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Summer Craft Ideas for Kids

May 08, 2012, 16:41 pm  Posted by Lark
 

It’s almost summertime! School’s about to be out! It’s time for summer vacation, days unbound by the school bus and homework, and a kid’s-eye-view of weeks and weeks of fun.

 

Whether you’re inside or outside, in the shade or in the sun, below is a list of summer craft ideas to capture the interest of big and little kids alike. In fact, when it comes to some of these ideas (see the Tree Fort Pinterest boards), you don’t need to be a kid at all to feel that summer vacation excitement.

 Happy summertime crafting!

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You’ll WANT life to give you lemons so you can make these cool, refreshing treats. Hello, hot weather awesomeness.

Creamy Lemon Popsicles :: from gimme some oven

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Sidewalk chalk: it makes hopscotch possible, it brings traced silhouettes to life, and it offers endless opportunities for driveway/walkway poems (try jumping rope around a sidewalk chalk poem—it’s a whole new meaning for beat poetry!). Use powdered tempera to make your own vibrant colors.

Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk :: from Instructables

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Don’t have a sunny day to go backyard camping? Never fear! This Fabric Pup Tent will have your littles singing songs around the campfire in your living room. Git along, little doggies.

Fabric Pup Tent :: from ReadyMade

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Bring the sea inside by constructing these fascinating underwater creatures with simple supplies from home.

How to Make Your Own Jellyfish :: from Scrapbooks, Etc.

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It’s hot. Plain and simple. Give those little hands something fun and easy to do, and you’ll all feel a pleasant breeze as a result.

“Fan”-tastic: How to make a paper fan :: from the Phoenix Examiner

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It’s raining? And you’ve already read every one of those library books y’all checked out? Sounds like a good time for popcorn and a movie! Invite your kids to help you whip up this tasty peanut-butter-y popcorn and settle in for a cozy rainy afternoon.

Peanut Butter Popcorn :: from The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Learning letters, matching sounds, spelling words, and writing silly poems just got even more interesting—write whatever strikes your kid’s fancy on these juice can lids and Go Fish!

Fishing for Knowledge :: from FamilyFun

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Turn your kiddie pool or bathtub into a mini regatta with Rachel Meeks’s clever ice cube boats. Ships, ahoy!

Sail into Summer with Ice Cube Boats :: by Rachel Meeks of AlphaMom

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For some of us, summer forts involved draping sheets over the laundry line, a sure-fire way to whip up some DIY backyard hideouts. For others, fort-building can be an art form and involve doors, trees, hammocks, rope ladders, and periscopes. Here are some pretty cool Pinterest boards that feature the Summer Fort in all its glory:

“Fort” Board by Angie Wiley

“Fort Building!” Board by Danielle Woods

“A Backyard Fort Ought to Have…” Board by Matt Jenkins

“Tree Fort” Board by Josh Laczak

“Tree Fort” Board by Ashley Hodges

And be sure to check out this stellar tree house made by Joyce Hesselberth and David Plunkert of kid baltimore:

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I don’t care how old you are, blowing bubbles is a delight, no matter what. Use this cool tutorial to make a batch of bubble solution AND a giant bubble-maker.

Super Giant Bubble Kit & Solution :: from Design Dazzle

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Bring the circus home! Save a couple large coffee cans and help the kids make these old-school, cool-school stilts. I sense a talent show coming on….

Old-school Fun: Coffee Can Stilts :: from teach mama

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What’s nicer than a picnic dinner in the back yard? An evening of picnic dinner theater! Sew this fab portable theater, round up play-writing inspiration, and step back to witness the theatrical creativity your kids produce. Bravo!

Backyard Puppet Theater :: from kojo designs

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Summer trees are filled with singing birds—invite some to eye level with this easy and clever bird feeder made with the rind of an orange. Yes, an orange!

DIY Orange Cup Bird Feeder :: from She Knows

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Want some book suggestions for summertime crafts? Ask and ye shall receive:

cover of Hand in Hand by Jenny Doh

Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids by Jenny Doh

Closet Monsters by John Murphy

Stupid Sock Creatures by John Murphy

Big Little Felt Universe by Jeanette Lim

 
 
 
 
  • Kojodesigns

    What fantastic ideas- so honored that my backyard puppet theater is in the lineup! :)

  • Beth

     your puppet theater is incredible! thanks so much for sharing your creativity and inspiring us all :)

  • Gavin

    I forwarded this to Rob and told him to get on it! I want him to make the tree house for the boys. I think we’re going to try the stilts with our abundance of formula cans. And we’ll probably do the orange bird feeder too. Fun stuff!