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When the weather’s hot and the kids are off school for the summer, get them all involved in cool summer crafts for kids. Kids are always excited to be free from the school routine when they are let out for summer break, but it isn’t long until they start driving you nuts about what to do. Cool summer crafts for kids will keep them occupied and maybe even teach them a necessary thing or two.
In the summertime, crafts for kids can include found objects, like seed pods, grasses, and things like that. Let your kids create nature collection collages by gluing these items to a stiff piece of cardboard. Help them spray paint some of their findings with silver or gold paint. Alternatively, they might want to add glitter to some of their findings. They might also like collecting wild flower seed heads and creating dried flower arrangements.
A vase created for summer bouquets, fresh or dried, is another craft that naturally fits into the summer crafts for kids category. They can make a simple vase from a tin can. Soup cans work particularly well because they are smooth on the outside and they’re also narrow. Make sure that you file off any sharp edges on the inside opening of the can. Start the work of art by cutting a piece of construction paper, or other colored paper to fit around the outsides of the can. This will be glued to the outside of the can, but first it needs to be decorated.
The vase cover can be decorated in any way you like. The child can draw a summer scene on the paper and then decorate it with glued on glitter or small stickers of summer things. Another idea is for the child to write their name in large letters, and glue beans, seeds, or glitter to the letters. Let all glue dry before attaching the paper to the outside of the can. Add water and fresh flowers or leave dry for dry flowers.
You can also use the can for a trinket container or a place to put pens, pencils, and markers. To make them real summer crafts for kids, glue grass seed heads and found seed pods to the paper in a decorative way.
Jar vases make good summer crafts for kids, too. Canning jars make cute vases, but any empty mayonnaise, pickle, or other jar, even plastic ones, can work, too.
To make a jar into a vase it first needs to be squeaky clean. Kids love getting wet in the summer, so let them roll up their sleeves (or put on a bathing suit) and have fun splashing at the sink while “washing dishes.” When the jar is clean and dry, tie a decorative ribbon around the opening. If you’d like, you could also decorate the outside of the jar with glued on beads and buttons.
Cool summer crafts for kids will provide some cute decorations around the house, and keep the kids from being bored and driving you crazy. This summer, cool summer crafts for kids should be at the top of every parent’s To Do list!