July 2020 archive

Easy Tie-Dye Techniques

| Activities, Early Elementary, Family Bonding, Grown-Up, Jewelry and Fashion, Older Elementary, Outdoor Fun, Summer, Tween to Teen

Tie-dye is back in a big way! With camps closed and parents playing camp-counselor in the backyard, tie-dye is a great activity on a hot summer day.

Here are three easy and fun tie-dye techniques that I developed for Parents magazine. (Click on the link to see more!)

1.Rosette Tie-Dye

easy tie dye for kids

Start by laying a T-shirt flat. Pinch a 2-inch section through both layers and rubber-band it. Push your finger down through the rubber band to make a donut shape, and repeat as many times as you want. Submerge in tie-dye bath.

2. Diagonal Striped Tie-Dye

easy tie dye for kidsTo make it, lay the T-shirt flat and fold it accordion-style from the bottom corner. Once folded, wrap with rubber bands every 1 to 2 inches. Dip in all one color or in two bowls of different colors.

3. Bulls-Eye Tie-Dye

easy tie dye for kids

Lay the T-shirt flat. Pinch center of the garment and rubber-band both layers, about 1 to 2 inches from center. Continue applying rubber bands in this pattern about 1 inch apart from each other. To make it 2-toned, dip one end in one color dye, and the other end in another color dye.

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DIY Ice Cream Treats

| Early Elementary, Everyday Crafts, Older Elementary, Toys, Unplugged Time, Upcycled

Friends! I am so excited to announce a new partnership that has been in the works for a while with our friends at the Museum of the City of New York. If you have been to this institution, then you know how special it is. From street photography to activism to urban planning and everything in between (I’m looking at you, Basketball!), MCNY displays the most beautiful and comprehensive exhibitions about the most interesting, compelling aspects of New York City.

In an effort to attract families with younger kids to the museum, MCNY came to me looking for engaging ways to do it. As much of the country is on hold right now, so are the major initiatives of the partnership, but there was one thing we could do remotely…produce videos to entertain your kiddos at home!

The first video in the series, launching July 15th, is called Frozen Treats, City Streets, and it’s about exactly that…the history of ice cream and New York City! I’ll be showing you how to make three ice-cream crafts, and the education department from the museum will join in with some facts and info that will most definitively entertain your kids! It’s free but registration is encouraged!

The following three will launch on July 22, 29, and August 5th. Stay tuned for more details about those coming soon!

diy upcycled ice cream popsicle craft


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Summer Camp Craft Kits

| Activities, Early Elementary, Everyday Crafts, Older Elementary, Preschool, Summer, Tween to Teen, Unplugged Time

Summer 2020 is shaping up to look a lot different than any summer we have ever seen. Kids all over the country are mourning the loss of their beloved weeks at summer camp. (And let’s not kid ourselves, parents are pretty bummed too!)

Introducing Camp Wannabee: The Cure for Cabin Fever! The Project Kid team has been hard at work, developing this care package that is sure to cure even the most severe cases of camp-sickness! It will transport your kids to the place where they want to be, Camp Wannabee!

summer camp craft kit

Each lovingly assembled kit includes:

  • 6 individually packaged craft kits
    • Lanyard keychains
    • Gods’ eye materials
    • Cute bug magnet
    • DIY campfire nightlight
    • Miniature wheat grass wooden planter
    • Tie-dye bandana project
  • 3 Stamped postcards to send to your CFFs (camp friends forever)
  • Canteen Cash coin-pouch keychain
  • Bug Juice collapsible cup
  • 3 Button pins
  • 1 Crafting tray
  • 1 Miniature clipboard
camp wannabee craft kit
Click HERE to place your order today! The kits are available for pre-order NOW over on Projectkid.com, and will be ready to ship the week of July 6th.
summer camp craft kit
If left to their own devices, we know what devices our kids will use! These crafts will keep them busy, unplugged, and feeling sweet nostalgia for their summer place.

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