Travel to South America: Summer Crafts for Kids at Michaels

Brazil Carnival Headdress: Summer Crafts for Kids at Michaels

It was probably a week before the school year ended when the panic set in. What would mom and I do to help keep the girls busy this summer? When I was contacted by Michaels to sign the Unplugged Summer Pact and participate in a Summer Mom Blogger Challenge, I felt so much relief. Through the Passport to Imagination classes offering summer crafts for kids at Michaels stores, my nieces would not only have fun crafting all summer long, but would also learn about different places and cultures.

I love it when learning and fun go hand in hand!

Travel Crafts from Michaels

Summer Crafts for Kids

While we were at Michaels, I stocked up on some craft supplies like ribbon, craft foam and duct tape. If you look closely at the pic above, you’ll see some Justin Bieber tape that my niece Becca just had to have. Sometime next week we’ll be sharing our duct tape craft project on the blog. It’s a lot of fun!

You may have seen my blog post from earlier in the week showing how much fun we had at our first Passport to Imagination class. We learned about South America, learned how to do textile weaving from Bolivia, and made an Easter Island Moai statue out of clay.

Our At-Home Project from that class was to make a Brazil Headdress like the ones worn to Carnival. Like with most projects we do, we didn’t follow the directions exactly – rather used it as inspiration for our own craft. You can see a picture of the Brazil Headdress sample project on the Michaels web site.

Brazil Carnival Headdress: Summer Crafts for Kids at Michaels

Here’s What You Need To Make It:

Creatology Foam Visor
Creatology Craft Foam, Sticky-Back (I love this stuff!)
Creatology Feathers
Elmer’s Glue

Use shapes cut from sticky-back foam to decorate your headdress. Glue feathers to the top back of the visor, and allow to dry.

South America Fun Facts:

Population: 387,489,196
Countries: 12
Most Populous Country: Brazil
Most Populous City: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Popular Languages: Spanish, Portugese
Popular Sports: Soccer, Baseball, Basketball
Popular Foods: Corn products, Queso fresco, Chili peppers
Forms of Transportation: Bus, Train, Boat

South America is home to the Amazon Rainforest, which produces 20% of the world’s oxygen.

Which Passport Destinations are Up Next?

  • Week 1 (June 17, 19, 21) – North America
  • Week 2 (June 24, 26, 28) – South America
  • Week 3 (July 1, 3, 5) – Asia
  • Week 4 (July 8, 10, 12) – Europe
  • Week 5 (July 15, 17, 19) – Africa
  • Week 6 (July 22, 24, 26) – Australia
  • Week 7 (July 29, 31, August 2) – Antarctica

Want more summer crafts for kids? There’s still plenty of time for summer crafting at Michaels with Passport to Imagination. Classes run 3 times a week through August 2nd, and are open to kids age 5 and up.  Cost is $2 per class, per child. Space is limited, so be sure to check out the class schedule and find a store near you to register. Happy crafting!

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* Many thanks to Michaels for sponsoring my family to attend Passport to Imagination this summer.

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  1. Sarah L says:

    That is such a cool summer project from Michaels. Have to tell friends about it.

  2. Great way to keep the kids occupied. Reasonable too.

  3. really pretty visor! Also love the south america trivia!

  4. Oh, how fun! I really need to bring my son up there.

  5. That’s neat, and like you said, I’d be about inspiration rather than hard and fast design rules.

  6. How fun! My 9 year old sister loves arts/crafts projects but I have a hard time thinking of project ideas sometimes, so its neat that they offer these projects for kids so that un-creative parents can let their children use their hands to create without having to think up iodeas.

  7. That came out cute. Great idea.

  8. How fun! We love those foam craft pieces.

  9. How fun! IW as just talking with a friend last week about being able to go to Michael’s for their craft projects. I love it!

  10. That looks like a fun craft! I need some crafts this summer for my daughter!

  11. Now this looks super cool! I love that they are making learning fun!

  12. I love Michael’s. They are my go to craft shop!

  13. nice project for the kids to have

  14. wish my boys were more crafty

  15. What a fun program they have going on. If the boys and I were home right now, we would definitely be doing it.

  16. Such a cute, easy and festive craft project!

  17. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I think it is great that Michaels has this wonderful summer project that will both entertain and educate the kids about the cultures in different parts of the world

  18. I love Michaels for all our crafting needs!

  19. I love those themes! Thank you so much for posting those!

  20. Robin Wilson says:

    You always inspire to craft! This would be a great idea for a birthday party or sleepover or just get a bunch of the kids together and let them have fun creating and away from the screen of whatever electronic device they have! Thank you so much ~ you’ve done it again!

  21. What a fun project!

  22. What a wonderful way to learn, and be creative too!

  23. I have heard of these before and I think they are great as you get to do crafts related to different countries and such. The kids can have fun and it gives them something to learn about to. thanks

  24. Carolann Leibenguth says:

    I did something similar to this, except with my son we made turkey hats and used fall colored feathers. He really enjoyed it and it gave us some great mommy and me time.

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