The 15 Minute Fix: Fun Summer Kids' Crafts


Happy Wednesday Friends! It's time for another 15 Minute Fix and today I'm sharing fun summer crafts for kids. Each was kid tested and given a thumbs up by Ginger Grand during his recent visit and each can be completed in 15 minutes!

Summertime kids crafts
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First up, a firefly night light inspired by the real thing. Did you ever catch fireflies and put them in a jar when you were a kid? I did and the memory was triggered when tons of the tiny bugs started appearing near my bedroom window, earlier this summer. I read that there are actually more fireflies after a rainy spring which explains this year's abundance. When GG was here, I learned the little city boy hadn't seen fireflies before, so of course we had a viewing party accompanied by multiple exclamations of "Look, there's one!"  The next day we crafted the night light as a memento he could take home with him. 


Firefly night light


Here's how we made it: I had saved and sanitized a purple plastic vitamin jar, but any dark colored plastic container with a lid would work. Next, Ginger Grand decorated it with an assortment of bug stickers, including fireflies.


Firefly night light


Then we were ready to add the battery operated LED lights. I found these at Ikea and I like them because they have an on/off switch, plus a screwdriver is needed to add or remove the batteries--to prevent little fingers from getting curious!  At bedtime, we would remove the jar lid and GG would turn the light on, then I would turn it off once he fell asleep. However, I forgot one night and they were still burning brightly the next morning!  


Firefly night light



He was quite proud of his creation!


Firefly night light


On to our next project! Remember this little guy I featured a few months ago? I knew Ginger Grand would love him for his garden, but I also had a project in mind.


Glow in the dark garden spider


For a 5 year old boy, the only thing better than a creepy garden spider is a creepy glow-in-the-dark garden spider! After giving careful instructions and donning him with a protective mask, I let GG spray it himself, with a trigger spray attachment as the regular spray paint button is too hard for little fingers to push. 


Glow in the dark garden spider


Here's the paint we used,


Glow in the dark spider kids craft


the finished project, 


Glow in the dark spider


and the proud artist!


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Firefly night light


Do you enjoy crafting with your kids or grandkids? 


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5 comments:

  1. Fun! It's been a long time since I have been involved with kids' crafts, but when I was teaching, it was all kiddos all the time!! ;-)

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  2. Very cute craft any kid or adult will love.

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  3. Hi Cecilia ...
    What fun for Ginger Grand and you too, of course !!!
    So glad you introduced him to the fireflies (lightening bugs). I love fireflies and the memories they stir up. Yes, I have noticed a lot of them this year. Reminds me of one of my earlier blog posts. I will send you a link to it. So happy GG got to spend some time with you. Time he will always remember.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  4. Oh my gosh he is totally adorable! And your crafts are super! If my kids were still little I'd do them, too! xo Kathleen

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  5. What fun! I want one. :) Thank you for linking up to Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We really appreciate you! Have a wonderful weekend!

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