A Palette of Summer Fun

Break out the glitter, glue and glow paint for summer craft fun


With items from around the house and a few craft store staples, you can create lots of fun with the kids.

Some parents are not as crafty as others. They may not have buckets of beads and drawers of yarn at the ready for when the summer creative bug hits. Maybe they'd rather pack up the kids and head out to one of several Triad-area locations that offer outlets for creative expression. If you are one of those parent's whose art supplies don't expand past a collection of worn crayons and some dried up glue, here are some places you can go with the kids this summer to give everyone's creative right brain a workout.

ArtQuest at GreenHill. Every Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. is free Family Night at ArtQuest. Families are encouraged to use available materials to create paintings, work with clay and more. GreenHill, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro. greenhillnc.org.

Unleashed Arts Center. On Saturdays, join Sherry Rose from 12:30-3 p.m. at the Unleashed Arts Center for Saturday ART Jam, a free afternoon of creativity and a new art project each week. Unleashed Arts Center, 204 W. 6th St., Winston-Salem. theafasgroup.com

Area Children’s Museums also offer opportunities for artistic expression.

The Children’s Museum of Alamance County has an art area that includes an enclosure in which little artists can paint all over the walls. The walls are then hosed down so the fun can begin all over again. At the Greensboro Children’s Museum, visit Creation Station for hours of free art play. And at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, art supplies are provided based on projects planned such as puppet-making and free-play with paint. Check out their monthly calendar.

For the more creative parents, the ones with jars filled with buttons and glitter, the ones who facilitate a make-and-take art activity at every birthday party they host, and the ones who save popsicle sticks and egg cartons, here are a few ideas for this summer's art projects.

Glow Bottles. Collect empty water bottles with caps. Refill them with tap water. Add some glitter, glow paint, sequins and a few drops of food coloring and vegetable oil. Then screw the cap securely back on. Shake well and then set the bottle under bright light for several minutes. Take your bottle outside and watch it glow. Alternately, you can pop a glow stick in the bottle to make it glow in the dark. For more fun, make 10 bottles, grab a ball and set up some glow-in-the-dark bowling.

Wind Chimes. You'll need string, yarn or fishing line; a plastic lid, old plastic plant container, base of a milk carton or cardboard from the panel of a cereal box or other used box; and items that can clank together like seashells from the family vacation at the coast, old keys or old CDs. Paint and decorate with glue, glitter and other art supplies the items you chose at the chimes as well as your top. Attach the chimes to your top with your string, yarn or fishing line. Be sure to add string, yarn or fishing line coming up from the top so you can hang your wind chimes on the porch or in a tree. 

Pet Rocks. Several decades ago, pet rocks were all the rage. Today, revive the art by collecting some smooth rocks. Wash them and let them air dry. Then paint them and let them thoroughly air dry. Next, glue on your googly eyes. Now, where you go from here is where it can really get fun.  Line up a family of pet rocks on a larger "house rock" or log for a fun display. Use a larger pet rock as a paper weight. Add attributes like whiskers or fangs to make them distinctive. Make emoji pet rocks. Add magnet tape to create pet rock magnets. Decorate your garden with your pet rocks. Or better yet, create a pet rock garden!

While you're being creative this summer, remember, Grandparent's Day is September 11. Some of these art projects would make great gifts.

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