The Chirping Moms: 5 Simple Summer Crafts for Kids

June 13, 2013

5 Simple Summer Crafts for Kids


School's out for the summer & i've been trying to come up with some easy, fun projects to do with the girls. I also wanted to "prepare" a few crafts, so when we have some quiet time inside, i'm not scrambling around the attic looking for art supplies. I decided to put the supplies needed for each craft into a zip lock, so we have some projects "on call" for the next few weeks. While I was making the bags, I made 2 extra for each craft to mail down to Julie. Now, even though they are far away, the kids can still do some of the same crafts! This could be a fun neighborhood swap to keep kids busy over the summer. Here are our first 5 crafts of the summer:
1. Jellyfish
Supplies:
Blue construction paper
Orange paper or foam sheet (I used a foam sheet)
White yarn cut into 10-15 strands
2 google eyes
Glue
Directions:
Cut a semi circle out of the orange foam sheet. Let the kids glue all of the yarn strings onto the back of the semi circle. Flip the semi circle over & let glue to the blue construction paper. Glue on eyes.
2. Sea Shell Turtle
Supplies:
Large shell
Green paper or foam sheet (I used a foam sheet)
2 google eyes
4 green pom poms
Brown Paint
Glue
Paint brush
Directions:
Paint the shell brown. Cut the turtles head out of the green foam. When the shell dries, glue the 4 pom poms on as feet. Glue the eyes onto the green head & then glue the head to the shell.
3. Colorful Bird
Supplies:
Styrofoam ball
Feathers
Brown pipe cleaner
2 google eyes
Orange construction paper
Glue
Directions: 
Cut 2 legs from the brown pipe cleaner. They should each be a few inches long. Bend the bottom of each for "feet". Stick into the styrofoam ball. Stick feathers into the ball. Glue on eyes. Cut a beak from the orange paper & glue it on.
4. Butterfly 
Supplies:
Rounded wooden clothes pin
Brown pipe cleaner
Tissue paper
Sequins
Glue
Directions:
Cut out a piece of tissue paper about 1 inch longer than then clothespin & as wide as you would like the wings to be. Slide the tissue paper into the clothespin & scrunch it up a little. Glue sequins on the wings. Cut the pipe cleaner in half. Twist it around the top of the clothespin to make antennas. 
5. Dough Sea Animals
Supplies:
Play dough or clay. 
We use Love Bubs natural play dough. It's great to work with when making shapes & smells good too!
Google eyes
Sea animals cookie cutters
Rolling pin
Sequins
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13 comments:

  1. Wow these are super cute! So easy too...defiantly going to make these with my kids...I tried to grab your button, but I didn't fit in my borders, was wondering if you have a smaller size available? It didn't seem to have a resize option within the HTML?

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  2. This is a great post! Thank you for sharing these great ideas!

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  3. Super cute! I'll have to try these.

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  4. Nice! My son did the jellyfish one for daycare yesterday! It was soo cute :). Thanks so much for sharing this with us @ My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party!

    Jessica
    The Wondering Brain

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  5. Very cute ideas! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

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  6. Some great crafting ideas to keep the children entertained, thanks for sharing on Summer Carnival.

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  7. These are such clever crafts! I'd love it if you'd share this at the After School Linky Party on my blog right now (and every Monday): deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com. Thanks!

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  8. oh i love the jelly fish. what a clever idea and so easy!

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  9. What cute creature crafts! Featured on Mom's Library this week!

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  10. What great craft ideas. The sea shell turtle is just too cute.
    Thanks for sharing on the Summer Carnival

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  11. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your seashell turtle! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/seashell-turtle/

    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

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  12. Lovely ideas, thank you for sharing! These are also great ideas for parties too and gives the children something to take home rather than lots of sweets!

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  13. Cute ideas! I especially love the jellyfish and the butterfly. Super simple!

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