3 Summer-Craft-Ideas *
Depending on where you are, summer holidays have started and with that the question, of how to keep the kids entertained. We have collected 3 summer craft ideas to try.
1) Painting stones
Kids love to collect stones, no matter the age. Collecting and then painting stones is a 2-in-1 activity. We love to collect stones at riverbeds as we typically find round, flat ones there. Small, round stones are also great for painting though.
We have collected a couple of fun examples, what you can create from a couple of stones.
Glow in the dark monster rocks
These cute monsters are easy to make.
Generally, any stone can glow in the dark when it is painted accordingly. All you need is some glow in the dark color. There is even glue from UHU which glows in the dark, but we haven’t tried that yet.
I personally suggest using acrylic paint as this works best, but be careful when letting kids handle those as they are tough to remove once the paint has dried.
Glow in the dark acrylic paint
More than just stones
A great idea this blogger came up with is to paint stones so that you can play with them afterwards.
2) Decorating cans
Generally we don’t use a lot of canned products and therefore don’t have that many cans at home, but when we do, our daughter likes to use them for crafting. “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Household Items” is what she likes to say.
To decorate tin cans a hot-melt-gun is vital. Be careful when leaving it in young children’s hands as they get hot quickly and can cause burns. I generally prefer the “mini” version which is easier to use for our daughter.
A cute idea which keeps kids busy longer is decorating cans and then using them for tin can throwing. This helps kids practice hand-eye-coordination and gross motor skills.
Another cute use for decorated tin cans is to use them for planting. Depending on how much effort you put into it they can become real designer objects and might even be a cute give-away.
3) Create wind chimes
There are many different versions of wind chimes you can craft, depending on the fine motor skills of the kids. Some are great to hang up outside, others can be used to decorate inside. Hanging them up will definitely fill your little ones with pride.