The days are longer, and the kids are out of school, and you know what that means: It’s time to dust off the ol’ “Arts & Crafts for Kids” Pinterest board and speedily plan a summer’s worth of fun activities to keep them busy and entertained. Not only is this a great way to spend some quality time with the kids, it also creates a much more hands-on, interactive summer than simply, you know, taking them to the movies.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite indoor and outdoor summer crafts and activities for kids that are both fun and low-key educational. (But shhh, don’t tell the kids that.)
1. Upcycled cardboard castle
Have too many cardboard boxes? Don’t toss them yet; instead, enlist kids to create something special. Why not upcycle that cardboard waste into a fun and magical toy castle?
2. Fish favor bags
This craft is perfect for when kids have friends over. Plus, Oh Happy Day has a handy printable design for you to use.
3. Craft stick chandelier
Does your kid’s room need a little flair? Have them make this easy DIY craft stick chandelier and proudly put it on display (once the glue dries, that is).
4. Paper daffodils
Skip the store-bought bouquet and have kids create their very own paper daffodils — this way, you can have spring blooms well into winter.
5. Rainbow bubble snakes
Kids will have a blast making rainbow bubble snakes this summer. Plus, Mom Advice has a homemade DIY bubble recipe to go with this one.
6. Watermelon suncatchers
How sweet are these watermelon suncatchers? With just a few supplies, you’ll basically have summery stained-glass windows throughout your house.
7. Mini paper kites
Who needs store-bought when you can create your own adorable mini paper kites? Plus, trying to get these babies to fly will keep kids running around outdoors.
8. Beaded rainbow wind chime
You probably didn’t even know your garden needed a cute beaded rainbow wind chime — but now you do. This one is super-easy to make with a handful of craft sticks, jewelry wire and a lot of beads.
9. DIY birdhouses
Grab a couple of empty cartons, brushes, plenty of paint and a few other tools, and get kids building their very own DIY birdhouse.
10. Trolls Mason jars
Kids can paint, draw and glue their hearts out while you pick out the perfect flowers to toss into these Trolls Mason jars.
11. Fairy garden
Tap into kids’ imaginations and create a magical fairy garden in your backyard. They’ll love picking out the flowers and little figurines.