Summer vacation is the perfect time to play outside, but it seems like some kids missed the memo about how to enjoy their months of freedom. If your kids have parked themselves in front of the TV or a computer screen and are missing all of the beautiful weather this summer, lure them outside for some fresh air with these great art projects. Summer is the perfect time to tackle crafts that would otherwise be a too-messy hassle indoors, so pick a sunny day and let the fun begin!
Nothing says summer like a little sidewalk chalk! Kids have been using it to make hopscotch boards and box ball courts for ages, but you can turn your patio into a bona fide work of art with a good collection of colors. Encourage your child to draw a scene on your patio or write poetry for guests to read as they walk up the path to your front door. If you have brick surfaces, have your kids color each brick individually to make large-scale patterns or mosaics. Once the rain washes it away, they’re free to start again!
Painted Rock Animals
If you have some rocks lying around your back yard, send your kids outside in the grass to paint them. Painting a round item can get messy, so this is a great outdoor activity as long as kids are wearing old clothes. They can paint the rocks to look like favorite animals — ladybugs and pigs are easy ways to get started — or flowers. You can also try using glow-in-the-dark paint to decorate rocks to line a pathway or form the boundaries for flashlight tag at night.
Anything involving spray paint is definitely an outdoor art project, so choose a sunny day to let your kids become graffiti artists in your backyard. Purchase some inexpensive white t-shirts and fabric spray paint to let your kids express themselves on their clothing. They’ll love wearing their artwork for the rest of the summer, and this makes a fun project for a birthday party as well — the favor is built in when kids take home their original designer t-shirts!
Once you get your kids outside in the fresh air, they might forget all about those screens they tossed aside. To keep the good times rolling, be sure to check out our blog and Pinterest board for more great summer activities for kids to enjoy before heading back to school in the fall.