We’ve struck the mid-summer lull. If it were a standard July, which it has not been, we might call this time the “dog days of summer” when the days are sultry and tacky and those beautifully cool autumn evenings couldn’t come quicker. Here in the midwest, we are still awaiting the 80-degree days to stick around long enough to catch a sun tan.
However, we have reached the point where our weekends are stockpiled with activities, vacations and other commitments from now til Labor Day, while the weekdays are rather mundane and lagging. Younger kids have day camp or special interest camps for their favourite sports to look forward to, while their parents set up play dates and pool parties.
As a kid, I recall days when the summer got downright boring due to the lack of activities I had planned for a summer break. My mother would yell at us to switch off the TV and go play outside. Into my teenage years, summer break got a bit more interesting with friends to hang out with, rather those with cars
But between those day camp years and the free-flying teenage years, many parents may be thinking about matters for tweens to do during the summer break. Generally tweens are between grade school and high school – too old for some things and too young for others.
So here’s a few ideas for quick summer crafts for your tweens, if they are babysitting the neighborhood children or having a fun day to themselves. You should never run out of things for tweens to do throughout the summer break! Get artistic with your favorite summer journal – decorate the cover with colorful beads and fabrics – and take notes in style as you sit on the shore writing about life lessons learned the hard way.
2. Create a summer fun scrapbook page that documents your family vacation and fun hangouts with friends. Do it the old-fashioned way with magazine cut-outs and cololrful markers so you don’t have to drop a ton of money on scrapbooking supplies!
3. For the crochet-crowd on the market, make your own summer tote bag using a free crochet pattern you can find online at Favecrafts. What girl does not love it? Pick up some colorful beads and proper sterling silver wires at your local craft shop and have a ball creating your own bracelets, earrings and bracelets.
5. Recycled aluminum coffee cans can be decorated and used for your next major barbecue at the home. Covering the cans with decorative fabric will change the aluminum into fancy silverware and napkin holders for the outdoors.
6. If you are a gardening family, have your tweens create garden animals using clay pots. A fun little turtle just takes 3 different sized pots stacked on top of one another. Paint it green and decorate it to be the cute little garden creature it’s.
7. At age 12 I had begun collecting candles of all types. Consider creating your own beeswax candles by purchasing beeswax honeycomb texture sheets at the craftstore combined with several inches of wick. Candles are cool, but even cooler when they’re handmade.
8. If your tweens are babysitting, have them create beverage coasters by using old bottle caps and gluing them to circular pieces of foam.
9. Scour the home for old jewelry, using funky shapes, Rockledge Rat Removal and dimensions, see what you could create using the things you’ve found. Try taking some of it apart and creating new and improved pieces!
10. Lastly, your kids are entering a new stage in their lives, whether they’re 10, 11, 12 or even 13. So today could be a fantastic time to make an inspiration journal that compiles things they’re interested in and things that inspire them. Go through magazines and be creative with it – it’ll be a fun memento to return on!