Summer is here and it's likely if you have children that you are racking your brains to find something to keep them occupied for a few hours here and there so they don't get bored and so that you can do the things on your to do list with little interruption. Here are some great crafty ideas to keep your kids entertained on those quieter days that won't cost the earth or end in you having to buy them some new things to play with.
Try making some boats from plastic containers you have lying around, whether you decorate the boat itself or simply add a littler personal flag inside of each one kids will love designing and making these quick little boats. Better yet their use can continue after they have been made, if you have more than one child and are brave enough let them race their new boats in some water, whether in a slightly filled bath or a paddling pool they'll have a hours of fun and you'll be able to keep a close eye on them while they do so. Find out how to make them here.
This one may need some serious adult supervision and may be better for slightly older children, but it's still just as fun. Get together with your kids to create some great kites for them to play with if the weather conditions allow, if not they'll still have great fun making them. Once created feel free to let them go wild with paint and glitter decorating them just the way they want to. This activity is best done outside due to high amounts of mess. Find out how to make them here.
Nearly every child is amazed by the colours and shapes that can be created within a simple kaleidoscope so why not let them make one of their own? This will require some help and supervision, but for the most part it is all down to your child to decorate. Using a simple crisp can and tissue paper you can create a great colourful experience that they can use again and again. Find out how to make one here.
Garden looking a little boring? Let your kids add some colour into it with some handmade rock caterpillars perfect for withstanding outdoor weather. Either use existing pebbles from your garden or buy some cheap ones from a garden store and get creating. This activity may take some patience due to waiting for paint and glues to dry, but the end result is worth the wait. Find out how to make one here.