15 Awesome Kids' Crafts for Summer

Kids already in a summertime slump? Beat the boredom blues by keeping these easy, pantry-friendly, giggle-inducing crafts at the ready.

Part of: Summer Grilling: Kid-Friendly

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Homemade Crayons

"Five stars! I collected a handful of broken crayons and put the pieces into mini-muffin pans. Presto! My daughter finally has a crayon that she can hold."

-kiwidutch

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Homemade Finger Paint

"My children loved this paint! I've already shared the recipe with my boys' kindergarten teacher."

-Mami J

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Flubber (and Windbreakers)

"This is the perfect indoor activity when the snow, rain or heat keeps you indoors. Kids will spend endless hours playing with their pile of homemade flubber."

-Southern Polar Bear

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Homemade Crystal Garden

"I haven't done this since second grade, but I loved it! Definitely something to do with the kids! Bluing can be found in the laundry aisle of your local grocery store."

-darthlaurie

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Giant Bubbles

"This recipe makes gigantic, long-lasting, industrial-strength bubbles. We could even stack them together and make bubble sculptures!"

-Akikobay

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Kool-Aid Tie-Dyed T-Shirts

"We made shirts with this recipe for my daughter's sleepover party, and everyone loved them. We used seven different flavors for a variety of colors."

-karen in tbay

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Dr. Seuss' Oobleck

"This stuff is so much fun! It looks like liquid, but it feels firm and powdery. It's neat to watch it ooze off your fingers and into the bowl."

-michelles3boys

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Play-Doh Copycat

"This was great! My kids had a ball creating some weird-and-wonderful colors for the dough and then some equally weird-and-wonderful creations with the finished product!"

-Noo

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Compliment Jar

"This is a great pick-me-up. I made one for the family to use when we’re feeling down, and it really works!"

- Lalaloula

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Homemade Birdhouse

"Not only are these absolutely clever and adorable, they smell amazing too! The little birds perched inside are teeny tiny and look so happy in their little home."

-Liza at Food.com

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Kids' Bathtub Paints

"My kids had the best time with these paints. They are easy to make and totally genius!"

-CandyTX

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Eating Healthy Game

"I came up with this game as a way to improve my kids' eating habits. If they 'won' I would let them have dessert or a piece of candy."

-Elaniemay

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Homemade Rainbow Sugar Crystals

"This was easy to make, and the kids loved it. Science, cooking and helping Mommy all at the same time!"

-lizbits

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Death Star Pinata with Lightsaber Stick

"My son is a big Star Wars fan, so I came up with this themed pinata for his birthday party. The paper mache takes a few days, but the results are worth it!"

-HollyLQuinn

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Goop

"We left the Kool-Aid out of it because I'm a lazy mom and didn't want to deal with any stains. This was still so cool! We had a blast."

-CandyTX

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