Keep your children busy
and having fun this summer when school is out. Try these
summer crafts for kid to open up their imagination.
Summer Crafts For Kid
summer come and everyone starts opening
their doors and windows, bringing in the fresh air.
Tree leaves are full and flower blooms abound; birds
are singing, building nests and taking care of their
chicks. I am drawn outdoors by the lure of warmer days
and the call of the dirt and new sprouts. Not to
mention, as a mom, the kids are clamoring for more
room to play. It's a perfect time to pull out some fun
out door family crafts.
Here are a few, easy to personalize, craft ideas for
summertime fun or to celebrate May Day, Mother's Day
or a holiday weekend. All craft supplies are easily
attainable from craft supply stores or online
suppliers. While making these crafts is a fun family
activity, some are available in pre-assembled kits, or
already made. Use your favorite search engine for more
information on various ideas - keyword suggestions are
offered below craft each idea.
1. Terra cotta clay pot bird bath. Invert terra cotta
clay pots, from larger on bottom and smallest on top.
Add a clay saucer (the part the pot sits in to catch
the drained water). A waterproof saucer is necessary.
Set the clay saucer on top of the inverted stack of
pots. Paint or mosaic the pots if you feel especially
creative. For more bird fun, add a mister. Birds love
to play in the water. Note: Make two similar stands
and use one for a bird feeder.
2. Plant and grow an herb garden. Include herbs such
as basil, thyme, sage, chives and any other favorites.
You'll have fresh herbs to add to your recipes all
summer long. Herbs are easy to grow, making this an
easy garden for kids to help. Take it one step further
and create a "kitchen garden", including lettuce
spinach, tomato, cucumber or other salad favorites.
3. Build a toad abode. Use a terra cotta pot and a
rock. Invert a clay pot and prop edge on a rock. If
you have a chipped pot, that would work great too and
wouldn't require propping. Paint and decorate to your
4. A handmade stepping stone. Personalize with stones,
marbles, or other memorable items. Make the project a
tradition. Mark the stone with the year and include
items to remember the year; a key (house or car), a
toy, etc. A footprint each year could signify the walk
of life and would be fun for young children to mark
their growth from summer to summer.
5. Personalized necklaces. Letter beads (for names orinitials), a few spacer beads, a charm or two added to
a simple chain makes a lovely, personal necklace for
any mom or grandmother. For fun, make matching
necklaces one for mom, grandmother, and daughters.
6. Bookmarks make a great craft for rainy days. Get
creative - use paper, dried flowers, ribbons,
needlepoint thread. Use beads and charms attached to
chain or yarn to create a "book thong".
7. A decorated throw pillow. A pre-made throw pillow
with light colored fabric, decorated with fabric
paint. Fabric glue will easily adhere buttons and
other small mementos. Start from scratch and decorate
your fabric before making a pillow - tie-dye, iron-on
colored pictures made with fabric crayons or reverse
dying using a darker fabric and bleach provide many
creative ways to decorate any pillow or piece of
fabric. Another variation would be decorating pillow
8. A tie-dye party is fun for family or a gathering of
extended family and friends. Supplies are readily
available online coming in easy kits.
Judi Cox is a wife and mother of 4 children. Her hobbies
include making handmade soap from scratch, gardening,
crafts, web design and maintaining Mom's Little Garden
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