June 21, 2013

Summer Sun Activities

It's the first day of summer! At Fine Stationery, we love the start of summer and all the excitement that goes along with it. From another school year ending, to camp beginning, and the smell of a neighbor's barbecue lingering into our homes, it's hard to find anything wrong with summer!

To celebrate the summer solstice, we've gathered some sunsational ideas to celebrate the sun!


It's always fun to start the morning off with a craft. Using thin tissue or cellophane scraps and sticking them to clear contact paper, this craft is virtually mess-free and stress-free for a fun activity during breakfast. Once completed, hang by the window and watch the masterpiece come alive. Sun Catcher Craft by AllKidsNetwork.com

Take the fun outside with this creative chalk activity. With a partner, strike an interesting pose and have your partner trace your shadow figure in chalk. Once the outline is complete, you have a great stencil to create a drawing, like an astronaut in space or a pretty ballerina! Chalk Shadows by ReadingConfetti.com

Time for a snack. Decorate your favorite cupcake recipe with this summer sun inspired cupcake design, made with chocolate chips, yellow vanilla frosting, licorice, and candy corn! Sunshine Cupcake Recipe by TasteOfHome.com

Make beautiful artwork to display around the house. Take an afternoon hike around the neighborhood and gather nature and local objects that you find with interesting shapes. Using sunprint light sensitive paper, create a design and leave the paper out in the sun according to the directions on the kit. When complete, frame and display in your home. Easy Botanical Prints by InnerChildFun.com

Finally, all this summer fun in the sun has worked up a thirst. Take a pitcher of clean drinking water, 3-4 of your favorite tea bags, and let it sit in a safe place outdoors in the sun. Be sure to cover the top of the pitcher if it is an open faced type to keeps bugs and nature bits away! Once the tea bags have seeped in, take the pitcher inside and add lemon juice and sugar or honey to the mixture to taste. Let cool and you have the perfect sun kissed tea to share with everyone. This recipe can also be varied with adding fruits into the pitcher when setting it out in the sun, or using different varieties of tea and sweeteners.

What do you plan on doing today to celebrate the summer solstice?