Now that the kids are back at school, it’s a sign that summer is coming to an end and winter will swiftly be on it’s way! While we’re still able to go outside without a parka and snow boots, there is plenty of fun to be had. Following a long summer with the little ones at home, you may have run out of ideas for things to do. Well, not to worry! That’s what we’re here for! Here are five fun and creative outdoor craft projects to do with your children to get them running around outside while the weather’s still warm.
1) Make your own kite
Take advantage of any windy days by helping your kids make and decorate their own kites! This craft requires a little bit of work on your part, but will ensure hours of fun for your children first decorating and then learning to fly their new kites. You’ll need some sticks, string or twine, heavy paper or vellum, strong glue, and paint, glitter, and other items for decoration! Here’s a great tutorial from Better Homes & Gardens.
2) Create natural keepsakes
Are your kids nature lovers? Help them make lasting mementos of summer with this fun tutorial from Plum Pudding. All you need is modelling clay that can be baked hard in an oven. Take your little ones on an adventure outside to collect different leaves, sticks, shells, or stones, then imprint them into the clay, bake it, and then leave natural or paint! The result is a stunning natural keepsake of a wonderful summer.
3) Rainbow bubble snakes
Rainbows? Bubbles? What’s not to love! You’ll be onto a winner with this cheap and easy tutorial from Housing a Forest. All you need for this colourful craft is an empty water bottle, odd sock, duct tape, dish soap and food colouring.
4) Make a rock critter
With only a few rocks and some paint, you can create a kooky little rock critter for your backyard! Not only will it entertain your kids for now, but they’ll love spotting it in the garden for years to come. NellieBellie has a fun tutorial for a little caterpillar, but you could have fun coming up with a bunch of different creatures! How about a frog or a slithery snake?
5) Moldable sand
While the kids are happy playing outside, let them enjoy all the messy craft activities that you don’t want inside your house during the winter months! This easy recipe for moldable sand from Growing a Jeweled Rose is simple but will keep the littles entertained for hours. To make it even more fun, add some food colouring to the mixture to create bright, colourful sand that the kids will love moulding, shaping, and running their hands through!
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