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I’ve got 3 sizzlin’ hot beach crafts for kids to make as their very own dinnerware set to share with you! These would be a perfect addition to our 30 classic (and easy) summer crafts for kids! Thanks to Amanda of Easy Crafts for Kids for creating and sharing these!

Summer is upon us and what better way to celebrate than getting together with family and friends. And nothing brings family and friends together like a BBQ!

Our Crafty Critters like to do things in style, but with a homemade touch, so we thought we would create some beach themed dinnerware to help decorate for your BBQ gathering.

Beach Crafts for Kids to Make

These plates, cups and napkin rings are a great way to bring the beach to the picnic table.

Beach Crafts for Kids to Make as Dinnerware

Let’s get the summertime crafting going!

What you’ll need to make these beach crafts with the kids:

  • paper plate
  • paper cup
  • empty paper roll
  • paint and paintbrush
  • pencil
  • pipe cleaner
  • craft foam
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue

So fun! 3 beach crafts for kids to make as dinnerware!

Beach Ball Paper Plates

Grab a pencil and do a quick outline of your beach ball onto your paper plate. This is simply a small circle in the center of your plate and lines diving the rest into 6 wedges. There is no exact, just have fun and make it look like a beach ball.

Grab your paints and paintbrush. Paint the center circle with a nice bright color (we chose red).

How to make paper plate beach ball craft

Now for the wedge areas, you will alternate between color and white. Paint in three wedges with fun beach ball colors – we chose blue, yellow and purple.

How to make paper plate beach ball craft

Now simply set your plate aside to dry.

You can repeat this process for however many plates you will need.

Paper plate beach ball craft

Sand Pail Cups

Pick the colors you would like for your pail. We chose to make a white, purple and yellow one. Paint a strip around the center of the cup with yellow paint.

Now, grab your second color, purple in our case, and paint the bottom section with purple paint.

How to make paper cup Sand Pail craft

As our third color is white we don’t need to paint the top – but if you chose a different color just paint the top area with that color. Now allow your cup to dry.

Pierce a hole on opposite sides of the brim of your cup – you can actually do this with the ends of the pipe cleaners as the metal center punches through.

How to make paper cup Sand Pail craft

Thread each end of a pipe cleaner through each hole you created. Twist the end back around the pipe cleaner on each side.

This will be the handle of your pail.

How to make paper cup Sand Pail craft

Make sure the bend the pipe cleaner to look like the handle.

Again, just repeat the process for however many you need.

Paper cup Sand Pail craft

Now we are done the cup and onto our last piece of dinnerware – the napkin rings.

Beach Themed Napkin Rings

Cut a one inch piece off your paper roll – cut as many as you will need.

How to make beach themed napkin rings craft for kids

Cut the same sized strip of construction paper. Make sure it is long enough to wrap around the paper roll. Glue this strip around each paper roll.

Grab your craft foam and its time to make your mini shovels. We are fairly adept at free cutting shapes, but feel free to trace a shovel shape onto the craft foam before cutting.

How to make beach themed napkin rings craft for kids

Decorate the shovel by adding a few details. Glue the mini shovel in the center of the paper roll.

Beach themed napkin rings craft for kids

Rinse and repeat again and you are all set for your BBQ! No one will have decorations like yours, it will surely be one of a kind!

So fun! 3 beach crafts for kids to make as dinnerware!

If you enjoy these summer crafts for our Crafty Critters you will not be disappointed by the rest of our easy crafts for kids.

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25 Drivetastic Busy Bag Ideas for Road Trips http://handsonaswegrow.com/busy-bag-ideas-road-trips/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/busy-bag-ideas-road-trips/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:42:31 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=55767 Here's a slew of busy bag ideas you can have ready for your next road trip! The kids will love you (and you'll love the trip for once).

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Here’s a slew of busy bag ideas you can have ready for your next road trip! The kids will love you (and you’ll love the trip for once).

Summer is among us and that usually means family trips and vacations. Whether it’s a short weekend trip or a long road trip or airplane ride, the kids often need to have some entertainment. They only can take a nap so much!

While I have lots of ideas for things to do with kids in the car while traveling, I thought it might be handier to share some specific busy bag ideas for road trips. Maybe Mom will get some reading time or shut eye before reaching their destination (we can dream, right?).

That would be Drivetastic!

I am working with Autotrader to show you that you can find the right vehicle for you that’s Drivetastic!

What does Drivetastic mean?

Being Drivetastic, to me, means that I can make sure my kids are safe with our car choice (with backup camera, navigation, etc — you can search for these features on Autotrader), but also with what we bring along in the car. That means not a million, gazillion pieces floating around all the time.

