Are you running out of activities and family outing ideas for the summer? Well, hang in there because their summer vacation isn’t over yet! To finish the summer off strong, we’ve found some simple, yet fun summer crafts for your kids to enjoy. And don’t worry, these summer crafts aren’t too messy!
Fancy Summer Shades
With this cool summer shades craft, your kids can create their own style. Your kids will feel proud to wear sunglasses they had a hand in making. This craft can be as simple or complex as your kids want. Better yet, it’s super easy to set up for them. All you need is:
- Plain sunglasses
- Colorful paper
- More decorative materials of your kids’ choice
All you have to do is organize the crafting station with all the decorative options. Then, let the kids glue their masterpiece on the sunglasses. Let the sunglasses dry completely before the little ones run off with them.
Milk Carton Bird Feeders
Give your kids some summer crafts that require a little more effort, like this milk carton bird feeder craft. Your kids, and friendly neighborhood birds, will love this. Not only do the kids make the craft, but they can watch the happy birds eat all summer long from their creation.
For this craft, you’ll need:
- 3 milk cartons (lightly sanded and painted white)
- Hot glue
- Wooden craft sticks
- Acrylic paint in colors of your choice
- Utility knife
Watch how to make the bird feeder here.
Pineapple Thumbprint Art
Break out the paints for an outdoor paint party or indoor rainy day activity. This pineapple thumbprint art is a great way to get your kids’ creative juices flowing this summer. What’s even better is you don’t need more than two materials and the clean-up is minimal.
For this craft, you’ll need:
- Acrylic paint
- Canvas paper
That’s right, you don’t even need paint brushes! Additionally, you can use paper plates for an easier clean up. There aren’t many summer crafts easier than this. If you have young children, mix the paint colors yourself. And if your kids are older, they will have a blast mixing colors to make whatever colored pineapple they desire.
Banana Split Bites
Who says summer crafts can’t be a tasty treat? Instead of buying the whole family banana splits that they probably won’t finish, make these fun sized bites on a cool summer night. Your kids can customize their own and add as much chocolate as they want!
For this recipe, you’ll need:
- 3 bananas
- ¼ lb. cored pineapple
- 6 strawberries, halved
- 1 cup dipping chocolate
- ¼ cup chopped nuts
- 12 popsicle sticks or skewers
To make this tasty craft, cut the banana and pineapple in equal-sized pieces to the halved strawberries. Allow the kids to assemble the fruit on the popsicle sticks or skewers then place in the freezer for 10 minutes. Put chopped nuts on a small plate for dipping. Heat up chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until melted. Finally, let the kids dip the cold fruit in chocolate and nuts (be careful of allergies). Place the banana split bites on the tray lined with wax or parchment paper and wait for the chocolate to set. Enjoy!
Keep your kids occupied for the rest of the summer with these fun summer crafts. Who knows… maybe you’ll even have some fun making them too! If you’d prefer to skip out on the mess and give the babysitter some summer crafts for the kids, check out Care.com’s list of messy crafts.
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