Hooray! Summer art play date number three was today! I thought that rain might cancel it, but it turned out that there was only about five minutes of “mist” and that was it. So far we have had no cancelled play dates, which is amazing! Today we made bug catcher necklaces and Fruit Loop rainbows and we played with play dough and water beads in shaving cream.
Bug Catcher Necklaces
When I saw this idea, I knew that the kids would love it. The idea came from this post and then I later saw it in Disney Family Fun Magazine, but it took me a while to find the right toy capsules to make them. I finally ended up buying 25 from a vendor on Atomic Mall and they were listed under “Empty Vending Capsles” (example here). To prep this, I poked holes in the tops of each capsule with a push pin, then drilled one big hole in the middle that two strands of my beading cord would fit snugly through. I also cut the cord to length so that they were ready to go for the kids. The kids beaded their cords, then we put the two ends through the drilled hole and knotted them together (so the knot is inside the capsule when it is closed) and put the capsule together. After the kids made them, these were quickly filled with pill bugs, slugs, and other crawly insects!
Fruit Loop Rainbows
This was a super easy craft. I got the idea here. I printed out some clip art of a rainbow and then had it photocopied onto blue paper. Then I set them out with a big bowl of Fruit Loops, some glue, and some cotton balls. Much eating ensued! And a few fun rainbows came out of the fray.
Water Beads and Shaving Cream
I had a bunch of water beads left from our first play date. Instead of putting them out and letting the kids smash them to bits again, I decided to try a new tact. I put the water beads in our sensory bin and them squirted a whole can of shaving cream on top. The kids really enjoyed this, especially the little ones. They kept coming over and putting their hands in to play, then running over to the water bucket to rinse them off, then coming back and starting over again. Super fun and cute!
Finally, we had our ubiquitous play dough again! Always a hit and I made a new batch so it was extra fresh and squishy! Recipe here.