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When you’re a kid, summer is everything—poolside weather, popsicles, and most importantly no school. On the other hand, summer break has its stressful aspects for parents as it means a lot more free time in your children’s schedules to fill. Especially as a working mom, sometimes I just need something to keep my kids occupied as I finish up tasks at home.
Crafts are a great way to keep your kids away from the computer screens, especially on summer days where it can get pretty hot outdoors. Plus, there’s always an end product with crafts whether it can be a toy, decoration, or simply a good tangible piece of memory. Whether you’re looking for an activity to keep the kids busy or one that provides quality time, crafts can be the answer you’re looking for.
Below, we’ve listed 8 easy and fun crafts to get those creative juices flowing this summer:
These printable sketches allow your kids to reach a new level of coloring books. They can ditch the crayons and markers and go outside to find their new tools. Nature Paper Dolls are an innovative and fun way for your kids to get one with nature and think outside the box.
For Rock Painting, you only need three things—and two of them are free—: rocks, Sharpies, and creativity. Go on a mini-scavenger adventure at a local park or even the backyard for nice, flat-surfaced rocks. Then wash them off and get creative with colorful Sharpies for a fun result of forever memories.
Similar to Rock Painting, Painted Leaves are also a great way to use nature as a canvas.
Don’t play with matches! But empty matchboxes, that might be another story. This adorable Tiny Theatre is made from a cut-out matchbox. Super easy, personalizable, and your kids can put on little shows with their fingers—how cute is that?