In the summertime, your kids are already getting bored of not having school activities. If you want to keep them busy, you can try doing some arts and crafts with them. There are so many ideas that can create lots of fun for you and your kids.
If you also want some ideas for arts and crafts for adults, you can do some online research and find those activities, too. There are many fun art activities for all ages that you can find and adapt them to fit the age you are working with, even if it is for you. There are many ideas that you can find.
Below are some great ideas for summer arts and crafts fun.
Water Balloon Canvas
- 1 Large Canvas, any size but the larger the better
- (you can also use a large piece of canvas material)
- 10-12 water balloons
- Acrylic paint in a variety of colors
- Make a mixture of 30% water and 70% paint. Do one color at a time.
- Fill water balloons with this mixture.
- Repeat until you have used all the colors.
- Place canvas on a clothesline or tied between two trees.
- Have children throw the balloons at the canvas until the canvas is filled with different colors.
You can find other water balloon crafts and other crafts by researching the internet. This is one site that you can use to make other crafts. You can have fun all summer with your kids.
Popsicle Stick Sun Craft
- 12 Popsicle sticks
- Yellow craft paint
- Paint brush
- Wax paper
- Colored tissue paper
- Yarn for hanging
- Paint all popsicle sticks yellow.
- Arrange sticks in a hexagon.
- Add another stick in the middle of each of the sticks already glued down.
- Cut a circle from the wax paper and glue it to the middle of the sticks.
- Rip tissue paper into different sizes and glue them to the wax paper.
- Tie yarn to the craft and hang it in the sun.
Sponge Sailboat Craft
- Sponges: The best are Ocelo brand
- Wood Skewers
- Construction Paper
- Wire Cutters
- Use your scissors to trim the sponges in half.
- Cut wooden skewers in half with wire cutters.
- Make sails out of construction paper cut into triangles.
- Glue the triangles onto the skewers.
- You want to take the skewer and stick it through the sponge until it comes out the other side. You want the skewer to stick out the other side by about an inch.
- Put “sailboat” into a tub of water to watch it sail.
- Adjust sail and skewer as necessary to make the boat sail.
- Small pinecone
- Black construction paper
- Black wire
- Googly eyes
- Hot glue gun with glue
- Lime green paint
- Dip small end of pinecone into green paint.
- Cut circles from black construction paper.
- Cut those circles nearly in half, not all the way through. These are the wings.
- Glue wings onto pinecone once paint is dry.
- Glue on the googly eyes.
- Wrap the black wire around pinecone to make antennae.
- 2 large popsicle sticks
- Different colored yarn
- White craft glue
- Glue the popsicles sticks together, crossing them in the middle.
- Wrap the yarn around one of the arms of the popsicle sticks.
- Turn sticks ninety degrees and wrap yarn around that arm.
- Continue this until all the popsicle stick arms are covered, pushing yarn tight towards the middle as you go.
- When you have an inch left on every arm, glue end of yarn onto one of the popsicle stick ends.
- Use leftover yarn to make a loop and glue to popsicle stick.
- Hang God’s Eye from loop.
You can find more yarn crafts when you search for them on the internet. There is a good site to follow here: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/g32227449/yarn-craft-ideas/. You can find many arts and crafts activities all around the internet.
Popsicle Stick Frog
- Popsicle stick
- Green paint
- 2 large googly eyes
- Red construction paper
- 2 pieces of scrap cardboard from toilet paper roll
- Put 5 popsicle sticks side by side.
- Glue one popsicle stick on the top of the others, and one at the bottom. (This is the frog’s body.)
- Cut red construction paper into a one-inch strip.
- Roll construction paper strip into a spiral.
- Cut cardboard scraps into ovals and glue to green popsicle platform.
- Glue the googly eyes onto the cardboard ovals.
River Rock Ladybugs
- Red Patio Paint
- Black Patio Paint
- White Patio Paint
- Smooth river rocks – you can get them at a craft store
- Patio Paint Clear Coat
- Wash and dry your river rocks thoroughly.
- Paint the river rock all black and let dry.
- Paint bottom half of river rock red and let dry.
- Paint black spots on red part of the river rock using handle part of brush and let dry.
- Paint two white dots on black part of the river rock for eyes using handle part of paint brush and let dry.
- Paint smaller black dots on white part of the eyes using toothpick and let dry.
- Once it is completely dry, paint ladybug with clear coat and let dry completely.
- Gather up a bunch of small twigs – you will need about 10 or 15
- Glue gun
- Paper or giant leaf for sail
- Pick out about eight or ten twigs that are as straight as you can find.
- Cut twigs to be about the same length.
- Tie yarn on one end of one twig.
- Tie another piece of yarn on other end.
- Take another twig and do a figure eight with the yarn on both twigs.
- Do the same on the other side.
- Do this with all of your twigs.
- You should have a leftover piece of yarn at the end.
- Reinforce your boat by taking another twig and tying it on to the top of the boat.
- Do the same thing with the other side.
- Take another twig and use the hot glue gun to glue it to the middle of your boat.
- Take the piece of paper or large leaf and place it on the middle twig.
- Float your boat in a creek or a tub of water.