You went to the beach, made your own ice cream, and played 50 games of cornhole in the backyard … so now what? One of the hardest parts of summer is figuring out how to keep your kids active — and happy — without spending a fortune. You’re in luck: These easy, kid-friendly crafts are perfect for sweltering hot nights, rainy afternoons, and everything in between. Plus, these ideas are every parents dream because they don’t involve screens, sugar, or anything sticky (except washable glue).
Mermaid Hair Clips – Summer Crafts
Make her feel like she’s living under the sea with this sequin hair clip that even Ariel would approve of.
Flamingo Handprint – Summer Crafts
Before your trip to the zoo, teach ’em about the different animals they might come across with this quick and easy craft.
Watermelon Soap – Summer Crafts
Break out the essential oils to give these super-cute fruit soaps a clean, refreshing scent. If you want to stay true to the watermelon theme, mix in a fruity fragrance oil instead.
Ice Cream Necklace – Summer Crafts
Because ice cream is on their mind 24/7 from June through August (okay, all year long).
Mod Podge Water Bottles
Since sustainability is trendy and all, decorate plain glass water bottles with cut-out shapes, patterned paper, and stickers.
Paper Lamas – Summer Crafts
Lama just say that this colorful herd of wooly creatures is one of the easiest — and cheapest! — ways to get your kid’s creative juices flowing.
Unicorn Dreamcatcher – Summer Crafts
Dreamcatchers are mystical on their own. When you add faux flowers and a unicorn horn? Peak magic.
Trolls Mason Jar – Summer Crafts
While your kids patiently wait for next year’s Trolls movie, keep ’em busy with this Poppy-inspired planter.
Sand Art Candles – Summer Crafts
Get more use out of your kid’s sand art kit by transforming basic white candles into these rainbow beauties. Talk about a ’90s throwback.
Cactus Pet Rocks – Summer Crafts
Real cacti may be too prickly for toddlers. These painted rocks, however, are 100% kid-friendly.