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Summer crafts kids can do together

Ladybug Tic-tac-Toe is a fun project for even the youngest kids.
Ladybug Tic-tac-Toe is a fun project for even the youngest kids.

School’s out and summertime fun is in. It’s a great time to plan a few craft projects, especially those that groups of kids can do together.

Rain or shine, these activities will gather friends around the table to use their creative skills — and keep their faces away from screens for a while.

You probably already have many of the materials around your house.

Ladybug and bumblebee tic-tac-toe stump

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Ladybug Tic-tac-Toe is a fun project for even the youngest kids.

This is such a sweet and simple idea for little children and has been enjoyed by many generations. A stump and a few round rocks can make the perfect tic-tac-toe board for kiddos this summer.

Materials:

  • Wood slice from a tree or bought at a craft store
  • Sand paper
  • 6 rocks
  • 1 small bottle each of white, red, yellow and black craft paint
  • 2-3 craft paint brushes
  • 1 can of Minwax Polycrylic clear coat spray
  • Cotton swabs

1. Locate a stump or piece of tree that has been trimmed. Craft stores and online sources have trees slices for weddings, catering and craft projects too.

2. Lightly sand the slice of wood so that the top is smooth.

3. Paint a solid light color and then use black paint to create the “number sign” grid for the tic-tac-toe board.

4. Find six rocks. Three will be painted in the pattern of a ladybug and three will be very bumble bee friendly.

5. Using your craft paints, paint three rocks red and three rocks yellow.

6. Use a cotton swab to paint little black dots on the red rocks like a lady bug would wear.

7. Next, paint black stripes on the yellow rocks to create a bumble bee pattern.

8. Place the rocks on the wood slice game board on the back patio and let the games begin!

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