Fun Summer-Themed Craft Projects
Summer is the perfect time to celebrate creativity with those you love. With warmer weather comes the opportunity to craft fun projects in the great outdoors, and to make memories that will last a lifetime. From simple projects for the little ones to more complex creations that might take a little teamwork, here are three summer-themed crafts that both you and your family will love.
Milk carton bird house
One of the best parts of summertime is the abundance of birds that fly and nest right outside your window. By using recyclable materials, you can bring the magic of birdwatching a bit closer to home. All you need is a used cardboard or plastic milk carton that’s been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, some scissors, some glue, and a bit of imagination. Using the scissors, cut a small hole in the side of the carton just big enough for a bird to squeeze through. Cut a second hole in the top and tie a string through it so you can hang the carton from a tree or hook. Add a popsicle stick or small piece of wood to act as a perch. Be sure and decorate it with fun colors and animal-safe materials so that it stands out, and then place it outside. With any luck, a family of birds will move in and turn it into their new home.
Pool noodle race track
If your little ones enjoy playing with small toy cars, creating a race track for those cars can be a fun summer activity. A simple way to create a safe, easy-to-use race track is to cut up inexpensive pool noodles. The only step you’ll need to do yourself is cutting the noodles down the middle, since slicing the thick foam requires a sharp knife. Once you have two halves, your kids can let their imaginations run wild as they decorate them. Using foam-safe paint, paper, cardboard, string, wood, or even clay, you can help your children transform the two noodles into exciting tracks. Toy cars fit nicely in the inside curve of the noodles, and will slide down easily when pushed down an incline.
Flying kites is a beloved summer pastime, and the experience can be even more special if you and your family make your own kite. The process is simple: all you need is some paper or fabric, some structural wood or metal, a bit of string, some tape or glue, and room to spread out and work. Form your structural material into a diamond shape, and make sure you glue or tape everything as tight as possible. Stretch your paper or fabric over the diamond frame and then attach it securely. After this, everyone can work together to decorate it however you want. From paper streamers and vivid paint to mod podge and glitter, the sky is truly the limit. Once your string is attached, all you and your family need is a windy day and plenty of space to run and have fun.
With the right materials and plenty of imagination, creating fun crafts and projects will make this summer an adventure for both the young and the young at heart.
This article is presented by Oliver Ford Lincoln.