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Published on July 18th, 2011 | by Julie Finn


Five Crafty Recipes and Easy Tutorials for Summer Fun with Your Kids

homemade sidewalk chalkI try to keep all non-essential expenditures to the bare minimum, as a rule, but sometimes it can seem like summer, especially, is designed to just throw a parent’s money away.

Sidewalk chalk, bubble solution, fingerpaint…where does it end?

Fortunately, pretty much all of those recipes that we rely on to keep summer fun and creative for our little ones can be made cheaply and easily and on-demand at home, often with simple household supplies. You’ll know exactly what’s in them, you don’t have to run out to the store to buy them, and you’re not wasting any money on plastic packaging that you’ll then have to go to the effort of recycling yourself.

Check out these five recipes to see the summer supplies that you can make:

homemade sidewalk chalkWe live just a few houses down from a wonderful park with a giant basketpall court that we walk to every day. Yeah, we go through a LOT of sidewalk chalk. With my homemade sidewalk chalk tutorial and some plaster of Paris from the store, you, too, can make a bounty of sidewalk chalk in a multitude of shapes and all your favorite colors.

Next >> Homemade Bubble Solution

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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