My daughter has been done with school since last week. My son even longer because he’s only in preschool. We have a lot of plans for this summer, including a month-long trip to Puerto Rico to visit my husband’s family. But until we get on the plane, I have to figure out what to do with them during the long, lazy days of summer.
It’s more difficult to entertain my 3-year-old son than it is my 6-year-old daughter, who can stay still a lot longer for obvious reasons. Although they both love crafts, they were born to a mom who has no idea what she’s doing unless ALL materials come in a box with simple and easy to follow instructions.
That’s why I am in love with these boxes of projects Walmart sells called Made by Me. If you’ve never used them and you’re not the most crafty mom in the world, then these are the perfect answer for you. I especially like the ones related to crafts for the garden, like the ones my kids are holding up in the photo above, which include one to make bird houses, bird feeders and a wind chime as well as one to make stepping stones.
It was only a couple of weeks ago that we finally got around to planting flowers and working on our front yard, so these projects were perfect additions to our garden. My daughter was super excited about the wood garden set and had so much fun putting together one of the bird houses. The wood pieces come all cut out and ready to be put together using just glue.
The box also comes with twine to hang the bird houses as well as beads to decorate them and, of course, six different color paints and a paintbrush. Choosing the colors and painting her bird house was my daughter’s favorite part. She was so happy with the finished product!
We also worked on a really cute wind chime, which my 3-year-old helped paint because he couldn’t sit still to help us finish the whole thing. My daughter was completely into it and, believe it or not, we actually spent about two long hours working on both projects, which I thought was perfect in terms of keeping kids busy. And our garden looks prettier to boot!
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.