Feel Drivetastic!

A slew of busy bag ideas to have ready for our next road trip!

20 Road Trip Busy Bag Ideas

First of all, what do I consider a ‘busy bag’?

A busy bag to me is something that can be contained and stored away, but brought out to play with and put back (reusable). It doesn’t necessarily have to be a ‘bag’.

Secondly, what makes these best for road trips?

These busy bag ideas are great for road trips because they don’t have a million little pieces that the kids are going to constantly be dropping and not being able to continue on with their play until you have a chance to find the lost piece.

Busy book  that are great for on the road -- add these to our busy bag ideas!

Homemade Busy Books are Great Busy Bag Ideas

Busy Bags that are great for on the road -- add these to our busy bag ideas!

Travel Versions of Classic Games as Busy Bag Ideas

See the most beloved board games here.

Learning busy bags that are great for on the road -- add these to our busy bag ideas!

Learning Busy Bag Ideas for Road Trips

Want more learning ideas for toddlers? Find them here.

Lots of quick and easy busy bag ideas for on the road, in the car

Artsy Busy Bag Ideas for Road Trips

Find a week of art projects for kid here.

Lots of quick and easy busy bag ideas (I spy ideas) for on the road, in the car

I Spy & Sensory Busy Bag Ideas

Sensory galore! Find a gob of sensory ideas.

Lots of quick and easy busy bag ideas for on the road, in the car

So Much More Busy Bag Fun!

There ya go! You’ll be set to have so much fun on road trips from now on, you’ll be begging to go and you’ll never hear the dreaded “Are we there yet?” (We can hope right?).

Before you head off, you may want to take a look at this amazing list of Sanity Saving Tips for a Long Road Trip from Lemon Lime Adventures.

Now, make sure that your trip will be Drivetastic too!

What does being Drivetastic mean to you?

It’s your next car. Love shopping for it.

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2 Simple Tape Activities: What to Do with Lines of Tape http://handsonaswegrow.com/fun-kid-activity-lines-of-colored-tape/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/fun-kid-activity-lines-of-colored-tape/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 01:20:00 +0000 http://66.147.244.106/~handsoo6/2012/02/26/fun-kid-activity-lines-of-colored-tape/ Quick tape activities to do at a moment's notice. Tape lines on the floor for kids to walk along or blow pom poms along, trying to stay on the line of tape.

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I finally got some colored tape! (affiliate link) I didn’t even have plans for it, but I felt the need to have it for some fun tape activities! We got to it right away.

I taped some fun lines on the floor in three different colors.

A blue zig zag line. A red curvy line. And one straight line in green.

We ended up with two tape activities with this one setup of colored tape.

  1. Walk the line of colored tape.
  2. Blow pom poms along the coordinating color line.

We recently redid this activity again with my preschooler, George. Below are the latest images of George doing the tape activities mixed in with Henry doing the activities a couple of years ago. Henry was 3 at the time when we first did this. George is 4 when we did it again with the new photos below.

Tape is a great tool for activities and learning! Be sure to click over for 25 active learning activities with tape!

What to Do with Just Some Lines of Tape - 2 very simple tape activities can do quickly

Fun Tape Activity: Walk the Line

Simple just walk along the lines of tape.

One foot in front of each other.

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Following one of the colored lines.

Walking along the lines of tape -- can you get to the end without 'falling' off?

What to Do with Just Some Lines of Tape - 2 very simple tape activities can do quickly

Balancing to stay on your color.

What to Do with Just Some Lines of Tape - 2 very simple tape activities can do quickly

Make it harder by doing it backwards, or even sideways!

Walking along the lines of tape -- how many different ways can you walk along it?

(Blue Dog even got a turn ‘walking the line’!)

What to Do with Just Some Lines of Tape - 2 very simple tape activities can do quickly

Fun Tape Activity: Blow Pom Poms along the Line

Use pom poms in corresponding colors to the tape.

Blow the pom poms down the line with a straw.

2 activities to do with just some lines of tape to keep the kids busy (and moving!)

What to Do with Just Some Lines of Tape - 2 very simple tape activities can do quickly

(Or you could forgo the straw, but they make it really fun!)

Entertaining the kids with some lines of tape Entertaining the kids with some lines of tape

Try your best keeping the pom pom on the line all the way to the end.

What to Do with Just Some Lines of Tape - 2 very simple tape activities can do quickly

Its really harder than you think! Join them!

Have pom pom races! I shared a pom pom racing activity over on PBS Parents using this same technique.

