While summer is a great time to have your children play outside for hours a day, there are some moments when you find them stuck inside with nothing to do. Whether the weather is forcing your children inside or they are tired after running around all morning, there are some great indoor activities that your children can enjoy! Crafts are one of them.
Crafting is a great activity for you and your children to do together. Plus, crafting is actually beneficial for your little ones. These types of activities can help them develop fine motor skills, learn how to follow directions, and boost their creativity. There are many fun summer crafts that you can do with your children that they will love!
At Yellow Brick Road Early Childhood Development Center, we know there are several benefits to creating crafts with your kiddos. Our child care center includes crafts in our daily routines that allow your children to use their creative thinking. With locations in Eden Prairie, Plymouth, Minnetonka, and Maple Grove, you can find a location close to home!
In this blog, we are going to give you some ideas for fun crafts you can do at home with your children. Read on for fun summer crafts and step-by-step instructions!
Wind chimes are a fun craft to make with your children because they can enjoy them all summer long as they hang in your backyard or on your porch. You can also allow your children to get super creative with their wind chime craft. There are several different ways to make them, so allow your child to pick the materials that they like best.
For this project, you will need:
- Canning jar rings
- String or thread
- Hot glue
For this craft, you can choose a variety of different items that will hang from the base of the wind chime and create the noise.
Some examples of items include:
- Old keys
- Metal washers
- Old spoons
- And any other items your children want to use
The point of wind chimes is to make a nice sound when the wind blows them, so try to have your kiddos pick some items that will make noise when they are pushed together.
Start this project by cutting pieces of string that are pretty long, you want the wind chimes to be able to blow in the wind! Have your children start tying their beads, buttons, and other items onto the strings. They can all have different items on them.
You should make sure each of your kiddos has at least 10 strings full of different items, if they do not have enough on their wind chime, the strings will likely not hit together when the wind blows!
Tie a string from one side of the ring to the other and another string crossing it. You will want to have your children create a clapper (which is the center of the wind chime) to be added at the center of the crossed strings. This will help your wind chime make more noise! After you have your strings full of different items and your clapper attached, start tying them around the canning jar rings.
Next, you will need to add a string that you can hang your wind chime from! Cut a string and tie it to either side of the wind chime. Once you have attached the string to hang it from, make sure that your strings are spaced out nicely and that the wind chime isn’t off balance. Help your children use the hot glue gun to hold the strings in place.
Let your kiddos display their wind chimes proudly outside and enjoy them all summer long!
Painted Flower Pots
Painting flower pots is a fun and simple way to make some crafts that you can enjoy all summer long. While you can simply let your child paint whatever they want on their flower pot, we have another engaging and creative way to decorate them!
For this project, you will need:
- Terra cotta flower pots
- Masking tape
- Acrylic paint
- Bricks, blocks, or boxes
- Gloss spray varnish
Start by laying down some newspaper, this is a messy craft and you don’t want the paint to get everywhere! You may even consider doing this craft outside.
Place a small piece of masking tape on the button of each flower pot so that it covers the drain hole.
Turn the pots upside down so that the drain hole is sticking up and place two of their sides on the bricks or blocks so they are floating about the newspaper. This will ensure that the paint doesn’t pool at the top of the pot and ruin the look. Give your children the acrylic paint and have them pour it along the edges of the pot so that it drips toward the top edge of the flower pot. Your kids can keep adding more colors to the pot, overlapping them or just pouring them side by side.
Don’t let them touch the dripping paint! It could ruin the dripping effect and colors.
Let the paint dry and then spray them with the gloss spray varnish. After they are completely dry you can have your children pick out some flowers at a nursery and plant them in the flower pots! Display your flower and paint pots all summer long.
Suncatchers are a colorful craft that your kiddos will love to make! Your child can choose to make their suncatcher any shape they want, which makes this craft extra unique.
For this project, you will need:
- Tissue paper
- Black construction paper
- Clear contact paper
Have your child choose which shape they want to use to create a suncatcher. Some examples could be a butterfly, jellyfish, flower, heart, or anything else. Just make sure it is simple enough for you to cut an outline. Once they pick what they want to do, cut the shape out of the black construction paper. You can use a pencil to trace it first to make it easier. You will then want to cut out the inside so that it creates a frame.
We will use a butterfly for our example. If your child wanted to create a butterfly, you could leave the body of the butterfly as part of the frame, only cutting out the wings. This allows your child to only add color to the wings.
If your little ones can use scissors safely, have them cut the tissue paper into squares. If not, this will be your next step! Cut the tissue paper into small pieces that your kiddos can use for their suncatchers.
Take a piece of clear contact paper that is bigger than the frame you created with black construction paper and remove the protective sheet so that the sticky side is exposed. Carefully lay the contact paper on the table with the sticky side up. Place your child’s black frame on the contact paper. Have your child stick pieces of colorful tissue paper inside the wings of the butterfly or inside the frame of whatever shape they chose.
When they are done filling in their frames, use another piece of contact paper to place on the other side. Cut around the frame to remove any excess contact paper.
Have your child add some ribbon to their suncatcher if they want to! For a jellyfish, use ribbon as the tentacles. If your child chose a cloud, use the ribbon to make it rain some beautiful colors! Adding ribbon can make the craft a more eye-catching display. For our butterfly, we can add ribbon to the wings for more style!
Once their suncatcher is done, hang it on your window and enjoy the beautiful colors that shine through!
There are so many fun crafts that you can do with your children during the summer that can be displayed in your yard or enjoyed with the sun! Crafting is a great way for your children to take a break from running around all day and gives you something to do together. Start with these ideas and then start to create some of your own!