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Summer is here, which means kids are out of school and looking for stuff to do! Outside activities are always a great idea, but sometimes it’s just too hot for kids to be out and about. Instead of having them lose hours in front of the TV or playing some video games, why not engage their creativity with some kid-friendly, indoor crafting projects? Here are five fantastic crafting ideas that will keep your kids busy, and keep their imaginations running!
Duct Tape Crafts
Not only can duct tape crafts be a fun way to engage a child’s imagination, they can also lead to more imaginative playtime later on. This zebra mask is very easy to make and may lead to your child running around the house for the rest of the day, pretending to be a wild animal! All you need is some of that new, zebra-striped duct tape, some regular black duct tape, and your handy-dandy craft knife. Simply create a mask-shaped form from your duct tape, cut out some eye holes, and add a string so your child can wear the mask. Hours of fun are sure to ensue!
You can find more ideas for kid-friendly duct tape crafts in this round-up.
What kind of crafty fun can your kids whip up for the kitchen? How about these fun video game magnets made from perler beads? Featuring Mario and Pokemon characters, kids will love these fun beaded crafts which can also double as coasters! This beginner knit dishcloth is another great project for kids who are learning how to knit. Have your kids start off with larger needles to get them used to the basic knitting stitches.
You can find all the information you need on teaching kids to knit at CraftFoxes.
Kid-Friendly Sewing Projects
Some kids love video games, some love sports and some love reading more than anything else. The felt heart bookmark is a craft that you can do with your book-loving youngster and then let them spend their summer days paging through their favorite stories. It’s a great project for a child who might also be interested in sewing. If you have any bright, striped socks around the house that are missing a mate, check out this easy sewing project for a snake sock craft. It makes a fun stuffed animal for kids and can be customized with colored ribbon and beads made from eyes or thread.
For 10 more sewing projects for kids, check out this round-up from CraftFoxes.
Is it party time yet? Learn how to make a monster piñata from recycled cereal boxes. You’ll just need to dress them up with colored tissue paper and drawn on the face. For some extra fun, fill the piñata with candy and let your kids take turns hitting it (under adult supervision) while blindfolded to release a sweet treat! If you have a full recycle bin in the kitchen, challenge your kids to create something crafty with empty milk jugs, cartons and boxes, like this space shuttle craft made from a recycled soda bottle, or turn it into a cool piggy bank with some bright pink duct tape.
Origami for Kids
Another great way to pass the time in summer is origami, the ancient art of paper folding. These are great paper crafts for kids who are detail-oriented and are patient enough to sit with intricate projects for a while. Your kids are sure to love these origami projects, especially this Star Wars origami. Interactive origami projects for kids like a “talking” dog, a jumping frog and a giraffe who would be great for some afternoon puppet shows. The origami fish base is also a good place to start, since it will teach children some of the folding basics.
For more ideas, read this round-up of 6 creative origami projects for kids.