Ultimately. Laugh. Joining in the fun will definitely make you laugh. Enjoy!

2 activities to do with just some lines of tape to keep the kids busy (and moving!)

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A Sample Weekly Plan of Crafts for Kids http://handsonaswegrow.com/crafts-kids-week/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/crafts-kids-week/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2015 01:00:33 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=55553 Every weekend I try to make a plan of activities for the coming week to start on Monday. I start with the gauging what my child is interested in (using the “My Child This Week” sheet of the free weekly planner). I fill one out for each of my kids and what they’re into at the […]

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Every weekend I try to make a plan of activities for the coming week to start on Monday.

I start with the gauging what my child is interested in (using the “My Child This Week” sheet of the free weekly planner). I fill one out for each of my kids and what they’re into at the moment. I use this as my guide to plan our activities accordingly.

With each of my kids’ interests, I brainstorm 7 activities to do that week. I jot them down on the simple ‘Activities To Do This Week’ planner.

Below is a sample week of fun crafts to do with young kids.

5 weekly plans of activities for each one year olds, two year olds, and preschoolers (plus a learning one too!)

7 simple crafts to do for a week with the kids

Monday: Find a great walking stick and clip off any sprouts. Decorate it with paint to their desire. Supplies: nature’s sticks, paint, paintbrushes, pruners or loppers

Tuesday: Make a nature suncatcher. Cut the centers out of paper plates. Cover with clear contact paper. Fill with found objects from nature. Supplies: paper plates, clear contact (sticky) paper, objects from nature

Wednesday: Make homemade wind chimes! Paint tin cans and punch a hole in the bottoms. Thread nuts and washers on the inside using yarn to hang them. Supplies: tin cans, paint and glitter (optional), string or yarn, washers and nuts, hammer

Thursday: Make a telescope from a plastic bottle. Cut off the bottom of the bottle. Decorate the sides with markers or colorful tape. Supplies: plastic bottle, scissors (or knife), markers or tape

Friday: Make beautiful flowers with coffee filters. Paint or dip them in colored water. Let dry. Twist centers to form a flower and wrap a pipe cleaner around the center for a stem. Supplies: coffee filters, water, food coloring, dishes, paintbrushes, pipe cleaners

Saturday: Make a paper bag mask by cutting two holes around the eyes. Decorate with paper and glue! Supplies: paper bag, colored paper scraps, school glue

Sunday: Build and create with crafts sticks and glueSupplies: colored crafts sticks, school glue

Family Time Tip! Leave Saturday and Sunday open for things to do as a family (like a movie night or cuddles).

5 weekly plans of activities for each one year olds, two year olds, and preschoolers (plus a learning one too!)

Ebooks bundle

The DISCOVER + PLAY + ENGAGE + LEARN eBooks have a combined 20 weeks of activities that are perfect for the early years. Fun ways to get kids moving, work on fine motor, do arts and craft projects and have fun as a family! Each weekly plan includes a handy supply list and activities broken down to know exactly what to do in a simple sentence or two.

Get your weekly activity plans here.

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How to Play Outdoor Games for All Ages, Together http://handsonaswegrow.com/how-outdoor-games-all-ages/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/how-outdoor-games-all-ages/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 01:00:19 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=56132 If you have multiple kids or you hang out with a group of kids, these tips for outdoor games for all ages will help you keep things running smoothly.

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Whether you have multiple kids yourself or you are just lucky enough to hang out with a group of kids in various stages of development, these tips for outdoor games for all ages will help you keep things running smoothly! And they will encourage big kids and little kids to play together in ways that are enjoyable for everybody!

I often find myself in the position of facilitating outdoor games and activities for groups of kids of all ages, ranging in age from 2-14 and over the years I have honed in on ways to get everyone playing together.

Awesome tips to play outdoor games for all ages, together -- ways to make games work for mixed ages

Tips to Play Outdoor Games for All Ages

Adapt to Give Younger Kids the Advantage

Look for outdoor games that are easy to adapt for individual players, such as Hide and Go Seek. Or that give smaller people a natural advantage, such as Limbo.

You can modify Hide and Go Seek by having only the biggest kids hide and all of the youngest seek, creating buddies or teams so that one team hides and the other team has to seek all the players.

Pair up an Older Kid with a Younger Kid

Pair up an older and younger child for games like tag where younger children may get confused by the rules. Older kids love to be seen as mature and capable; help them set up activities for toddlers and preschoolers such as obstacle courses and hopscotch. Let them know that you value the way they help younger kids and ask them to model the activities by playing with them.

