Are you looking for some August Crafts for Kids and not sure what will keep the kids occupied?
August of course is famous for being “back-to-school” month, which automatically makes it one of the busiest times of the year. The first couple of weeks of the new school year can be exhilarating and exhausting at the same time, so it’s good to engage in some fun August crafts for kids in order to relieve some of the stress that can come along with the new season. Below are some inspiring August-themed craft ideas just to help get your creative juices flowing.
August 2nd is nationally known as Ice Cream Sandwich Day, which lends itself to a plethora of ice-cream-related craft ideas. Since it’s hard to find a kid on the planet that doesn’t like ice cream, making homemade ice cream will more than likely be a smash hit. You can purchase a relatively inexpensive homemade ice cream maker at your average big box retailer, and then get the kids involved in helping you with each step of making the ice cream. This activity will be one of the coolest crafts you can do with the kids (pun fully intended).
August 2nd is also Friendship Day, and nothing says “friendship” in a child’s mind quite like friendship beads. You can purchase an inexpensive bead jewelry making kit and help them create all kinds of necklaces and bracelets. A creative and relatively inexpensive alternative is to make friendship pins using beads and regular-sized safety pins. Simply open up the safety pin and have your child carefully string the beads on the pointed end of the pin. Leave enough room to close the pin back, and you have a cool and eye-catching friendship gift!
August 4th is Chocolate Chip Day, to which most parents will respond with “Say no more.” Obviously, having kids help you with baking some delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies is an ideal craft that will occupy their minds, and eventually their stomachs.
August 11th is Play in the Sand Day, a perfect opportunity to get your kids into some sand-related activities. If you don’t live near a beach, don’t worry–you can use self-hardening modeling clay or even Play-Doh to help the kids build a replica of a sand castle. It would also help if you have some pictures of sand castles or small replicas (like you would find in a gift shop) to refer to during the building process.
You will also need some chart paper and pens or markers, just to give the kids something to sketch out their design before starting. Show the children the pictures and models of the sand castles and ask them questions like “What makes them special? Interesting? Realistic?” You can then make a list of the children’s suggestions and ideas on the paper and use them as a reference for building the sand castle.
Have the children build the castles from the clay, using modeling tools such as Popsicle sticks, toothpicks, etc. for support. You will also need some large trays containing sand so that after the children have finished sculpting the castles from the clay, you can pat or roll the castles in the sand to give them a more realistic look.
On August 21st, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from France’s storied Louvre Museum. You can commemorate this interesting bit of trivia by printing out black & white coloring page images of the Mona Lisa–there’s a ton of them available for personal use on Google Images when you search for “Mona Lisa coloring page”. Just hand a coloring page to each child, equip them with a good set of crayons or markers, and let them set to! They’ll be channeling their inner Leonardo Da Vinci in no time.
On August 24th in 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted, leaving the entire village of Pompeii covered (and somewhat petrified) in volcanic ash. Once archaeologists were able to uncover the ruins of Pompeii, they found several beautiful mosaics around the city.
Have your kids create a mosaic from different dry beans such as kidney beans, lima beans and black-eyed peas. Pick beans of various sizes and colors for them to use to create a visual variety in their pictures. Start out by drawing a simple shape with a pencil on a piece of sturdy cardboard. The shape can be of a sailboat, or a bird, or anything that will provide a relatively simple foundation.
Then, have the kids glue a mosaic of beans onto the image. Have them create patterns of color and size based on different areas of the picture. When it is all said and done, they will have a wonderful mosaic comprised of several small beans, all coming together to form a unique and colorful image.
Although the back-to-school season can be challenging, sprinkling craft projects like these into your August schedule will provide a creative outlet for kids as they adjust to the new school year. Use the crafts listed above to give your kids a healthy dose of back-to-school fun!