It’s finally (well almost officially) summertime! Now my little one is only 2 (not in school), but I have really wanted to find some great, cheap crafts for him to do during this season. There are so many fun, simple and affordable crafts kids would love to try. They will probably be messy so make sure to prep your tables and floors OR do these outside if possible.
I enjoy walking around the dollar/thrift store looking for crafting inspiration. However my mind is thinking of adult DIY projects. It’s time to shift gears and think of things my young son would like, and what other people’s kids would enjoy.
So, as is my fashion, I scoured the internet looking for kids crafting inspiration, and I am happy to report that I found some great ones! Most of these are adaptable and should be enjoyed by toddlers and older children alike. Personally, I think some of these would be fun to do as an adult. 😉
The big bonus with all of these crafts is that they are SUPER affordable! Everybody loves cheap crafts right? Most, if not all of the materials you need can be found in your home and/or the dollar store. I will include some tips next to the link and each project gives their own great tips as well. 🙂
I feel there is another great bonus to doing these crafts, besides keeping your kids busy and them having fun. These projects are obviously hands on and many kids will want/need your help when doing them. This is such a marvelous thing! It can be a great bonding experience with your kids, and can be a change to get a little messy! 😉 We need these experiences in our lives with our children and what better way to do that than with some paint?
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Here are the 10 Cheap DIY Projects for Kids that I have tried and found…
1. Painted Rocks – This projects specifically shows you how to paint “monster rocks”, but there are ENDLESS things you and your child can paint on a rock. Do a quick Google search for “painted rocks” and look at the amazing art done with rocks. Pretty amazing!
3. Tape and Paint Mural – This tutorial is for finger paint, but you can easily exchange that for acrylic paint and a brush for older kids. They also use a square canvas but those can be costly, and the dollar store has great poster board available to be used as a “canvas”. I’ve seen a lot of these murals, and your kids could decorate them with their finger or hand prints, fun designs and so much more.
4. Washable Chalk Paint – Washable anything is a big BONUS for parents. So why not make chalk into paint for your kids to mess around with outside? My son loves playing with my dad’s paint rollers and brushes. I’m going to put them to good use now!
5. Kinetic Sand – This stuff is so much fun! Kinetic sand combines the fun of playing and building with sand without the mess. It also shapes better because of the cornstarch and water. You can also dye it fun colors like you do with play dough. The kiddos will play with this for hours! Yess!
6. Color Spray T-Shirt – This is a super simple and cheap craft the whole family can enjoy. You can use an old t-shirt, a thrift store shirt, or a dollar store shirt for your base and most people have sharpies and rubbing alcohol in the house. They always have cheap spray bottles at a dollar store so this project is a win for affordability!
7. Button and Paint Mural – The example art in this project is incredible! Again, poster board will work as a cheap substitute for a canvas board. They have cheap packaged of beads and buttons at dollar stores and on Amazon. You could paint so many base things like a tree, flower stem or something fun like a gingerbread house. Then the buttons or beads will bring the art to life!
8. Pom Pom Rainbows – This project may be more for little kids but similar to the Button and Paint Mural, you have a painted/markered base and the pom poms are what bring the art to life. Your child can do a rainbow like the project or make a rainbow tree or flower. You can also get their favorite coloring book, and they can decorate a page with the pom poms.
9. Cardboard Rainmaker – Noisy toys are always the kids’ favorite–am I right? Why not let them create a nice sounding rainmaker toy? They can experiment with which item they like the sound of the most: rice, beans, corn, pasta, etc. And they will (of course) get to decorate their rainmaker in their favorite colors and/or textures.
10. Dyed Pasta Necklaces – I remember making pasta necklaces, and they DID NOT look this cool. The dyed pasta makes this craft POP, and kids love bright colors. These could be necklaces, room decorations, or they can glue the pasta to make a cool picture.
*Remember, there are ALWAYS variations and room for creativity when crafty. Try to follow the recipes/instructions for a lot of these, but you can add your own flair to them.
I hope some or all of these crafts bring you and kids together, and that they make the summer days full of fun. Please let me know in the comments of great cheap kids crafts you enjoy so we can share them as a mommy community. 🙂