Most of us have spent a lot of time with our children lately. From virtual learning to complete lockdowns, you likely hadn’t spent that much time with them since they were infants and toddlers.
Now, with summer in full swing, it’s not like you can head to the beach every day even though more and more parents are working from home. With so much time together, finding fun things to do with them can get harder and harder.
Take a look at these craft ideas we put together and you may just find a few that you and the kids can do together.
1. Fun With Clay
With a little oven baked clay, they can make change bowls, ashtrays, and more. For a nice flower bowl, have them form both a large flower and a smaller one, place the smaller one inside the larger one and press so that the bottoms stick together. Try adding some colorful plastic beads pressed into the sides and bottom and with a few minutes in the oven (per clay instructions), they’ll have a unique, colorful bowl they can actually use.
For even more control over the design and opening a whole new array of options, try using craft molds and silicone rubber.
2. Backyard Bowling
Sure, they’d probably love to stay inside and bake some cookies with you, it’s time to get them outside. Take 10 plastic bottles and have the children fill them with water (you can use food coloring to make them more fun). With either permanent markers or child-safe paint, have them number them 1 – 10 and you’re all set. For even more fun, instead of using a soccer or otherwise decent-sized ball, try using a watermelon. They’ll get a kick out of it.
3. Stitched Art
With some craft paper, scissors, yarn, and a small hole punch, they can make cool designs for their bedroom wall or a birthday card for someone special.
- Have them cut the desired shape out of craft paper (you may want to help them draw it in pencil first to get the best design).
- Use the hole punch to place small holes about half an inch apart along the edge of the design.
- Use yarn to “stitch” through the holes and tie the ends together on the underside.
- From there, they can color the pieces, add buttons, pipe cleaner, or other flare as desired.
4. A Fire Breathing Dragon
With a toilet paper roll, construction paper, furry pompoms, tissue paper, and crafting eyes, they can create a dragon that they can actually play with. You can check out the tutorial here.
5. Homemade Dreamcatchers
You definitely won’t need to increase your net worth for this one. To create a homemade dreamcatcher, you’ll need:
- Paper plates
- Small hole punch
As well as optional items such as:
If they’re old enough, have them cut out the center of the paper plate and just leave the outer ring. Next, with the hole punch, they need to go along the edge of the inside, spacing them about half an inch apart.
At this point, they can add color with the crayons, glitter, sequins, or whatever their little imaginations want. Next, they can weave yarn criss cross through the middle of the plate and add beads or whatever else they desire. From there, punch a hole on the outer edge (wherever they say the bottom is), and add a single piece of yarn. Tie a feather to the other end and voila, homemade dreamcatcher.
With a few inexpensive items and some ingenuity, you and the kids can have loads of fun with the crafting ideas above.