School is out, the sun is shining and the kiddos are home. What to do? We say, click off the television and stretch your little ones’ imaginations with easy kids crafts! Here are four of our favorites:
Popsicle Pets. Does your son or daughter want a pet bunny? We have the answer! The Popsicle-stick variety of rabbit may not be as cuddly as the real thing, but they can be a lot of fun, too. To make these adorable little play things, you’ll need: Popsicle sticks, acrylic paint, permanent markers, paintbrushes, glue and scissors. Paint the “clothes” and “fur” first (basically two large strips of color), and then add details like arms, smiles and even jewelry. Check out the full tutorial at Cupcakes + Owls.
Sponge Balls. When you’re a kid, few things scream “summatime!” like a blow up pool in the backyard. If you want to rack up some serious parenting points, take the experience up a notch and add some sponge ball toys. Part toy, party squeegee and part unbreakable water balloon, these balls are fun for kids of all ages. Plus, they take five minutes to make and cost less than $5. Really. All you need are an assortment of colorful sponges and some dental floss. That’s it! For step-by-step instructions, visit One Charming Party.
Cheerios Bird Feeder. If your little one likes to bird watch (or likes animals in general), this easy project is for you. To make a Cheerios bird feeder, you need Cheerios (shocker), a cardboard or paper mache letter and peanut butter. Paint the cardboard letter with peanut butter (coat it thick) and then let your young one go crazy with the Cheerios. Eden at Rock Ur Party added bird seed to her "P," but a Cheerios-only project is okay, too. Hang your creation outside. Your kid will love watching the birds flock!
Paper Fan Friends. These paper toys double as a cooling device, so they’re a perfect activity for the dog days of summer! All you need for the project is some paper, a few wooden dolly pegs, string and this free printable from Mr. Printables. Print it out, fold it up and attach it to the stick. You’re done! Who knows, the new fans may be so cool (literally and figuratively) that you’ll be tempted to make a set for the whole family!