When it’s too hot to play outside, bring the kids to the table for some fun, attention-grabbing summer crafts that make the most of rocks, paper and scissors.
No one is left out on the fun of making little fishies. Big kids can tackle a more involved project like these adorable DIY Japanese Fish and little kids can stick with a quick, instant gratification project like making Tropical Fish from Paper Plates.
1. Japanese Flying Carp Craft
This is a great summer craft project for kick-starting a discussion about other cultures, leading to a trip to the library, a new ethnic recipe or a new storybook to read at home. The flying fish are a take-off on a Japanese tradition of flying a wind sock – called a koinobori – on a holiday called Boys’ Day. Google the day for lots of colorful, fun photos that make for great inspiration and a bonus learning experience.
Squirrelly Minds provides step-by-step instructions with helpful (and beautiful) photos to go along with them.
3 empty toilet paper rolls
Double-sided tape (or a glue gun)
A small dowel
These bright, colorful fish make for a great summer craft for kids on the younger side who can simply paint paper plates and paste on fins, tails and google eyes. It’s a great summer craft for preschoolers or early elementary kids, who can take it a step further by adding more detailed designs and embellishments to their fish.
For the Tropical Fish (via Make and Takes) you will need:
8 miniature paper plates
Brightly colored paints
4 large wiggle eyes
White craft glue
3. Pet Rock Monsters Craft
Who among us hasn’t taken on a pet rock or two? Kids love pet rocks and this easy tutorial helps to turn plain ol’ pebbles into googly-eyed, colorful monsters – scary or silly. Let your child’s imagination run wild to create their own creatures. Wouldn’t this make a fun summer craft to tackle after watching the Monsters University movie?
The how-to is simple: Paint them all over and leave them to dry thoroughly. Then paint on details and glue on the goggle eyes to make them come alive.
An assortment of hand-sized rocks or pebbles
4. Jellyfish Craft for Kids
These cute jellyfish would be great to hang from a ceiling in your child’s bedroom or playroom. The instructions are simple:
▪ Paint the outside of two paper bowls.
▪ Trim eyes from cardstock or draw the eyes with markers.
▪ On the inside of the bowl, add liquid adhesive and place the ends of ribbon in it. Place another bowl on top (with the ribbon sticking out) and let it dry.
▪ Poke two small holes in the center of the bowl. Thread fishing line through the bowl so it creates a loop under the bowl.
▪ Tie ribbon and trim to the loop, then tighten the loop to secure the ribbon.
For this Jellyfish summer craft, you will need:
Cardstock (for the eyes. Or simply draw them on with a Sharpee)
Liquid adhesive or glue