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3 Crafts to do Before Summer Ends

School is right around the corner which means there is only a few weeks of summer left! 

Enjoy the remaining few weeks of summer by having some fun with these awesome crafts. We're telling you, these are MUST DO crafts that your little ones will be sure to love! 

Awesome Craft #1: Homemade Fireflies - That REALLY Glow!

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I think we all remember those rare summer nights when we were lucky enough to see some magical fireflies. So how awesome would it be if we could recreate those magical summer nights with our children with a quick and easy craft?

Here's how to create LED Fireflies to help your kids feel a little bit of summer magic:

For this craft all you will need are: plastic Easter eggs, pipe cleaners, LED lights, duct tape and some scissors! That's it, so easy and so fun to do with your kids.

Instructions: Just pop the flameless LED tealight into a plastic Easter egg. Poke holes through the egg with a thumbtack to insert the pipe cleaners. The eyes are drawn onto white sticky labels or you can use googley eyes, and the wings are silver duct tape. Quick, easy, and totally cute! This is a must do craft for your kids before school starts!

Craft Credit: Katie Steuernagle

Awesome Craft #2: Homemade Mason Jar Aquariums

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This is a hands down, a must do activity. Keep summer going and bring it inside with these homemade mason jar aquariums. 

Craft Materials:

  • Mason Jars

  • Blue Food Colouring

  • Water (Suggest using filtered water to give a clearer look, but tap water is fine to use)

  • Aquarium plastic figurines or toy fish (Can be bought at pet store or dollar store)

  • Aquarium rocks and plastic plants (Can be bought at pet store or dollar store)

Once you have the gathered materials, get creative and have some fun! Your kids will be sure to enjoy this one!

Craft Credit: Delia Crates

Awesome Craft #3: Colouful Squirt Gun Painting

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Easily the best summer boredom buster. Squirt gun painting is a great way to get your kids outside and to stop saying "Mom, I'm bored!".

Grab a few squirt guns (or even spray bottles), a few water paint colours and paper, and an easel (stand), and boom you're set!

Craft Credit: Melissa Lennig

Gonna do one of these 3 amazing activities before summers up? We'd love to see! Send your pictures to us at hello@curiositybox.ca or tag us on Facebook or Instagram!

Happy Crafting!

 

 

No Bake Energy Balls for Kids

With back to school time quickly approaching, I'm already planning ahead for the fall for what recipes I want to use for lunches and for after school snacks. This recipe is one of our favourites around here for an afternoon snack after school to give all of us that extra little bit of energy to get us through that tough hour before supper when we are all exhausted.

 

Here's what you will need:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/3 cup of ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter (we use almond butter instead for a healthier option)
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1/2 cup of craisins
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients into a bowl. Form into balls using your hands. Arrange the energy balls onto a baking sheet and freeze or place into the fridge if you have longer amount of time before eating. If putting them in the freezer, allow to sit for about an hour. Enjoy!

FREE First Day of School Printable

Back to School is almost here! We want to help a child you know get excited for school while having fun and using their creativity! Check out our new Single Box - School Time Fun!

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School Time Fun!

 

One of my favourite things about Back to School is seeing how excited my son is. I want to hold onto every memory possible that I can about each year of his school. Last year I had a special graphic made (made by Visions by Ang - amazing!).

 

This year I thought it would be neat to start a little binder of memories of how much he changed from the beginning of the year to the end. So we created this free printable for you!

Record your child's favourite things on their first day of school and on their last day of school. Place it in a binder or your child's memory book so that you can look back at each year! Just right click on the photo below and save it or print it!