Did you know that over the six week summer holiday’s families spend on average £1,469 keeping the family entertained? This usually includes a week’s holiday, two short breaks, eight day trips, treats, gifts and childcare costs, not to mention parents taking on average eight days off to look after children too.
As families are less able to take extended holidays, long weekends, day trips and activities are taking their place. This is fine if the great British summer decides to include some sunshine but what happens on those days when the rain just won’t stop, money is running low and you have children who are bored of the usual activities and another game of Monopoly just isn’t going to cut it?
Get crafty with the kids! Not only is this an opportunity for children to use their imaginations and think up interesting patterns, projects and pictures but it helps more fundamentally with co-ordination and building self-esteem when they feel accomplishment after finishing their own masterpiece.
If you’re not sure what the kids would find interesting, look no further. Here’s a few craft ideas that won’t break the bank and that should keep the kids busy for an hour or two.
“Families spend on average £1,469 over the summer. Get clever with money and get crafting!”
Egg Carton Ladybirds
Cardboard egg carton
Black marker pen
- Start by cutting out the cups of the egg cup to give you 6 potential ladybirds.
- Once cut out, paint the egg cups red and leave to dry.
- Use a black marker pen to create wings and spots on the ladybirds and if you like to give them a cheeky little grin.
- Then add adhesive googly eyes and you have complete little ladybirds.
If you like you could also use an empty cardboard shoebox or similar and create a little habitat for your new ladybirds.
Fabric Flower Craft
Left over fabric
- Cut 2 paper circles about 4 and 6 inches in diameter. Pin these to the fabric and cut out.
- Cut a piece of thread long enough to go all of the way around the edge of the biggest circle with some spare. Knot one end and thread the other.
- Sew a loose running stitch around the outside of the largest circle, finishing with the thread to the right side of the fabric.
- Pull the thread so the fabric gathers. Secure the gap with a few stitches. Knot the fabric and tie off.
- Repeat with the smaller circle.
- When you have your two yo-yo’s, layer them up with a button over the top hole. Stitch the button in place going through both yo-yo’s and you have fantastic fabric flowers.