Hi there, it’s Laura from Make Life Lovely. I’m so excited to kick off a summer of fun with your kids!
Living in San Diego, when I think of summer I think of sea shells, long days spent playing at the beach, and all things nautical. Today I’m sharing a fun starfish craft that is perfect for all kids, whether you live near the beach or not.
All you need for this starfish craft is some salt dough, which can be made from just two ingredients you already have and water. So easy!
Salt Dough Recipe
2 c flour
2 c salt
1 c water
Step 1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until throughly combined. Knead for a few minutes until the dough is soft.
Step 2. To create a starfish shape, start with a ball of dough. Gently pull out five “blobs” evenly spaced around the center to become the arms. Try to make them as equal as possible. You can always add more dough or take some off if a starfish arm is too small or too big.
Step 3. Now just gently pull on each arm and shape it to look like a starfish. I like to push on the sides and pull the arms out, then lightly press on the top and sides to make the basic starfish shape.
Step 4. Now comes the fun part! This is where you and the kids get to customize your starfish just how you like it.
There are so many different varieties of starfish out there. A simple Google search will give you lots of ideas!
We made some starfish that were long and skinny.
We added small holes in some of the starfish with the top of a pencil to make them look more realistic.
Some starfish even have small balls of dough added to the top to give them the bumpy look of some tropical starfish.
Step 5. When all the starfish have been created, you can either let them air dry over a few days or bake them. Baking is perfect for those of us who are impatient.
Place them in a 325 degree oven and cook until they are firm to the touch and baked thoroughly. This can take about an hour for a small starfish, and can take 2-3 hours for a bigger, thicker starfish.
After the starfish have cooled, you can either leave them plan and natural like we did, or paint them. I’ll probably let the kids paint them soon for another activity when they tell me they’re bored this summer.
Let the kids get creative with the colors they choose and have fun! I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun starfish craft tutorial. If you decide to make these with your kids, I’d love to see them!
Learn how to make sidewalk chalk paint and keep your children entertained all day long with this quick and easy kids art and craft activity! A great outdoor summer craft for kids!
DIY sidewalk chalk paint is one of our favorite (and inexpensive!) outdoor summer activities! We’ve previously shared our favorite homemade chalk paint recipe before, but it is SO much fun that I couldn’t resist bringing it up one more time! Making your own sidewalk paint is super easy, and it only requires a couple of ingredients, so virtually ANYONE can do it!
HOW TO MAKE:
1/2 cup Cornstarch
2/3 cup Water
Mix together the water and cornstarch, and stir until the cornstarch dissolves. Our chalk paint recipe generally calls for a 1:1 ratio of cornstarch and water, but since we were painting on the sidewalk instead of paper, I incorporated just a bit more water and found that we liked it even better. We were able to paint longer brushstrokes without needing to reload the paintbrush with paint, which is always great for younger kids. Divide the paint mixture into the wells of a muffin tin or similar painting tray, and add food coloring to achieve the desired colors – note that the colors will dry much lighter on the sidewalk than they appear in the tin!
Large kids paintbrushes work best, but any paintbrush will do!
Since the entire batch of paint only costs about $.50 to make, I never have to worry about them ruining expensive paints when it comes time to experiment with color mixing (Sutton’s specialty!).
When the kids were done painting with the paintbrushes, they decided to paint their hands and feet and make hand/footprints on the sidewalk. They had a blast with it! The paint washes off their skin easily with soap and water, and we didn’t run into any problems with the food coloring staining their skin or the concrete.
Of course, around here, you can’t play with sidewalk chalk without making hopscotch!
These guys hopscotched and painted with our homemade sidewalk chalk paint for almost two hours! That’s a huge parenting win!
I have always wanted to try these giant kiddie pool bubbles, and this summer we finally did it! If you have never tried it, you must! It is such a blast!
