It’s 103° in Texas. The pool is like a hot tub. What can you do different inside with kids? Here are some craft ideas that you could try this weekend:

Martha Stewart’s Animal Puppet Kit

I found this puppet kit at Walmart for about $12. You could make your own with lunch bags, scrapbook paper, glue sticks, markers & cotton balls.


Spin Art

Create your own art with a salad spinner. My son who is not into drawing or crafts. Loves doing this!

Photos and instructions from the Brassy Apple.

Plum Pudding has some great ideas on what to do with your spin art. Check out her other crafts too! So cute.


Recycled Mini Books

I love this project by art teacher Kathy Barbro.  It’s great to do with preschoolers, plus it teaches them to recycle.


Tissue Paper Flowers

These are always fun and easy!

• Cut a few pieces (about 4-6) of tissue paper about 8 x 10 inches (the exact size doesn’t matter).

• Put the paper in a pile and fold it like an accordion fan then round the edges with sissors.

• Tie the center of the folded paper with a green pipe cleaner (or twist tie).

• Gently pull each piece of paper towards the top center of the flower, separating each sheet of paper from the others (forming the petals of the flower).

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  1. I agree that it is better to let kids do their own art, but common! You have to admit Martha’s “canned” stuff, as you call it, is really creative. This packaged kid art is great for moms who are not creative and want to do fun art project. As you see, I also suggested creating your own puppets with things around the home. We haven’t done this project yet, but I’m sure my kid’s puppets will be unique. The pig’s nose will probably end up on the lion and there will be extra hair and eyes drawn with markers.

  2. alot of Martha Stewart’s stuff is canned and doesn’t allow for kids own creativity to come through. The kids would be alot better served if they were given the materials and allowed to create their own animals not ones that Martha Stewarts people created.

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