Having an assortment of craft ideas is a lifesaver on rainy days, especially during the summer months spent at home. Finding a craft that appeals to the entire family can be challenging, but it's not impossible. Get creative and have some fun with these fun craft projects perfect for fun families who want to enjoy time together.
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Painted rocks are one of the easiest craft projects for creative families. Rock hunting has become a treasured activity for children. Similar to geocaching, the idea is to paint colorful rocks and hide them around the neighborhood for others to find, collect, swap, and rehide. Some neighborhoods have online groups to notify others of the general area where their treasures are hidden.
You can paint anything you like on your rocks. Some people paint their rocks like strawberries to deter crows from their gardens, while fans of penguin-themed crafts paint adorable families of penguins to hide around town. There are endless ideas and inspiration online.
Tie-dye is a messy project but lots of fun for all involved. Keep your tie-dye session simple with basic dyes and white shirts, or get creative with dark clothing and bleach.
For an educational experience, create your own dyes using natural ingredients. Some of the color sources may surprise you. The skins of bright red and pink pomegranates create yellow tones, while dark brown and green avocado skins make pink.
Fairy gardens are a great summer project that makes a lovely exterior decor piece. This project can be as simple or complex as you like. For this project, you will need a vessel (like a clay pot or terrarium), dirt, rocks, plants, and miniature decor elements.
Creating a fairy garden is an imaginative, relaxing process. Let your children get creative with their garden and encourage them to create a story to go with it. They can play fun families with their imaginary fairies this way. Rather than striving for perfection, let them make a world they can play with and alter over time.
Squishy toys have become incredibly popular in recent years. Rather than having your child ask for a new squishy every time you go near a store, help them make their own at home.
Making a squishy is simple. All you need is a cheap memory foam pillow, scissors, and puffy paint. Draw your pattern or shape on the pillow and cut it out, allowing some depth to create a 3D object. Paint the shape with puffy paint, ensuring complete coverage. After your creation dries for 24 hours, it's ready for hours of squishing.
Origami is an art form that ranges from simple and approachable to complex and challenging. Getting a kit of origami paper and developing this skill is a fun way to pass the hours on a rainy day. You can make this experience educational by outlining the history of origami or reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
The best origami shapes for kids include finger puppets, jumping frogs, and paper boats. Consider having everyone create paper boats and sealing them with wax for a boat race at a local pond or brook.
Painting Under Colored Lights
Painting is another great way to get creative and pass the time, but the novelty wears off quickly for children. Enhance the experience by purchasing a few colored lightbulbs and painting in a dark room under different colors.
Red and blue lightbulbs wash out the paint tones, so you don't know what color you're getting. Have everyone complete their works of art, then turn on the lights to see how they really look. You can also get glow-in-the-dark or neon paint and complete your craft under a black light.
These crafts projects for fun families will keep bust boredom and keep everyone busy this summer. If you liked this post, share it with your friends and Pin it for later...
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