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Craft & Activity Ideas for Kids

We’re on round three folks. We’ve shared some summer olympics ideas and craft ideas. Here are some final ideas for getting kids out and enjoying the summer weather. Some of them can be used at any time of year so save this in your favorites so you can come back to it on the next snow day.

Clothespin Drop

Materials needed:
-Culligan water jug
-10 clothespins
-Chair

How to play:
Place the water jug on the floor along the backside of a chair. Have the child sit upright on his/her knees and have them try and drop the clothespin in the water jug without lowering the clothespin lower than the backside of the chair. It’s harder than it looks! See who can drop the most clothespins in the jug! You can make the game easier or harder by changing the size of what you are dropping the clothespins into. Think ice cream pail for the youngsters.

Flipbook

Materials needed:
-Staples
-Paper
-Scissors
-Pencil

How to craft:

This activity allows for children to create their own  cartoon! First you must cut out about 15 pieces of paper starting about 2 inches long and an inch in a half tall for the front page, then every piece of paper after that about an 8th of an inch longer for each paper following. This cutting will allow for the paper to “flip.”  Staple the 15 pieces of paper together at the left end as far over as possible. Now comes the fun part. Draw any kind of carton on the first page then draw the same cartoon on the following page but drawn slightly different as if the cartoon has just moved. Create a story line and show your friends!

We took a video of the sample flip book made at Adventure Cove. Check it out! http://www.flickr.com/photos/maddensresort/5934239769/

Edible Dirt

Foods needed:

Your dirt dessert doesn't have to look this pretty. Be creative! How close to dirt you you make it look?

-Gummy worms
-Chocolate pudding
-Oreo cookies

How to snack:
This is a great snack for anyone of any age. Get a bowl and fill it with pudding. Throw some gummy worms and crushed Oreo cookies into the pudding for a delicious treat! You can spend lots of time decorating and make it look real or just throw it all together for a quick treat. This is something fun you can let your elementary aged kids do on their own although you should expect a little mess! To mix it up consider adding chocolate ice cream and or whipped cream on top.

Scavenger Hunt

Materials needed:
-Paper with list items to scavenge for

How to play:
This classic game will never be boring throughout the duration of anyone’s life. Each scavenger hunt can be unique and created based upon where the event takes place and who the scavengers are. Create a list of
items to find that is realistic yet challenging for the kids to find. Anything from a pine cone to a butterfly is fair game so long as those items are available around the area. If in a safe neighborhood with people you know, write down items that could be found in households and have the children go door to door asking the neighbors for the items on the list. Otherwise you can set limits like “you have to stay in the backyard.” Be creative.

Here are a list of some things you might use for your scavenger hunt:

-A Pinecone
-A red leaf**
-A rock the size of a quarter**
-A butterfly
-A ladybug
-An acorn
-Three things that are green**
**Using different numbers, colors, and comparing to everyday items are great for younger kids to help them practice and keep their minds sharp while they are off from school

This website also provides some great ideas with a printable lists of items: http://www.diva-girl-parties-and-stuff.com/scavenger-hunts.html

Thanks for reading, Madden’s Adventure Cove Staff

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Fun Kid’s Craft Ideas

Yesterday we shared some great “summer olympic” games for kids. Now, here are some fun craft ideas.

Picture Frames

Materials needed:

Front view of a popsicle stick picture frame

-popsicle sticks
-glue or hot glue
-Paint
-Paintbrush
-Any kind of craft items to decorate the frame (i.e. seashells, confetti, etc.)

How to craft:
There are  several ways to approaching this craft. You
can have the children paint their popsicle sticks first
then have them lay out how they would like their
frame to look. Or have them lay out the frame in the
design they want then paint it after gluing it together
(be sure NOT to attach the stand on the back until

Rear view of popsicle stick picture frame

after the kids are finished decorating). We would
suggest designing the picture frame first; then
applying paint and other craft items. Be creative and
put that special unique art to your picture frame.

Paper Airplanes

Materials needed:
-printing or writing paper
-Internet

How to craft:
Kids LOVE to fly their very own airplane that they built themselves. We suggest going to the following website for great folding ideas. http://www.funpaperairplanes.com/

Bug Jar

Materials needed:
-clear plastic jar or container
-construction paper or foam paper
-google eyes
-glue
-pipe cleaners

How to craft:
This is a simple yet fun activity to do with your children because it’s both an inside and outside activity that allows the children to marvel at bugs. First find a clear plastic container that would be simple enough to fill with leafs, dirt, sticks and bugs, and also simple enough to poke holes into for breathing purposes. First cut out  green construction or foam paper in the shape of grass long enough that would cover round the plastic jar. This will be glued to the bottom circumference of the jar. Next you can cut out green leafs to spread sporadically on the jar along with any other color paper in the  shape of bugs. Be careful not to apply too much decoration to prevent viewing of the bugs the children will collect for their jar.

Next, glue on 2 googly eyes on the top of the jar near the lid. After, poking 2 holes in the lid right above the eyes to insert pipe cleaners to make antennas. After, poke small enough holes in the lid so hat the insects or bugs the children collect won’t be able to crawl out. Have the children go out and find any grass, leafs, dirt, pine cones they want to fill their jar half way. The final step is to have the children take out their bug jars and collect any bugs they want. If they wish to have an ant farm, have them fill their jar with grainy sand about ¾ of the way. Then have them carefully collect a lot of ants to make a colony. Watch the ants dig their holes and how they work!

Enjoy! Madden’s Adventure Cove Staff

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