June is just around the corner, and with it brings the three-month-long summer vacation every child can hardly wait for. However, the new task of entertaining and occupying the children’s time may be daunting for a parent since there’s no classroom to keep those mental cogs turning. Games are a great way to get the family together and away from the TV, but even game-lovers understand the healthy benefits of getting involved in the summer outdoor fun.
A simple and fun way to engage the young ones in outdoor fun is with a crafty activity for the backyard. Below are 8 awesome garden crafts that will get your little ones out of the house and enjoying the summer sun.
1. Pinwheel by Kate Stewart
This is a family fun classic that will have children running around the backyard, trying to make their pinwheel spin.
Needle nose pliers
Ball pins or map pins
Pencils, unsharpened with an eraser on the end (or a cookie or cake pop stick)
2. Sand Castles that will Last by Jodidur
Children can play in the sand and create beautiful sculptures to decorate the flower beds.
1 cup sand
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tsp alum (sold in the spice section of the grocery store)
3/4 cup water
Shells and rocks (optional)
3. Turtle Herb Planters by Lorie
Kids can grow their own plants in a cute planter of their own creation.
Plastic herb container (or any small plastic bowl)
4. Grassy Sponge Houses by Sharon
This project is a perfect way to show children the science behind growing plants.
4 new standard kitchen sponges (approximately 4 1/2 by 3 inches) in orange, green, blue, and pink
Scissors with a pointed tip
Large plastic food-storage container (a clean rotisserie chicken container works well too)
1/2 cup of grass seed, preferably one labeled “fast-growing”
-Sewing pins (optional)
5.CD Wind Spinners by Jackie
Old CDs or DVDs
Craft gems, jewels and sequins, buttons etc.
6. Painting Rainbow Pots by
This craft’s a great way to bring more color to your flower pots.
Clean terracotta pot
Variety of acrylic paints (at least 4 colors)
7. Flower Panels by Krokotak
Children will love hunting and searching for the best flowers to use for this neat idea.
Box cutter or scissors
8. Bubble Art by HappyMomma
Make a masterpiece out of bubbles with this art lesson!
Enjoy these awesome crafts and spend some time in the summer sun with your little ones!