Once summer starts, keeping your children entertained can be tough, no matter how patient and creative you are. When the weather prevents you from sending your kids to the yard, park, or nearest pool, keeping yourself sane can be especially challenging. Fortunately, these five simple do-it-yourself crafts are sure to delight kids of most ages.
Bring Back Tie-Dying
With tie-dying becoming popular again, there’s no better time to show your kids an activity that probably kept you entertained during your own childhood. This project is simple and affordable; just head to the craft store to grab some wholesale kids t shirts, rubber bands, plastic bags, and tie dye. If you have some old white clothing lying around the house, consider repurposing it as well.
Build Your Own Bird Feeder
You can make a bird feeder in just a few simple steps. First, cut large square holes in the sides of a milk jug, at least one inch above the base. Next, poke two small holes near the lid and thread heavy-duty string through them. Finally, add two more small holes below or next to the windows and insert a twig or small wood stake for a perch. Don’t forget to let your kids decorate the final product. This craft should entertain your kids for weeks as they watch birds enjoy the new feeder.
Create Sparkling Suncatchers
There are tons of easy ways kids can make suncatchers at home, from melting beads or crayons to adding specially treated papers to wax paper. One advantage of these projects is that they can be quick and simple or involved. Either way, the final outcome is beautiful. Suncatchers make stunning home decorations and great gifts for others.
Set Up a Fort
Fort building can keep your kids entertained for hours. Blankets and furniture work well for an indoor fort, while sheets, strong ropes, and trees can make a durable outdoor fort. To create a fort with staying power, tape together some sturdy cardboard boxes and let your kids go wild decorating.
Prepare for 4th of July Festivities
If you’re holding a 4th of July party this year, making and placing decorations can keep your kids entertained for hours. From crafting pinwheels to stenciling designs to creating patriotic hanging decorations, there is no shortage of crafts your kids can do to help you get ready for this holiday.
Keep Thinking Creatively
Coming up with new excursions and outings for your kids can be difficult; the key is to inventively think up fun projects that can be done easily at home. These activities can save money, keep your kids from getting stir-crazy, and give you needed time to catch up on housework and maybe even relax.
What fun and affordable summer craft is your kids looking forward to?