Thursday, August 9, 2012

Summer with kids...Week 6 !!

Wow!! time flies, sometimes fast,sometimes slowly, but  it does fly. When I started this summer camp thing I was thinking of trying it for 1-2 weeks...may be 3,but now 6 weeks have passed and 7th going on steadily. Now when I think just 1 more week after this week ,it kind of gives mixed emotions.Sometimes I'm happy that I'll get some time just with my kids, sometimes relieved when I think of not much noise and less of mess and sometimes sad when I think of no more giggles and chattering of girls.
 Also this year my son starts full day Kindergarten, which makes me more sad and little lost,when I think of being all alone in the house for the whole day,especially  after all these weeks of  FULL HOUSE :) I have not been away with him for such a long time ever before and the separation anxiety is biting me more I suppose(he is totally ready and super excited to go to school for full day)

I hope after few days I would know what to do with my free time, for now I'm going to enjoy as much as possible with the kids. For me, enjoying and relaxing with kids means crafting with them(I do love playing board games too with my daughter,but pretend play with them is not my cup of tea.)
So coming to this week's crafts, here is what I did  for the 6th week of the summer with kids:

MONDAY :  We started the week with an easy project...making pom poms.I gave the kids a big enough piece of yarn and showed them how to wrap  it on a piece of card board.After they had  wrapped it, I slid it out and tied the knot for them.Kids had to cut the joined pieces at both the ends after that.

Each kid made two pom poms. These were supposed to be made into flowers by adding a floral wire,but one girl didn't wanted to make flower and the others decided to follow her only :(
One of these days I'm gonna convince my son to lend me his pom poms to make them into flowers or will make some more of them for the flowers.

TUESDAY:  Again I got a painting project out  for the kids to do on Tuesday.Older kids got wooden baskets in shape of tulips and dragonflies( which I got in sale at Michaels.) where as younger ones got some fancy shaped wood pieces.

I'm thinking of making some small size tissue paper flowers(or may be the pom pom flowers ) to decorate these baskets...and use my leftover floral stem for them...won't that be cute :) what do you say??

WEDNESDAY : For me the craft we did on Wednesday was a very significant one. I've been doing this every year with my daughter, ever since my son was born and actually years before, when I was not married, for my brothers as well. On Thursday, we had a festival to celebrate known as Raksha Bandhan . This festival is a brother- sister festival observed in India.On  this day sisters tie a sacred thread (called Rakhi) on the wrists of their brothers/cousins  praying for their well-being and brothers vows to protect and take care of their sisters/cousins lifelong.
Girls were very excited when I told them that we'll be making Rakhis for their brothers. Traditional rakhis are made on silk pieces with extensive zardozi work.We made use of whatever we could find in my craft closet and made our version of Rakhi.

These look like kind of friendship bracelets, right??
The red and yellow thread we used is a sacred thread called Mauli which is generally used in making Rakhis and is considered very auspicious for all Hindu religious ceremonies. For the base of our rakhis we used foam circles and than decorated them with gems and beads.
These actually turned out cuter and more authentic looking than I imagined.

THURSDAY:  Once more a relaxing day for me. I gave some wooden plaques and paint colours to kids and set them to work while I had  a glass of juice :)

FRIDAY : Oh! I never waited for Fridays this much (I thought I did...but now realised not this much...) I do love being with kids but still look forward to weekends to spend time with my family.O.k. coming to craft...Remember we made some play dough beads last week well kids made bracelets (I know, I know to many bracelets and necklaces...but the girls love them...who am I to say no:)) out of those hand made beads.

 I have no idea how strong they will be...but they do look pretty, don't you think ??

With all these activities the week ended....
Did you liked the things made by kids.Do let me know.I would love to hear from you :)

Till we meet next ..take care everyone...

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  1. Cute crafts!!! Might try some of those with my older son.

    Newest follower from Mom's Monday Mingle.

    - Jaime

  2. Following from Mom's Monday Mingle!

    Awesome ideas!!

    Please stop by & say Hello, if you have the chance. (And follow)


  3. What fun you are having with your kids! I totally understand your feelings of sending off your little guy to all day kinder. I was so sad each time. Hang in there and enjoy your time right now. So glad to have met you.

  4. following your blog from the mom's monday mingle 15

  5. Those are such wonderful and creative ideas! I found you via the Mom's Monday Mingle and am happy to be your newest follower! When you get a sec, I'd love a follow back at! I also host a blog hop on Thursdays called the Mommy-Brain Mixer, and I'd LOVE for you to come link up!

  6. It looks like you are having so much fun with your kids and doing so many creative projects! Thanks for sharing. Gladly following back.

  7. CUTE!
    We are going to try some of these, love them!

  8. wow! You guys accomplished a lot!
    Visiting you from the Mommy Brain Mixer. I am now a follower. Do visit my blog when you get a chance!

  9. Thanks so much for linking up to my Say G'day Linky party and for following me! Thanks also for taking the time to leave a sweet comment. It's great to meet you and I'm now following your fun blog!

    I've also just given your post a +1 on Google.

    Best wishes and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Natasha in Oz

  10. Wow, those are fantastic!!!

    Thanks for linking up with the Mommy Brain Mixer
    New follower

  11. Wow! This is fantastic! Love the wonderful crafts - these children will always remember the time together and the fun they had! I am happy to be your newest follower,

  12. I love the Rakhis. The ritual behind it is very touching as well. I hope my daughters and son will be very close as they grow up. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

  13. Love it! You have to come up with some creative stuff to keep the kids from the dreaded "I'm bored!" Thanks so much for linking this up to our weekend Wonders party. Hope to see you back on Thursday :)

  14. I love this! How awesome of a mom are you!?! I know what you mean about school. I have a love/hate thing going with the end of summer. I love the routine and calm that it brings, but I hate to lose my husband (who is a school counselor) and kids for the whole day. I still have one at home, though. We'll keep each other company, I guess.

  15. great crafts!! would love it if you shared this on my link party!!
    found you on mom's mingle blog hop, now your newest follower

    Natasha @