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Recently, I’ve done some guest posts on simple art projects that are great for hot summer days when the kids don’t want to play outside. Save these for winter, too, when you need something to do on a snow day.
How to Create a Sharpie Tie-Dye T-Shirt
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. Last week, I shared how to use sharpies to create tie-dye t-shirts in just about an hour at Crafty Garden Mama.
Watercolor Painting 2 Ways
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. A few weeks ago, 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.
Making Art from Nature
If your kids love collecting items in nature, they’ll love creating temporary art displays using their collected objects. Back in May I shared on Greening with the Grizzles nature projects kids can do outside using seed pods, leaves, sticks, and other natural objects. Keep a box outside for your collection in case of critters. Before collecting on private or public property, make sure you have permission to remove the item.
Mini Office Lapbook for Summer Academics and Beyond
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 as I shared a few weeks ago.
What are your favorite simple art projects for kids?
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