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6 DIY Projects To Keep Kids Busy This Summer

The kids are out of school for the summer and despite trips to the pool, a week or two at camp, and maybe a family road trip, they're still going to be looking for things to do. Here are 6 do-it-yourself projects to keep the kids so busy they won't even think about using the words "Mom, I'm bored."

Alphabet Crayons

All the nubs left from last year's crayons can transform into brand new crayons in the shapes of letters. Set the oven at 275°F. Break up the old crayons into smaller pieces and place them in alphabet ice molds. Place the molds in the oven and let them melt. It takes about 20 minutes. When they're cool, let your kids draw as they please with their new crayons.

Bird Feeders

With the arrival of warmer weather and an earlier sunrise, the birds are chirping loudly, reminding you to get a bird feeder. But until you find the perfect one for your patio, enlist your kids to make cute DIY bird feeders. All you need are two sticks, four toilet paper rolls, birdseed, peanut butter, and string. Make a cross with the two sticks and secure it with the string leaving enough string at the end to hang it from a tree. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on each toilet paper roll and then roll it in the birdseed. Put the rolls on each end of the sticks and hang it from a tree like a marionette puppet.

Holidays Ahead

It's never too early to get your Christmas decorating idea started. The kids won't have the kind of time around the holidays to put their energy toward Christmas crafts, so summer is the perfect time to come up with holiday cheer. A pinecone Christmas tree is great for the mantel, and you don't need cookbooks to keep the kids busy in the kitchen making salt dough ornaments or gift tags. To make the dough, mix together 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of warm water and a few drops of red or green food coloring. When the dough forms, roll it out with a rolling pin like you're making cookies and cut out shapes with holiday cookie cutters. Use the end of a straw to cut out the hole for ribbon. Let dry for two to three days.

Stationery and crafts

Buttons for Beauty

Buttons are kind of like lost socks in the laundry — they never seem to find their mates. But buttons don't need mates when repurposed for hairpins. It's an easy project for little girls who want new accessories for the next school year. All the project requires are old buttons, bobby pins and super glue to secure the buttons to the end of the bobby pins. If you have more buttons than you need for hairpins, you can always use the buttons for bracelets.

Arts and crafts

Finger Knitting

Accessories abound with finger knitting. It's not practical for making sweaters or scarves, but it works for friendship bracelets and sassy belts. This project requires nothing more than yarn, a pair of scissors and a couple of nimble fingers. If your kids are fast and you have a lot of yarn on your hands, these make fun gifts for grandma or special aunt.

Self Help

Tissue Paper Night Lights

Old pickle jars may see new life as luminaries. Paint clear jars with school glue and apply colorful tissue paper directly onto the jar. Sequins, glitter and any other ornaments can also be added to the outside to personalize the lights. When they're dry, add kid-safe battery-operated LED candles or tea lights and the jars create colorful night lights to illuminate hallways or bedrooms when darkness falls on the rest of the house.

There's no shortage of time for kids to get to work in the summer and there's no shortage of projects for them to complete. If you give your kids some direction, they can be as productive as they were at school. Shop LTD Commodities for all kinds of entertaining activities for children.