Kids Summer Craft Ideas
By Sarah Carlson, RealHousewivesofMN.com
Summer has finally arrived. It’s the season we all naturally look forward to. It’s also a time where we try to come up with activities to keep the kids busy now that they’re out of school for the next couple months. To help you keep them occupied, here are a few easy kids craft ideas that use items you have lying around the house, or that you can find at Goodwill!
1. Seasonal Decorations –
With the 4th of July right in the middle of the summer, it’s a good opportunity for the kids to create some themed crafts. This might include turning empty toilet paper rolls into pretend fireworks by using construction paper, streamers and creativity. Another fun idea is to find a foam wreath or an old wreath and break it down to its bones; have the kids cut out starts from red, white or blue paper and glue them onto the wreath for a neat door decoration. If you want to get a little more advanced, pull out the old mason jars and let them paint to their hearts content with red, white or blue paints. When all has dried, pull out your votive candles (real or fake) and drop them in for a neat glow around the BBQ!
2. Recycled Crayon Pucks –
Here is a cleaning task and fun activity all rolled into one and the kids will love it! Have them sort through the old crayon tub and sort out any broken bits and pieces by color and place like-colors into pre-greased muffin tins (removing any paper remnants as they go). Once they’ve finished, pop the muffin tin into the oven (275º F for about 15 minutes) or you can have the kids set them out in the sun and have fun checking on them as they melt. Once they’ve melted, leave them at room temperature to cool or place them in the fridge for faster results.
3. Popsicle Stick Jewelry – Did you know you can make popsicle sticks pliable? They’re pretty fun to work with actually. But the trend is to turn them into bracelets! Pretty cool, right? Just grab your old popsicle sticks and soak them in a bowl of water overnight. When you’re ready to get started, boil them for 10 minutes then leave them in the hot water for another 20 minutes. When you’re ready, pull them out and form them into a circle. To help them keep this shape, place them inside a cup or another oval shaped object that is around the size of your wrist. Let them dry overnight (this is a lengthy craft, but very neat end product!) After they have dried, pop them out and sand off any sharp spots. Then, let the kids take it from here! They can paint, glue, glitterize, or whatever they want to do with their new bracelets!
4. Edible Neckwear –
Depending on the ages of your children, this one might be a hit. All you need is a box of Fruit Loops (or Cheerios) and some string. Cut different lengths of string about the size of a long necklace for each child. Tape the end of your string to the table and give your child free reign to make whatever mix of colors that they want on their necklace. When they’re finished, help them tie off the end to make it one big circle they can easily take on or off. As an added bonus, throw on a movie and let them enjoy their snack with the show!
A little creativity with what you have around the house can go a long way! If all else fails, grab together any spare materials that you have lying around and see what the kids can come up with! You’d be surprised how far their imaginations can take them!