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The summer holidays are a great opportunity to spend the days playing and relaxing outdoors as a family. But if the sun goes in, there are tons of exciting and crafty projects to do indoors!
But crafting is a skill in itself, and you may find that you want your kids to learn all about the intricacies of arts and crafts this summer.
Here are the top three things that you can teach your kids to make crafting a learning activity (and loads of fun!)
How to create Papier Mâché.
Tons of creative projects start off with this easy to make glue. Papier Mâché is often used in arts and crafts to make sculptures, bowls and toys.
First off, get yourself a mixing bowl, a cup of water and a cup of plain flour. Now, all you have to do is mix flour and water together until you have a paste consistency. Once this is complete, apply this to your chosen object, covering it with snippets of newspaper. You can put on as many layers as you like, making sure the mixture dries between layers. For further instructions, have a look at this page.
How to use a sewing machine.
Being able to use a sewing machine is a really useful skill. From their school trousers being a little too long, to when they move out and want to alter their curtains, they’ll thank you for teaching them how to use a sewing machine.
Firstly, make sure you have all the tools you need including thread and sewing machine needles. If you are considering buying a sewing machine, don’t scrimp on quality. Your child deserves a top rated sewing machine, so invest in a respected brand for a lifetime of sewing. More importantly they’ll be thankful for you showing them how to use it when they’re older.
If you need any guidance on how to use sewing machines, check out this youtube video for quick and simple child-safe patterns.
How to create a Scrapbook.
If you’ve just come back from holiday, you’re bound to have brought back lots of memories. Ticket stubs, shells, photographs and other gorgeous things are perfect for a scrap book. Making your own book with your kids can be loads of fun and something they’ll be sure to look at when they’re older and smile.
Talk you child through organizing the items they want to put in their book. If they need to cut out photographs and stick them in, try using self adhesive tabs to reduce the mess of glue. For larger items, like shells and rocks, a PVA and water solution will work perfectly.
You can grab a scrap book from many stores which are filled with colorful, empty pages. Purchase a few coloring crayons and marker pens so that your child can write titles and draw pictures around the memories.
Crafting is a great way to spend summer days. You can really create something beautiful together – and give your children life skills. Enjoy your summer – and keep creating!