Summer is a time for kids to take a break, have fun, and just play, but it is a busy time for parents when the kids are home from school. Older children may enjoy sleeping in and hanging out with friends, but elementary-aged kids tend to like activities and entertainment. If you need some fun ideas to fill your time this summer, take a look at these DIY craft ideas to do with the kids!
5 great summer crafts for kids:
Is it just us, or does summertime scream, “the beach”? While we probably try to avoid jellies during beach trips, this DIY jellyfish craft is adorable and is a great activity to dive into!
It’s made with simple materials (paper bowls, ribbon, and watercolors), but elementary kids will love making them and hanging them in their room or around the house.
Check out the how-to at Scrapbooks Etc.
DIY No-Sew Felt Flower Bracelets
These bracelets are great to do with kids because you don’t have to sew anything together! Help your kids cut out the shapes and have your kids build flower bracelets with their favorite colors. Afterward, they can run out to play with their new bracelets that they’ll be showing off the rest of the summer!
For the needed materials and tutorials, click to head over to Merriment Design.
Rainbow Bubble Snakes
Blowing bubbles has always been a great summer pastime that gets the kids running, laughing, and popping those bubbles! Amp up this activity by making these massive, rainbow bubble snakes with dish soap and food coloring!
It’s easy to do, and there’s a good chance you already have the materials somewhere in the house. Plus, it’ll probably be one of the favorite summer crafts among the kids.
Read all the steps on Housing a Forest.
What’s one activity that kids can’t resist on summer nights? Chasing fireflies! Commemorate those memories and reuse plastic Easter eggs to make a light-up firefly. A simple LED tea light provides the light from inside, and the rest of the directions don’t even involve glue.
See the entire process on Apartment Therapy.
Called “cold porcelain” because it dries to look like porcelain, this clay only requires school glue, cornstarch, lemon juice, and baby oil to make. Kids will need help from mom and dad, as this craft requires mixing, heating ingredients, and kneading the clay while it’s warm, but kids add their favorite colors with food coloring and will enjoy playing with the dough once it’s ready (it has to sit overnight).
Also, this clay will dry in open air as a slightly flexible material that looks like real porcelain, making it fun for kids to dry their favorite creations to see the final effect.
Ready to make it? See how on Mashia Crafts.
With these summer crafts and DIY activities, your kids won’t be bored, and you’ll love seeing them have fun. (Plus, you know these look like a blast for adults to make too!) This summer will be full of creativity and creation with the kids… sure beats watching cartoons every day, doesn’t it?
[Featured Image by Michael Maggs]