Summer and Holiday Crafts for Kids

Summer and Holiday Crafts for Kids

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One of the digital magazines I checked out from the Whatcom LIbrary system is the American Girl series.  These magazines are mostly made up of stories that are poorly written and quizzes, lots of them.  But in between those pages are some very cool crafts, activities, and ideas for what to do with your summer and holidays.

I’ll be starting from August 2016 and going backward to the oldest issue they have still available.

Aug 2016, Soda Pop and Fairy Parties

Highlights:

  • Sunglass illustrations from readers.
  • How to make homemade soda pop and recipes.
  • Fairy garden party ideas and recipes.

Jun 2016, Summer Crafts and Activities

Highlights:

  • Making trinket trays with permanent markers.
  • Sailboats artwork from readers.
  • Activities, crafts, recipes, and games for  your own summer camp.

Apr 2016, Spring Recipes and Projects

Highlights:

  • Creating birdhouses.
  • Rainboots artwork from readers.
  • How to take beautiful photographs tutorial.
  • Recipe and decorating tips for Cocoa Cake.

Feb 2016, Valentine Party Ideas, Recipes and Crafts

Highlights:

  • Trail mix recipe ideas.
  • Making pillows with custom art.
  • Recipes for spicing up a party with sprinkles.
  • Recipes and ideas for heating up during winter.
  • Homemade Valentine card tutorial.

Holiday 2015, Christmas Recipes and Crafts

Highlights:

  • Making a caterpillar snowman.
  • Recipes for Sweet Cider, Elf Smoothie, and Cheer Cubes.
  • Icing recipe for Christmas Cookies.
  • Making dessert parfaits.
  • How to wring a thank you note tutorial.
  • Twinkle Trees craft tutorial.
  • Clear globe ornaments tutorial.
  • Cocoa recipe variations.
  • Christmas cat poster or desktop background.

Dec 2015, Christmas Cottages (Dollhouses)

Highlights:

  • Making little gingerbread, doll, and fairy houses.

Oct 2015, Halloween Recipes, Crafts, and Activities

Highlights:

  • Making vintage-looking Halloween invitations.
  • How to draw shaded animals.
  • Scarecrow illustrations from readers.
  • Pumpkin decorating ideas.
  • Pumpkin Cat poster.

Summer 2015, Recipes and Games

Highlights:

  • How to make ice cream without an ice cream maker.
  • Ice cream recipes.
  • Popcorn and kettle corn recipes.
  • Recipes for wrap sandwiches.
  • Summer drink recipes.
  • Water games.

Aug 2015, Summer Camp Activities and Recipes

Highlights:

  • Ocean carnival rides illustrations by readers.
  • Travel tips.
  • Craft tutorial for feather pens.
  • Craft tutorial for stargazer pillowcase or scarf.
  • Craft tutorial for summer satchel (a small drawstring bag).
  • Craft tutorial for booklets.
  • Craft tutorial for camp cushion.
  • Craft tutorial for braided key chain lanyard.
  • Craft tutorial for jewelry tree and collection keeper.
  • Craft tutorial for herringbone friendship bracelet.
  • Recipes for skin care for a home spa.
  • Recipe for Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes.

Jun 2015, Pajama Party Sleepover Ideas and Recipes

Highlights:

  • Mother’s Day gift ideas.
  • How to make an origami cat.
  • Rainbow people illustrations from readers.
  • Pajama Party invitation and decorating ideas.
  • Pajama Party food and activity ideas.
  • Summer Camp at home activities for two months.
  • Brownie recipes and decorating ideas.
  • Puppy and Kitten poster.

Apr 2015, Easter Crafts and Science Fairs

Highlights:

  • Science fair poster tips/tutorial.
  • Funbrellas illustrations from readers.
  • Decorating Easter eggs with patterns.
  • Sign language mini-booklet.

Feb 2015, Valentine Recipes and Embroidery

Highlights:

  • Recipes for candied spoon cocoa melts.
  • Things to do for Valentine’s Day to show you care.
  • Planet illustrations from readers.
  • Recipes for Pink Parfait and Coral Crispies.
  • Recipes for Strawberry Smoothie and Carnation Cookies.
  • How to Embroider tutorial with three stitches and projects.
  • Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer “I Love You” poster or desktop background.

There you have it, the best of American Girl from January 2015 to June 2016.

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