Keep things engaging for older kids by bumping up the difficulty level of obstacle courses, races or hopscotch by having them do it backward, on one foot, or with a stopwatch!

Obstacle Course inspiration for babies and big kids

Tips to play outdoor games for all ages, together -- letting the little ones lead (brilliant!!)

Let Little Kids Lead

Let little kids lead for games like Simon Says or Red Light, Green Light; while things might get tedious if they lead too long even two-year-olds can be successful leaders for a few minutes with the right support.

You may have to remind them frequently of what they are doing but even if it means they are basically parroting you they will enjoy the sense of power that comes with leading.

Don’t be afraid to set an arbitrary limit if things go awry such as 3 more directions (Simon Says) and then it’s someone else’s turn to lead.

Tips to play outdoor games for all ages, together -- switch gears when its not working (I love the super funny way to do it!)

Switch Gears!

Switch gears if a game isn’t working; I often call out in a cheesy sports announcer voice something along the lines of “OH NO there is chaos on the field! And the clock is running down! We have just 30 seconds left before we play a new game 30,29,28”

Playing any kind of organized game with children who range in age and development is easier with a healthy dose of humor and a relaxed attitude about the “rules”.

These tips work for your favorite board games too!

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Simple Toothpick Activity for Fine Motor Skills http://handsonaswegrow.com/toothpick-activity-fine-motor/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/toothpick-activity-fine-motor/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2015 01:42:46 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=55857 Save your spice jars for this simple toothpick activity to work on fine motor skills! I always have large containers like this. But always thought it was something we had, and it wasn’t something that you would normally find in your house. I get them from the bakery as large sprinkle containers (affiliate link, so you can […]

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Save your spice jars for this simple toothpick activity to work on fine motor skills!

I always have large containers like this. But always thought it was something we had, and it wasn’t something that you would normally find in your house. I get them from the bakery as large sprinkle containers (affiliate link, so you can see what I mean).

And then, the other day, I used up the last of my taco seasoning (affiliate link again so you can see). I buy it in the nice big container and realized that my mom always buys her spices in big containers too! So others must have these handy containers with lids on them that have little holes to poke things through, right?

Do you have containers like this handy?

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They’re just begging to be played with!

I rinsed ours out and let the kids have fun! We found some toothpicks to poke through them and shake back out.

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But they didn’t really shake out too well, so George and Louis unscrewed the lid and dumped them out. (Which is also a great fine motor skill to learn, by the way).

Practice screwing with nuts and bolts, or drawer knobs!

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We’ve done something similar to this in the past using our sprinkle containers. Those have even larger holes so pipe cleaners worked perfectly for them!

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Of course, the boys fought over the one spice container we had. We’ll definitely be saving any we use in the future!

I can’t wait to use it for water play!

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More fine motor activities with poking:

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12 Garden Activities for Kids to Be Involved In http://handsonaswegrow.com/12-garden-activities-kids/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/12-garden-activities-kids/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:07:39 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=56183 We have always wanted a garden. We have an enormous backyard. But we also have deer like crazy, so I always nix the idea. I’m not about to put that much effort into growing a garden only for the deer to eat it. But right now, things are changing because we are building a garage. […]

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We have always wanted a garden. We have an enormous backyard. But we also have deer like crazy, so I always nix the idea. I’m not about to put that much effort into growing a garden only for the deer to eat it.

But right now, things are changing because we are building a garage. And with that, will come a better space for a garden, closer to the house, more protected from animals.

I can’t wait to start a garden with the kids.

Because of the garage project, we have an enormous dirt pile in our backyard right now. So to say things are messy, is kind of an understatement. We are constantly dragging dirt in the house, day after day. Much like it will be after working in the garden with the kids.

But we love messy play and I want them to get dirty and enjoy their childhood. Thank goodness that our sponsor, Clorox makes it super easy to clean up the messes with their clever cleaning hacks and handy supplies!

12 things for kids to help with in the garden (and still have fun)!

Gardening is not going to be different when the garage is built. Tracking in the dirt is going to continue to happen long after the dirt pile goes away.

I am so excited to have a garden, I’m brainstorming things the kids can help with to make it their own garden. There’s so much learning going on with gardening!

Get kids involved in prepping the garden (these are things I think the kids would actually love to do!)

Prepping the Garden with Kids

Getting the kids involved in taking care of the garden

Take Care of the Garden with the Kids

Having fun in the garden and enjoying it after growing plants

Have fun in the Garden with the kids

 

Just remember that the dirt from the garden can be cleaned up. Stains will be fond memories.

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12 things for the kids to do help plant the garden, take care of it and then enjoy what they grow. (I love these!)

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