easy lap quilt by tcockburn2002, via Flickr I cut 10 x 5 rectangles from various red fabrics, created blocks using two different red panels, and then did a fence row-esque pattern, alternating vertical and horizontal placement. Simple straightline quilting and used strips of reds for my binding. Used a bedsheet for the backing in a nice grey.
Homemade ice chalk is the perfect art, sensory, and science activity to keep the kids occupied on a hot summer day. Be prepared for the kids to get messy with this one. Their hands were turning colors even before they got the chalk out of the house. They had fun with it, but it didn't last long (even though the temp was in the low 70's that day). It was super easy to make, though, and the kids had fun mixing colors.
DIY Mini Food. Cool post from The Unconfidential Cook here on “Emma’s Tiny Treats”. Donuts are cheerios dipped in various things and the mini cakes are oreos with frosting and decoration. More mini food creations at the link above! *NOTE: Mini Food inspired by and recipes from an American Girl book, Tiny Treats here. For about $10, this would make a great gift.
Teepee Dirt Cups (from I Can Teach My Child; children can learn about the various shelters of nomadic Indian tribes & also bury a fish just like the Wampanoag Indians taught the Pilgrims to do at the First Thanksgiving!)