In order to avoid the summer slide, we're all looking for simple, creative ways to encourage summer learning for our kids, right?
Summer arts and crafts for kids are the perfect way to keep kids minds engaged, especially if you have a creative kid (I've been blessed with a few of those myself!).
As moms, we want those summer learning activities for kids to fun, and (let's be honest!) easy to put together.
That's why I'm excited to share about these easy arts and crafts for kids that can be found all in one place.
Best of all, you probably have most (if not all) of the supplies needed for these easy kids learning crafts hanging around your house! Score, right?
Let's check out a few of these fun ideas for summer arts and crafts for kids.
If you're looking for a ton of great summer learning activities for kids in one place (with simple instructions and lots of colorful photos), you'll love the book 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids by my friends Amanda Boyarshinov and Kim Vij of The Educators Spin on It.
Yes, 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids is packed with innovative and exciting ways to engage kids in learning, but my favorite part? Each of the activities uses everyday household items.
As a mom, you know how important that is! I can't tell you how many times I've never done “the perfect learning craft or activity” because it required that I run to the store to grab supplies.
100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids uses things like tin cans, rocks, plastic bottles and construction paper–things already in our homes!–to put together these summer learning arts and crafts for kids.
In addition, the activities in the book cover a wide variety of topics and use several learning methods to teach these concepts in fun, innovative ways.
100 Fun & Easy Learning Games divides the activities into each of these areas:
- Fantastic Reading
- Amazing Writing Adventures
- Really Cool Math
- Super Science
- Magical Music and Art
- Going Global
8 Amazingly Fun Summer Learning Arts and Crafts for Kids
Wondering what some of the summer arts and crafts for kids are in the book?
Here's a list of 8 super awesome learning activities and games from the book!
Plus don't miss the free, full instructions below for my favorite kids learning craft: Stringing Letters.
Words in the Sand
Family Word Puzzle Learning
Muffin Tin Syllable Counting
Sight Word Sensory Bottle
Stack a Word Learning
And just think… there are 92 more great ideas like these in the book!
Great Summer Learning Craft for Kids: Stringing Letters
I've been given permission to share the instructions for my favorite activity in the book: Stringing Letters!
Memorizing the shapes of letters will quickly help your child learn to identify the alphabet.
Players create fun, hands-on letters using glue and string. Once ready, they make the perfect material to hang in alphabetical order for even more letter practice.
Focus Skill: identifying alphabetical order
1. Cut yarn into pieces of various lengths.
2. Lay out wax paper on a smooth surface for letters to dry on.
3. Have children dip yarn pieces into glue container and then shape wet yarn into letter formations on the wax paper.
4. Allow yarn to dry before playing the game.
5. String a long and sturdy rope up in the room and attach clothespins onto it.
How to Play:
1. Players work together to place letters in alphabetic order by attaching them to the rope with the clothespins.
2. As they place the letters, encourage them to name the letters they are attaching to the rope.
Use letters to create a child’s name on the rope.
Use letters to create sight words.
Create a timed challenge to see how fast they can put letters up in alphabetical order.
This game needs to be created over the course of a few days to allow for drying. Consider starting with the letters in a child’s name or a specific grouping of letter formations, like E, L, T, I, H.
Super fun, right?! I know you'll love all the activities in 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids!
It's a great way to keep your kids minds engaged and learning this summer! Get your copy on Amazon!
This activity has been reprinted with permission from the publisher from book 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids. I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
Other Summer Learning Activities for Kids
Which of these summer learning arts and crafts ideas are you most excited to try?