Simple Summer Crafts
Summer time is about being carefree, not worrying about the schedules that hold us back and the deadlines…. well that is what I wish summer was. Really it’s only sometimes like this but the day we made this it was. My son was playing with the neighbors and I grabbed this huge piece of card board, some paint and called them to the drive way. We had three kids 2, 5 and 7 years old all completely engaged , here is the super simple how to.
- Gather your materials. All you need is something to paint, paint, and a yard to find potential tools. Spread out some paint. We used a huge piece of cardboard but you can do this on a much smaller scale too.
- Tell the kids to find things to paint with.
- Paint! Both big kids went straight to the pine tree and made prints.
- My 2 year old sat down in the paint with a rock and explored.
- They grabbed hydrangeas and snap dragons .
- Whipped paint with ferns.
- Made cool leaf and flower prints.
- Made a huge happy mess.
This was such a fantastic open and free art activity and seeing their faces light up as they said ” Oh I have an idea!” before running off to the yard to come back with a snap dragon or maple leaf was exhilarating. My 2 year old was covered in paint. I couldn’t get a picture because she grabs for the camera and I was worried she’d grab the lens. The paint soaked through her pants all the way to her diaper. She was in heaven. Memories were made with such a simple summer activity!
Today we are starting a new series of Simple Summer Crafts most of these crafts won’t be ground breaking and many will be ones you probably did at summer camp or girl scouts growing up. What we aim to do with this series is to jog your memory or introduce you to easy crafts for kids that can be done quickly between family vacations ( or on family vacations) , summer camp schedules and picnics. We know you are busy so these are frugal easy crafts that are still fun and educational.
This first craft was made because I found old cereal in the pantry and didn’t want to throw it away, so we made these instead.
- Gather your materials. You will need some pipe cleaners and cereal with holes in it.
- I wasn’t expecting my daughter to have the patience but as long as I held the pipe cleaner for her she threaded quite a few on.
- Don’t forget to bend the end so the cereal doesn’t fall off the other end.
- What I love about this activity is that they get excited about feeding the birds ( and dude we have a ton around our yard) and they aren’t thinking about all the great fine motor , hand eye coordination and even counting skills they are brushing up on at the same time. Both of the started counting on their own while crafting.
- Shape and make sure there is enough pipe cleaner on the end to make a hook.
- Head outside and pop them in a tree. Can you see my son sitting on his soccer ball waiting for me to play after I take the picture. That is our favorite simple summer activity , front yard soccer!