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Summer Crafts and Activities

11 Fun Summer Camp Crafts and Activities to Try at Home

Kids don't have to go to an expensive camp to have a blast this summer! Bust summer boredom with these classic camp-inspired activities and crafts you can do at home with your kids. Find both indoor and outdoor activities for groups and individuals. read more

11 Survival Tips for Summer Boredom

All year long you look forward to summer. So why do you feel like you might lose your mind when school is out and you're at home with the kids – all day, every day? Here are some fun and affordable cures for your family's summertime, stuck-at-home blues. If your kids spend the day with a nanny or sitter, pass along these activities and tips for surviving until September. read more

5 Refreshing and Easy No Bake Desserts

With the summer sun heating everything up, you don't want to fire up your oven in order to pull together an amazing dessert. Instead, try one of these refreshing and easy no bake desserts, which will surely be the hit of any summer party or get-together. read more

Beach Blanket Place Cards Craft

Beach blanket place cards are a fun way to assign seating at any big event, be it a baby shower, wedding, or summer barbecue. Materials: read more

Beach Cast

Beach Cast Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Pie tin or other small container Small shovel Wet sand Seashells, driftwood, and other medium-sized beach items Plaster of paris Water This is a wonderful way for your child to preserve memories. Beach casts also make great gifts. read more

Beach Obstacle Course

Beach Obstacle Course Activity for an individual child or group Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Small plastic beach shovel A stick All you need is a shovel and a stick to create a fun beach activity for your child. read more

Beach Towels

Beach Towels Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Fabric paints in a variety of colors Pie tins (one for each color) Sponges Scissors Large light-colored towel Here is a chance to let your child show his creativity and create something that he will enjoy using. read more

Boredom Buster

Boredom BusterTime 15 to 30 minutes Materials Shoe box with little toys, cookies, etc. Directions Keep this surprise box off-limits until it is needed so that the contents remain new and interesting. Rotate and change the contents from time to time. Extensions Keep boredom boxes in the car, by the phone, or near your shower.Color the box to personalize it for your child. read more

Bull's-Eye

Bull's-EyeTime 15 to 20 minutes Materials Variety of hand-sized spongesBucket of waterChalk Directions Draw a target on outdoor pavement.Soak the sponges in the bucket of water and toss them into the center of the target. Extensions Play until the bull's-eye is erased.Draw the target on a wall for a different throwing experience.Alternate turns for 2 throws, letting the child keep track of who is up next. read more

Midsummer Memento Wreath

Midsummer Memento WreathAge: Preschool and upTime: An hour or more Type of activity: Arts and Crafts Make summer souvenirs into a household decoration! read more

Painting with Kool-Aid!

Painting with Kool-Aid!Age: Preschool and upTime: 30 minutes or more Type of activity: Arts and Crafts Cool off on a warm summer afternoon while making a piece of Kool-Aid art. read more

Squashing Summer Boredom

Squashing Summer BoredomDo your kids spend the summers moping around the house, watching television and complaining of boredom? Put an end to summer sluggishness by providing your children with activities and ideas that will get them motivated and moving. Squash summer boredom and have a wonderful season! Culinary Projects read more

Summer Crafts Kids Can Make

Kids can celebrate summer with these fun arts and crafts ideas. Also, try these summer camp-inspired crafts and activities! read more

Summer Scrapbook

Summer ScrapbookAge: Preschool and upTime: An hour or more Type of activity: Arts and Crafts As the season begins to fade and autumn approaches, keep your memories of fun in the sun in your own summer scrapbook. read more

The 10 Best Beach-Themed Crafts and Activities

Sand, seashells, and stones can provide hours of family fun both on the beach and at home. Get some ideas for beach-related activities, games, and crafts to try with kids of any age. read more

Top 10 Neighborhood Games for All Ages

Remember when you were a child, and everyone in your neighborhood would gather for a rousing game of kickball or hide and seek? When the dog days of summer get boring, get outside and get everyone in the neighborhood involved with one of these favorite childhood games. Your kids will have a blast, and they'll bring back memories of your own childhood! read more

Top Summer Games and Activities for Kids

Looking for some fun summer day activities for your kids? Well look no further! Beach Obstacle Course All you need is a stick and a shovel to make a fun beach activity for your child. Read the instructions for the Beach Obstacle Course. read more

Watch the Sunset

Watch the SunsetMaterials Blanket Snack Directions On a warm summer night, take a blanket and a special snack and go to a place where you can watch the sunset. You may want to bring crayons or colored pencils and a pad of paper and have your child try to capture the colors of the sunset in a drawing. If your child is too young to draw a sunset, have her find colored pencils or crayons to match the colors of the sky. read more

Water Fun

Water FunMaterials Sprinkler Garden hose with spray nozzleDirections read more

What to Do When Summer Gets Boring

What to Do When Summer Gets Boring Two weeks into summer vacation, Harry dons his best pitiful face and turns it on you. "I'm really, REALLY bored. Are you listening to me, Mom? Dad? Anybody?" Banish boredom from your house this summer with activities that cross-pollinate and resonate with your Harry. Adventures that complement each other put skills and knowledge in a broader, more real-life context. When projects are related or are natural outgrowths of each other, that initial spark of interest jumps from one activity to another. read more