As part of the Summer Bucket of FUN that I put together for my daughter, one of the activities was to make homemade bird feeders. We had so much fun making these!
My daughter (age 4) was able to do most of the steps on her own while I stood beside her (taking pictures!). Now that they’re done, she’s having a lot of fun watching the birds eat the seeds.
Here’s how we made Homemade Bird Feeders:
- 1 cup of Bird seed (+ a bit more as needed)
- 1 pack of Gelatin
- 1 cup Hot water
- Mixing bowl with spoon
- Cookie cutters
- Tray with foil
- Pour hot water into a bowl and sprinkle 1 pack of gelatin into the hot water.
- Stir until all the gelatin has dissolved.
- Slowly pour the bird seed into the liquid (adding a little bit at a time) and give it a stir to make sure all the seeds are coated.
- Put some cookie cutters on a tray covered in foil and fill the cookie cutters with the bird seed mixture. (Don’t make them too thick, they will take a long time to solidify.)
- Use the back of a spoon to make sure the mixture is packed into the cookie cutter tightly.
- Push a cut up straw through the mixture to make a hole ready for hanging your bird feeder.
- Put the bird feeders in the fridge for a few hours and then leave them to dry overnight.
- Carefully and slowly push the bird feeders out of the cutters.
- Remove the straws and thread the ribbon through the hole to hang.
If your child is not yet old enough for a typical part time job but mature and responsible enough for making money there are plenty of ways they can get started this summer to supplement their allowance, tuck money into savings, and build up their comic book collection. Some ideas I have gathered are traditional money makers and others are new needs in this modern busy world we live in. Your little entrepreneur is sure to find something here in this list of 10 ideas they can do this summer to make money! These are fantastic ways to teach responsibility, money management, and many other life skills in a real life setting.
10 Ways Kids Can Make Money This Summer:
Setup a Lemonade Stand
The good old stand by money maker of yesterday can still be a great operation now to draw in kids and adults alike . A sweet and simple lemonade stand is a good way to teach your child some money making skills, a new recipe, persistence, marketing, and more. Set them up at the end of the driveway or a local park.
Kids who like to make anything like duct tape wallets, friendship bracelets, watercolor paintings, doll clothes, pot holders, necklaces, etc.. can turn it into a little business to build up their funds. They can be sold to friends, family, and neighbors or even setup on an Etsy storefront, brought to craft shows or similar venues.
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Being a Babysitter/mother’s helper
If your child is old enough they can advertise for independent babysitting but even younger children, probably at least 8 or 9, who enjoy younger children can be a mothers helper keeping the kids occupied, making lunch, and playing with the children while mom does other tasks.
By Mowing/Pulling Weeds
Children make fantastic helpers in the yard and no doubt you have a neighbor or two who can use a little help with the mowing or pulling weeds from the flower bed. Since growing season is in the summer but many people still have to work they extra hand is appreciated.
Bring in Mail/Newspapers/Water Plants
Summer is prime vacation time and people are often looking for someone to bring in the mail, gather newspapers, and water the plants while they are gone and this is a great job for kids to get them started on responsibility and money making. You can accompany younger children and let older children go on their own.
Those with dogs in fenced in yards frequently need to clear it all out, and it’s a job no one likes. But turning it into a money maker is a win win for both sides. Invest in bags and a long handled scoop (that your child can pay back in payments) and let them give a hand while filling their pockets.
Having a Yard Sale
When I can make money AND clean out the clutter it is a very good day indeed. Enlist the kids help sorting out knick knacks as well as clothes and toys no longer wanted/needed and have a yard sale. Let them do the majority of the work including setup, taking money, and handling customers.
Double duty jobs are the best! Kids can cool off and have fun while earning cash for movies, toys, and more. Car washing is a need and it seems especially during the summer when bugs, dust, and pollen are at a high! They can make signs, pass out fliers, and offer deals to get the word of mouth going around the neighborhood.
Pet sitting/Walking Dogs
While everyone is vacationing without their pets a great need is someone to come several times a day to walk and play with the dogs, clean kitty litter, feed fish, and similar tasks or while they are at work instead of paying big bucks for a doggie daycare.
If your child has a green thumb (or wants to find theirs) you can have them start seeds or make cuttings for plants and sell them. Many people just don’t have the time and getting a hold of organic plants without pesticides can be difficult. Serve a need and make money by starting butterfly plants and veggies to sell in the neighborhood. You can also advertise on local Facebook groups (meeting in public place of course!)
How do your kids work to earn extra money during the summer?
Do you have a Superhero wannabe in your house? Then you’ve got to check out today’s homemade Christmas gift idea! Create super cool, no sew superhero mitts!
No Sew Superhero Mitts
So, I love these mitts. I actually want to keep a pair for myself, but fortunately for my nieces, they get to have them for Christmas! (Their Dad is going to be jealous…) This project was so fun to do, mostly because it was so easy! Quick and easy crafts are just my style 😉
How to make No Sew Superhero Mitts:
- Child’s mittens in red ($1 at most retail stores)
- Colored felt in yellow and blue
- Fabric glue
- Begin by laying the mittens flat. Press them as flat as possible and lay them out in the direction they are worn. This way you can be sure you are applying the design so it rests on the top of the hand.
- Cut two yellow circles out of felt. Make sure they are even with each other and cut to fit the size of the mitten. Apply a generous amount of fabric glue and press them to the top of the mitten.
- Using your blue felt, cut out the letters to spell BAM. Don’t worry about making them perfect as comic book writing is usually a little wild! For our sample, we simply free-handed the letters.
- Apply glue to the letters and press them directly over the yellow circle. Hold in place until dry and secure.
Your no-sew hero mitts are now complete! When washing, turn them inside out and allow them to air dry. This will help protect the embellishment.
This is such a fun activity for kids (and adults)! We played with this Inside out Sensory Slime for a long time too. That’s always a bonus in my books. Something that keeps Sienna entertained for more than a few minutes. 🙂 I even threw a little bit into a zippered plastic bag so that I could have some in my purse for Sienna when I have appointments…etc. Just make sure to keep the bag closed tightly when the slime is not in use!
It’s easy and fun to put together too. It’s possible you have the ingredients on hand already, or else they’re easy to grab.
These ingredients are needed for each batch of slime.
1. In one medium bowl, mix 1 teaspoon borax with 1 cup of water.
2. In another bowl, pour one whole 4 oz bottle of Elmer’s school glue. It’s important to use Elmer’s for the recipe to turn out right. Add food coloring to the glue now, using the guide for each color. Add 1/2 c water and mix well.
Red: 80 drops red
Blue: 17 drops regular, 3 drops neon blue
Green: 15 drops regular
Yellow: 10 drops regular
Purple: 10 drops neon purple
3. Pour one mix into the other, it doesn’t matter which way you do it but it looks a little different each way. The picture of the blue slime is what it looks like when the water is poured into the glue. The green slime is what it looks like when the glue mix is poured into the borax mix. Again, it doesn’t matter, it’s just different.
4. Mix with your hands, and then separate the slime from the water using your hands.
5. At this point, the slime isn’t going to look right, but after you squish it around for a few minutes it takes on the right consistency.
The slime takes on the shape of whatever container it’s in, breaks apart easily, and stretches out too! Store in a plastic bag with as much air removed as possible, and take care to not let it sit on any surface that might stain, as well as any carpet or clothing.
Check this out and bookmark it! Sara in Shanghai has a list of 50+ Boredom Busters that use only 8 household items! She’s even got a shopping list for you. 🙂