Who can believe that summer is coming to an end? I seriously feel like it just started. I went into Walmart last week and was so sad to see that they had Back to School supplies out already. I was voxing Misty and she said that she was in Target and they have theirs out too. It seems as if no one can enjoy their summer any more. I, for one, am still making plans to go swimming, camping, huckleberry picking, sleeping in and just enjoying not having a schedule and nowhere to be. Anybody with me?
I find that all too often the kids are asking what the plans are for the day and I am saying, “Do we have to have a plan?” I guess I have us doing too many things during the day. We love going to the lake or to the splash park, hanging out with friends or family and eating good food. With today’s post I decided to do something that I would maybe regret while we were doing it but that the kids would LOVE.
We have a woodcraft store here called Wood Creations. It is such a fun place to get unfinished wood projects and all the supplies to finish them. I must admit that I am slightly obsessed with them and love to buy all of their seasonal craft projects. My kids tend to get a bit envious when I do and are always begging me to pick them up something and let them paint it themselves. I am happy to report I finally took them shopping and, in fact, let them paint them themselves which took a great deal of self restraint on my part. I must admit, they really did a great job. It was such a simple project for my kids ranging from 12-3 (I laid my 1 year old down for his nap) and they loved the whole process.
Wooden Characters-paid $5.99 for each
There is no right or wrong way to do a project like this and my kid’s imaginations ran wild. It was so fun to let them do what they wanted and not have to tell them what they needed to do. They started by sanding, then painting, then glittering — and boy did they glitter. I brought up a project to work on while they did theirs but found that I was having more fun watching them and helping that I didn’t even get to mine. My husband teased me that I was trapping the kids indoors, but we have spent SO much time outside this summer it was great to do a project indoors for a change.
The kids were so happy with how they wooden crafts turned out. They have been playing with them and the colors that they choose are so fun.
Need some other summer ideas? Be sure to check out our other posts to help pass the summer time blues: 50+ Summer Boredom Busters and Fun Summer Schedule. Be sure to let us know what you have done to help make summer fun for your kids. We love trying new things with our kids.