Summertime is fun time, especially if you’re a kid looking forward to days and weeks free of school, teachers and homework! For parents, though, long summer days can be a real challenge. It won’t be long before the grumpy refrain, “I’m bored,” starts to pop up again and again. How do you keep kids entertained without surrendering to endless hours of tv and video games? We’ve got the solution right here, with a selection of arts and crafts projects that are not only fun, but imaginative and stimulating. Seriously, these ideas are so creative, you’ll want to do them too!
1. Squirt Gun Painting
Here’s a great way to take aim at boredom! Just fill squirt guns with liquid watercolors and set up target practice in the backyard. Your little darlings will be masters of abstract art in no time at all.
2. Color Scavenger Hunt
The best summer activities are flexible enough to go anywhere, like this color scavenger hunt that can work indoors or outdoors, at home or on vacation. Just make color swatches on a paper bag and let the kids loose. They may not have a finished art project when they’re done, but they will definitely burn off some energy!
3. Painted Sand Castles
Have you ever wished sand wasn’t quite so… sand colored? Now you can add some color to your seaside sand castles with an easy concoction of cornstarch, food coloring and water. Kids will love this environmentally-friendly way to brighten up their beach adventures! Bonus: the same recipe can be used for sidewalk spray paint!
4. Natural Paint Brushes
This project is must-do for campers, but it’s just as much fun for at-home art adventures. Clip some leaves and twigs and, with a little string or twine, transform them into natural paint brushes. Experiment with different types of foliage to see what textures each produces, and let your kids create great paintings full of nature’s beauty.
5. Ice Painting
When the weather gets hot—really, really hot—keeping kids busy can be harder than ever. Ice painting is the perfect way to cool off creatively. Just freeze non-toxic paint in ice cube trays with popsicle sticks for handles, and boredom will melt away!
6. Animal Monoprints
We guarantee that kids will go wild for this animal monoprints project! You’ll need to hunt down some old and no-longer-wanted stuffed animals for this one, but everyone will have fun discovering the unpredictable results the plushies will deliver when stamped with paint.
7. Flower Prints
Summer is perfect for spending time in the garden. Have your little ones collect blossoms from their favorite plants and use them to make beautiful watercolor flower prints.
8. Painted Kites and Frisbees
Do you want to encourage your kids to get outside and play? Try a project that will get them out of the house, like these colorful kites that kids can paint with their own designs. Or, with a couple of paper plates and some packing tape, they can make their own paper plate frisbees for hours of outdoors fun.
9. Melting Colored Ice
This project is more science than art, but there’s a lot of colorful fun in this experiment about melting ice with salt. Brightly colored watercolor paint highlights the cracks and crevices in the melting block of ice, creating beautiful sun catchers in the process. The sun catchers may not last long, but you’ll stay cool in the meantime!
10. Paper Bracelets and Pinwheels
Do you have stacks of kids’ summer artwork piling up around the house? Instead of the recycle bin, clear them out by using them for new projects. We love these folded paper bracelets that are a colorful accessory for summer wear. For littler fingers, a simple pinwheel is a fun way to preserve these colorful masterpieces.
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