5 Crafts to Help You Celebrate Summer
School's out and warm weather is on its way. Today, we'll share 5 craft ideas you can share with your little ones to help celebrate summer.
Summer is the time of year when children have the greatest amount of free time. On occasion, this can cause them to become bored because of a lack of daily activities. To keep this from happening, we want to take this opportunity to suggest a series of crafts that you can share with your children to celebrate summer.
These activities are ideal for enjoying quality time as a family and encouraging creativity and imagination in your little ones.
Crafts to help you celebrate summer
1. Paper ice cream cones
Summer is synonymous with sunny skies and warm weather. To beat the heat, one of the things that people love to eat the most during this time of year is ice cream. Children and adults alike enjoy ice cream because of the wide variety of flavors and all the different ways you can enjoy it.
You can also make your own paper ice cream cones to celebrate summer! In fact, you can create two different varieties of this summer treat. First, you can make an ice cream cone with several scoops of different flavors. And you can also make your own colorful paper popsicles.
For the first option, you’ll need the following materials:
- Brown construction paper.
- Tissue paper (various colors).
To make popsicles, you’ll need the following:
- Construction paper (or EVA).
- Popsicle sticks.
Use construction paper or EVA to cut out the shapes of your popsicles. Then, use glue to attach the popsicles to the popsicles sticks. Using wooden popsicle sticks will add structure to your craft.
2. Paper boats
Without a doubt, this is one of the most simple crafts you can make to celebrate summer. What’s more, paper boats are a classic. Of course, we all know that boats navigate the waters year-round. However, most children tend to associate them more with summertime.
To create your own paper boat, all you need is a piece of paper. You can even make several boats using a different color for each one. In this case, you don’t even need glue. All you need to do is fold the paper correctly according to the instructions in this video and set sail!
Using recycled materials is a great idea when it comes to doing crafts with kids. First of all, it teaches them the importance of recycling and caring for the environment. And second, you can use materials you already have on hand rather than spending more money on craft supplies.
With that in mind, the recycled material you’ll need for this craft is a cardboard toilet paper tube. You’ll also need colored construction paper and glue.
The cardboard toilet paper will serve to make the body of your mermaid. At the same time, you can use construction paper to make the hair, bikini top, tail, accessories, etc. Just cut out all of the pieces and stick them onto your toilet paper roll with glue.
4. Shells, one of the most fun crafts to help you celebrate summer
If you’re thinking about spending some time at the beach, you can take advantage of the occasion to collect seashells. That way, your kids will have one more way to stay busy on vacation and also learn about nature. And, of course, they’ll be collecting the materials they’ll need for this craft.
Basically, this activity consists of creating faces with your shells. Therefore, you can use all sorts of materials, such as construction paper, to make eyes, a nose, a mouth, etc. You can also attach googly eyes if you have them.
You can also paint the shells and make your own accessories. For example, hats, sunglasses, bowties. You can also turn your shells into different animals instead of human faces.
Then, your children can use their creations as characters and create their own adventures. The most important thing is for your children to use their imagination.
Another alternative you can try using seashells is to create crabs. Simply use the shell as the body and add pipe cleaners to make the animal’s legs.
As we already mentioned, the summer months are synonymous with heat. Sometimes, that heat can be too much to bear. So, if your kids are complaining about being too hot, creating their own fans is a great craft idea that’s both entertaining and practical. All you need are the following materials:
- Popsicle sticks.
- Construction paper.
Your kids can create their own fans in whatever shapes and colors they want. A good way to encourage healthy eating is to make fans that look like fruits. For example, watermelon, pineapple, orange, strawberry, etc.