After the relentless schedule of a school year, I find the unscheduled days of summer to be a much needed break. (Liv’school starts at 7:45. As in, 7:46 and she’s tardy. Is that nuts or what??) Do you remember running out of school that last day, feeling like you’re on the precipice of endless fun? At 39 years old, that’s still how I feel about summer.
But of course, reality is that we don’t have fun, fun, fun everyday. Without some intervention from mama, the little girl might spend her whole summer sitting in front of the TV or playing Minecraft. That’s okay for a little while, but for the most part she needs to unplug and engage her mind and her hands in creative activity.
That’s why I was so thrilled to hear about Michaels Passport to Imagination craft classes this summer. It’s a 7-week series of craft classes for kids, each week’s crafts inspired by a different continent. The 2-hour classes are offered three days a week, and – get this – they cost only $2 a session. Thank you, Michaels, for making summertime activities available at a price that fits into every family’s budget!!
The classes run from June 17th to July 31st so there’s still time to participate. Just be sure to check with your Michaels location ahead of time to reserve a spot for your child.
Go to their web page to see the schedule of classses. You can also get links to fun facts about each continent and projects sheets for crafts you can do at home.
Today, we’re heading down to Michaels for our first class. The theme for this week is South Ameria. Today’s in-class craft is a paper lizard. The at-home craft is a feathery bird can hug, and the swap craft is a pipe cleaner soccer goal. (Swap crafts are ones you can make at home and then bring to the next class to swap with other kids.) Liv is super excited, and so is her mama!!
DISCLOSURE: Michaels has given me a gift card to pay for our Passport to Imagination classes as well as supplies for take-home crafts from the classes, so I can blog about our experience. They gave no requirement for a favorable review. My opinions are all entirely mine.
By Anne Weaver