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No Summer Camp? Here Are Tons of Ideas to Keep the Kids Busy

Free and cheap activities, plus resources to keep the kids entertained this summer

Vicky McDonald

Published on: June 15, 2022

No Summer Camp? Here Are Tons of Ideas to Keep the Kids Busy


Ideas for creative kids

If you have a creative kid, the first thing to do is equip them with the right supplies and assign them a dedicated workspace. We've got some simple ideas for creating a makerspace in your home which will hopefully encourage your kids to be creative — and limit the mess to one specific area!

Ideas to get you started

  • Discover eight outdoor art projects that can be created in your backyard and cleaned up with a swish from your garden hose. Let the kids go wild making bubble art, tie-dye T-shirts and more. 
  • If you’ve got young tweens or teens, they might be more interested in fabric art or creating something cool to wear. Check out these trendy tutorial craft sites that show kids how to make tassel earrings, macramé handbags, woven wall art and many more fashion accessories. 
  • Check out websites like Jean Van’t Hul's The Artful Parent, which is chock-full of hands-on projects or Red Ted Art on YouTube. 
  • For kids who love performing, try these clever improv games, to encourage your little thespians.  

Tips for success

Keep in mind that some days will be creative and other days will be downright messy. Agree with your kid on what’s acceptable and what’s just plain hazardous. 

More resources

For little ones, consider investing in a few clever craft kits that aren't a pain to clean up, but will keep them entertained for a while.  

Need a creative injection to get you through the rest of the summer? Try subscription boxes from Art Snacks or Doodle Crate.

Go to the library and get some good books such as "Children’s Book of Art" or "My Art Book" which both offer lots of inspiration and activities to try. 

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