What you need to make giant bubbles in a kiddie pool:
-a hard plastic kiddie pool
-a hula hoop
-the perfect bubble solution
For the Bubble Solution you need:
– 5 Gallons of Water
– 10 Cups of Dawn dish soap (regular not antibacterial)
Helpful tips to make giant bubbles:
– Let this solution sit overnight in the kiddie pool…for some reason this helps.
– The less foam you make, the better your bubbles will be. Too much foam is the enemy to giant bubbles. Try to keep the splashing to a minimal.
-an overcast sort of cloudy day is optimal for these bubbles.
Don’t forget the bubble beards.
This might be the funnest you will have in your backyard all summer!
Don’t forget to crank your favorite summer soundtrack to add to the fun!
The air bubbles consist of a film of soapy water filled with air. When you blow bubbles, the film expands outward. The force acting on the molecules in the bubble causes it to form a shape that contains a sphere with one of the largest volume and the smallest area. This is why every shape becomes round. Create your own bubble mixture. Try different amounts of water, dishwashing liquid (dishwashing liquid) and glycerin, and get the perfect formula, then try adding a little corn flour to make it stronger!
the last step: tie to a tree and relax.
Note- it may look incredibly thin, but it will widen when your in it.
There are few experiences more restful than relaxing over a summer’s afternoon — as the sun bakes well-being in your soul — inside the cradling arms of your good hammock. Of course, the swinging lounges can be quite expensive. But, if you possibly could scrounge some ten to twenty hours of labor some time and you could somewhat be in a position to tie a netted slumber nest of your own.
At now you must flip the gauge stick over so the shuttle cord hangs for the left side (you’ll work from left to right on each row). Then muster up just a little courage and retrieve the stick, letting the loops dangle free. Now, contain the gauge with your left hand, slightly below the work, bring the shuttle as well as cord down in front, up behind and with the first cast-on (not starter) loop, and down in front from the stick again. Pinch the twine along with your thumb, create a half hitch across the two strands with the first cast-on loop, and carry the shuttle down and across the gauge stick again. This time, pass the shuttle over the second cast-on loop, and continue as before. Repeat the process through each cast-on loop consequently, ensuring to maintain the project even. (This initial row can be a pain inside neck, but don’t allow it reach you. If you persevere, the task will — honest! — get easier afterwards.)
Soon each of the cord in your shuttle will probably be used. Reload, and knot the free end in the new twine to that particular of the previous cord, using a square or weaver’s knot.
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While everyone wants to celebrate the bride-to-be, it’s no secret that bridal showers can become a bit of a drag. The same bridal shower themes, bridal shower games, and brunch food can get to be a bit mundane, especially if it’s your eighth bridal shower of the year. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way. Spring and summer bridal showers offer endless opportunities for celebratory themes guaranteed to surprise and delight your guests.
From fiestas to luaus, these spring and summer bridal shower themes are anything but boring.
Jump Into a Pool Party
Hosting a poolside party has tons of benefits, not least of which is a relaxed atmosphere in the sun. Pop some fun floats in the pool—we’re partial to the flamingo—and gift monogrammed beach towels for each of your guests. Serve up poolside classics, like daiquiris, cold beers, and Arnold Palmers, alongside light bites including guacamole and ceviche. Just remember to word the invitation properly, so guests know to bring their swimsuits, and provide an SPF bar to avoid nasty tan lines before the big day.
Rosé on the Roof
City dwellers know that spring and summer entertainment involves rooftops, so what better place to throw a bridal shower? Stock the ice buckets with Domaines Ott rosé wine (a French seaside classic) and Louis Roederer Rosé Champagne—it’s time for Rosé on the Roof. Deck out the terrace or patio with floral arrangements and comfortable seating, then serve up wine-friendly fare like crab-topped salad, shrimp skewers, and veggie wraps.
Throw a Chic Garden Party
Instantly transport your guests to the English countryside with a sophisticated soirée in a manicured garden or greenhouse; it will be your very own garden party. Think floral-print dresses, lavender-garnished cocktails, and plenty of blooms alongside a farm-fresh menu. A string quartet will further set the mood as well as classic entertainment like archery. For a modern upgrade, host a make-your-own flower crown bar or a workshop on how to arrange freshly cut blossoms.
