If you’re a parent, you’ll know that it can be tricky to think of ways to keep your kids entertained during the school holidays. While you could organise a day out, there’s a good chance it’ll set you back a pretty penny, and you can’t always rely on the weather either.

The good news is, there are a variety of fun activities you could get stuck into from the comfort of your own home. Whether you want to buy a childrens casting kit or a paint by numbers canvas – there are loads of options. In this blog, we take a look at some crafts that are guaranteed to keep your kids occupied while school’s out. If your kids enjoy arts and crafts, they’ll enjoy these ideas we’ve suggested below. However, if you’re worried that these three ideas won’t entertain your children for the long summer ahead, don’t panic. There’s hundreds of other ideas online, including some diamond painting tips. That seems to be popular amongst children these days, diamond painting might just occupy your craft-loving kids for the remainder of the holidays! You may also want to introduce them to something like quilting using these free quilt patterns to foster their creativity as well as make something practical. For now though, to see some of our favorite arts and crafts ideas, keep reading.

1. Paper bunting

To keep little hands busy, why not encourage your children to make their own paper bunting? Your kids will love designing and decorating their own colourful creations, keeping them amused for hours on end.

So that they hit the ground running, it might be an idea to cut out a stack of triangular bunting sections ahead of time. That way your kids can get stuck right in. Make sure you supply your brood with felt tip pens and crayons so that they can draw and decorate to their heart’s content. You can purchase these craft essentials from a variety of places, including online retailers such as HiHouse, toy stores or even your local supermarket.

2. Bubble wands

Let’s face it – kids absolutely love bubbles. They’re fun, silly and a total novelty, so if you’re keen to keep your brood entertained throughout the holidays, you could make your own bubble wands.

Using a long a piece of flexible wire, you can help your kids form their own shapes. There are a whole host of cute designs for you to choose from, such as heart, star and even butterfly shapes. You’ll also need to make your own bubble solution. Simply mix a little washing up liquid with some glucose syrup – this can be found in the baking aisle at your local supermarket. Then, dip the wand into the solution to enjoy a whole lot of bubble fun.

3. Tie-dye t-shirts

For something a little different, you and your kids could make your own tie-dye t-shirts. This is the perfect activity to keep your little ones busy, and there’s no doubt they’ll love creating their own colourful designs.

Before you get started, make sure that each child has their own plain white t-shirt to decorate and that you have a selection of tie-dye colours to hand. You should also make sure that you have a designated work area, and you may want to dress your little ones in aprons as things are likely to get a little messy.

For optimum tie-dye results, get your kids to roll, fold and scrunch their t-shirts as they please, and then tie elastic bands around each section. Next, apply the different colours of dye to the t-shirt. The more colours the better, and once you’ve left them to dry, you and your brood will be left with totally psychedelic tees to wear.

What fun arts and crafts activities do you plan on doing with your kids this summer? Share your ideas in the comments below!