Each activity listed here engages tactile senses and evokes creativity. You and your children may be on summer break, but there’s still a lot of learning to do! You’re sure to have a fun and educational summer if you get crafting with these easy activities.
By simply using a sewing machine and fold over elastic, you can make bookmarks that encourage your children to read. All that’s necessary is some of the elastic, a sewing machine or hand sewing kit, some decorations (such as buttons and gems) and a book for measuring purposes. Simply begin by wrapping the elastic around the book completely, as though you’re marking a page to read later. Make sure that the elastic is snug, but not too tight or loose. You will want it to work as a bookmark at both the beginning and end of the book, so try to aim for a middle ground. Once you have the right length, cut the elastic (adding a little extra for seam allowance) and sew it together. You and your children can now decorate it with fabric paint, glue, buttons and whatever else strikes your fancy. Happy reading!
This is a great activity for younger children and is also a fun teaching tool for spelling. You can decorate foam letters with anything you want, from glitter andbuttons to other cute items from your local craft store. There are even craft kits available with different types and sizes of letters. When finished decorating, you can string letters together by gluing them to string or elastic to create whole words. Whether you’re creating names out of each child’s hand-decorated letters or you’re creating an entire alphabet with which to practice spelling, decorating foam letters is a fun and educational activity.
Pay attention to the details of nature and you’ll find more than you ever imagined. Nature journaling and sketching evokes wonder for the natural world and can help your children become more involved in the sciences. Not only will your children develop patience and drawing skills but also they’ll learn about biodiversity, ecology and observation. Do you want to learn about animals in your local ecosystem? Go birdwatching and write down each type of bird you identify. Maybe you’d prefer to learn about plant biodiversity, in which case all you need is your nature journal and some pencils. Sit down in a sunny field, look closely at the structure of wildflowers, and draw what you see. This activity will spark both the inner artists and the inner scientists in your children.