Encourage your budding Picassos by setting aside some time for their artistry. With a few materials you have on hand and a little creativity, they'll be crafting away. Some of these ideas are good enough to eat!
Jell-O Funny Faces: The kids will love making their own silly characters from jiggly jelly shapes and they'll have a snack to munch on after they're done.
DISSOLVE 2 pkg (85g each) Jell-O Jelly Powder, any flavour, in 1 1/2 cups boiling water or boiling juice, stirring until completely dissolved. Pour into 8-inch square pan*.
REFRIGERATE 20-40 minutes or until firm. Cut out funny face shapes. Refrigerate until ready to decorate.
USE a paper plate as the head, mix and match shapes on plate to make funny faces. Try using licorice for hair. Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips for eyes and Lifesavers Candy for a nose.
*Or pour into Jell-O Funny Face Jigglers mould kit found at your local grocery store. Lightly spray inside of mould with non-stick cooking spray before pouring to ensure easy lifting.
Yummy Jewelry: Thread cereal and goodies such as Lifesavers Candy onto a piece of shoestring licorice. Tie the ends to desired length to make a tasty necklace or bracelet.
Natural Art: Look around the backyard for natural materials like bark (on the ground, not the trees), moss, leaves, grass, wildflowers, or small pebbles. Using white glue, arrange and attach these pieces to construction paper to create a scene or animal.
Cookie Pops: Insert a wooden stick into end of a Newton Full Fruit Bar. Spread each side with Kraft Peanut Butter and dip in coloured sprinkles or peanuts.
Kids love getting their hands dirty! Summer is the perfect time to introduce little hands to the magic of seeds, soil and sunshine. For junior gardeners, you just need a few tools and a little patience. Give them some pots or a section of the garden so they'll have their own space to be creative.