Great Craft Supplies To Keep On Hand For Summer Break
Let’s face it, Summer Break is filled with all kinds of great stuff from vacations and sleepovers to beach days and BBQs! … And then, there’s a whole lot of time in between! In addition to thinking up fun outdoor games and activities, and leaving the kids to their own imaginations, I find that keeping a few tried and true craft supplies on hand can be a lifesaver when you just don’t have the time or brain power to come up with something else. The kids LOVE these activities and it certainly beats screen time in my book. Here are a few of our favorites that are well received by kids of all ages!
1. String Art. In this activity the kids simply wrap the string around different cardboard shapes to create really pretty art pieces. Use a hole puncher to add a string at the top to use them as ornaments, or string them together and add feathers to create your own dream catchers or mobiles for beautiful, handmade summer décor! Either way, this is an inexpensive and really fun way to spend some time during a summer shower or cooling off after outside play! Check out the preferred kits below and keep a couple on hand. Older kids will enjoy the more advanced canvas kits (link below.) Who knows, they might get so into it that they will want to start creating their own designs with canvas or boards and pins or nails (age appropriate only of course.)
2. Sand Art. Who doesn’t love sand art!? All you need is a cookie sheet or tray (trust me, this will help eliminate mess), some cups and spoons, and then the 2 suggested kits below include everything else you will need! I have used these kits with ages 3 to 4 (depending on the child ) up to teens! The little ones will of course need a bit of extra help and guidance, especially if you don’t want sand everywhere. This is a great activity that helps younger children with dexterity and children of every age enjoy unleashing their inner sand artist. Order 2 if you can: one to keep on hand for your own use at home and another tucked away in case you need a last minute gift!
3. Wooden puzzle/paint sets or ceramic figurine paint sets. Even little hands will enjoy can enjoy this project with just a bit of help. These puzzle and figurine kits come in a variety of shapes with something that is sure to please the interest(s) of your little one! Most craft stores and even some dollar stores also sell little birdhouses that can be easily painted and/or decorated by little hands! These keepsakes can make great gifts for family members and friends and your little guys and gals will surely take pride in making it themselves.
4. Emoji Pillow making kits. This is a new one to my list but I think it’s a must have for sleepovers! These DIY pillows are the perfect craft for sleepovers! The kids will have a blast with this project and then they can use them all day/night to play with, pose with, and eventually (hopefully) fall asleep on!
5. Mind Blowing Science! I love this kit! I have gifted it several times as well and it is always a hit! While you do have a lot of materials on hand at home for various science experiments, having this kit ready to go is a no brainer for days when you just need it all at your fingertips! The Tasty Science and Magic Science are also great to mix it up and keep it fun yet educational!
6. Stepping Stone Kits. With these kits, kids can make their own stepping stones for the garden, patio, or deck. I love that this craft offers a keepsake kids can have for years to come. It also makes a great homemade gift for grandparents and loved ones! Perhaps your little ones will want to add it to a garden of their very own (a great outdoor project I must add!)
7.Scrapbook kits or supplies. Why not have each child create a scrapbook of their summer break?! This is a great project that you can add to all summer. While the kids might not appreciate the sentimentality of it right now, it’s sure to be a fun project here and now and a one of a kind keepsake to treasure years down the road.
8. DIY Photo Booth Props. Pick up a kit to have on hand (link blow) or keep some straws, cardstock, scissors, markers, and crayons on hand for kids to create their own! You might even want to give the kids some magazines and have them using faces and pictures as some of their props. See also, SoGAL’s DIY Selfie Station Backdrop/Garland to learn how you can easily make your own backdrop garland. I can almost promise a ton of laughter during this project with even more hysterics once their little imaginations get running and they start to use the props in pictures, poses, or to put on their very own shows!