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I’m already in “hunt and gather” mode for summer break plans. I’m looking at museums and other educational attractions within striking distance of where we live and planning a few day trips, I’ve got summer camps booked, and I’m restocking our shelves with games, art supplies, and activity books for at home enrichment.
One great find recently came to my doorstep, courtesy of PBS KIDS, who sent me their new release called PBS KIDS Super Simple Crafts: Sticks & Stones.
This is a book of simple nature-based activities for kids ages 4 and up, packaged together with many of the supplies you will need to complete the crafts. In addition to the book, which has over 50 creative project ideas, you receive
• 6 sheet of felt in different colors
• nontoxic, clear-drying craft glue
• 24 googly eyes
• 7 pots of paint
• 2 paintbrushes
As someone who gets overwhelmed the second she steps into Michael’s or other craft stores, I really appreciate seeing all the materials you need ready to go with the book. I was also impressed with how simple the activities were, such that little ones could take the lead on the projects without a parent, if needed.
We gave the kit a test run during our Spring Break and I was quickly reminded of how much kids really can enjoy very simple things, like going on a stick hunt in the backyard, and then getting to decorate sticks with colorful paint. This kept Layah engaged for at least half an hour, and I was able to sit right next to her while she worked and get through some emails that were languishing in my inbox. Everyone accomplished something and even though we were working on different projects, we were still together with each other. It was great!
I’ve put the book and craft supplies away to save for summer break projects, and I’ll absolutely be reaching for this kit again, as it has ideas that will entertain both of my girls, and that encourage a little outdoor fun before craft time begins. I highly recommend that you add it to your stash of summer fun projects!
PBS KIDS Super Simple Crafts: Sticks & Stones is available at retailers nationwide, including Amazon, and is very nicely priced at under $15.