The biggest summertime challenge of parenthood is how to balance out the summer fun while avoiding any brain drain. As we come off the weirdest school year in history, our kids’ focus on devices for learning, socializing, and playing have rocked the worlds of us parents…particularly ones like myself who pride themselves on the classics of unplugged fun: crafting, cooking, and especially reading.
As the summer progresses, our world is feeling like it’s getting a bit closer to normal, and let me tell you, a subscription to The Week Junior for your 8-to-14-year-old kids will most definitely help you with that. Issue 63 is a treasure…one to hold onto for its amazing feature: ‘Best Kids’ Books for Summer.’ It’s a thoroughly curated list of exciting new books, classic books, and books of all genres for kids ages 8-14. Click this link to find the book list and for a chance to win a free bundle of books!
Oliver and Sommer LOVE getting their weekly issue of The Week Junior in the mail…Sommer immediately flips to the fun stuff in the back and Oliver goes directly to the science section. (And, to be honest, I like to read the politics and world news because I love the simplified version!) Also, when there’s a topic that feels hard to explain on their level, it serves as a great reference point. And for the summer, the ‘Best Kids’ Books for Summer’ feature really helps narrow the massive world of books for tweens.
I was so excited when The Week Junior asked me to come up with some summer-inspired crafts for their summer marketing campaign! Check ‘em out below and use the templates and how-to instructions to make your own!
And, whatever you do, don’t forget to click here for your own subscription to The Week Junior!
POPPY PAPER POPSICLES
What you’ll need:
Colorful craft paper
Glue or glue dots
Bugle beads (optional)
Print and cut out the template for the popsicle and trace onto colorful craft paper.
Decide which design you want to make and cut the layers. Use the template to trace onto various colors of craft paper and cut them out from the full popsicle shape.
Glue each layer together. (Glue the bugle beads on as sprinkles: optional)
Glue a popsicle stick to the back.
Bonus idea: Tape a string to the backs of each popsicle and make a summery garland!
What you’ll need:
Felt in various colors
Print out word templates and pin them to a piece of felt.
Cut out the letters.
Place the letters on another piece of felt and cut the pennant shape around them.
Glue the letters to the pennant.
Cut a ¾” strip of a third color of felt and glue along the straight left edge. Trim the top and bottom to match the angle of the pennant.
Cut four 2” strips and glue behind the straight, left edge.
Glue the dowel behind the pennant and allow everything to dry completely.