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5 Easy Summer Learning Craft Ideas

When it's too hot to get the kids to the zoo, and you're determined to stay cool, you know what you have to do. GET CRAFTY! Get your Summer Learning on with some of these really fun, simple and cheap craft ideas to do with your kids...in the air conditioning!!

1. Crayon Melting! The big kids will love this colorful experiment!
What you'll need: large canvas, blow dryer, a box of 64 (or more!) crayons, hot glue or strong craft glue, newpapers
What you'll do: Glue your crayons to the top of the canvas, cover area with newpapers (it's messy!), and use the blow dryer to melt the crayons so they drip down the front of the canvas.
et Voila! Now you have a colorful, waxy masterpiece!

2. Food Color Painting: Great for all ages, this activity explores how colors mix and blend, and the best part of it is: you probably have the materials in your kitchen already.
What you'll need: canvas, water, spray bottle, food coloring with droppers
What you'll do: Spray your canvas with water so that the whole surface is fairly wet. Now let the kids drip, drip, drop the food coloring onto the wet surface, and watch how the color swirls!

3. Wet Chalk Drawing: OK, so this one you do outside, but you can do it in the SPRINKLER! Sidewalk chalk drawing is awesome by itself, but add a little water to the mix, and watch how vibrant the chalk colors become! If you want to try wet chalk drawing inside, just soak some of your sidewalk chalks in a bucket for ten minutes, and try drawing on black paper. You will be amazed!
What you'll need: outside - sidewalk, sidewalk chalk, water, sprinkler; inside - add bucket, black paper (optional: bathing suits)
What you'll do: turn on the sprinkler and start creating!

4. Shoebox Habitats: I'll bet your kids like to collect weird objects! Grab a shoebox and let them put some of nature's treasures into an environment they can create themselves! They might re-create their favorite vacation spot, or an underwater scene, or maybe their own miniature treehouse using popsicle sticks or sticks from the yard. This project is so open-ended, you can't go wrong.
What you'll need: glue, paint, shoe box, markers, crayons, scissors, and anything you can find around the house and yard.
What you'll do: Cut one side out of the shoebox, paint your back ground inside, and glue together your 3-dimensional scene.

5. Coffee Filter Art: Did you know coffee filters had more than one use? This project is perfect for 2 year olds all the way through elementary aged kids. You can make it one step, or let the big kids take it even further.
What you'll need: circular coffee filters, water-based markers, spray bottle, water, paper towels (for the mess!)
What you'll do: Flatten the filters out on the table. Draw, design, or scribble like crazy as much or as little as you like on the filter with markers. Using the spray bottle, spray water over the filter until colors begin to bleed and run together. The kids can manipulate and experiment what happens when they move the water around.
Taking it further: Let the dyed filters dry. Then cut or tear the colored pieces to create an interesting collage!

Don't forget to visit the library this summer for more creative program for kids. Read, Learn, Visit and Create your way to finishing your Summer Learning Challenge (you know you want those baseball tickets!).


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