Do your kids love getting crafty? These holidays, when you aren’t out and about enjoying the sunshine you will need something to keep the kids busy, entertained and off screens for some of the time!
Check out these cute and crafty ideas for the DIY loving kids in your life.
1. SUMMER BUNTING
Every kids loves a room design refresh and one fun and easy way to do it is to create some bunting! You can choose any theme you like, google an image, print it out (or draw and cut out) and you’re ready to go. Ice creams, robots, stars, hearts, movie characters, lollies, letters… the options are endless! Here’s how you do it.
You will need:
- Paper and a printer
- Yarn or string
- Glue stick or hot glue gun
- Hooks to tie bunting to
- Choose your style and research a suitable image
- Use Canva or Powerpoint to create your bunting template. You want to place two of your image next to each other so they are mirrored (They will fold onto each other to create double sided bunting).
- Print out the desired number of shapes and colour them in (if you choose to)
- Cut the shapes out (be careful!)
- Cut your string to the desired length
- Glue the entire back side of your shapes and fold them over the string, pressing them together firmly. Repeat along the length of string until you’ve got the desired number of shapes.
- Place your hooks on the wall (we recommend 3M hooks that don’t damage the wall and are easily removable).
- Tie each end of the string to a hook.
- Stand back and admire your beautiful summer bunting!
2. ROCK PAINTING
Rock painting rocks our world! People have gone nuts painting rocks and leaving them around neighbourhoods for other people to find and take home. You can encourage kids to make fun designs to leave around or even just have them create ‘rock pets’ to keep.
You will need:
- Smooth rocks (take the kids hunting for the right rocks)
- Paint brushes (fine and thick)
- Acrylic paint
- Go hunting and find suitable rocks to paint. They should be smooth, relatively flat and unbroken.
- Wash your rock with some dish soap and water
- Prime your rock by painting it with some white or black paint as a base layer
- Plan what you want to paint on your rock and even have a picture handy to copy
- Allow paint to dry
- Seal your rock using a weather resistant spray sealer
- Keep your rock pets or place your creations around the neighborhood for other people to find and smile at.
3. KINDNESS CRAFT
You and your kids can be the reason someone smiles today :)
Princess Diana once said, “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
The holidays are a great time for our kids and ourselves to reflect on what we are grateful for. It’s also a perfect time to encourage kids to ‘give’ back to the community and what better way than with a kindness craft.
There are many ways to carry out random acts of kindness. But one thing we love is leaving random kind notes in letterboxes. You may not see their reaction but that reward isn’t necessary, we promise they will smile and you’ll start a chain of kindness.
Here are some examples of kind notes you can leave:
You will need:
- Your roses are lovely!
- You have a beautiful smile
- Your dog is so cute!
- Your home is beautiful
- I love your garden
- I wish you a happy new year!
- Merry Christmas!
- Smile! Someone loves you
- Coloured or white paper and a printer (optional to print)
- A pen
- A big happy heart
- Print (or draw) and cut out a desired number of hearts (or hands or flowers) topped with the words ‘Random Acts of Kindness’
- Colour them in if you choose to
- Go for a walk and look for something to compliment people on
- Write a little note and leave it in their letterbox
Happy holiday crafting!