Creative Art Ideas for Summertime Boredom

July 11th, 2012

Summertime boredom got you down? Here are 21 creative art ideas for bored kids!

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What happens when all the excitement of having time off for the summer turns into your kids whining “I’m bored”? You may notice that your kids are more irritable and there are more arguments and fighting, especially when you turn off the electronics!

Here are 21 creative art ideas to engage your child’s imagination, encourage positive communication, critical thinking skills, develop self-esteem and self-confidence during the summertime!

  1. Create a book of your vacation or a vacation you are planning with words and images
  2. Get big paper and trace your child’s body, and ask them to decorate their image
  3. Fill spray bottles with water and tempera paint and spray a large paper outside to make abstract paintings
  4. Get a box of sidewalk chalk and make colorful symbols and words of what you like
  5. Create a collage and tissue paper lantern out of old glass jars, glue on the paper and images, let dry and add a votive candle
  6. Make a scapbook of camp pictures
  7. Collect leaves rocks and branches to spell out your child’s name and glue it to a painted board
  8. Get a bottle of “zubbles”, colored bubbles and large paper and make abstract art outside
  9. Paint a mirror (either paint the wood frame with acrylic paint or use glass paint and paint the mirror)
  10. Make a sock monkey
  11. Use modeling clay and make funny people
  12. Make pom pom animals
  13. Use paints or markers and make a self portrait or pet portrait
  14. Draw cartoons of what your pets are thinking
  15. Create a cool kite
  16. Create vegetable stamps
  17. Got lots of school papers and returned homework and tests shred it and make paper
  18. Paint rocks with cool saying or images (or make a pet rock)
  19. Add drops of food coloring to shaving cream and mix and create swirled colored paper 
  20. Make handmade votive candles or soap
  21. Use a cardboard box and make a diorama (create a miniature house or world)

Got some creative ideas to keep your bored child busy? We would love to hear what creative things you do to make summertime a positive learning experience. Post your ideas in the comment box below!



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