The end of summer is a hard thing to accept. Especially for kids! All that freedom to run around suddenly gone and replaced with school, homework and other horrifying things. This means that our jobs as parents is to make the transition as smooth as possible. A good way to do this is to stretch the summer fun as much as we can. These fun crafts bring the rainbow to your home and will keep kids so entertained they’ll forget all about going back to school.

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Squirt gun watercolors

This one is an easy activity that will help kids release all their creative energy and maybe end up covered in paint. You will need squirt guns, watercolors, paper, an easel and a wide, open space, preferably outdoors. Simply fill some cheap squirt guns with different colors of watercolor and set up an easel with watercolor paper. You can use any kind of paper, but watercolor paper will keep its structural integrity after being covered in watery paint, while other kinds of paper might end up disintegrating. That’s all you need, your kids will probably spend hours creating watercolor masterpieces and playing in the sun.

Rainbow pudding pops

A delicious treat that is as yummy as it is fun to look at. It is also easy to make, so you can enlist the young ones’ help and make an afternoon of it. After everyone has fun creating the rainbow pops, you can keep them in the freezer and pop them out for a colorful treat whenever appropriate. To make 10-12 popsicles, you will need two large boxes of instant pudding mix (any flavor you like, but it has to be light colored, like vanilla or banana), milk, food coloring, popsicle sticks and dixie cups. Prepare the pudding as instructed, let it stand for a bit until it has thickened and then divide it into five parts. Add different food coloring to each part and mix until it has a consistent color (here’s where the kids can help). Layer each color of pudding into the small dixie cups, cover with tin foil and insert the popsicle sticks. Let it chill in the fridge for a couple of hours and then place them in the freezer so they get frozen solid. That’s all, take out peel off the cups and enjoy!

Baby wipe tie dye art

This super easy project brings the power of the 60’s to your home. You will need baby wipes, washable markers and rubber bands. Pinch the center of a baby wipe, twist it and secure it with two or three rubber bands. Get your children to color each section with different colors. Make sure the marker really gets into the folds for vibrant results. Then, carefully remove the rubber bands, unfold the wipe and lay it flat between paper towels to dry. The result will be a fun design that you can use on other crafts as well.