Do you remember the summers spent making friendship bracelets or macramé plant hangers? Summer is when kids are home from school and have more time on their hands to be creative. Even better, there are so many easy ways to keep your kids busy and creative all summer long. There is no need to sit in the air conditioning all day; they will come out much more prepared for school in the fall if you spend these months actively engaging their minds, hearts, and spirits. With this ultimate guide to summer craft ideas for kids, you’ll discover fun activities that won’t break the bank. These wholesome projects will feed your child’s imagination while also challenging them in new ways. Whether you want to entertain a small group of friends or plan an afternoon with your children, we have something for everyone!
Activities for Active Kids
If your kids are athletic, they’ll appreciate a creative way to reflect on their sport this summer. What better memento to keep track of your child’s athletic history than their own sports scrapbook? You can create a scrapbook for any sport or activity your child participates in, including:
- Track and Field - Create a scrapbook of your child’s track and field activities. Include newspaper clippings about their races, photos from meets and award ceremonies, and even ticket stubs to races that are important to your child.
- Basketball - Keep track of your child’s season by recording stats, including how many points they scored, how many rebounds they grabbed, and whom they played against. You can also create a scrapbook dedicated to basketball memories, such as ticket stubs to games, basketball cards, and photos of your child playing on their team.
- Dance - Create a scrapbook to commemorate your child’s dance season. You can include ticket stubs to performances, photos of your child in costume and on the stage, and articles and reviews of their performances.
Recipes for Smiling Kids
Kids love to help out in the kitchen, no matter how messy it gets sometimes! This is an excellent way for them to express themselves and create something for their friends and family to enjoy. Get creative with the ingredients and make them themed for your child’s favorite activity or friend. You can also make it a team-building exercise for larger groups. Here are some tasty ideas
: - Kids Cupcakes - What kid doesn’t love cupcakes? Creative kids will love these cupcakes made just for their birthday parties. You can make these in any flavor your child wants and decorate them with whatever theme or decoration they want.
- Kids Cookies - Create a special treat for your child’s friends and classmates by making kid-friendly cookies. You can make different types of cookies, such as chocolate chip, sugar, or peanut butter, depending on what your child’s friends like to eat.
- Kids Cookies and Milk - Add a whimsical touch to the kid-friendly cookies by creating a “cookies and milk” themed box. You can make a cute box out of poster board and decorate it with crayons, markers, and paint.
Craft Ideas for Cooped-Up Kids
If your kids spend most of their time indoors, they will appreciate the chance to get creative with some of these simple crafts. No matter what your child likes or is interested in, there is a craft that will appeal to them. These are great for parties or for keeping kids entertained for extended periods, especially on rainy days. Here are some creative ideas:
- Origami - Origami is a great craft for kids, especially if they like animals. There are dozens of different origami animals to choose from, including turtles, frogs, and even pigs! If your child likes a particular animal, they can make that while folding other animals.
- Fingerprint Art - If your child likes to draw, they will love this fingerprint art. You only need a few paintbrushes, paint, and paper to create beautiful artwork with your child.
- Magnets for Kids - Kids love magnets, so why not make some with them? You can create magnets with pictures, words, and drawings your child likes.
Endless Art Activity for Calmer Kids
If your child is more creative when they have time to themselves, try this activity to keep them busy and engaged. You will need a wide variety of art supplies, such as crayons, paints, colored pencils, pencils, scissors, and glue. Have a box or basket of art supplies within easy reach of where your child usually sits or hangs out. They can pull out a new art project to work on whenever they have a few minutes to spare. Creating art is an excellent way for kids to express their creativity and find inspiration. It is also a fantastic way to get their hands moving and their brains activated. When kids create art, they exercise their brains and hands simultaneously. This is called concurrent processing, and it helps kids build their creativity and problem-solving skills.
It is essential to keep your kids entertained and creative during the summer months to keep them from getting bored and restless. Please give them a creative outlet and challenge their minds with new activities. Spend time with them and create memories that will last a lifetime. This will help them prepare better for returning to school in the fall.