Super-Cool Water Play

Need a little chill during this heat wave? Your kids will cool off and use their tactile senses with this super-cool idea.

What You’ll Need:
*Small toys that are OK to get wet: plastic figures, erasers, cars, wooden blocks, etc.
*Small plastic containers
*Water
*Large plastic tub, wading pool, or water table

Preparation:
*This activity will need to be done the night before to let everything freeze solid.

Activity:

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Water Balloon Jugs


Add an extra element of fun to your water balloon toss with these fun "catchers"! If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Balloon Pop Game which also uses water balloons.

What You’ll Need:
*2 empty milk jugs
*Scissors or sharp knife
*Stickers/Permanent Marker/Paint and Ribbon
*Water Balloons

Preparation:

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Teddy Bear Picnic

July 10 is Teddy Bear Picnic Day! Gather up your favorite stuffed friends and go outside for a picnic. If you like this activity, check out our Carnival Themed Snacks which would make for a great picnic!

What You’ll Need:
*Teddy bears or other stuffed animals
*Blanket
*Picnic lunch or snacks

Preparation:
*Make your favorite picnic lunch or grab some snacks.

Activity:

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July Activity-A-Day Calendar

Be sure to check out our August 2011 Activity-a-Day Calendar.

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Carnival Week: Bean Bag Toss

It’s Carnival Week at My Activity Maker, and what’s a carnival without a bean bag toss? You can make any design you like! If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Bug Splat Game.

What You’ll Need:
*2 white foam boards
*Markers
*X-acto knife or scissors
*Pencil
*Hole Punch
*Yarn
*Scrap pieces of fabric
*Rice or dry beans
*Sewing machine or needle and thread

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Carnival Week: Bobbing for Ducks

It’s Carnival Week at My Activity Maker, and we’ve got a fun variation on bobbing for apples that's great for little ones! If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Sponge Tag game.

What You’ll Need:
*Large tub or bin
*Small rubber ducks
*Water

Preparation:
*Fill the tub with water and place ducks in the water.

Activity:

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Canada Day: Handprint Flag


Canada Day is July 1. Show your Canadian pride, or just your love for our neighbors to the north, with this Canadian flag craft. If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Fabric Wreaths -- use scraps of red and white fabric to make the perfect Canada Day decor.

What You’ll Need:
*white paper
*red paint, paintbrush
*stick
*tape

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July 4th Mobiles


Decorate your home for Independence Day with our red, white, and blue mobile. If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Popsicle Flags -- another great patriotic craft.

What You’ll Need:
*White heavyweight paper or white paper plate
*Markers: red & blue
*Pencil
*Yarn
*Hole punch
*Scissors
*Star stickers, optional

Preparation:

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Fireworks

What You’ll Need:
*Blue, Red, White Pipe cleaners (4 per craft)
*Glue
*Glitter (silver, gold, red, blue)
*Scissors
*String or thread

Preparation:
*Assemble supplies. Cut your 4 pipe cleaners in half so you have 8 small ones.

Activity:
*You will dip the tips of your pipe cleaners into the glue and then into your glitter.
Do this on both sides.
*Now let them dry.

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Carnival Week: Bug Splat Game

It’s Carnival Week at My Activity Maker, and we’ve got another fun game you can play indoors or out! If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Bug Noisemaker activity.

What You’ll Need:
*Fly Swatter
*Scissors
*Suction cups
*Glue
*White Paper
*Markers
*Clear Contact paper or laminating sheets

Preparation:

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