Keep kids busy in the summertime with art projects they can hang and admire outside. Kids love summertime and the fact that they don’t have to be cooped up inside make it even better to do some fun simple projects. Set up a big table outside so they can create out in the open.
The craft table can be a child sized picnic table or a garden table that they can stand at and do their creating. with the warmer weather in the summer months kids can enjoy being outside in the shade and learning a little at the same time. I often take the chairs away from the craft table because the children get so excited about what they are working on that they don’t even sit, they are either on their knees or leaning way too far, these make hazards for children that can be easily avoided.
Leave things on the craft table that they are working on and can get back to after the playing distractions are soon forgotten. The art table should be out of the sun so you can leave paints and crayons along with construction paper or play dough out for them to work on.
I love to have the children make wind chimes or wind socks in the summer. This wind sock is simply cut up stripes of colored or white decorated construction paper that can be easily attached to a larger piece of construction paper with glue or staples. The slightly larger piece is stapled on the end to make a circle and the other thinner stripes hang down in different lengths. Decorate the stripes with crayons, stickers or paint. Tie a piece of heavy yarn and hang it in the nearest tree or patio cover.
I once had a parent who owned a key shop give me a bucket of old keys, I thought this was the coolest thing. We strung several keys on various lengths of thick yarn and tied them to a plastic butter lid that we cut out the center of to make a circle and then tied more yarn at the top so we could hang it up as well. I love the sounds of the different keys banging against each other. The children also make a key chain so they can play with the keys to start up their tricycles.
Another neat thing to do in the summer, at the craft table, to decorate a limb of a tree in the yard ,is to spread peanut butter on a big pine cone. This idea has been around for a long time, but I love to still do it. It is so simple. Hopefully you can find some large pine cones with little or no prickly thorns, so the kids can spread the peanut butter themselves with plastic knives.( Watch out to make sure no peanut allergies.) Tie a big piece of thick yarn to the top and hang it up. Very simple and the kids love to feed the birds. You better have some crackers ready because the peanut butter is so tempting to taste when you’re trying to make an art project, and you do get hungry.