DIY Swedish Crafts For KidsJuly 20, 2018
It’s summertime, which for a lot parents, means working overtime to keep your school-aged children occupied.
Even if you have them booked at camps for most of the summer, chances are you have a few days here and there that you need to keep them busy. To help cure the summer boredom blues, we’ve come up with five Swedish-themed crafts and projects to keep those idle hands occupied.
Make Your Own Swedish Flag
- Ages: 2 and up
- Skill level: Beginner
- Occupied time: 30 minutes to an hour
Let your Swedish flag fly, friends! This project can be whatever you want it to be. Depending on your child, the materials you have on hand and the level of supervision you can provide, the options are limitless. Some ideas to get you started: fabric, paint, buttons, construction paper, glitter, markers and ripped out magazine pages.
IKEA Frakta Crafts
- Ages: 13 and up
- Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced
- Occupied time: an afternoon
If your kid knows their way around a pair of scissors and a sewing machine, our IKEA DIY guides are a great place for them to get inspired with new ideas. From making a raincoat for your pup to making an awesome fanny pack, we’ve got you covered.
- Ages: 8 and up
- Skill level: Intermediate
- Occupied time: an hour
All you need to make a floral crown are some flowers, a base and tape. Super simple. We put together a Midsummer floral crown tutorial that may be a little intricate for little hands, but if your child is old enough to rip tape off a roll, we’re confident they can build a crown.
Decorate Dala Horse Cookies
- Ages: 5 and up
- Skill level: Beginner
- Occupied time: 30 minutes
Grab yourself a roll of prepackaged sugar cookie dough (or, if you’re feeling up to it, make your own), roll it out and grab a horse-shaped cookie cutter. Have an assortment of icing, sprinkles and edible items on hand, and have your little ones decorate to their hearts desire. Depending on the age of your children, they may be able to manage the whole process themselves.
Swedish-Inspired Sensory Bag/Tube
- Ages: 0-2
- Skill level: none
- Occupied time: TBD
When it comes down to keeping our littlest ones occupied, you may find something that keeps them busy for 30 minutes…or 30 seconds. We never really know, do we? If you’re home with your babe and need a minute or two to handle something around the house, why don’t you hand them a Swedish-inspired sensory bag or tube. Find a clear sealable bag or clear tube. Throw in blue and yellow colored items – like Legos, buttons, sequins, glitter and marbles. Seal the bag or tube in a way that your child can’t get to the small pieces, and let them play and explore the different shapes and sounds inside.