You can thank us later! 4 easy summer crafts to get stuck into with the kids

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The summer holidays are a long time, even for the most organised parents and especially if the weather turns. We’ve put together a list of easy summer crafts that you can do with your children both inside and out.


Water gun painting (good for age 5 +)

This is definitely one for outside! Hang up some large pieces of paper on an easel, clothes dryer or even stuck to a wall. You could use packaging materials or large pieces of cardboard (Amazon packaging is great for this!)

Then mix some washable paints with a little water to thin them out. Find as many varied sized water guns as you have and load them up with different colours. Make sure your children stand at least three feet away from the paper to avoid too much splashing, and fire away! They’re not going to be masterpieces but are great for seeing how the paint moves on the paper and any colour mixes. You might want to invest in a cheap pack of small water pistols so that you’re not stuck cleaning out a super soaker.

If you don’t fancy using paints, get your children to attempt ‘drawing’ a picture with their water guns on a brick wall or patio.


Homemade play dough (good for age 2 +)

Children love playing with dough and it’s brilliant for improving their fine motor skills and creativity. However, the branded products can prove to be expensive and dry out easily in the sun.

You can make your own at home really quickly. In a saucepan, stir together 1 cup of flour with 1 cup of water and add in 2 tsp cream of tartar, 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and 1/2 cup of fine table salt. Heat the mixture whilst you stir slowly until a dough forms. At this stage you can add in food colouring, and glitter if you’re brave enough! Leave the mixture to cool and then it’s ready to use. It will keep in an airtight container for a good week or so.


Nature jars (good for age 4 +)

If you’re out visiting the beach, ask your child to choose some objects to take home with them plus a handful of sand. When you’re at home, create a beach scene inside a clean empty jar or stick the treasures on the outside of the jar. Enamel paints are brilliant for painting glass too, or use washable paints mixed with PVA glue.

You could also do this after a nature walk using petals, leaves or twigs you collect.


Indoor crafts (good for all ages)

If it’s raining, or just need a nice calm break indoors, there are lots of summer themed crafts you can do.

  1. Cut out an ice lolly shape, stick it onto a leftover lolly stick and decorate with glitter, stickers or paints
  2. Cut out a long triangle ‘cone’ and plenty of different coloured ice cream balls, let your child choose their ‘flavours’. Flattened cupcake cases also make brilliant ice creams.
  3. Print out some summer themed flowers / plants / insects or animals, get your child to cut them out and create a scene on piece of coloured  card

Summer crafts with your children don’t need to involve expensive materials or getting really messy. Often you’ll be able to create something from items you already have. Plus no-one is expecting you to be ultra creative, just think about what things you and your children enjoy about summer and go from there.

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