Host a Black and White Bash
Make like Truman Capote and host your own black and white masquerade ball—or, at least, a dinner party. Ask guests to don their best black or white formal attire, masks preferred, for an elegant soirée at your home. Hire a chef or caterer to handle the food and a bartender to keep the champagne flowing; bonus points for building a champagne tower. It will be a night none of your gals will forget, just like the guests of the famed 1966 party.
Move over, Taco Tuesdays. For the bride with an affinity for tacos, tequila, and all the guac (ie. all of us), throw a fiesta complete with colorful papel picados and a mariachi band. A margarita bar is a necessity, as is a selection of spicy salsas for dipping chips. You can have this party inside or out, making it flexible in case of inclement weather, and well, does anyone not like a taco theme?
Sip on Mimosas
Nothing goes better with brunch foods than mimosas. Put a spin on standard OJ and prosecco by offering a lineup of fruit juices, including grapefruit, cranberry, and pear, along with brut bubbles and festive garnishes such as strawberries, herbs, and edible flowers. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try something like Fluffpop, gold-flecked cotton candy you can place on top of a glass of bubbles. Talk about a party in a glass.
Attend a Tea Party
Skip the Mad Hatter theme in favor of a modern spin: a make your own herbal tea bar. Guests can mix their own blend of loose leaf tea, by scooping everything from black tea leaves to star anise and rose petals into a strainer; brew and ta-da! It works for iced teas, too, and we’re not opposed to a spiked version to get the party started. You can also bring in an ayurvedic expert or certified tea blender to help lead the class—you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t, especially to help cure ailments and boost things like libido.
Cue the hula dancers, it’s time for a luau. Though this is a time-honored party and bridal shower theme, it never fails to excite guests, especially in tropical summer weather. Have guests wear their best floral prints and bright colors, deck the space out in tiki torches and orchids, and of course, “lei” all your friends and family as they arrive—no pun intended. For food and beverages, think Polynesian classics: kalua pork, poke bowls, fresh pineapple, and tiki cocktails.
Taste Lots of Wine
Spend the day tasting white and red wines, learning how wine is made, and of course, sipping a glass on a patio with a giant cheese plate at a destination bridal shower at a local winery. Producers like Napa Valley’s Charles Krug and New York’s Macari Vineyards are great for groups since they have indoor and outdoor seating, scenic views, and amazing wines. Look for a local winery with lots of options to make it the perfect outing with your favorite ladies.
Tour a Brewery
Beer more the bride’s thing? Never mind the winery; hit a local brewery instead. Tour the facilities to see how the brews are made and taste through different styles and flavors before ordering some pitchers and food for a celebratory affair. San Diego’s Stone Brewing, central Pennsylvania’s Tröegs Independent Brewing, and Boston’s Harpoon Brewery are all great destinations, but so is the brewery closest to you.
Support a Charity
Share your passion for philanthropy with your nearest and dearest by hosting a charity-focused bridal shower. This can be everything from a day volunteering at a soup kitchen to throwing your fête at an animal shelter or sanctuary. Even if you have a traditional party, you can still honor a foundation. Ask guests to donate to a nonprofit of your choice in lieu of gifts, and invite a representative to share all of the amazing work the organization does during your soirée.
What’s better than a party on a boat? Basically nothing, which is why a nautical theme is the perfect way to celebrate a lady of honor who loves the water. Charter a spacious sailboat, yacht, or catamaran for a few hours of sailing along with plenty of seafood and beers. Set a dress code that requests nautical stripes and sun hats and decorate with anchors, ropes, and paddles.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Is the bride a literature lover? If so, she just might adore a Shakespearean-themed shower, celebrating “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Think lush green florals, glowing lanterns, and twinkling lights for décor musts, while flower crowns of baby’s breath can help with the magical vibes. For final touches, incorporate quotes from the tale as centerpieces or decorative accents to tie it all together.
