Bring on the crafts! Next time your child is looking a little bored, bust out all your best supplies, and get to work. Not only will they enjoy making their creation, they'll have something to show for it the rest of the summer, too.
Egg Carton Animals1 of 16
Turtles, caterpillars, frogs--your child can choose from any of these cute critters as they fashion a recycled egg carton into the perfect little pet.
Salt Fireworks2 of 16
This painting project has one special ingredient--table salt. By sprinkling salt in the glue, your child's finished product will really shine, and you'll get serious bonus points for creativity.
Paper Plate Ice Cream3 of 16
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Your kid can commemorate the joy of the perfect summer cone by making their own with a handy paper plate.
Water Bottle Wind Art4 of 16
It's hard not to feel guilty about those extra plastic bottles lying around. Give them a second life by turning them into colorful outdoor decorations!
Sidewalk Chalk Pops5 of 16
Half popsicle, half drawing chalk, this craft will make any kiddo the hit of the neighborhood. Better yet, making the craft is just the start. Expect hours of drawing to follow, freeing you up to relax.
Newspaper Sharks6 of 16
You may not want to see any sharks during your annual trip to the beach, but these made from leftover newspaper aren't so bad. Don't forget the googly eyes!
Fireworks Painting7 of 16
Fireworks are fun, but free-drawing those suckers is pretty hard for children to do. Enter the humble toilet paper tube. By shredding the end, you can create a breathtaking show--genius!
Paper Bowl Jelly Fish8 of 16
These easy-to-make jellyfish are sure to delight your child with their long, spectacularly colored tentacles. Just make sure to supply kid-safe scissors.
Popsicle Stick Tent9 of 16
Who doesn't love a summer night under the stars? Help kids craft their own tent with popsicle sticks, cardstock and paint. Then make s'mores to celebrate!
Paper Plate Watermelon10 of 16
Another paper plate classic, this watermelon craft adds black beans for a 3-D touch that will bring this summer fruit to life.
Recycled CD Ladybug11 of 16
CDs bit the dust in favor of streaming, but how many of us have extras still lying around? Put them to good use with this ladybug craft.
Tissue Paper Turtle12 of 16
Use the free printable template (score!) to fashion the brightest turtle your kid has ever seen. They'll love layering on the strips of tissue paper.
Pipe Cleaner and Button Bracelets13 of 16
Homemade jewelry for the win! This simple craft will keep little hands busy. Plus, they'll have a fun bracelet they can wear all summer long.
Heart Strawberries14 of 16
It's hard to find a cuter craft than this guy. With oversized eyes and a heart-shape body, we bet you can't help but go, "Awww!"
Celery-Stamped Rainbow Fish15 of 16
Who says you can't play with your food? Use the end of a celery stick to get the perfect fish scales.