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11 Ways to Have a Creative Summer with Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
July 12, 2023
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Here are our favorite ways to have a creative summer with your kids. The whole family will have fun trying these ideas out!

Updated June 2023

Now that summer vacation is fully under way, there’s more time for art projects, open-ended play, experimenting, and games.

There’s more time for creativity.

But in the moment, sometimes it can be hard to think of ways to build creativity in your family. So, we’ve done the thinking for you! There are some tips, some art projects, some experiments, and lots of chances to have fun and get creative!

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Photo by Anna Harpe

11 Ways to Have a Creative Summer with Kids

1.  Don’t over schedule.

In fact, let your kids get bored sometimes. It’ll help get the creative juices flowing for their imaginations.

“I think it’s necessary to let kids get bored once in a while – that’s how they learn to be creative.”

Kim Raver
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Photo by Andrea Martelle

2. Try some new art activities.

We’ve got lots of great outdoor art ideas and fun summer activities. But don’t feel like you need to do them all! Bookmark the pages and come back to them when you need inspiration.

Ella painting at an easel
Photo by Rachel Withers

3. Revisit your favorite art activities.

Pull out some tried and true art activities but this time try them with new materials. Or take the art outside and be inspired by the summer sun!

flower petal suncatcher
Photo by Andrea Martelle

4. Get outside and use nature as your inspiration.

Summer is the perfect time to make some nature inspired art! You can also create some new decorations for your garden!

scribble drawing
Photo by Andrea Martelle

5. Play art and drawing games for a creative summer.

Drawing games can be so much fun, for kids and adults alike! You never know what silly drawings the whole family will come up with.

Oliver at lemonade stand
Photo by Anna Harpe

6. Have an artful lemonade stand.

Spend as much time and creativity in building and decorating the stand and making the signs as making the lemonade. Or create some original artwork and sell that, too!

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Photo by Anna Harpe

7. Encourage open-ended play.

Crafts and play materials that encourage your child to use their imagination when playing are fantastic! And we’ve got some great ideas on how to set up your backyard for maximum fun!

water play
Photo by Rachel Withers

8. Break out the sensory play!

Summer is the best time for sensory play because you can take it outside! Let the kids get really messy, and then turn the sprinkler on to clean them off!

rainbow art invitation
Photo by Andrea Martelle

9. Experiment with the art of strewing.

Strewing is the perfect summer activity. It is the art of casually yet strategically leaving “invitations” for learning and creativity out for your kids to discover on their own. You get to sit back a little and your kids get to explore, all at the same time!

tie dyeing
Photo by Andrea Martelle

10. Try a summer craft for the whole family!

If you haven’t tried tie dyeing with your kids yet, you must! Everyone will have a blast and you’ll have some cool mementos from your summer. Want an even cooler method? Try ice dyeing!

kids playing at the beach
Photo by Andrea Martelle

11. Turn a beach vacation into an opportunity for creativity.

Just because it’s a beach day, doesn’t mean it can’t be a creative one! We’ve got 10 ways to have fun and get creative at the beach.

Here’s wishing you a creative summer! If you try any of these ideas out and share them on Instagram, be sure to tag us!

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