We have struck the mid-summer lull. If it were a standard July, which it has not been, we might call this time the “dog days of summer” when the times are sultry and tacky and those beautifully cool autumn evenings could not come quicker. Here in the midwest, we are still awaiting the 80-degree days to stick around long enough to grab a sun tan.
However, we have reached the point where our evenings are stockpiled with activities, vacations and other commitments from now til Labor Day, while the weekdays are somewhat mundane and lagging. Younger children have day camp or special interest camps because of their favourite sports to look forward to, while their parents set up play dates and pool parties.
As a child, I recall days once the summer got downright boring due to the lack of activities I had planned to get a summer break. My mother would yell at us to switch off the TV and go play outside. Into my adolescent years, summer break got a bit more interesting with buddies to hang out with, rather those with automobiles
But between those day camp years and the free-flying teenage years, many parents may be thinking about matters for tweens to perform during the summer break. Generally tweens are between grade school and high school – too old for some things and too young for many others.
So here’s a couple of ideas for quick summer crafts for your tweens, if they’re babysitting the neighborhood children or having a fun day to themselves. You shouldn’t ever run out of things for tweens to perform throughout the summer break! Get artistic with your favorite summertime journal – decorate the cover with colorful beads and fabrics – and take notes in style as you sit on the shore writing about life lessons learned the hard way. Produce a summertime scrapbook page that documents your family holiday and fun hangouts with friends. Can it be the old-fashioned manner with magazine cut-outs and cololrful markers so that you don’t need to drop a huge amount of money on scrapbooking supplies! For the crochet-crowd on the market, make your summer bag bag with a free crochet pattern you can find online at Favecrafts. What woman does not love it? Pick up some colorful beads and proper sterling silver wires at the local craft shop and have a ball creating your own bracelets, earrings and bracelets. Recycled aluminum coffee cans can be decorated and used to your next significant barbecue at the home. Covering the cans with decorative cloth will change the aluminum into fancy silverware and napkin holders to the outdoors. If you are a gardening family, have your tweens create garden creatures using clay pots. A fun little turtle only takes 3 different sized pots stacked on top of one another. Paint it green and decorate it to be the cute little garden creature it’s.
7. At age 12 I had begun collecting candles of all types. Consider creating your own beeswax candles by buying beeswax honeycomb texture sheets in the craftstore combined with several inches of wick. Candles are cool, but even cooler when they are handmade.
8. If your tweens are babysitting, have them produce beverage coasters using old bottle caps and gluing them to circular pieces of foam.
9. Scour the home for old jewelry, using funky shapes, Merritt Island Rat Removal and dimensions, see what you could create with all the things you’ve found. Consider taking some of it apart and creating new and enhanced pieces!
10. Last, your children are entering a new phase in their lives, whether they’re 10, 11, 12 or even 13. So today could be a fantastic time to make an inspiration journal which compiles things they are interested in and things that inspire them. Go through magazines and be creative with it it will be a fun memento to return on!