Seeing that Summer is only a few weeks away, I decided to compile an inspirational list of ideas that you and your family can do this Summer in your very own backyard! Choosing only ten summer crafts kids will love turned out to be harder than I expected but I decided to go with affordable DIY-projects and crafts that any family could take on in their own backyards without spending an arm and a leg! What really matters the most is getting a chance to spend time with those that matter. So, have fun this summer, soak up some sun, get your bodies moving and check out these awesome ideas for summer fun with your family!
10 Best Summer Crafts For Kids
The Classic Lemonade Stand / Bake Sale:
A classic summer time activity for every generation. Not only will a lemonade stand or a bake sale flex the entrepreneur side of your children, but it’s a great activity to boost their confidence, feel a sense of accomplishment and learn a little bit about business. Lil’ Luna made her own crafty Lemonade Stand you can imitate using her wonderful tutorial! I love the idea of keeping it for play-time with friends or future lemonade stands!
Make Your Own Slime:
What kid doesn’t like to get their hands on some slime?? Especially one they can make and play with! Over at RunLucasRun she shares the batch she made and how much fun they had with it!
Make Glow Jars
Anther of my favorite summer crafts kids will love is pinterest sensation and a great DIY-project to do with your kids- Glow Jars! I can’t wait to make these this summer. After all, it isn’t very nice to trap fireflies in a jar and shake them till they shine for you, but there is something about glowing lights in a mason jar that is breathtaking! Over at The Gold Jelly Bean, they show a great alternative to creating the glowing mason jar without any harm to fireflies.
Experiment With Friendship Bracelets
A timeless activity. Even I still pull out my embroidery thread and occasionally make my own friendship bracelets-so why not make it a perfect activity for your kids this summer? They can do it with friends or even on their own! Instrutables has a wonderful tutorial for beginners.
Try Bubble Painting
I had never heard of Bubble Painting until I saw it make an appearance on Pinterest and I have to say, the end result is absolutely adorable. I would have loved to do this as a kid! It’s definitely going to be an activity I try with my 6-year-old niece this year. I think you will really enjoy this bubble print monster mask summer activity.
Host Backyard Olympics
Hosting the Olympics in your backyard will be something you’re family will talk about for years to come! It might even turn into a family tradition! What’s great about this is you get to decide what type of games you want to challenge your kiddos with! Anything from Duck-Duck Goose to Bean-Bag Toss. You don’t even have to go with the sport-themed approach! Just get outside and get your kiddos bodies moving! If you need an example of some game ideas head on over to RainyDayMum for inspiration.
Sponge Water Bombs Family Activity
A fantastic alternative to a water balloon fight is Sponge Water Bombs! You don’t have to deal with the mess afterward, they’re reusable (Mother Nature thanks you!), and they promise not to disappoint. Positively Splendid gives a great step-by-step tutorial to teach you how to make them; using only a few household items.
Sponge Bulls-Eye Summer Fun
Don’t throw away those sponges, you can use them for a great game the entire family can join in on. MamasLikeMe shows us what to use, the rules of the game, and how to play this great summer activity that costs almost nothing!
The Traditional Water Balloon Fight Summer Activity
If it isn’t broke, why fix it? Go back to your roots and fill up the water balloons for an ultimate Water Balloon Fight this summer! On those hot summer days, you’ll want to escape the heat, so why not get soaked? Over at The Celebration Shoppe they show us how much fun a water balloon fight can be! You can craft a balloon basket and you can even craft targets.
Get Groovy & Tie-Dye
One of my favorite activities growing up was experimenting with white shirts and tie-dye! Tie dying gets your creative muscles going! Plus, you’re always guaranteed to have a one-of-kind pattern! Over at Parents they show you what’ll you need, how to achieve certain patterns like the bullseye, and the step-by-step process!
Bonus summer crafts:
Personally, I can’t wait to try the Bubble Painting with my niece! She loves to paint and she loves blowing bubbles, so I can imagine the joy and surprise when I combine the two for fun-filled summer activity! Out of these ten summer crafts kids will love, which are you dying to try? Do you have special summer craft for kids that you do with your family every summer? Share in the comments below.