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Dottie's Kraft Korner: Summer Crafting for Kids.

“MAAAAHHHMMMM… I’m bored.”

Are there more nerve-wracking words to be uttered by a child?  I think not!

This of course is usually said in a very nasal voice on a very rainy day after every jigsaw puzzle in the house has been finished, the stack of World Magazines have been read cover to cover, and the only thing on TV is marathon of Inside the Actor’s Studio.

What to do? Well, CRAFT of course!

I’ve rounded up a few dandy kiddo crafts that would keep your wee one busy for perhaps an hour or two. And allow you a bit of free time to attack your own crafts or take well deserved nap. Oh, that sounds so great, doesn’t it? Or get a massage. Or get a mani/pedi while getting a massage. A girl can dream.

I remember picking up stones on walks as a kid.  Usually that was the extent of the fun. But oho–not if you take this very clever idea from Maya at Maya Made, who has this grand tutorial on making these stone dolls. Aren’t they adorable?

Our darling Allison over at Petit Elephant shared her dandy recipe for making sidewalk paint that looks so cool and easy that I might have to try it out for myself, regardless that the Peach can’t even hold a paint brush yet.

If ever there was a time to make a fancy fan, it would be during this heatwave back east. And this pretty fan tutorial looks so easy and breezy from Zakka Life.  Heck, you could prolly make enough for the whole family even. I’m sure they would appreciate that. And perhaps you can eat all of the popsicles needed to create it as well to cool you down, eh?

Sometimes, you gotta go old school and return to your own childhood for some of the best craft gems out there, like the old turn-the-milk-carton-into-a-birdfeeder trick.  No hot tub time machine needed for this blast from the past. But it still is great today because it involves recycling something that would be landfill and turning it into something that helps nourish wildlife. I like this version with the Moorish architecture undertones.  And this version with the little shingled top is so button cute.

This last craft might need some parental guidance, but it  just begs to be done for summer.  Make your own fishing poles from Imagine Childhood by way of the Crafty Crow.  Hmmm… looks like you have to drink a bottle of champagne to get that cork.  The things you do for your child…

So, even if rain isn’t in sight yet (as much as it is begged for like it is back East right now) just remember these craft goodies for later in the summer when you hear those dreaded words…

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  1. lishyloo says

    i love these!

  2. sacha says

    the sidewalk paint will definitely keep the kids entertained! thanks.

  3. Alix says

    Hurray! I love these! So fun!!!!

    Also, east coast peeps….we are literally WEARING SWEATERS today and it looks like rain. So weird. I know you guys are sweatin’ yer bunz off.

  4. Amber Liddle says

    I love that fishing pole! Clever. We’ve been making lots of play dough and coloring around these parts–anything to do inside in the A/C on a hot sweltering day!

  5. Dottie says

    Amber, I was THIS CLOSE to featuring home-made play dough, which is truly the old school awesome good stuff! Man, I loved that stuff something fierce.

    And I’m dying over how cold it is. The Peach is still wearing long sleeve onesies under her dresses. Sigh!

    And Sacha–I’m so glad you like the side walk paints–another friend of mine is planning to do that this weekend. That looks like so much fun!

  6. Ellen Marie "Mama" Pike says

    All these ideas are wonderful. I want to share them with my married daughter and my four grandchildren. Thanks for sharing!

  7. kodie says

    usually we hang out in our (inflatable) pool during the super humid midwest summers, but this year has been rainy…which by the way makes for a SUPER humid summer. ug! the sidewalk paint sounds fab! maybe we can try it (if) when it ever dries out over here!

  8. Mark says

    Your milk carton bird feeder is much better looking than mine.

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