Summer craft ideas for kids

by Emma Bareihs
Stripes Europe

With school out for the summer, thinking of creative ways to entertain children isn’t always easy, but not every parent wants their kid watching hours of cartoons every day. Use this as a guide to grab your kid’s interest this summer.

Pop the heat by following this bubble recipe.

Materials:

  • ½ cup dish detergent
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons glycerin (found at supermarket)

Mix ingredients together without creating too many bubbles. Pour into storage containers and leave overnight to blend. Get creative with the bubble wands by using something small like straws or large like coat hangers. Even try using your fingers to make circles.

Get colorful with the bubbles!

Materials:

  • Tray/bowl
  • Paint
  • Dish detergent
  • Straw
  • Paper

Take your bubbles to the next step by making a bubble painting. Mix together dish detergent and paint in a tray large enough to fit your paper. The mixture should have enough water to be runny. Using a straw, blow bubbles into the mixture. Carefully hold paper on top of the bubbles until they pop, then leave the paper to dry.

Visiting the beach for some rays? Gather some beach souvenirs to create a beach sculpture with your kids. 

Materials:

  • Shells, pebbles, driftwood – basically any treasure your kiddos can find!
  • Hot glue gun

Use your imagination to create an abstract sculpture from the supplies you’ve collected. Or, use popsicle sticks and shells to glue together a small picture frame.

Splash around with a boat race!

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Coloring supplies
  • Popsicle stick
  • Tape
  • Plastic tray

Use markers or crayons to design the paper to create a flag for the boats. Tape the finished flag to the popsicle stick. Use the tape to secure the stick to the middle of the plastic tray. Place the boats into a small paddling pool, then race the boats by blowing on them. Raining outside? Fill the bathtub!  

With just a few crafting supplies, keep your kids engaged this summer with these fun ideas!

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