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7 Creative Summer Projects for Kids

by Rebecca Eanes

3. Make your own pool toys.

We used pool noodles to create a sail boat and a dragon. For the sail boat, simply cut off a section of pool noodle, cut in half, poke a foam sheet through a craft stick, and insert the stick for the sail. Our dragon is a pool noodle covered with a sock and decorated with felt and permanent marker. There are a lot of fun ways to make your own pool toys. Just be creative!

4. Start a summer journal. Ask your child to record their favorite summer memories in a journal. She can add photos from your vacation or other summer events, pretty flower bookmarks, and also have her family and friends write notes to her inside. It's sure to become a favorite keepsake!

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5. Sand sculpture painting. Children love to create sand castles and shapes, so whether you're at the beach or the sandbox in your back yard, bring along a little food coloring and make beautiful, colorful sand sculptures. We dropped food coloring directly onto our sand shapes, but you can also use a spray bottle with a mixture of water and food coloring to create colorful castles and creations.

6. Make an outdoor reading nook. All you need is a hula hoop, some string or wire, a fabric shower curtain with rings, and some pillows. Cut the hula hoop, slide the shower curtain on with your child's help, and duct tape it back together. Hang it from a tree branch with string or wire, and throw in some comfortable pillows to create a soothing outdoor space your child will spend hours in this summer.

7. Create an outdoor music station. Ask your child to gather things around the house that could make interesting sounds, such as various pots, a colander, bike horn, and plastic tubs. These items can be hung on a fence or sheet of plywood or just arranged in a space in the yard. Add sticks and metal spoons to drum with and watch your child make music.

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Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of and creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the bestselling author of 3 books. Her newest book,Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, is more than a parenting book, it's a guide to human connection. She has also written The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parentingand co-authored the book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early ChildhoodShe is the grateful mother to 2 boys.


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