We’ve done these 6 crafts over the past 10 years. Except for the rainbow loom charms, kids of any age can do these crafts. I recommend the rainbow loom charms for ages 8 and up. If your child isn’t dexterous, wait a bit before trying the charms. They can be frustrating for younger kids.
Terrariums are the perfect craft for a rainy afternoon. Head to your local gardening center in the morning to buy supplies, take a break for lunch, and spend the afternoon creating small worlds in glass jars.
My kids love to rainbow loom year round. They’ve become experts on finding rainbow loom charms on YouTube to make. I love rainbow loom because it’s a portable craft, and relatively inexpensive. I have to warn you that the bands end up all over the house just like Legos along with completed projects.
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Not sure where to start with rainbow loom? Have your kids make charms for the July 4th holiday. With 4 weeks until the 4th, they’ll have plenty of time to craft charms to decorate their bikes and everything else they own.
As a former arts and crafts camp counselor, I love tie-dying. I’m all about the colors. I’m not all about the mess. Sharpie markers are one way to have the colors without the mess. Recently, I shared how to use sharpies to create tie-dye t-shirts in just about an hour at Crafty Garden Mama.
If your kids are bugging you to pull out the paints, but you have visions of paint on their clothes, the table, the walls, and the floors, it doesn’t have to be that way. Seriously. Recently, I shared on Chockababy how to do watercolors with kids without having a lot of mess. You can set up the painting area or use markers and coffee filters and spray the coffee filters outside with water. Either way, the kids will have fun, and you won’t stress about mess.
If your kids love collecting items in nature, they’ll love creating temporary art displays using their collected objects. Keep a box outside for your collection in case of critters. If you collect items on a nature walk, make your temporary nature on site and take photos for the memory book.
Another fun thing for kids doing this summer especially on a hot or rainy day is to make their own little mini books. I did a guest post for Lauren of The Vintage Mom about creating a lapbook to help kids maintain their academic skills over the summer. These lapbooks are perfect for preserving summer memories if your family does a big vacation this summer. Or, maybe your kids want to write their own stories.