I don't have kids myself. Mostly, I like to pretend I'm a kid myself. For those people with kids, you might need a few fun activities to fill this last stretch of holiday time before school starts. Most of these crafts I've picked because I would like to do them myself which means that if you have kids you might just enjoy doing these with the little 'uns and if you don't have kids, you can just pretend you are one.
I went through a period when I was about 10 or 11 where I made scads of toothpick dolls just like the one in this tutorial. I made them into brooches and glued rows of them on hair clips. Ah the nostalgia...
You could also make these clothes pin dolls from Going Sew Crazy.
This back to school notebook is a great craft - it's simple, cool looking and fuzzy - all the requirements for a truly good craft for kids.
This Hammered Flower and Leaf Print tutorial from the Build/Make/Craft/Bake blog almost looks too sophisticated for kids, but I remember doing something similar as a child. Obviously, I had refined tastes.
Equally sophisticated is making sun prints. Check out this tutorial on sun printing from The Light Garden. Kids will think it's magic.
I love these recycled scrap fabric necklacesfrom Cakies.
This canvas checker-board from Martha Stewart is great because first you amuse the kids by making it and then you amuse them by playing.
This t-shirt weaving tutorial is absolutely fantastic, there is even a link to making your own loom. I had a weaving phase once as a kid. As I recall, my mum got over-run by potholders.
When I think of pet rocks I think of slightly goofy crafts like this tutorial for making a pet rock from Kids Crafts. I never really imagined the super cool versions of pet rocks dreamed up by the Martha Stewart people in this slide show, it makes me want to forage for rocks right this minute. Nor did I imagine, these absolutely divine rock dolls from Maya Made.
As a very young kid I was strongly into toilet paper roll crafts. There wasn't a thing that I couldn't fashion with their cardboard tube-i-ness (just invented a word there). To get your kids inspired, try this Disney project and make the Seven Dwarves from TP rolls.
That Freebie Friday was kind of like a trip down memory lane for me. And it reminded me how far I haven't come. Oh well, I'm having fun.