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Summer Art: Seashell Painting

Are you looking for some simple and fun summer crafts to do at home with your kids? I love simple activities that allow the kids to be creative and have fun without getting bogged down with too many rules and restrictions. I really feel like summer is the chance to learn hands on, to experience the world in its natural state, learn to ride a bike, skateboard, swim, or do a handstand. So much of our kids lives are spent in a classroom behind a desk. Then they get to grow up and be behind a desk some more. Summer is one of the few times in life when the world seems to slow down some and allow for everyone to enjoy the outdoors, pick up a new hobby, or get reacquainted with an old one.

I love the idea of painting and doing an art project, especially one that includes natural items like seashells. Not only does it get the kids creative juices flowing it also gives me an excuse to travel to the beach and let them choose some pieces to work with.

This fun activity can be found at Fantastic Fun and Learning. You can follow the tutorial and learn some easy ways to make these beautiful creations by checking out their original post. My favorite part of this activity was that it allowed the kids to do something different, none of the seashells looked the same. We are even talking about gluing them to a picture frame that will house a picture of us all at the beach together this summer.

Be sure to check out all the other fun ideas at Fantastic Fun and Learning, they have a ton of fun activities for summer!

Bugs Are Fun: Playdough Bug Fossils

We love playdough at our house. We do a lot of playdough activities that keep the little ones busy, especially in the summer when we hear over and over how bored they are. Playdough is an easy activity to keep in the house that will entertain for quite a while. All you need to do is keep fun items on hand that make it feel like a brand new toy every time you play with it.

Our kids love fossils and science. We have a dinosaur kit to use with our legos, but dinosaurs are not the only fossils in this world. Bugs, leaves, plants, and other animals create fantastic playdough fossils as well. Bugs are easy to create playdough fossils with, simply check out his fun activity tutorial from Plain Vanilla Mom. Be sure to check out more of Plain Vanilla Mom’s ideas when you are there, just in case you need more activities to bust the boredom this summer.

You can create many different activities with playdough when you have the right tools and a little imagination. You can even make this a fossil expedition and have the kids look for the fossils in the yard. The possibilities are endless when it comes to learning. Check out this fun and educational fossil link for more information for you and your kids. Thank you Jurassic Coast Trust for the incredible info!

Summer Time Fun: Glow in the Dark Bubbles

Summer is quickly approaching, which means long days and late nights. We love to spend as much time as we can outdoors in the summer. Life in the hot SoCal desert can mean a lot of very hot afternoons retreating to pools or air conditioning, however, we love to escape back outside as the weather cools and the sun goes down. This means a lot of meals spent outdoors and evenings enjoying the cooler night air.

We try to keep the kids busy and playing. For the most part they ride bikes, play with friends, and create adventures on their swingset or explore the yard like they are on safari. Sometimes we plan activities to do with them, and one activity I love to participate in is bubbles. We love to create large and unpoppable bubbles. We have even created bubble snakes. One we haven’t tried but are excited about this summer are glow-in-the-dark bubbles.

The kids participated in a Glow-run at their school one year and glow-in-the-dark bubbles was one of the “hazards” they ran through. The school followed this fun recipe and we are very excited to try it as well. The school used a bubble blowing machine but we plan to use wands and bubble blowing shooters. Whichever way you choose to create your bubbles we are sure they will glow with incredible fun.

Thank you to RVKid.com for the incredibly cool and easy-to-follow recipe. Glow on!