How to Do Summer Art Projects with Your Kids
ften described as a lazy time, but try telling that to the kids who are home from school looking for something fun to do. Here are some fun art projects that you can do with your children during summer vacation.
Things you'll need:
- paper plates
- white glue
- food coloring
- goldfish crackers
- fish gravel
- tempera paint
- butcher paper
- toy cars and trucks
GOLDFISH BOWL ART is easy and fun to do for kids ages 2 and up. Grab a white paper plate and cut off one side so it looks like a bowl. Add some blue food coloring or paint to white glue and let your child paint the entire plate. They can stick on some goldfish crackers and sprinkle colored fish gravel along the bottom. Colorful and fun!
FINGERPAINT ART is something that kids never tire of. It's great in the summer because you can hose them off afterwards. New twists on fingerpaint include chocolate pudding, whipped cream, or shaving cream. Adding food coloring makes more colorful designs.
TOY CAR AND TRUCK ART is a blast for boys and girls. With a roll of butcher paper on the ground or table, your kids have a large surface to work on. Pour some tempera paint onto some paper plates and place a toy car or truck on each color. The kids can roll the toy car in the paint and then "race" the car around the paper creating fabulous designs.
FRUIT LOOP NECKLACES are easy to make and relaxing for kids of all ages. Cutting a string of yarn long enough for a necklace, you can knot the bottom and put some tape around the top creating a needle. String the fruit loops on in any pattern you choose. The kids can wear their necklace or eat it as a snack. Even two year olds love this project. With the leftover yarn and some tempera paint on paper plates, the kids can dip the yarn and make squiggly designs on butcher paper. Makes great wrapping paper, too!
Tips & Warnings
Getting messy is half the fun!
Be creative with household items and paint.
Display the finished projects proudly!
Small children should not be left unattended with art supplies.
Eating glue is sometimes more interesting than using it.