When we were kids, summer vacation meant lazily sitting around with a good book, playing in the backyard with each other, and drinking cold lemonade during swim breaks at the lake. When we’re adults, it basically boils down to trying to keep the kids from killing each other out of boredom. Finger paints only keep the kids excited for so long, so we looked to some fellow crafters and artists to help us out.
Paper Doll & Envelope-Miss Candy Pink-Printable PDF by todi. $8. Let’s face it-a rainy summer day is every parent’s nightmare. The good news is, this adorable (and totally original) paper doll set is ready to come to your rescue…and you don’t even need to wait for shipping, just open that e-mail and get the printer ready! The amazing hand drawn and watercolored artwork is sure to impress even the oldest fashionista, and the collection of paper doll clothes will keep them busy for hours. And that, friends, is priceless.
Build Your Own Ant Colony-1970’s Irwin Toy Kit by TheArtofSalvage. $25. Keep your budding scientist busy and the ants (hopefully) in their place with this awesome vintage ant colony kit. It comes with everything you need to create your own ant metropolis…except for the ants, of course…but hey, send the kiddos out into the yard to find some and that will equal even MORE quiet for you!
Needle Felt Kids Craft Kit to make 3D Multicolored Hedgehog by artfeltuk. $35. Kids whining about getting a new pet? Also whining about being bored? Kill two birds with one stone (and save money on all those vet bills) with this super sweet DIY kit that will allow them to make their own funky hedgehog. It comes with everything they need to get a fuzzy new pet as well as an appreciation for the art of felting. And while it won’t play fetch with them in the back yard, just remind them that it’s way better than a pet rock.
Peas in a Pod Mancala Game and Craft Kit by jackbenimbletoys. $38. Not to overload on the whole felting thing, but we couldn’t resist this mancala set! Not only is it totally adorable, but the kiddos even get to get into it by making some of their own pea game pieces! Sure to get them interested in this fun (and dare we say it-educational), they’ll be working on problem solving and math skills while building up some fine motor skills to boot. And you, dear parents, will reap the benefits of beautifully well rounded, creative, quietly content, and super smart kids alllll summer vacation long. You’re welcome.