I can’t believe August is already here!
My kids go back to school in September this year, but I feel like summer is flying by without enough family time. July was a busy month for our family with two separate sets of house guests and out-of-town dance finals. Hopefully, August will be the month that is spent relaxing and playing. That’s what summer break is supposed to be about, right?
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I love coming up with ideas for summer beach crafts, but with four impatient kids sometimes it’s easier to just set out some brightly colored paints, dump a pile of shells on a drop-cloth and let them get busy. Having both preschoolers and grade-schoolers, I’m happy with any craft that keeps the four of them in one place for fifteen minutes. I can sneak inside for a cup of coffee, and they can continue to tone those fine motor skills.
Let’s Not Make it Complicated
I love complicated. I want to set up a craft activity and take photos before my kid’s little hands grab the brushes. I want my photos to show the kids smiling, ready to begin, while wearing art smocks. And I’d love it if the paint colors to never got mixed together. I have yet to achieve complicated perfection, and today was no different. My kids attire ranged from pajamas to a tutu, and they were seated and painting before all the colors were set out. Then the dog jumped into the middle of their paint space, knocked the palettes over and tracked blue paw prints around our patio. It was fun, and I’m smiling as I write this post! And guess what? The paints didn’t get mixed together!
Display those Summer Memories!
The kids’ painted shells turned out adorable. I decided to hot glue them to a scrap of colored paper and put them in a frame. The shell art is siting on our mantel now, and the kids are excited and proud. When I catch a glance of the shells while walking through the room I think of our latest beach trip, and all the fun we had while painting the shells.