8 Craft Projects to Keep The Kids Busy This Summer!

21 06 2017

Today is the longest day of the year, and that means that summer has officially arrived! It also means that school is out and kids need something to keep them entertained. We mined our Summer Fun Pinterest Board to bring you some of the best DIY projects to keep those kiddos busy.

 

  1. Make You Own Fidget Spinner

Make Your Own Fidget Spinner

You probably know that fidget spinners are taking over the internet, but did you know that you can make your own out of popsicle sticks and a skate bearing? Bonus: the kids will continue to play with the fidget spinner after the craft project so you get extra time with them entertained.

 

2. Squirt Gun Painting For Kids

Squirt gun painting for kids

All of the best summer fun happens outside, and squirt gun painting is no exception! The kids will love creating their own unique works of art via Super Soaker.

 

3. Foam Ball Octopus Craft

Foam Ball Octopus Craft

This would be a good one to pair with a viewing of Finding Dory. You could also sub out the foam balls for pom poms if you don’t want to have to mess around with paint!

 

4. Shoebox Table Foosball

Shoebox Table Football

This is another one that provides lots of entertainment even after the project is finished! Set up a tournament bracket for the whole family.

 

5. Bored Jar

Bored jar and activity ideas

This is an easy one! Whenever one of the kids says they are bored, make them take a slip from the “I’m Bored” jar and then they have to do the activity on the slip!

 

6. DIY Popsicle Stick Bracelets

DIY Popsicle Stick Bracelets

This is one of our own DIY With A.I. Friedman projects and it’s perfect for summer fun. Boil popsicle sticks, let them dry in cups, then let the kids paint and decorate them!

 

7. DIY Lawn Dominoes

DIY Lawn Dominoes

Make these giant lawn dominoes for backyard board game fun!  Extra Difficult Mode: Turn the sprinklers on.

 

8. Tie Dye

20 Summer Tie Dye Techniques

A classic summer activity, tie dye! Make your own rainbow of t-shirts, tote bags, hats, flags… basically tie dye all the things!

What are your favorite craft projects for summer fun?

 





Holiday Crafts at Westchester Children’s Museum

5 12 2016

Stocking craft at the Westchester Children's Museum

Every month on the first Saturday  we host a free craft workshop at the Westchester Children’s Museum. We love working with WCM and it’s one of our favorite events every single month. This past weekend was our December workshop and we did a special festive project to get in the holiday spirit!

Our workshop helpers worked with the kids to make paper stocking ornaments! We brought lots of fun red, green and white papers to decorate the little Christmas stockings! Other materials we used were; scissors, fun shapes, string and glitter glue galore.

 

We thought it would be fun to check out some of the stockings the kids made here on the blog.  One of our favorite parts of doing these workshops at the Westchester Children’s Museum is getting to see all of the different creative ideas the kids have about their projects! We saw everything from super clean traditional stockings:

Kid's paper stocking Christmas craft

To a little more free and loose “messy is fun”stocking:

Messy is fun stocking craft!

We love how the paper patterns were matched on this one!

Patterned paper stocking craft for kids

Thank you to all of our workshop helpers who work to make our craft projects a huge success! Don’t miss out on our future workshops, keep up with them on our Events Page. We hope this helped you get into a festive Christmas crafting mood!

Kid's stocking paper ornament craft project

 





100 Suns at Westchester Children’s Museum

2 08 2016

 

Westchester Children's Museum

We love working with our friends over at the Westchester Children’s Museum. We present a craft project over there on the first Saturday of every month, but this Saturday’s craft activity is extra special because we are celebrating the first 100 days of the museum being open!

Keva Planks Construction Zone

Keva Planks Construction Zone

We are going to make 100 suns using stencil collage to celebrate this milestone. The craft is included in the price of admission to the museum, so your kids can see the whole museum and make a fun project.

If you haven’t been to the museum yet, it is really a great time!  We love the Build Your Own Rollercoaster exhibit and Keva Planks Construction Zone (we liked the Keva Planks so much that we even carry them in the store now)!

We will be at the museum with our sun craft from 11am to 3pm, this Saturday August 6th.  Also, later in the month A.I. Friedman Gallery will be showing work made by children during our art workshops!  Keep your eye on our event calendar for more future events with the Westchester Children’s Museum.

100 Suns with A.I. Friedman