Photo Credit: Courtesy of Red Bird Crafts
Wondering what to do/make/buy over this long holiday weekend? Get inspired by these ideas from some of our favorite bloggers...
If rain is in the forecast, stay inside and craft up some family fun. Turn the sea shells, pine cones, rocks and other nature’s bounty kids have collected throughout the summer into cool art. Red Bird Crafts shows you how to create one-of-a-kind prints using artistic-looking shells or pretty dried rose buds. Spread out big pieces of craft paper on a large table (use cardboard, newspaper or towels underneath to protect the furniture) and have fun rolling around in paint. You may end up with some inspired DIY wallpaper!
You'll never go stir crazy if you turn the house into a vocab adventure. Follow the tips from Chasing Cheerios on how to create a word treasure hunt at home. Place simple words or phrases for kids to find in cupboards, closets and stairwells (give them hints as to whether they're "hot" or "cold"), then have them write down words and letters as they find them -- instant spelling lesson.
Even little ones love a little bling -- instead of raiding your jewelry chest to play dress-up, help them craft colorful origami rings made of metallic crepe paper. Check out Zakka Life's instructions using just scissors and tape: The dazzling blue, green and red designs are nearly as sparkly as real sapphires, emeralds and rubies.
Get a jump-start on healthy snacks for during or after school. Test out Chef Chloe's recipe for classic goldfish crackers -- or instead of fish, try shaping them into Creative Kismet's gold stars to get kids ready for a year of success. It's the perfect treat to munch on after the first day of school.