Another is to bring projects with us. We had a couple hours of rain during our beach vacation, as we always seem to have, and the kids immediately go bonkers when they can see the beach and pool from our balcony but not go play in them. Luckily, this year, just before our trip I received a couple of Creativity for Kids craft kits to review, and I brought them with us to Ocean City.
On Tuesday's rain hour, we played with Feather Fashions:
It was a whole hair accessories kit. We made headbands and feather hair extensions and fancy ponytail holders and barrettes.
And on Wednesday's rain hour we played with Deluxe Glitter Art. Pro tip: when you do glitter projects
Pro tip #2: when you forget to lay down the newspaper, be grateful that your toddler son is on vacation with you in addition to your crafting daughters. His baby wipes pick up glitter nicely, and since he's napping, he won't object at all.
Each kit kept my two girls busy together for over an hour (with parental assistance). My girls are only 4 and 6 so some of that feather wrapping required some
In an ideal world, I'd love to set my kids before open-ended art inspiration all the time. Here's some blank paper and watercolors, that sort of thing. And we often do that kind of art together. But there are two reasons why I also love craft kits: 1) kids build confidence following examples; and 2) they're so convenient. They had everything inside that we needed and my girls were happy, not complaining at all about being stuck inside during the rain.
So! Ready to get your craft on? I have two kits to give away to one of you. You'll receive the same Deluxe Glitter Art set that we enjoyed as well as the Beach Buddies Shell Crafts kit. Thematic- I love it!
Want them? My oldest is starting first grade tomorrow. Leave me a comment about your creative traditions to celebrate the beginning of the school year. I'll let the random generator thingie pick a winner before I go to bed next Sunday. Sound good? Go!
The disclosure-y stuff: these two craft kits were sent to me by Mom Select Media as part of their Creativity for Kids campaign, and if you're my winner, they'll send them to you, too. Thanks, MSM and CfK- my daughters think you rock.