The summer holidays are a great time to spend quality time with your kids, but keeping them entertained is another story. Let’s face it, a British summer is unlikely to bring 6 weeks of sunshine. For those rainy days, we’ve put together a guide of 6 DIY summer projects for kids, with tools that are safe for the little ones to use.
Mason Jar Fairy lights
Mason jar fairy lights are surprisingly simple to build given the amount of enjoyment they provide. Unlike many DIYs that call for a huge list of items that you might or might not be able to obtain, this one only requires glow in the dark paint, glitter, and any clean jar you can find.
- Place a scrap piece of paper, such as an old magazine, on the table and squirt some of your glow in the dark paints onto it. You’ll need enough paint to paint your jars from the paint on the paper, so squeeze out as much as you can. Fill the paper with a generous amount of each colour.
- Next, begin to paint any patterns you like onto the jar with the glow in the dark paint. Begin painting the jar from the bottom up, dabbing little spots of glow in the dark paint with your brush.
- It’s time to let your jar dry after you’ve completed painting the inside. An afternoon in the sunshine should be more than enough to dry and brighten your jar.
- Wait for the darkness to settle in to see how much your jar glows in the dark!
Flower petal change bowl
If you don’t mind a little bit of mess and getting your hands dirty then your kids will love this one! All you’ll need is some oven-baked clay and plastic beads.
To make: Form a big floral petal out of oven-baked clay. Make a smaller petal and press it into the larger petal’s centre. Place plastic beads in the bowl’s bottom. Bake as directed on the package to melt the plastic and solidify the clay.
All you’ll need for this one is some wool, pipe cleaners and ribbon!
To make: Place a green pipe cleaner parallel to the tines of a fork and stretch it 3 inches above the tines to begin. Wrap wool around all of the tines perpendicularly. Wrap the two sections of pipe cleaner together after folding the 3-inch section of pipe cleaner down over the wool and sliding everything off the fork. Trim any scraggly ends and carefully cut the bundled wool. Repeat as necessary. Wrap the pipe cleaner stems together with the ribbon!
Nature art bugs
This one is educational and gets them outside exploring what nature can be found in the garden! You will need:
- Cardboard squares
- Acrylic paint
- Craft glue
- Paint brush
- Hole punch
- Mod Podge
- Leaves, sticks etc from the garden
- Paint the cardboard and leave to dry
- To create your basic design, arrange your selected nature items on the painted square to resemble an insect.
- One you’ve decided on your design, stick on with glue and hold in place until firmly stuck.
- Paint over with the mod podge
- Make an eye by punching a hole in a leaf and using the circle you extracted as an eye, and that’s it! Done!
Fabric covered paper weight
Another really easy DIY craft here! And it’s useful for keeping everything on their desks in order! You will need:
- Mod Podge
How to make: Begin by slicing the fabric into strips. Apply glossy Mod Podge to a tiny rock (2 to 3 inches). Cut an initial and a heart out of felt and glue them on the rock’s top. Allow a few hours for complete drying.
Paper plate rainbow fish
Save some newspaper, this is another messy one! But great for when your little ones are feeling creative! You will need:
- Paper plates
- Googly eyes
- Acrylic paint
- Foam brush
- Glue stick
- Assorted coloured card
How to make:
- Allow your child to paint the paper plate’s bottom side blue and leave to dry entirely.
- For the tail, cut off a triangle shape from the right side of the plate and glue it to the left side. The mouth will be the gap from the cut out. After that, cut two little fins from coloured paper and glue one to each side of the plate, along with a googly eye.
- Trace roughly 1-1 ½ inch round circles using the various colours of paper. For the fish scales, you’ll need 22-25 of these. Cut the circles out and fold them in half.
- You and your child should start glueing the fish scales in rows in the centre of the plate, about halfway between the mouth and the tail. The mouth will be on the folded side. Place around 4-5 on each row, slightly overlapping them. You should have roughly 6 rows, the last of which should be near the tail and only have 2 scales.
- Sprinkle the scales with glitter and leave to dry.
How to use tools safely
Introducing tools to children should always be done on your terms, and under supervision at all times. If you think a tool is age appropriate, spend some time explaining to your child how to use it safely, and that they should always ask first if they would like to use it. Spend some time teaching your child how to hold and carry the tool safely before getting to grips with actually using it.
Start off small, even just teaching your children how to use a pair of scissors properly will give them more awareness of how to use sharp tools safely in the future. Build up to tools, such as crafting knives, only when you think your child has a full understanding of how to use them. Remember, it’s completely at your discretion and they should always be supervised!
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