The summer holidays are a great time to try some crafts with children, and they probably work out cheaper than a day at a fun park or going to the cinema. If you have the space, craft in the garden under some shade, or perhaps save the crafts for a rainy day when they are climbing the walls. Your mileage may vary on how much mess you can stand, so choose a craft you can tolerate. Obviously the younger the children are, the more they need supervising and the simpler the craft needs to be.
How about making all your Christmas cards early by having the children do painted hand prints for the youngest, Christmas trees, bells or balls can be painted or use ribbons, glitter and other embellishments to decorate pre drawn shapes. For the older children look for “fingerprint robins for christmas cards” in your favourite browser, e.g. Google, Bing, etc. Beading can offer age appropriate options, with younger children happy to make simpler bracelets with large holed pony beads, whereas your tweens and teens would probably enjoy making a zipper pull/mobile phone charm/key rings of a favourite movie or cartoon character from beads or even cross stitch. Teach your older children life skills they will need like sewing on buttons by making sock puppets for the younger children and then have them all put together a show for the family. Older children can be taught to knit or crochet. In fact, both are things you can ask their grandparents to teach them. For a community spirited project, as a group have them crochet a sleeping mat for the homeless from old plastic grocery bags. Look up “sleeping mats for the homeless”. You will even find videos on YouTube with instructions on how to do these.
Search through online craft pages with the children for many more ideas. Then look for the required materials on various sites. I find Amazon and Ebay reasonable, but sometimes good ideas at better prices can be found on sites such as The Works, The Range, Hobbycraft and Baker Ross. You may have difficulty finding ideas for older males, so look at model making and 3D jigsaws too, but don’t rule these out for the females either, space perception is a useful skill for all later in life.
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