Now that the schools have all broken up, the summer holidays have begun which for many pupils and teaching staff means six weeks of relaxing and hopefully a holiday too, it may not be quite as relaxing if you’re a parent with young children. As we all know, children can get restless very easily, especially if they have six weeks of free time, so finding fun ways to keep them entertained can prove difficult.
That’s why we’re here to help. We’ve found some fun craft ideas that are perfect for you and your child to create together. Just follow our three easy step-by-step guides and your child will be entertained for hours and will produce something at the end of it.
Perhaps your plans for the summer involving setting up your tent and going camping? We wouldn’t advise that your children are given responsibility for the campfire, so here’s a fun and safe alternative that requires just a few easy to find materials.
- 4 Cardboard tubes (the inner tube from a kitchen roll is a good idea)
- Brown paint
- Crepe paper in red, yellow and orange
- Glue (optional)
- Paint the cardboard tubes brown and leave to dry.
- Once dry, arrange the tubes into a rough pile on top of each other. For easy re-use, these can be glued together.
- Rip up the pieces of crepe paper and scrunch them into flame shapes, mixing the three colours to create a flame effect. Again, these could be glued together for stability.
Stained Glass Vases
Something a bit different now, these colourful stained glass vases are easy to make and allow you and your child to be as creative as you want to be.
- Clear glass (an empty pot for example)
- Tissue paper
- Mod podge
- Use scissors to cut up pieces of tissue paper (in any colour you like) into various shapes and sizes. You can be as creative as you want here, so use your imagination.
- Paint a small amount of mod podge onto the glass then place the tissue on the glass. You can cover the whole glass or create your own pattern, it’s up to you!
- Paint a thin layer of mod podge over the paper.
- If you didn’t cover the whole glass in paper and there are gaps, make sure to cover everywhere with mod podge to create a stained glass effect all over.
- Place your finished piece in front of some natural sunlight and you will really see the colours come out.
With the weather in England we can’t guarantee we’ll see the sun everyday, but with these easy homemade sun catchers hanging in your window, you and your children will increase your chances.
- Contact paper
- Construction paper
- Sun catcher sun template 1
- Sun catcher sun template 2
- Yellow and orange tissue paper
- Print out the template we’ve linked to above and print out the pieces. Cut the pieces out.
- Make 6 triangles. Cut the centers out of the circle and the triangles as marked.
- Cut a piece of contact paper out large enough to stick the whole sun to.
- Peel the backing off the contact paper. Place the circle on the sticky side. Put the triangles on the contact paper, spacing them around the circle.
- Cut the tissue paper into 1 inch wide strips, and then into 1 inch cubes (this doesn’t have to be precise).
- Fill in the outline pieces by sticking tissue paper to the contact paper. Overlap the pieces so there aren’t any holes. Don’t worry about pieces that hang outside of the outline – those will be cut off in the end.
- Once the sun is finished, cut a second piece of contact paper that is as big as the first piece. Peel the backing paper off and lay it (sticky side down) over the finished sun.
- Cut off the excess contact paper and hang your sun up on a window.