Links We Love: Easy Crafts, Playgrounds and Grilling Tips

School's out, and summer fun has officially begun. Check out these great craft and activity ideas from some of our favorite blogs and websites...

We can't get over how cute -- yet simple -- this craft project from Aesthetic Outburst is: painting twigs! Send your kids out into the yard (or park) to collect a few branches, take them home and coat with different colored tempura paint. Voila!

Looking for fun outdoor activities for your little ones? Take the 2011 Park-a-Day KaBOOM! Summer Challenge, which encourages you to bring your brood to different playgrounds, parks and public spaces in your 'hood, and then review them for the KaBOOM! "Map of Play."

We're smitten with the inspired "A Book & A Craft" series on The Crafty Crow, where guest contributors choose a children's book (Miroslav Sasek's This is London is the latest) and create a fun craft based on the book's theme.

Planning on doing some Father's Day grilling? Check out these must-read grilling tips from the doctor of barbecue, Rick Browne, on iVillage's food channel.

Got kids old enough for PG movies? Mr. Popper's Penguins, which is adapted from the award-winning 1938 children's book and stars Jim Carrey, opens today!

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