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Crafts & Activities - Tykemart

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TykeMart bloggers are always looking for fun crafts and activities to do with their kids.  They share easy DIY projects and activities that are fun for the whole family.  Learn how to make a jar terrarium or cool bouncing bubbles.  Ideas and tips to keep your child active and entertained for little or no cost.

Members  share their tips and ideas too!

School’s out, summer is officially here.  We’re heading to Europe with the kids and grandkids in a couple of weeks, but when we get home there will still be another month before school begins again.

It’s going to be a long month!  The kids will be restless and complaining that they’re bored.  I find the last weeks the most challenging time of summer, when kids are not quite ready to go back to school, yet the initial excitement of summertime has waned.

Here are a 7 ideas to keep kids busy and entertained until it’s back to school time.

Haul out the old Slip n’ Slide, or buy a new one.  Or just use your lawn sprinkler.  Invite the neighbors over for a splashing good time. Grab a ball and head to the basketball court for a pickup game with the neighborhood kids.

Spend the day at the beach, if it’s not too far from home.  Kids can look for snails, fish, and other little sea creatures in the tide pools, sand board down the sand dunes, or build sandcastles.  Don’t forget the beach toys!  

Go fishing at a nearby lake or stream


Spend a weekday at a fun park.  Buy a day pass to ride and play all day.  Encourage your budding artist, set out paints, markers, and paper.  The next Picasso might be living right under your






Gardening is a great summer long activity for kids.  If you don’t have a yard, a nearby community garden, or don’t want the kids digging up your lawn, let them garden in containers. 

It’s easy and inexpensive.  All it takes is some potting soil and seed packets from the garden shop.  You can use containers you already have, just remember to drill holes in the bottom for drainage. 

Container gardens can be taken indoors when the weather gets cold for year round gardening fun.  Here are some creative ideas to help you start your own container garden.


  •  A Fairy Garden in a plastic tub is a great idea from Jessica Yonker, hgtvgardens.com


Photo from lunar.thegamez.net


Photo from Metrokids.com
  • This great idea from Metrokids.com uses an old Radio Flyer wagon.  Click here for Justine Ickes simple 7 steps for planting a container garden.


Photo from Olivewood Garden and Learning Center


Photo from diynetwork.com
  • diynetwork.com  uses old or reproduction food tins to make fun and decorative planters.




    As you can see, just about anything can be turned into a container garden.  Look around your house to find something your kids can use to make their own unique little garden!

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