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Summer Crafts With the Grandchildren

How have your summer holidays been going? Have you been enjoying being able to spend time with your grandchildren after such a long time apart during the lockdowns? If you’re having them over for a visit soon and you fancy a bit of creative crafting time together, we’re here to give you four simple ideas you can create together using easy-to-source supplies.

Sunshine plates

The British weather isn’t always predictable, but you can have sunshine all year round with these bright and happy homemade crafts.

You’ll need:

  • A paper plate
  • Yellow tissue paper cut into squares
  • Yellow and orange paper
  • PVA glue
  • A black marker pen

Instructions:

  1. Turn your paper plate onto the reverse and cover it in PVA glue. Generously stick on the yellow tissue paper squares, adding any more PVA where needed. Allow to dry.
  2. Cut the yellow and orange paper into long strips – these can be different lengths if you prefer. These will become the sunshine beams.
  3. Turn the paper plate over (non-yellow side) and stick the sunshine beams around the edges of the plate with the glue. Allow to dry.
  4. Turn the plate back around onto the yellow side and draw a lovely smiley sunshine face.
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Ladybird pebbles

During lockdown whole communities got involved with decorating “kindness rocks” and hiding them around their local villages and parks for children to find. Here’s how you make them.

You’ll need:

  • A good-sized clean flat pebble
  • Red, black and white acrylic paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Varnish – spray varnish works particularly well

Instructions:

  1. Begin by painting the top of your pebble red. Once it dries, give it another coat so that the colour is nice and strong. Allow to dry completely.
  2. Use the black paint to draw a straight line directly down the middle of the pebble, and then a semi-circle at the end for the head. Add antenna where the line meets the semi-circle. Paint on the spots in symmetrical areas on either side of the middle line for the ladybird’s famous spotted wings. Allow to dry completely.
  3. Cover the whole painted area in varnish – the spray varnish works very well for this as it mitigates the risk of any of the paint smudging.
  4. Allow to dry and then display in your garden for all to enjoy.
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Fingerprint flowers

Not only will these be a beautifully bright way to bring some colour to your fridge door display, but they will also be a way to remember how small your grandchildren’s fingers once were as they grow up!

You’ll need:

  • White paper
  • Poster paints in a mixture of colours
  • A bowl of soapy water

Instructions:

  1. Open your paint pots, or squeeze a small amount of each into tubs. Help your grandchild to stick the tips of their finger into the paint – not too much, and dab it onto the paper to create the flower centre spots.
  2. Wash the finger in soapy water and dry.
  3. Dab the finger into the next colour and decorate around the middle spot in the form of round petals. Then repeat the process until you have a page full of pretty colourful fingerprint flowers.
  4. If you’d like to have a contrast in fingerprint sizes, why not make the centre spot with your finger, with your grandchild’s prints around the edge. This way there will be a variety of sizes and will also be a lovely thing to look back at.
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Toilet roll butterfly

Have a look in your recycling bin and dig out a few empty toilet roll tubes to create these sweet butterfly crafts.

You’ll need:

  • Toilet roll tube
  • Coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Poster paint
  • Black marker pen

Instructions:

  1. Cut a strip of coloured paper to cover your cardboard tube, attach with glue. Alternatively, you could paint it using poster paints.
  2. Cut out the shape of the wings and decorate the front and back as brightly as you like. Don’t forget to make the pattern symmetrical! You could either cut out and glue shapes onto it, or use the poster paints. Allow to dry.
  3. Put a wide strip of glue down the middle of the wings and attach it to your decorated toilet roll.
  4. Cut out antenna shapes and glue the ends to the inside of the tube. Finally, draw a smiley face on your toilet tube.

If you love seeing butterflies in your garden and would like some tips on attracting more of your winged friends, you could read our article: How to Grow a Butterfly-Friendly Garden.

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We know crafts can feel a bit daunting because of the mess they could create. Thankfully, our range of revolutionary Aquaclean fabrics mean you can rest assured that your furniture won’t be at risk from sticky fingers!

Aquaclean fabrics come with built in antibacterial and stain release technology that allows you to clean household stains with just water. This way your chair or sofa will look like new for years – even if a little crayon somehow finds its way on there!

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our simple how-to guides on child-friendly crafts. For more ideas of how you can entertain the grandchildren during the summer months – both indoors and out, have a look at our article, Summer Holiday Activities With the Grandkids.

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