Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Kids craft activities

It's mid summer now and you may be in need of some things to do with the kids.  There are days when the pool just doesn't sound appealing, when camp is not in session, when you can only say "go read a book" for so long.  Enter some ideas from my friend Ginger at Ginger Snap Crafts.  She created these projects to share with our PSA Stamp Camp readers.

Ginger created these mini notebooks that you can create with your kids.  At the dollar store or Michael's, pick up small spiral bound notebooks.  Grab your stamps by PSA Essentials and stamp onto white paper. Color the stamps up, punch out, and adhere to the book.  Add some chevron washi tape to the bottom and you've got a simple craft.   Take the idea one step further and have your children write stories or draw pictures in their new notebook.   Change up the stamps for the theme of the book or story. 

Create a story telling book with your kids. Stamp characters from UBU's All Star by PSA Essentials onto different color papers.  Then laminate and punch a hole on the upper right.  Secure with a ring to bind and add a pretty ribbon.    This is great for kids who aren't reading yet.  They can flip the book pages and tell a "story" using their imagination! 

 I've let go of TV.  When Molly was little, I guarded the TV like a hawk. I may have made a crucial error unknowingly and unintentionally, and that was I made TV too special.  As a result, when Molly did get access to the TV, she overdosed on it.  She was GLUED.  This summer I have been more relaxed about TV watching and as a result, she turns it off on her own. (We also eliminated a lot of channels so she only is watching PBS now.)  Ginger created these treat cups that would be fun to create with your kids and then have as a snack on movie night or in front of the TV.   This could be a way to make TV watching special and also create an activity around it.  Ginger found the treat cups at Michael's and dressed them up with "BRAVO" from our "Super Star" Peel & Stick collection.

I have been working on Connor with coloring. I know this sounds silly but I am just dying to get him as crafty and as interested in art as Molly.  But he just eats the crayons!  It's a work in progress for a 14 month boy, I guess!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Summer Fun

It's hard to believe that the summer is half way over.  June flew by and before we know it August will be at our door and kids will be going back to school.   The last few weeks have been tremendously exciting around The O'Regan household.   From the beach to Boston, 4th of July to the pool, we've really been enjoying ourselves.

Fun at the beach is what summer is all about here on Hilton Head.   I love this card by Jennifer Holmes using Peanuts Cowabunga stamps by PSA Essentials. 

The kids sure are saying "cowabunga!"

And surf's up, dude!

We've been busy doing various crafting activities, too!   Before the 4th we made some homemade flags.  Molly did all the cutting, glueing, and Mod Podged for a "finished" look. 

Hope you are having a great summer, too.  Be sure to check back at PSA Stamp Camp often.  Though I am not posting as much as I'd like to, I am still posting!