Crafts to Do with Kids — 10 Fresh Ideas for Summer

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012

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Summer is finally here! It's the perfect time to get outdoors with your kids and enjoy the sun. Soak up the sunshine with your little ones with some of these fun, creative summer crafts that are great to do with kids. These summer craft projects are the perfect way to start off your child's summer. Here are ten fresh ideas to try.
summer crafts to do with kids sidewalk chalk paint
Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Nothing says "summer craft" like letting your little one create sidewalk art. This sidewalk chalk paint takes less time to make than ordinary chalk and makes your kid's art-making more fluid. Making your own sidewalk chalk at home creates safer fun for your child by eliminating mysterious, and possibly toxic, ingredients. The best part? It washes right off skin and clothes! Teaming up to make a sidewalk mural makes this an even better craft to do with kids.
Get the recipe for sidewalk chalk paint at Apartment Therapy.
 
summer crafts to do with kids playdough
Homemade Playdough

The easy portability of playdough makes it a great summer craft for kids. Make it at home for less cost, less toxic ingredients, and even a better smell. There are two different recipes to choose from based on your preferences: cooked over the stove or mixed together. These recipes are also great for making large quantities of playdough, perfect for summer parties! Get your aprons out and get cooking with this perfect craft to do with kids.
Learn how to make your own playdough at Prepared Pantry.

summer crafts to do with kids vacation memory jars
Vacation Memory Jars

Planning a family summer vacation? These adorable vacation memory jars are a great way to remember your vacation forever and make a great summer craft to do with your kids. The instructions are very simple. Save small items that remind you of your vacation, whether it be a seashell, ticket stub or picture. Assemble these items into any jar you have lying around and voila! Your very own vacation memory jar.
Get tips on how to assemble a Vacation Memory Jar from Martha Stewart.
summer crafts to do with kids wind chime
Natural Wind Chimes

Teach your child about the power of nature with these natural wind chimes. These wind chimes use hollow wood to show off nature's music. Enjoy a walk with your kid to collect wood, leaves, and flowers to decorate your natural wind chime. This summer craft to do with kids is fun, easy, and great for kids who love the outdoors.
Learn how to make your own natural wind chime at Natural Kids.
summer crafts to do with kids fairy house
Fairy House

Let your child show off his or her creative side with one of these fairy houses. This summer kids craft can get a little dirty, but the end result is always beautiful! Use nearby twigs, leaves, flowers, shells and stones to decorate your fairy's serene getaway. This project can get as elaborate as your child wants it to and can even result in a whole fairy village. Use this project as an opportunity to teach your kid about local plant life and be sure to watch out for dangerous plants like poison ivy.
Learn how to assemble your own fairy house at Family Fun.
summer crafts to do with kids sunprints
Sunprints

With a combination of sunshine, flowers and plants, sunprints make a great summertime craft for kids. Find a sunprint kit at your local craft store and go exploring for flowers and plants to use with your child. The finer the details on the plant, the better your sunprint will look. Frame your sunprint when you're done and show off your kid's summer craft project.
Find out how to make sunprints at The Light Garden.
summer crafts to do with kids homemade bubbles
Homemade Bubbles

Bubbles are always a hit with kids of all ages. Turn this classic piece of fun into a summer craft by making bubbles at home. Making bubbles is easy, fast and an inexpensive way of giving your children long-lasting, summer perfect fun. Choose from one of four bubble recipes, or try them all!
Get a variety of homemade bubble recipes at Creative Kids at Home.
summer crafts to do with kids ice cream
Homemade Ice Cream

The hot summer days are a time for fun, being outdoors and ... ice cream! This homemade ice cream recipe is a perfect summer craft to make with kids. It's easy, uses very few ingredients and only takes five minutes. Add fresh fruit or candy for a little more flavor and fun.
Learn how to make your own ice cream at Parentables.
summer crafts to do with kids homemade kite
DIY Kite

Enjoy the sunshine and summer breeze with this super easy, do-it-yourself kite. Get this summertime kids craft started by letting your child pick out the colors and lightweight decorations for the kite. This step-by-step guide comes with great advice on how to fly a kite, finding the perfect kite-flying spot and identifying the best kite-flying weather.
Get step-by-step instructions on how to make a kite at Home Made Simple.
summer crafts to do with kids homemade finger paints
Homemade Finger Paints

Let your kid's inner Picasso shine with this easy summer craft to do with kids. This homemade finger paint recipe is a much safer alternative than most store-bought finger paints and uses ingredients that most people already have in their pantry. Set up an art easel outside and let your little one's imagination soar.
Get the recipe for homemade finger paints at Easie Peasie.

Tune in next week to see our Crafts to do with Kids: Sidewalk Chalk Edition! 

Image credits (from top): Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Apartment Therapy, Prepared Pantry, Martha Stewart, Natural Kids, Disney Family Fun, The Light Garden, Creative Kids at Home, TLC Parentables, Home Made Simple, Easie Peasie



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