You don’t want your kids to lose their creativity during the hot summer months. While you are waiting for the rain to stop or the days to cool down, give these crafts a try. These three crafts are relatively simple and can be adapted to a range of ages.
Fish Aquarium Wall-Hanging
This craft is really adorable and works well for slightly older children, at least five years of age.
Materials: Wide popsicle sticks, glue, white paint, string or thin ribbon, small googly eyes, scissors, foam “paper” in many vibrant colors including tan and blue, pipe cleaners in various colors, small shells of differing types.
To create your craft, have your child draw some different styles of fish and starfish on the foam paper. Cut out the fish and glue them on a background of blue foam. Glue a googly eye to each fish and make sure that the fish are not all going the same direction in the “aquarium”. Don’t forget to add fins with either additional foam glued on the fish or using a marker. While the glue is drying, paint your popsicle sticks whatever color your child would like. I have found that white looks nice.
Cut out the tan foam paper so that you will have a nice sandy bottom for your aquarium. If you wish to make this more real looking, you could glue some sand to the foam. Glue the tan foam to the blue foam and decorate the sand with seaweed and coral made out of twisted pipe cleaners. Glue a few shells to add dimension to the sandy sea floor.
Once the popsicle sticks are dry, glue them around the blue and tan foam to make a decorative edge. Use the string or thin ribbon to attach to the frame if you wish to hang the aquarium in your child’s bedroom or playroom.
Sunshine from Handprints
This craft will light up anyone’s life including your kids! With supervision, children as young as 18 months could enjoy helping with a craft like this.
Materials: Construction paper in varying shades of yellow and orange (or paper plates painted in shades of yellow and orange), scissors, googly eyes, pom pom, marker, pencil, Tupperware lid or similar item to trace a circle from.
Trace a circle on yellow construction paper and cut it out. Trace the child’s (or children’s) hand onto the yellow and orange construction paper. It is better to trace too many hands than not enough (about 6 or 8 depending on the size of your child’s hand). Cut the handprints out.
Glue the yellow handprints around the circle without overlapping them too much. Glue orange handprints behind the yellow, staggering them so that the orange shows through the yellow fingers a bit. If you want, you can to an additional row of yellow handprints behind the orange
Add the googly eyes to the sun and the pom pom for a nose, and use the marker for a mouth, or draw the entire face using the marker. Use string to hang the sunshine after it dries, or hang it with tape on a window or wall.
This simple craft is a lot of fun for younger children. They will love to look up at their mobile swaying in the breeze above their bed or hanging on the porch.
Materials: Construction paper of various colors, cardstock (if desired), glue, scissors, paper towel roll, yarn or thick string, crayons or markers.
Give your children some ideas of what types of summer items to color on the construction paper or use your computer and printer to print out some summer items for them to color in (especially helpful for younger kids). Cut out the designs from the construction paper. If you so choose, you can glue the construction paper to the cardstock before you cut out the design. Tape or glue varying lengths of yarn to the designs and then tie the other end to the paper towel roll once the glue is dry. It works best to vary the lengths slightly, but not too much. Create a way to hang the mobile, then hang it up and watch your children marvel at their creativity.