Published June 27, 2012 by
Remember those never-ending days of summer when you were a kid? You’d go outside and play for hours, begging your mom for just a few more minutes when it began to get dark finally. Today, summer days seem to fly by as we try to handle all of our usual obligations, as well as those that summer brings. If you have kids, summer is supposed to be fun! And you’ll have to take some time to make sure it is for your children. Whether it’s going to the beach or making another round of lemonade, your kids will appreciate your efforts. Here are some fun summer crafts to keep them busy, entertained, and happily creating their own summer memories.
Solar Flare T-Shirt
Courtesy of FamilyFun.com
This craft takes advantage of your child’s innate creativity and the summer sun. Visit familyfun.com for the image and complete details.
You will need:
Cut the cardboard so it fits inside the t-shirt to keep the paint from bleeding. Mix the flour with enough water so it is the consistency of mustard and pour it into the squeeze bottle. Use the flour mixture to draw a spiral sun pattern on the t-shirt (for the solar flare effect. You can also draw anything you like). It is important to make and use the water/flour mixture quickly before it gets too gluey.
Let the t-shirt bake in the sun until the flour/water mixture is hardened. This should take a couple of hours. Spray the shirt with fabric paint (you can mix fabric paint and a little water and put it into a spray bottle) and let it dry in the sun.
After the shirt is dry, remove the cardboard from inside and have your child peel off the flour paste. It will reveal the design in white. Your child can then wear her craft all summer long. This is a good activity for parties, and each child can be asked to bring a shirt. They can double as your party favors as well.
Juice Bottle Bug Catcher
Special thanks to Kaboose.com for this creative summer craft idea. Visit them for a photo and more info!
You will need:
Start by removing the labels from your juice bottle and rinsing thoroughly. Save the lid. Lying the bottle on its flat side, cut an opening in the side that is facing up. Cut your screen or tulle so it is about ¼ inch bigger than the hole on all sides, and then cut the foam so it is a ½ inch bigger than the screen or tulle. In the center of the foam, cut out a little observation window.
After you’ve cut these pieces, glue the screen to the foam, and then glue the screen window to the opening of the bottle. Inside of the bottle, put your twigs, grass, rocks, and other natural goodies. Catch bugs by putting the bottle on the ground where insects can crawl in. In tall grass or near a garden are both good locations. You can also catch your own bugs and put them in the bottle. Once the insects are in the bottle, close the lid and observe this buggy world.
Bugs and t-shirts are nice, but this next craft is the best of all. It’s an edible craft that your whole family will love. Making your own ice cream will be one of the most memorable experiences of the summer – and an activity that will likely be repeated!
You will need:
Fill the gallon bag about half full with ice and add the rock salt. Seal the bag and put it aside. In the smaller bag, put the milk, vanilla, and sugar. Seal it. Unseal the big bag and put the small bag into it. Seal it back up and make sure it is closed securely. Shake it up! Shake until the mixture thickens, which takes about five minutes. Take turns with the kids. Take out the small bag, wipe it off, grab an ice cream scoop and serve it up. This makes about a scoop of ice cream and you can double the recipe. Tripling it is more difficult because kids will have a hard time shaking the bag. To get a healthy snack from your efforts, serve a little of the homemade ice cream with berries and fruit.
Summer is about fun, and these crafts can engage your children happily for hours. If their idea of summer fun is sitting in front of the TV, try these crafts with them.