We have shared quite a lot of articles on crafts for kids, but now the summer is at its peak lets look at a few more seasonal ideas. Keeping kids occupied and safe is parents priority, to do this we need to find stimulating activities that they will love. At the same time, most of the following ideas will encourage your child’s natural creative skills.
Many of you will have ventured down to the beach and as sure as eggs are eggs you will probably have returned with a bucket of seashells. Lets discover some great creative skills we can teach the kids.
1. Seashell Ladybugs from Still Playing School
2. Seashell and Beach Glass Collage from Adventure In a Box
3. Seashell Fish from Crafts by Amanda
4. Seashell Spider from A Moment in Our World
5. DIY Seashell Necklace (Young children will need help making the hole in the shell) from Kids Activities Blog
I think us parents would have fun with some of the ideas featured with that article! Another firm favorite with the kids is hand printing.
Courtesy of Handprint Creations
You’re familiar with the traditional Thanksgiving turkey handprints that your grandchildren make at school. Now add a few other animals to the mix, like this simple giraffe from Handprint Creations.Supplies: Handprint Arts Kit (or paint colors of your choice), paper
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Apple Tree FingerprintsEven the youngest grandchild can contribute to this work of art. Use your grandchild’s fingerprints to paint the leaves of this apple tree, and give him or her a little help with the tree trunk. This is the perfect craft if you want a project that’s low on messiness. Get the how-to fromMomma on the Move.Supplies: Brown, red, and green tempura paint; paper
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Flamingo with ClothespinsWhat kid doesn’t love googly eyes? Gather some clothespins, trace your grandchild’s hand onto cardstock, and turn it into a flamingo with thishow-to from Homemade Mamas. Glue a magnet to the back and display it on the fridge when you’re finished.Supplies: Hot pink cardstock, 3 clothespins, pink acrylic paint, paintbrush, orange pipe cleaners, googly eye, glue, pencil/pen, scissors
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Handprint Ballerina TutuThis craft is for the grandparent who’s a little more artistic. Use cardstock, two painted handprints, and a ribbon to create a ballerina. Don’t forget to have the artist sign the masterpiece! See the how-to at Meet the Dubiens.Supplies: Canvas or paper, 2 shades of pink paint, paint brush, pink cardstock, scissors, glue, pink ribbon
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Family Handprint TreeThe entire family can have fun with this craft. Give family trees a creative spin by putting family members’ handprints on the branches. Frame the tree when you’re finished. Get the instructions from the Naptime Decorator.Supplies: White poster board paper, pencil, paint markers (to draw tree trunk), scissors, glue, acrylic paints in various colors, frame (optional)
Courtesy of Preschool Playbook
Pipe cleaners are next on our list of ideas. This is a simple idea, they are easy to locate and are a reasonable price too. This colorful activity is quite remarkable, you will marvel at some of the suggested projects.
Discover a wonderful garden array of flowers with a simple collection of colourful pipe cleaners and some creativity. Pipecleanercraft have put together a few simple videos to give you step by step instructions on the various flower types, with endless possibilities.
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#2. Needle Craft
Turn your toddler into a mini tailor and create an adorable child-safe needle that you can use for pretend threading. Perfect for enhancing small motor skills.
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#3. Easy Four Leaf Clover
Show your preschooler how to make a four leaf using just two easy-peasy steps.
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#4. Pipe Cleaner Hair Band
Create this really simple hair band with 2 different colour pipe cleaners. You can easily add to this by adding different colours.
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#5. Pipe Cleaner Bracelet
Make a really simple bracelet to go with the hairband. All you need are some pipe cleaners and beads. These would be perfect for a craft or jewellery party activity.
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#6. Magic Wand
Let your kids be magicians or royalty with these cute pipe cleaner magic wands. All you need is a wooden skewer and a few different coloured pipe cleaners and whoosh!
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#7. Finger Puppet
Create a finger puppet and then act out a story, with this cute idea from littlecraftybugs. When the story’s over, unroll your finger puppet and create a different character for a new story! All you need is a pipe cleaner, some googly eyes and glue. Let their imaginations flow!
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Isn’t it great knowing that you have continued to nurture your child’s skills over the holidays. Some of the above crafts for kids are truly wonderful in their ability to bring out the best in your child. As always please feel free to share your child’s ‘masterpiece’ with us here or on our facebook page!