When it’s summertime and your kids are no longer in school for a few months, it can be a challenge for parents to find activities to do that will both entertain and inspire their children. Luckily, crafting and art projects are the perfect way to accomplish both of these objectives. And with just a few simple and inexpensive supplies, you can have hours of fun creating beautiful art projects with your kids, along with a lifetime full of memories. To show you how, here are three fun art projects to try with your kids this summer.
Summertime crafts are most enjoyable when they can be done outside. And for most parents, even the thought of trying to tie-dye in the house can bring on some anxiety. For this reason, the summer is the perfect time to pick up a pack of white t-shirts or other article of clothing and try your hand at tie-dyeing.
Amanda Kingloff, a contributor to Parents.com, shares that adding some salt to the dye solution will make the colors pop even more on the clothing. And if your kids have detailed ideas about how they want their project to turn out, use chalk in addition to rubber bands to help them sketch out their design before they begin tie-dyeing.
Fun Bubble Wands
Another great activity to do outdoors is blowing bubbles. Plenty of stores have great bubble accessories to make your time with the soap solution enjoyable. However, making your very own bubble wands can turn a short experience with bubbles into an entire afternoon of adventure.
According to MarthaStewart.com, you’ll need plastic-coated wire coat hangers and either plastic-coated chicken wire or floral netting to make the wands. Once you have the supplies, simply form the coat hanger so there’s a loop at one end and cover that loop with your chicken wire or floral netting. Dip the looped end into the bubble solution and you’ve got yourself a bubble wand.
Due to the mess that can happen with paint, many parents opt out of the craft. However, when done outside in the summer, painting can be a great activity for your children to participate in. One fun item they can paint is ceramics or other moulds. Education.com shares that you can even let your children paint their own dishes with ceramic paints that set after their baked, making this craft both fun and useful for the whole family. Simply get the ceramics you’ll want to paint, some ceramic paint, and lay out some newspapers on the grass to make cleanup that much easier for you.
If you’ve been looking for fun crafts for you and your children to enjoy outside this summer, use the tips mentioned above to do some great art projects together.