Summer Crafts for Kids

A few months without school can be trying for little minds and no one wants zombie children wasting hours in front of the television. To keep those munchkins stimulated and having fun, bust out the craft supplies and charge your creative side! We’ve got a few ideas to get your juices flowing.

Secret Gardens

Plum Creek, Homes for Sale in Kyle TX

(Credit: Richard Shilling)

You’ll need:

  • Fallen leaves
  • Thin sticks or string/thread

Here’s how:

  • Gather a variety of leaves – larger sizes work well.
  • Thread them onto a thin stick to create a little totem pole of different backyard leaves – create several and you’ll have a little fort or large work of art!
  • Or thread them onto a string and create a garland to hang indoors or outdoors for a little garden party or backyard affair.

Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Fun

Plum Creek, Homes for Sale in Kyle TX

(Credit: Ben Partridge)

You’ll need:

  • Cotton or polyester batting (quilting kind)
  • Pliers
  • Heavy-duty scissors or wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Clear fishing line or thin string
  • Paperclips or pliable wire
  • Scotch tape
  • Pencil or pen

Here’s how:

  • Tear away a section of batting roughly the size of the cloud you’d like to make.
  • Pinch and pull at the batting to stretch out the material, and create a billowy effect by patting and rolling around the batting between your hands until you’ve gotten a shape you’re happy with. Cloud sculpting is an imperfect process and an ideal activity for munchkins.
  • Snip a short length of paperclip and wrap it around a small dowel or pencil to create a spiral shape.
  • Use the pliers to form a small loop at one end of the wire for attaching your fishing line.
  • Press and twist your spiraled wire into the batting, securing it as you would a corkscrew.
  • Fasten your clouds to the ceiling with a piece of Scotch tape.
  • Get creative on where you hang your cloud collection!

The Monster of Plum Creek Lagoon

Plum Creek, Homes for Sale in Kyle TX

(Credit: a bird and a bean)

You’ll need:

  • Empty tissue boxes
  • Duct tape
  • Paint, tissue paper, glitter, or any other decoration item you desire
  • Sponge(s) or cardboard
  • Glue – hot glue is recommended
  • Scissors

Here’s how:

  • Adjust the tissue box opening to your desired size and use the duct tape to reinforce the opening.
  • Decorate as desired and leave to dry.
  • Cut triangles out of the sponge or cardboard material to glue to one end of the tissue boxes.
  • Have fun!

Brighter Than Batman

Plum Creek, Homes for Sale in Kyle TX

(Credit: Belinda Graham)

You’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Piece of thin cardboard
  • Plastic cling wrap
  • Rubber band
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Flashlight

Here’s how:

  • Design a symbol (it could be your initials, favorite shape, etc.) in the paper making sure it’s no larger than the circumference of the toilet paper roll. Cut out your design.
  • Glue your symbol to the back of the thin cardboard and cut it out. If using letters, remember to glue them backwards!
  • Stick your superhero symbol onto a piece of plastic wrap.
  • Place the symbol (with the plastic wrap on the outside) onto the end of the toilet paper roll and pull the plastic wrap tightly around the roll. Secure it with the rubber band.
  • Trim the plastic wrap close to the rubber band and secure it down by winding on a piece of tape around the role, covering both the plastic wrap and the toilet paper roll.
  • Find a blank wall to begin marketing yourself as the new superhero in town!

If you’ve got more ideas, we’d love to hear them! Share your favorite kid craft here and if you can, include a picture of your little one with the finished product. Happy crafting!


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