Spend all winter cooped up with toddlers and one thing’s for sure: Summer is your new best friend.
Now that it’s warmed up a bit, you’re probably sending your kids out for some sunshine every chance you get. It’s good for them, too—a little vitamin D, freedom to run and play, and hardly any cleanup afterward. Yes, summer is a wonderful thing!
For organized fun, check out our summer crafts below. Each activity takes less than 30 minutes, so you can squeeze them in while a younger sibling naps or even when waiting out the afternoon rain on a covered patio.
Rainbow Door Hanging
This craft brings the brightness of spring inside with the help of colorful ribbons. The ribbons hang from a cloud to create a rainbow. You’ll need a pencil, white construction paper, scissors, tape and six rolls of ribbon in different colors.
We suggest making three clouds for one doorway. This is a great project for kids who share a room to work on together!
Have your children draw three large clouds, each on one sheet of construction paper, and help them cut out the clouds as needed. Then assist them in cutting one strip of ribbon per color, per cloud, making them as long or short as they’d like. Tape the ribbons to the back of the clouds and hang in the doorway of your child’s room!
This craft allows kids to get messy and make a bug—what more could little guys and gals want? You’ll need a small white canvas, a paintbrush and four different colors of craft paint.
Have your child select which colors he’ll use for the following caterpillar parts: head, body, legs and antenna. Starting with the head color, help him paint a round circle in the upper-right-hand quadrant of the canvas. Fill in the circle with the same color paint.
While the head dries, have your child open his hand. Paint the body color on his entire palm, and the leg color on his fingers (excluding the thumb). Turn the picture upside down and help him align his palm with the head of the caterpillar. Press lightly on his hand and hold for a few seconds. Remove and repeat three more times.
Use the final color to add antennas, eyes and a nose. The masterpiece is complete!
Succulents in Socks
The final craft connects kids with one of the best parts of summer: growth. You’ll need colorful socks, scissors, small terra cotta pots, dirt, succulent plants and water.
Start by letting the child choose which sock she’d like to use. Help them slip the socks on the pots then pull the socks up until they fold over the top. Cut the bottom of the sock, add the plant to the pot, fill the pot with dirt, and top it off with water.
Place the pots in a sunny spot and water them when the soil is dry.