Starfish and Sand Dollar Shaving Cream Dig
If you are spending some time at the beach this summer, keep this project in mind. Gather together a variety of shells and other found treasures and save them to use in your own sensory bin. You can even use …

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Wild Flower Art
This project is a great way to get everyone outside exploring and being creative. Go for a walk to find wild flowers and then use the ideas presented by Becky on Fakin’ It for using them to create a work …

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Paper Bag Exploring Journals
Next time you are planning a nature hike, consider having everyone make one of these journals to record what they see. I love the rustic look of this paper bag journal, which is accomplished by crumpling the paper bag up …

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Squirt Gun Painting
This is a fast and easy outdoor project the kids will love to do. Melissa, from Fire Flies and Mudpies, explains how she helped fight a little bit of summer boredom by letting her boys paint watercolor masterpieces using …

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DIY Painted Walking Sticks
Next time you go camping with the kids, bring along some paint, brushes, and Mod Podge or clear acrylic sealer. Those are all the supplies you need to make your own colorful walking sticks. If you make them the first …

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Salad Spinner Fireworks
Learn how to make this fast and easy fireworks picture that can be used as a wonderful 4th of July decoration. Heidi, from Happiness is Homemade, had her son use a salad spinner to make the red, white, and …

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Helicopter Seed Dragonfly Craft
Next time you have the kids out for a walk, look for the supplies needed to make this adorable dragonfly craft. From nature, you will need a couple ‘helicopter’ seeds from a maple tree and a twig. From your craft …

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National Flip Flop Day Projects
Today is National Flip Flop Day… How about celebrating by dressing up a pair of plain flip-flops. When I was trying to think of what I could use to decorate flip-flops, one of the first thing that popped into my …

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Plaster of Paris Sand Prints
If you are headed to the beach anytime soon, you might want to grab some craft supplies to take with you. Read through this tutorial and learn how Jen from Balancing Beauty & Bedlam and her family created unique souvenirs …

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You Are My Sunshine Footprint Art
The weather here has just been gorgeous and we have had more than our fair share of sunshine. I found this project and thought it would be a wonderful way to bring the sunshine indoors!

Follow these directions, shared …

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Pony Bead Suncatcher
Kids, both young and old, will have a blast making suncatchers that are perfect for adding some color to a window or to give as a gift. These suncatchers are made by placing pony beads in metal cookie cutters and …

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Summer Bucket List Bucket and Ideas
For many people in the US, Memorial weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. Why not make a list of things you want to do before the end of summer?

Jill, from A Mom with a Lesson Plan, shares …

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Erupting Rainbow Sidewalk Chalk Paint
You have maybe made your own sidewalk chalk or sidewalk chalk paint before, but have you ever been able to make yours erupt?

Allison, from Learn ~ Play ~ Imagine, came up with this idea for her boys one …

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All these fun Nature crafts come from our sister site Craftbits.com.

Painted Rocks -
Rose Petal notebook -
Texture Tree -
Twig Canvas
Seashell Wind-chime
Moss Picture Frame

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pretend-play-campfire

I can not count the amount of times my children have pretended ┬áto sit around a campfire. Sometimes the cook, other times the make smores and tell stories. Yet we have NEVER actually sat around a real campfire (Local open …

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