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9 Crafts For Preschoolers Are Fun To Do

9 Crafts For Preschoolers Are Fun To Do

Summer Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

At some point during the summer, kids will cry out that universal complaint: “I’m bored!” When that happens, you’ll be ready with these fun summer crafts that will keep them engaged and spike their creativity. Read on for summer crafts little children will love…

On most summer days, your kids can find all the entertainment they need in the great outdoors. But when the skies turn gray, or you just need a break from the heat, you’ll want to check out these cool summer craft projects that are fun for the whole family.

We’ve got summer crafts for toddlers and the pre-K set, plus a bonus project that their slightly older siblings will enjoy.

9 Crafts For Preschoolers Are Fun To Do
9 Crafts For Preschoolers Are Fun To Do

Summer Crafts for Toddlers

These five summer arts-and-crafts projects are prefect for your little ones.

Of course, if you have older kids, they’ll want to get in on the action, too.

As you probably already know, crafting with toddlers can get pretty messy.

Consider doing these projects outside, so you can hose everyone off when you’re done.

1. Sand Painting

Even if you don’t have a sandbox, this craft willgive your kids hours of summertime fun.

What you need:
  • Sandbox or large dishpans filled halfway with sand (fill one pan for each child to avoid squabbles)
  • Spray bottles filled with water
  • Food coloring
  • Small sand shovels

What you do:
Add 20 or more drops of food coloring to each spray bottle. Seat children in front of their pans, or together in the sandbox, and give them several bottles of colored water. As they spray, the sand will change color, creating a beautiful painting. If the kids want to ‘paint’ a new picture, direct them to mix the top layer of sand underneath with their shovels.

Safety note:
Most commercially sold play sand is actually powder from quarried quartz – a substance that can cause lung disease in workers exposed to it, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. You can purchase safe sand from companies like SafeSand.com and SilicaFreeSand.com.

2. Butterfly Building

When your kids tire of chasing butterflies in the backyard, they can make some of their own to display inside.

What you need:
  • Round coffee filters
  • Spray bottle
  • Watercolor paints and brushes
  • Black pipe cleaners (available in craft stores)

What you do:
Spray water on the coffee filters until they’re wet enough to lay flat, and place them on plates or newspapers. Give your children the brushes and watercolors and let them paint however they want. The colors will run and blur, creating a beautiful pastel effect. Let the filters dry in a shady spot. Once they’re completely dry, pinch the middle of each each filter together to form “wings.” Twist a pipe cleaner around the middle to to create a butterfly’s body. Spread the wings and fly!

3. Kool-Aid Painting

Unsweetened Kool-Aid powdered drink mix, which has no sugar or artificial sweeteners added, is great for summer crafts and safe for kids.

What you need:
  • Several packets of Kool-Aid (make sure they say “unsweetened” on the label)
  • White construction paper
  • Tape
  • Ice cubes

What you do:
Tape a large sheet of construction paper to the table or floor. Sprinkle the paper with Kool-Aid and hand each child a cube of ice. Instruct them to move the ice over the Kool-Aid powder, turning it to liquid. Keep “painting” until the ice is fully melted to make a sweet-smelling “watercolor” masterpiece.

4. Chalk Shadows

Sidewalk chalk is a great summer craft material for children of all ages. When your kids tire of their own drawings, try these chalk shadows.

What you need:
  • Multi-color pack of sidewalk chalk

What you do:
Have children stand on the sidewalk when the sun is mid-height in the sky. Trace their shadows using a piece of sidewalk chalk, then hand over the chalks and let the kids color in the rest. Older kids will enjoy drawing details such as hair, clothes and jewelry on their chalk selves, while youngsters will have fun scribbling!

5. Painting With Blueberries

July is National Blueberry Month, and these delicious, colorful berries are readily available during the summer. (Or if they aren’t, you can defrost frozen berries for this project.) They’re messy, though, so put newspapers or a generously sized splat mat under your “painting” surface, and make sure the kids aren’t wearing clothes you’d mind having stained.

What you need:
  • Large glass bowl
  • Pint of blueberries (a great use for the past-ripe ones)
  • 1 cup of water
  • Fork
  • White poster board or large white construction paper

What you do:
Pour the blueberries into the glass bowl, add water and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Berries should be warm and mushy. Mash them with a fork (your kids will love helping with this part!). Then tape the poster board onto your table or floor to create a stationary painting surface, and let your kids finger-paint with the juice. Voila: A berry blue (and messy!) picture.

If soap and water won’t get the blue off kids’ hands, try rubbing half a lemon on them and washing again.

Summer Crafts for Preschoolers

Your 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds have been busy developing and perfecting their fine motor skills. Their artwork is becoming representative and their cutting skills are blossoming. These age-appropriate summer craft ideas will let preschoolers show off just how well they can wield a pair of scissors, or pour a bottle of glue without getting it everywhere.

Shimmering Sun Catchers

These are easy and fun to make, and they’ll remind your family of summer long after the heat waves have passed.

What you need:
  • Wax paper
  • White craft glue
  • Multi-colored glitter
  • Fishing wire

What you do:
Give each child a sheet of wax paper. Instruct them to squeeze the bottle of craft glue onto the paper in various shapes and squiggles.

Then have them sprinkle the glitter onto the glue. (Try putting it into inexpensive saltshakers.) Let the glue dry thoroughly – at least 6 hours or overnight.

Carefully peel the designs off the paper and pierce them with fishing wire. Hang them in front of your windows to catch and refract the sunlight.

Summer Collage Placemat

Preschool kids love nothing more than cutting and pasting – which makes collages a perfect craft idea for them.

What you need:
  • Summertime editions of your favorite magazines
  • Scissors
  • Summery-colored construction paper
  • White craft glue or glue sticks
  • Clear contact paper

What you do:
Instruct your children to cut out pictures of what they like about summer and then glue them onto the paper. Cover and seal the collage with contact paper (you’ll need to do this part) to make a fun and functional summer placemat.

Summertime Sailboat

These seaworthy little boats take just a few minutes to make, but offer hours of entertainment in the bath, pool or pond.

What you need:
  • Clean, round plastic lid, such as from a tub of margarine
  • Straw
  • Construction paper scraps
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or markers
  • Hole punch
  • Small ball of play dough

What you do:
Have kids cut out a triangle from the construction paper for the sail. Decorate with crayons and markers. Punch two holes along one edge of the sail, about 1-inch apart. Weave the straw through the holes to make the mast. Place the play dough inside the lid and push the straw into it. Now it’s time to set sail!

Bonus Summer Craft Project: Red, White and Blue Wreath 

The 4th of July is everybody’s favorite summer holiday, so here’s one last project for patriotic kids of all ages.

What you need:
  • Large piece of cardboard (empty cereal boxes are perfect)
  • Red, white and blue construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Large and small paper plate
  • White craft glue

What you do:
Have the kids trace the large paper plate on the cardboard. Inside this large circle, trace the smaller plate to create a ring pattern. Cut out the ring and reinforce any creases by covering them with a thin strip of cardboard. Cut out 1½-by-4-inch strips of construction paper and roll them into tight rings. Glue the edges down, then affix the rolls onto the cardboard ring in an alternating pattern.

Hang the wreath on your door to display your pride in America – and your creative kids.

Whether you have babies or big kids, summer arts-and-crafts projects are a great way to celebrate the summer season with your children. With a little ingenuity (and a high tolerance for mess), your family is sure to enjoy a creative, colorful summer.

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