Are you home with school-age kids this summer? If so, get ready, because today we are brining you 30 awesome summer activities to keep the kids engaged and off the electronics. We will be including art projects, crafts, science fun, and more.
Planning ahead to put more effort into unplugging and just being together, exploring different activities, and trying new things helps you as a parent feel more available and relaxed, and gives you the ability to be fully engaged with your child. It is a tremendous freedom. We've done the planning for you, so enjoy our list of simple summer crafts and projects. You can set them up in the morning before the kids arise, or before you go to bed, so everything is ready to go when you wake up. I'm also including a printable calendar for your fridge or memo board, putting the ideas right at your fingertips. For more fun projects and crafts, sign up for our email list below:
30 Wake-Up Art Invitations for Screen-Free Mornings
Day 2: Nature Critters
By simply collecting a few pinecones, rocks, pieces of mulch, leaves, sticks, or whatever you can find in your yard or near your home, your kids can create some cute little critters of their very own. You can do this craft on a campout, or at home.
Day 3: Recycled Tin Can Windsocks
Day 4: Hot Crayon Rocks
Day 5: God's Eye
In this day and age, many kids have never even heard of classic crafts such as the God's Eye. You only need yarn and two sticks to get your kids unplugged and crafting away!
Day 6: Kinetic Sand Slime
Day 8: Shaving Cream Marbled Paper
Your kids can create their own special artwork with items you have at home. They'll have a blast swirling and dipping masterful marbled paper creations.
Day 9: Three Ingredient Play Dough
Day 11: Milk Jug Watering Can
If your kids love to help in the garden, or maybe just like unique bath tub toys, this eco-friendly craft is the way to go! They can leave it plain, or decorate their milk jug watering can with paint, stickers, markers, or whatever suits their fancy!
Day 12: Flower Painting
Day 13: Invisible Ink
Writing secret messages, pretending to be spies...what could be cooler? Today's activity will have the kids' imaginations soaring as they make invisible ink!
Day 15: Make An Easy Lava Lamp
Certainly one of the cooler things to come out of the 60's and 70's, the lava lamp has captivated for decades. Now, your child can make one with only five supplies you probably already have in your house. Groovy!
Day 16: Rainbow Bubbles
Nothing captures a child's attention quicker or holds it longer than playing with bubbles. Put a twist on it with this colorful rainbow bubbles art project.
Day 18: Dustless Sidewalk Chalk
This takes sidewalk chalk to a whole other level. Dust free, no scraping sounds, smooth application.....it's a chalk art dream!
Day 20: Miniature Clay Unicorns
Day 21: Ice Chalk
If it's hot where you are, give this cool chalk a try! The kids will love making and using this unique ice chalk!
Day 22: Yarn-Bombed Butterflies
Day 23: Jumping Origami Frogs
Parents, you'll love this versatile activity for the kids. Not only will they make the
jumping origami frogs, but there are so many games to play with them once they're finished!
Day 24: 3D Bubble Wands
A STEM project that will not only get the little ones creative and stimulate their minds, but it will also wow everyone with the end result. You'll never look at bubbles the same way after you see the incredible shapes and sizes made by the 3D bubble wands!
Day 26: Paper Bead Necklaces
Day 27: Mini Colored Kitchen Volcanoes
Bright colors, explosions, glitter, a contained mess....there's no better way to make a volcano than this! Part science and part art, this is a great activity to start the day.
Day 29: Toy Parachute Craft
Day 30: Fireworks In A Glass
Even if your kids are scared of the loud noises that accompany fireworks, they will LOVE this science craft. You will be astounded by the display put on by the fireworks in a glass, and the kids will want to set them off over and over again!
Parents taking time to get creative with their children is a topic I am VERY passionate about. I have firsthand experience with the benefits reaped by children who are exposed to the world of art and crafting activities. With technology gaining more and more prominence in our lives, parents taking the initiative to bring art related activities to their children is more important than ever.
I hope these 30 art invitations give you and your children memories you both can treasure for years to come.
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