One of the days was a hurricane-pending day (of course it didn't actually rain, thanks Maine) so we stayed at the house. I made the girls (ages 15, nearly 12, and 7) attempt the 7-minute workout with me. Then I busted out a Klutz card making kit and we made cards for their parent's upcoming anniversary. I put on a Pandora station (the 7 year old chose Ariana Grande). We all got into it.
When we finished the cards my 12 yr old niece suggested more craft-time and got on the computer to find a project that was (1) easy enough for all of us to do and (2) required minimal supplies, since the beach house isn't exactly outfitted with a crafting room. She discovered a craft that only required a seashell, a branch, clay (we used Play-Doh), and fabric (we used a plastic tablecloth) and the four of us hunkered down.
I didn't even have to ask the kids to DIY with me, they were just down! (OK, the 15 yr old was only mildly interested. She did sit with us at the table while we worked. And after the boats were done we did her project/pick and painted our nails ombre-ish, also super fun but less successful/easy).
Course I took pics and recorded our efforts so I could share the DIY with you. I don't often craft with kids, but I bet lots of parents and teachers are on the hunt for inexpensive/minimal-mess/most-ages-applicable projects like this one. Click on "Read More" to make a seashell boat all of your own!
1. Seashells. Any size works, but larger = easier.
3. Modeling clay or Play-Doh. Clay is better long term than Play-Doh (which dries weird and crumbly), but for a quick craft that doesn't need to last forever Play-Doh totally does the trick.
5. Plastic tablecloth. Or fabric. Or tissue paper. Fabric is probably the heartiest option, but again...it's not like we're really launching these boats into the ocean.
That's it! Cost is like $2, AND you probably have most of that stuff in your house. I should seriously do kids crafts more often.
For cutting with scissors --- this is probably pretty obvious (and my nieces are all scissor-trained), but you may have to make the cuts or supervise little ones so no one gets unintentionally cut.
We mooshed it to the branch and flattened the bottom a bit more than the image to the right, but that should give you the basic idea.
If you don't have her confidence, just find a pattern online (this one is small, but would work) that you can print and trace.
Happy summer from me and my nieces (busy making cards in the picture below)!