Fun crafts to do with your child in June

Four easy, cheap activities to do with your child this summer

This summer, Lend & Learn is offering free monthly at-home kits with play-based learning activities to local families with children ages 0-5. Our June kit features activities about insects, spiders, frogs & toads, and outdoor play. We also include early literacy activities and a fun bug book to encourage summer reading! We have already distributed over 100 kits to families this month! Here we share a few of our favorite crafts!

Click to download and print the full JUNE-BUG kit!

Painted Cotton Ball Caterpillar! 🐛

Make this cute caterpillar craft at home with a few simple supplies & easy steps!

What You Need:

  • Large paper
  • Glue
  • Cotton balls
  • Paint & brush

What You Do:

  • Glue cotton balls to the paper and let dry thoroughly.
  • Wet your paints with water to make a very diluted paint mixture.
  • Paint your cotton balls using plenty of water.
  • Let your picture dry thoroughly.

Lacing Spider Web! 🕷🕸

Lacing sets are a fantastic way to build your child’s fine motor skills. Here’s a fun DIY lacing activity to make your own spider web with a paper plate & yarn!

What You Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Yarn (about 3 feet)
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch (optional)

What You Do:

  • Cut a large hole out of the center of a paper plate.
  • Punch holes on the outer rim of the plate.
  • Cut a 3-foot piece of yarn and tie it to the plate.
  • Have your child practice lacing the yarn through the holes to make a web!

Another way to make a web is to cut slits along the outer rim instead of punch holes. Lace the yarn into the slits to create a web pattern!

Spider Web Toss! 🕷

Create your own sticky spider web game at home!

What You Need:

  • Clear contact paper (or tape)
  • Lightweight objects such as pom-poms, bits of pipe cleaner, plastic insects, cotton balls

What You Do:

  • Use the strips of contact paper to make a spider web on the wall with the sticky side out. Encourage your child to toss the “bugs” into the web.

Nature Frame

Make a nature frame to collect & keep outdoor treasures!

What You Need:

  • 4 jumbo craft sticks
  • Contact paper
  • Glue

What You Do:

  • Glue jumbo craft sticks into a square frame.
  • Cut the contact paper to the size of the frame (7.5”x7.5’).
  • Peel off the sticky back and attach to the frame, sticky side facing front

Go on an adventure, take a walk, or hunt in the backyard for nature treasures to stick to your frame. For older kids, encourage them to get creative & arrange the treasures into a picture.

Your child may like to decorate the popsicle frame with markers, crayons, stickers, or paint!