Simple DIY Projects to Do With the Kids

Summer is here and ‘tis the season to keep the children busy. There are much better things to do than to sit in front of a television or video game all day. Summer vacations vary according to your school district, shares The kids may have up to two months of free time. Make the most of it with these cool DIY projects for parents and their children:

Make Your Own Outdoor Fun

Have you noticed the prices on kid’s art supplies lately? You do not have to spend a fortune on outdoor fun. Use a popsicle mold, plaster of Paris, popsicle sticks, and some bright food coloring to create awesome sidewalk chalks. The kids will spend hours doodling on the sidewalk. Do your children enjoy bubbles? Mix your own bubble solution with water, dishwashing liquid, and a few drops of glycerin. Stretch wire hangers out to make huge bubble blowers.

Upcycling Crafts To Try

Save different sizes of metal cans for your children’s art projects. Clean them out well and ensure that they do not have any sharp edges (a pair of pliers work great). Let the kids choose some colorful sheets of scrapbooking paper. They can glue it around a coffee can and make awesome containers for small toys. If you have some smaller soup cans, spray paint them and let your little gardeners make unique flower pots out of them.

Other kinds of material can be upcycled for fun. Go through your sock basket and find socks that are missing mates. With some googly eyes, yarn, material scraps, and a hot glue gun, your family will have a collection of whimsical hand puppets. Make a stage from a refrigerator box and let the kids have puppet plays. Single gloves made of yarn or fleece fabric make cute stuffed monsters.

Crafting With Popsicle Sticks

Most craft or department stores sell big bags of popsicle sticks. They come in regular size and the bigger sizes, like a tongue depressor. Your children’s creative juices will run wild with a stack of these and a bottle of glue. They can make houses, boxes, or even picture frames. Remember to provide some paint, glitter, and colorful rhinestones.

Say It With String

Remember the fancy string art from the 70s? Some of them ranged from words to intricate designs. All you need is a smooth board for each child, some small finishing nails, and various colors of craft string (sold with yarn in the craft store).

Let your children draw a picture or write a word on their board, and gently hammer nails along the pencil lines. You might need to help younger children. Now, they tie a knot on a single nail, and start weaving the string around each nail. The pattern should be repeated with several layers and colors of string.

Beautiful Button Art

If you are a thrifty parent, you probably save buttons from discarded clothing. Whenever someone is missing a button, you have one handy. Why not turn some of your orphaned buttons into a neat project for the kids? Even little ones can string buttons on heavy thread to make one-of-a-kind necklaces or bracelets.

They would also enjoy making button pictures. Have them draw and paint a design on canvas boards. When they outline it with buttons, they create a textured work of art that they can hang in their bedroom.

Who Is That Masked Kid?

Are your kids into superheroes? Help them create a costume for their alter-ego. Paper masks are cheap in most craft stores. Your crime fighters will also need some of your remnant material to create capes (use hem tape for smooth edges). Let them paint their masks or cover them with coordinating material.

While you are working on craft projects this summer, find a way to teach the kids something. It can be about counting, history, or how different colors go together. Everyone will have fun and you will spend valuable time together.

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