Links We Love: Butterfly Feeders, Kid-Approved Pasta Salad, and a Smurf-Tastic Movie

Kick back and relax this weekend with fun backyard-friendly crafts, a summer meal you can whip up in minutes and a must-see family flick. We’ve rounded up the best end-of-July activities from some of our favorite kid-centric blogs and sites.

Butterflies are a perfect symbol of summer. Mother Rising shows you how to make an adorable little butterfly feeder using just a jar, string, sugar water and a cotton ball. It couldn’t be easier: Hang it in your backyard and watch beautiful butterflies flit and flutter. To savor the memories, have kids draw their colorful new friends with fun butterfly-shaped crayons from Ducks in a Row Boutique on Etsy -- their creative pictures are sure to be fridge-worthy. Or, turn a kid's room into a beautiful butterfly garden with colorful wall decals from WallCandy Arts -- they're removable so you can easily change the scene each season.

Running out of simple summer recipes? Check out kid nutrition expert Annabel Karmel’s family-friendly selections -- her seasonal pasta salad is super healthy (French beans, sweet corn and carrots -- yum!) and the ideal lunch or dinner on an especially hot day. Your little ones will love the rainbow of yellow, red and green on their plates.

Though if blue is more your color, The Smurfs movie debuts this weekend. We predict this animated comedy (in 3D!) will be a hit with both parents who may remember the funny blue friends from their own childhood and kids discovering the Smurf-tastic world for the first time -- just watch out for Gargamel.
 

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