Have a Grilling Party
Cooking classes are nothing new for bridal showers, but put a summer spin on the idea by hosting a grilling workshop. Nothing says a dude has to “man” the barbecue. Invite a grilling pro to teach your ladies how to sear, grill, and smoke your favorite foods. You can even go with lighter fare, working with marinated salmon, fruit kabobs, and oysters instead of red meat—obviously, all paired with wine.
Play It Up
Throw your own lawn games tournament as an unexpected bridal shower theme. You’ll enjoy the outdoors while partaking in some friendly sporting as you go head-to-head over corn hole, bocce ball, and croquet. You can even class it up by having your guests don their “croquet whites” and serve herb-infused cocktails alongside elevated stadium foods like bite-sized chicken and waffles and shrimp corn dogs with mustard aioli. Game on!
Elevate a Backyard Barbecue
Forgo the standard burgers for an at-home affair that feels a bit more celebratory. Set long farm-style tables with pretty plates and seasonal blooms, and be sure to tell guests to arrive hungry; it’s going to be a feast. For the food, hire a catering company or chef to handle the preparation while you focus on a lemonade bar—possibly even spiked with vodka. To take it up a notch, have a folk band play some jams while guests mix and mingle, drinks in hand.
Observe the Summer Solstice
The solstice, an astronomical occurrence defined by the earth’s tilt toward the sun, results in the “longest day of the year,” coined due to the maximum number of hours of sunlight on that day. Honor your closest star by throwing the shindig outdoors, with seasonal dishes and drinks and a colorful dress code. Since the holiday also praises Mother Earth, give your party an eco-friendly spin. Reduce waste by renting glassware, plates, and linens; decorate with potted plants, and donate to an environmentally-focused charity as your party favors.
In my daycare, the hooligans and I love to make homemade yard ornaments using found or recycled materials.
We’ve made dozens of simple wind chimes and whirligigs over the years and I think this project is one of my favourites yet!
For environmental reasons, I’m not a big fan of bottled water—but we recently hosted a backyard BBQ and while cleaning up, I collected about a dozen empty water bottles. Instead of tossing them in the trash, I decided we would use them to create colourful water bottle wind spirals to hang in our outdoor play space.
I’m just thrilled with the way they turned out! I love the way they bounce and bob in the wind. The sunlight shining through the bands of colour looks so lovely.
You Will Need:
several plastic water bottles
permanent markers in various colours
1. Remove the lids and labels from your bottles and give them a quick wash.
Make sure bottles are thoroughly dry on the outside. I removed the moisture from the inside of the bottles as well by stuffing a paper towel into each bottle and, keeping hold of one end of the paper towel, giving the bottle a good shake. Then I gently pulled the paper towel out.
To dry any remaining beads of water, I blasted the bottles with warm air from a hairdryer. Be careful not to hold the hairdryer too close to the plastic, because the plastic may warp or melt.
2. Once the bottles are dry, your little ones can colour them! Permanent markers are a must for this step. Washable ink will not adhere to the plastic.
We used a variety of colours on each bottle. We made vertical stripes on some and horizontal stripes on others. It really doesn’t matter how you fill in the colours, just make sure your bottle is covered in colour from top to bottom.
3. With your colouring complete, it’s time to turn your bottles into sprirals. With your scissors, remove the flat bottom of the bottle and discard (or save for a future craft project!).
Starting at the cut edge, snip around and around, from the bottom of the bottle to the top, to create a spiral. Stop cutting when you get to the smooth, rounded “shoulders” of the bottle.
4. When all of your spirals have been cut, head out to the yard and find a slender tree branch to hang them from.
Slide the neck of the bottles onto the branch and nest the bottle tops together by tucking each one into the one before it.
5. Stand back, and watch your colourful wind spirals bounce and dance in the breeze.
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