Keeping kids busy in the summertime is easy when you have a cache of cool summer crafts to keep them entertained (and maybe learning a little, too!). These five crafts are sure to bring out their creative sides.
This easy craft is simple enough for any kid to do, while still drawing on the natural creativity of kids.
You'll need: trays and soil
"Give the child a tray and access to a garden. The idea is to put soil on the tray, find things around the garden, such as twigs to act as trees, etc., and use their imagination to make a garden on the tray," says Bev Newman of Bits and Bobs Crafts.
Everyone loves playing with old toilet paper rolls, and in this fabulous craft, kids can use them to make really fun, interesting and cool scenes.
You'll need: toilet paper rolls, scissors, glue, tray for the glue, cardstock and paint, if desired.
"Cut the rolls into thin circles. Take time to arrange the pieces into a pattern, or a flower or a design. You can bend them, manipulate them and twist them any way you want. Once you have decided on a pattern, dip the edge of of the piece in the glue and set it on the cardstock. Hold for 20 seconds (your kids can sing one verse of 'happy birthday' to time it) and then do the next piece," says Cyndi Finkle, owner of Art Works Studio.
Finkle says that once the glue dries, the artwork can be painted, if you want. Or, you can leave it as is.
Kids love taking pictures, and these days, it's easier than ever. Take advantage of this love by giving kids a chance to photograph the world as they see it.
You need: a digital camera
"Give the kids an old digital camera and challenge them to take pictures of flowers, plants, bugs, etc. Then, either print them off or make a photo collage with them. Alternatively, suggest they pick and press flowers and leaves to make pictures or greetings cards," says Newman.
This fun craft is a summer-long craft that the whole family can get in on.
You'll need: a scrapbook, glue, background paper
"Creating a scrapbook or album to document summer activities is a great way to craft with kids. If you are tech savvy, there are great sites for that, too," says Shnieka Johnson, an arts and education independent consultant based in NYC.
To do this, make background pages available to kids so they can create a page whenever the inspiration strikes.
You'll need: small dishes or pails, water, paint brushes
This one is more art activity than craft, but for kids, it's just super fun. Hand out small dishes or pails of water and paint brushes to kids and have them "paint" on concrete, such as around a pool or on the sidewalk. The kids will love making fun paintings, and then watching them vanish in the hot summer air.
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