Summer Fun for Kids

Summer is in full swing – more than halfway over for some kids – and parents are always looking for things to keep their kids entertained during these long, summer days.

If you are one of those parents – good news! I’ve got some novel ideas for you.

Check out the ideas below that you can do with your kids, or even let them do on their own. I’ve also added some new summer products to my Etsy shop, and they are so much fun for kids (and adults, too). Got friends whose kids are just as bored as yours? Have your kids send them some mail.

1. 3D popsicle postcards

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I made some of these last year and shared a tutorial by Sandra Denneler on how to make them. They’re pretty easy to make, but if you’d rather buy them instead, you can find them here.

2. beach ball

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You can mail a beach ball directly in the package like I’m doing, or you can blow it up and write the address right on the ball. Either way, the USPS will ship it, and it’s a fun addition to the mail. These balls are available at Walmart.

3. 3D ice cream sandwich postcards

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Summer just begs for ice cream, and these are such a fun way to let people know you’re thinking about them over the summer. While I’d rather have a real one, I’ve put some here in the Etsy shop for your convenience.

4. flag postcards

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Bright, sturdy postcards will grab their attention immediately. Whether it’s the 4th of July or not, these flags are a sure way to make that someone smile. Send them to men and women who have served their country. A thank you card is always appreciated.

5. fun envelopes

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If a colored envelope is better than a white envelope, then envelopes like these  (and these also) beat them all! Baseball, grass, pool water, sand, clouds, a picnic blanket . . . They’re cheap, and they’re just waiting for you to send them to friends, cousins, and everyone else!

Give your kids something fun to do this summer and maybe pick out some things for yourself. This is a great time to spread some summer cheer!

 

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What do m&ms and Burt’s Bees have in common?

They make a great mail combo!

Well, not the actual m&ms, but the container they come in. You know. . . these tubes.

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We ended up with several of these because my daughter opened them at the store when I wasn’t looking. (And m&ms weren’t the only candies we ended up having to buy because of that.)

And a tube of Burt’s Bees fits perfectly inside.

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Add a note, some stamps, an address, and there ya go!

I’m mailing this tomorrow, but I wrote the note today, so it’s still counting for today for InCoWriMo. (Check this out to find out why I’m sending out mail every day this month.)

Mail Tip: Be sure not to mail chapsticks or lip balms during hot months. They’ll get nasty in the heat. 

When summer isn’t long enough

Aaahhhh, it’s that time of year when the temperatures start dropping.

I grew up in the deep South. I love the summer heat! I always hated it when summer was over, and it was always over too soon.

But now that I live in Kentucky, I’ve gained an appreciation for fall, and I love the cooler weather and how easy it is to enjoy outdoor activities (read: be outside without sweating). I’m finding more things to do outdoors with the kids once it gets a little chilly.

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With that in mind, I’m sending the sons of one of my Alabama friends a frisbee. Fall is an awesome time for frisbee, especially when you’re a toddler and triple-degree temps is all you get in the summer.

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If you’ve never mailed a frisbee, now is your chance!

Seriously. Frisbees are cheap. And mailing them is cheap, too. Just write the addresses on the frisbee itself. I guarantee you that whoever receives a frisbee in the mailbox – adult and child alike – will be surprised and excited to get their mail that day.

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Mail tip: When writing an address directly onto plastic, add clear packaging tape over the recipients’ address to make sure it doesn’t rub off.

Coffee Postcard

A couple weeks ago, I had the privilege of guest blogging over at Middle Places. (They are awesomely inspirational; I highly recommend you check out the vastness of their blog.) I showed everyone my re-creation of Sandra Denneler’s cake postcards.

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It was a fun project and a fun post. I loved it!

But I had three friends with birthdays on the same day, and the sponge for the project only made two cake slices.

Enter my creative side.

It’s not often that I create something cool like this on my own. I’m really good at following tutorials for projects, but devising them myself just isn’t my forte (yet). But I was feeling so inspired by Sandra, and I needed another cool, 3D birthday postcard to send to my friend.

This friend just happens to be a Starbucks lover. Two summers ago, when she and I still lived in the same city, we went to Starbucks with some other girlfriends once a week. And that tradition kind of carried over into the fall and winter, too. It was great!

And that makes this Starbucks coffee postcard the perfect 3D birthday postcard for her!

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If you’ve seen Sandra’s cake postcard tutorial, you’ll find this similar in a few ways.

1) Gather Supplies. I always advocate for getting everything ready ahead of time. It just makes creating the project so much easier when everything is within arm’s reach.

2) Cut the cup in half, and cut a pool noodle to fit the inside of your half-cup.

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3) Glue the pool noodle into the cup. Trim as needed. Place the cup face down onto the back side of the cardstock and trace the cup to make the postcard. Set the postcard aside.

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4) Fill all the empty space with caulk. I wanted to use tan caulk for the coffee (the same tan caulk that was used for chocolate icing on the cake), but I didn’t have enough for the entire cup. I had a lot of white caulk, so I used that on the bottom part that wouldn’t be seen.

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5) Smooth out the caulk and make it level with the sides of the cup. This is an important step because you don’t want any empty space inside the cup. Add a dollop of white caulk for whipped cream if you’d like.

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6) Let dry. It took this cup four days to dry well enough for me to feel comfortable moving on with the process. It’s a LOT of caulk, so it will take a long time to dry.

7) Once the caulk is completely dry, glue the postcard onto the back.

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8) Add a note, address and postage. This cost about $3 to mail. Shipping costs can vary, so take yours to your local post office for accurate pricing.

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9) Delight a friend with a 3D coffee postcard!

Do you know a coffee lover in your life who would be excited to find this in their mailbox? Try it and let me know how it turns out!

National Grape Popsicle Day

That’s right!

Wednesday, May 27th is National Grape Popsicle Day.

In preparation of this exciting food holiday, I’m sending out some of these awesome 3D postcards.

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They were super easy to make, and I’m sure the kids receiving them will love to get this piece of fun mail, especially since I’m letting them know about a fun food holiday, too.

If you’d like to make some, too, check out this tutorial by Sandra Denneler. (She comes up with the most creative mail pieces!) 

On a side note, if you’re wanting to celebrate, I recommend these grape popsicles. I’ve already bought our box for next week and have even eaten one without the kids around. (Shhh!) They have the best flavor and don’t melt too quickly like typical popsicles that are mostly water.

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Happy National Grape Popsicle Day, everyone!