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4th of July Crafts for people who can’t cut or draw

DIY Rocket out of toilet paper rolls

DIY Rocket out of toilet paper rolls

If I had a crafting blog it would be called, “Crafts for people who can’t cut or draw”. I can’t do either of those things. People assume they can’t craft if they aren’t good at those two things, but oh no no no. There are so many crafts that involve so little artistic skill. It’s usually nothing more than patience and the knowledge that it doesn’t really matter. That being said, crafters who are good at those two things, make much better crafts than me. But it’s not a competition. Is it people?
So, for the fourth, I pinned a ton of awesome crafts for the boys and me to do. We have already done several of these little rockets out of toilet paper rolls. Tomorrow we are gonna make the kind that you can pull a string and confetti falls out. I call those “fire crackers” for some reason. These crafts are made for people who can’t cut or draw. Just look at my horribly hand cut circle. IMG_3262Tragic. It doesn’t matter. The tutorial was very easy (note we did not paint ours. We opted for using origami paper instead.) There were several things the boys could do on their own with this. Carter cut the tissue paper (for the fire cracker) in a square and he threaded the twine through the interior circle. Henry threaded the twine through the punched holes at the top of the rocket – which is a great fine motor skill exercise for him. He really concentrated and went through a lot of trial and error to get it right. I love to see my kids get it wrong and keep trying until they get it right. They also glued (read: glue sticked) the paper to the tp rolls, used the circle cutter (with my help) for the tops of the rockets and decorated the rockets all by themselves. Seriously – I didn’t do any of those Thomas stickers!
Here are some other quick and easy crafts for the fourth. Proficiency in cutting/drawing, not required.
This rocket ship is pretty easy even though all the directions are in Arabic (I think?). I speak the language of “craft” so that was no problem. Plus she took good photos so I could easily follow. Apparently in Arab speaking countries they don’t use a lot of tape. I don’t know why. I used tape for this whole thing. No glue at all. Arabic crafters be cray cray with their glue and shizz. This is for a child over 4.
Paint dots American Flag If you have children 3 and under and you don’t have paint dots. Stop reading now. Go to Michaels and get some. They are so easy. So not messy and never run out of paint! Plus you can make this super easy, super fun American Flag. The tutorial has a free printable!!
Construction paper American Flag. Henry is obsessed with American flags. It’s pretty cute. He points them out every time he sees them, which is a lot these days. He loves to cut, but cutting the full length of the paper seems beyond his skill set. Still I think he will enjoy this one.

Mom Camp

on the top of the Empire State Building. How can I top this?

on the top of the Empire State Building. How can I top this?

I have been a little terrified about this summer. We are went away for the first week and now we are home. We will just be here. Hot and grumpy all summer long. I want them to do camp, but not every week or even every other week. It’s too expensive for one and I want them to have a break from getting up and having to go somewhere every day. So I’ve been pinning all kinds of ideas on pinterest and I’ve come up with what will hopefully be a fun and productive summer!

I used the Power of Moms blog post as a guide. First, I gave the boys a plan for every day of the week.
“Make it Monday” – We will make something that day. I’ve pinned tons of crafts like rocket ships, jet packs, stepping stones, etc.. Last week, we made hand prints in clay. (check out my pinterest page for ideas)
Travel Tuesday – We will visit some place like the Children’s Museum or grandmas.
Wet Wednesday – Pool, splash pad, water park (if I can find one).
Thinking Thursdays – We will go to a library or museum and research something based on our weekly theme.
Fun Fridays –  Whatever they want!

2. Weekly themes. We  chose a theme to focus on each week. Then every day after lunch we will do an activity around each theme. We have Outer Space week, Art Week, Theater Week, USA week (4th of July). For example, on Outer Space week,  we will make a rocket ship (found it here) and watch a video of rockets launching. Maybe will make a mobile of the planets too, if we have time. We will also go to the Natural History museum and learn about the planets on “Thinking Thursday”. The other days don’t have to fit into our theme, but it’s fine if they do.

Other Weekly Themes:
Art Week – we will visit the High Museum of Art, make a self portrait, work with Water colors, make stepping stones for outside out of cement
Trains Week – we will ride the subway, visit the Train Museum in Duluth, play trains :) and read a book about trains.
Theater Week – we will go see a puppet show or a children’s play, write our own little play, do a puppet show and play some improv games.

3. A schedule. I remember my summers of just lazing the days away watching copious amounts of TV and eating lots of Doritos and bean dip. While I enjoyed that sloth life, I don’t think it was necessarily a good thing for me. So we have to keep a bit of a schedule. We’ve already talked about it. We get up whenever we wake up (so 7 for them, sigh). Eat breakfast and then do our chores and daily activities.
4. Daily Chores are 1. make bed 2. put clothes away 3. get dressed/brush teeth 4. Feed Lucy. After chores we get to do one of our daily activies “activity”.
Weekly Chores
Each day we will complete one of our weekly household chores.
Monday is sweep the porch. Tuesday is tend the garden. Wednesday is dusting. Thursday is give the dog a bath day. And Friday is laundry day. I seriously doubt we will do these every week (especially bathe the dog), but every other would be a good thing.

Goals – I have set some tentative goals for the boys as well.
Writing: Carter (5) is always reluctant to write. I don’t want him to spend the whole summer not working on it, so 5 minutes of writing time a day. Henry (3) loves to write so that will be fun for him to draw or write too.
Reading: Carter(5)will read one Bob book (these are excellent learning to read books) a day and I will read a story to both at least once a day.
Bike: Carter’s goal for the end of the summer is riding his bike without training wheels. For Henry, it was riding his tricycle. We will also spend some morning time practicing a sport – soccer, baseball, tennis, frisbee whatever they want. They can also use this time to play a board game if they like

Carter is so into this. He loves a schedule. It was getting late on Monday and he said, “we haven’t made anything yet and it’s a make it Monday”! We went swimming on a Thursday and he said, “but it’s not a wet Wednesday”. It gives them something to look forward to and makes them feel secure to have a plan, I think. It’s great for me to not be struggling to come up with an activity every day or to be asked every day if we can go to the pool. Hope this helps y’all!  Have a great summer!!!!