Summer is a grand thing, makers! The cool breeze, the shining sun, and loads and loads of free time. Especially for that special little kiddo in your life! Summer is a great opportunity to spend time with family and create beautiful and colorful things. We've compiled a list of things that are perfect for summer fun and are family-friendly. Scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your next summer fling!
Crochet doesn't seem like much of a summer activity, but trust me, these projects prove that notion wrong. This racetrack (above) from Rugs For Kids is the perfect fun and functional mixture of adorable room décor! You get a fun racetrack to drive your Hot Wheels on, and a unique rug that sets your kid's room apart from the rest of the neighborhood. For the kid that likes to snuggle up on the couch and watch they're favorite shows all day, we have the perfect thing! Kids' Snuggies is the perfect book for lounging in style, with cute and quirky designs like this mermaid tail cover (below). Show your kids that lounging can be luxurious.
You can make these projects for your kids, but what's the fun in that? We have some great introductory crochet books like Teach Me To Crochet that will help your little mini-me learn the basics of crochet, so they can help you make these awesome projects! Because what better way to bond with someone, than by learning a craft together?
If you wanna play with yarn but don't want to crochet, try knitting! We have an excellent guide, Teach Me To Knit, that teaches all of the basics of the double needle yarn craft. There's even fun ways to learn to knit with just your hands! Loop Knitting takes the guesswork of interlocking the twin needles and leaves the beautiful wrap work to your own skilled hands. It's a perfect gateway knitting technique that would be great for children! This Penguin Pillow (above) was made from our book Baby Loops and Twists, and it is just darling. Babies can use it as a fun pillow, and toddlers can carry an arctic friend with them wherever they go! the best part about this craft is that you and your kid can learn together, especially when it's as simple as knitting without needles!
The best crafts are the double trouble crafts, the ones that offer more than just one activity and lesson to learn. They are a great way to teach your child to be creative, and they're certainly a helping hand to mom and dad's wallet. Our new book Craft Bombs is a comprehensive guide to spreading kindness, joy, and happiness. A super stash of awesome art and activities like DIY fortune tellers (below) (or cootie catchers, depending on the person), giftable kindness cards, and more hide inside this book, waiting to be discovered.
The book is interactive and gives you everything you need to make fun and friendly art that you can keep for yourself, or give to someone who needs a little pick me up! This is the kind of craft activity that you can create with your kid, and teach them how to be a good human at the same time. Life lessons, AND loads of fun? sign us up!
Bonus - Felt and Paracord Summer Kids Crafts
This is a section that we don't usually do, but we just had to include it. We love paracord, and all the fun things you can create with it. It's known to be a functional friend while going camping and hiking, but no one ever really thinks about the fun crafts you can make with it. Our book Paracord Crafts shows you a ton of variety with this cord, like bracelets, and fun water bottle holders like this green one (above). A fun summer project that you can use all season long!
Another fun craft to play with is felt, and just like all of these other projects, these crafts from Play Mats are super easy to create, and super fun to play with afterward! Pick one of the seven interactive felt designs to create and place in the living room for maximum DIY fun, like this Sweet Cupcake Shop mat for the aspiring little baker (above). All mats in this book are put together with easy felt sheets and a stitch here or there, easy peasy!
All of these crafts will spark your creativity and enthusiasm to go out with your kids and create fun and fascinating things while they are out of school and want to have some fun in the sun. If you make any of these awesome projects, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc for a special shoutout! We just did a live video all about this too, so be sure to check it out on our Facebook Page.
Get some sun, makers!
-Leisure Arts Team