The kids are out of school for the summer and most likely enjoying the warm, sunny weather. So what do you do on a rainy day? We found two crafts that are FUN for all age groups from 2 to 92 … Really!! 🙂
Old CDs – two per fish (or inexpensive new CDs if you don’t have any oldies)
Sharpie markers, as many colors as you like
Sheets of craft foam, colored paper, etc
Craft jewels, sequins, buttons, glitter, etc
Art brushes in various sizes (optional)
Hot glue gun, (optional)
Instructions and Ideas:
Give each child two CDS and encourage them to draw “scales” on the fish body. Use Sharpie markers in an array of different colors. Kids can just draw the scales. Color them in to make whatever pattern they like such as body one color fins another color, rows of different colors (stripes). Let the kids use their imaginations and make each fish their own.
Decorate both CDs to make this fish two-sided.
To take your fish to the next level; encourage kids to glue on craft acrylic crystals (flat back) , sequins, and whatever else they decide they want on the body of their own fish!
Glue one ‘googly’ eye on each CD.
Cut fins and the nose out of the craft foam or colored paper. Again, let kids be creative (fold paper like a fan for fins). Glue these ‘fins’ to the backside of only one of the CDs.
Once completed, use craft glue or a hot glue gun to glue the non-decorated sides of the CDs together to complete the fish.
Poke a small hole in the fish’s top fin. Loop fishing line, string or thread through the hole and knot securely. Now, hang your fish wherever you like!
Ocean in a Bottle
~Clear plastic bottles with labels removed; water bottles or soda bottles work best
~Ocean in a bottle water
~Canola or vegetable oil
~Blue food coloring
~Various small ocean themed items; such as shells, sea creatures, rocks or marbles, mermaids, starfish, etc.. Look at the dollar store or at the craft store. You may find what you would like in the beading section of the craft store. Whatever you choose, it must be able to fit through the mouth of the bottle. You can even add glitter to make your ‘ocean’ sparkle!
Instructions and Ideas:
If you’re using sand; pour that into the bottle first, about 1/8 of the way.
Add glitter now if you are using it. Next, add all your sea shore themed items.
Now, fill the bottle about 1/3 of the way with water. Add a few drops of food coloring ( 1-2 drops at a time until you reach desired color) to create blue ocean water.
Finally, fill the bottle to the top with the oil. Secure the bottle top on tightly. You may even want to glue it on or secure it with colored duct tape.
Now, shake it up and watch your ocean come to life!
Thanks to Parent.com for the great ideas!