This coming Saturday, June 21, marks the first day of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere. We’ve certainly been noticing the early sunrise and late sunset as we get closer to summer’s official start. My girls love any reason to celebrate, so we love to pay our tribute to the sun with a day of sunny crafts and snacks, plus plenty of outside time.
Just in case you might like to have a little celebration, too, I’ve rounded up a bright and shiny collection of summer solstice crafts. Whether you feel like pulling out the paints, having an afternoon play dough session, or challenging your big kids with some bracelet-making, there’s sure to be something here to spark your kids’ interests. I’m wondering if I can get 8-month-old baby Henry to cooperate long enough to make a hand print sunshine!
1. Decorate your windows with colorful tie-dyed coffee filter sunshines | Inner Child Fun
2. Pull out the salad spinner and make yellow and orange spin art suns | Putti’s World
3. Paint a sun with personality! | Art for Small Hands
4. Sculpt sun shapes with citrus-scented glitter sunshine dough | Growing a Jeweled Rose
5. Are your kids still cranking out loom bracelets? Try the sun bracelet! | Loom Love
6. Work together to sew a felt and ribbon sun wand | ikat bag
7.Squish sunny paint colors with plastic wrap – fun! | Mrs. Karen’s Preschool Ideas
8. Simply adorable yarn and ribbon woven suns are the perfect project for little and big kids alike | NurtureStore
9. Bring on the bright colors! Draw a bold Aztec sun with colorful oil pastels | What’s Happening in the Art Room?
10. Try your hand at making sunny monoprints (it’s easy!) | Make and Takes (pictured)
11. Spruce up the garden or your potted plants with pipe cleaner sun plant stakes | Creative Family Fun
12. Do your kids love to paint their hands? Make hand print suns! | Kitchen Counter Chronicles
How do you celebrate the first day of summer?