fun to take old
pickle jars or mayonnaise jars or even other kinds made of glass or plastic and clean them out.
Since the weather is hot, let the children have fun splashing about with the water, washing the
jars. After they are dry, the children can use beans and seeds again or even glitter to decorate the
jars. Or they may simply tie a ribbon around the neck.

Crafts in summer time keep the children from being bored and produce decorations for your
home that mean something to your family.

This article was posted on October 24, 2006

				
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