Mental Well-Being

Summer Craft Round-Up for Kids

July 12, 2022
summer craft

There are still a few weeks left of summer, and the temperatures are rising with July being the hottest month of the year. Cool down inside with the A/C on and try out a fun summer craft to decorate your room, make a snack for later or create a new way to play with water outside! Many of the supplies can be purchased at your local dollar store or might be things you already have around the house. 

Squirt gun painting

Looking for summer decorations that are just as fun to make as they are pretty to look at when they’re done? Look no further than squirt gun painting, a fun activity that you can enjoy with your friends or siblings of any age. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Here’s how to do it:

1. Fill your squirt guns with your paint and water mixture. We recommend about a 50-50 blend to get a mixture that comes out easily but still gives off a bright color.

2. Hang up your canvas or paper in a place you don’t mind getting messy. The grassy backyard is probably better than the garage or side of the house, but it is easier to hang your paper up in the air rather than doing it on the ground and have your squirt gun not work as well.

3. Go to town creating your new piece of art! You can use painter’s tape to mark out a letter or shape that will show up in white after you paint your paper and remove the tape. 

You could even use this method of painting to do a sort of tie-dye on a white t-shirt, as long as you use fabric paint and wash it using the included instructions. 

Butterfly snack summer craft

Looking for a healthy and yummy snack to take to the pool or splash pad? Get your salty and sweet fix with this butterfly snack. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Here’s how to make it:

1. Clip the clothespin in the middle of your plastic bag, up from the bottom. 

2. Fill each side of the bag with treats. We recommend grapes on one side for a refreshing hydration boost and something like nuts or crackers on the other to help fill you up.

3. Decorate your new butterfly with markers and stickers, or even use a pipe cleaner to make little antennae for its head! Enjoy your snack while you cool off at the pool. 

Sponge water bombs

Speaking of cooling off, do you love water balloons but hate when your parents ask you to clean up the broken balloons in the yard? Try out these sponge water bombs for a fun and reusable way to have a water fight at home. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Here’s how it’s done:

1. Cut the sponges lengthwise into four strips. They don’t have to be perfectly even, just do your best. 

2. Stack eight of the sponge pieces into two rows of four. If you got multiple colors of sponges, it can look cool to alternate the colors here. 

3. Tie the pieces together in the middle with the fishing line as tightly as you can. 

4. Soak them in water and take them out to play. It can be helpful to keep a few buckets of water outside to “reload” them with water. 

Parents P.S. Hang your water bomb summer craft to dry in a mesh bag, and they can even be washed and then hung dry if they get dirty or muddy.