Sometimes it can be hard to find activities for your kids to do during the summer (you know, activities that involve going outside rather than looking at their phones or playing video games all day.) The classic solution back when I was a kid was to put together a lemonade stand! Not only do the kids get outside and use their math skills, but they also make a little bit of pocket money to put towards something they’ve been saving up for. While lemonade stands are still a great idea, they aren’t the only way your kids can make a few extra dollars this summer. Today I’m sharing a few easy crafts for kids to make & sell!
Craft markets are all the rage these days, and people are more eager than ever to buy handmade goods. These three crafts are not only simple enough for kids to make, but they’re also fun and useful! So spend an afternoon with your kids assembling a few of these crafts, and then set them up at a local outdoor concert, farmer’s market, or even in front of your house. They’ll be making money in no time!
3 Crafts for Kids to Make & Sell
1. Tic-Tac-Toe in a Bag
Draw a tic-tac-toe board (#) onto each muslin bag using your paint marker.
Draw an X on 5 of your rocks, and an O on the other 5. Place them inside the muslin bag, and tie it off.
These bags would make a great homemade party favor for a birthday party, or a great quiet game to take to church, out to dinner, or to family gatherings.
2. Duct Tape Coin Purse
Start by cutting several rectangles of wax paper that measure 3” x 7.5”.
Cover both sides of the wax paper with duct tape (use 2 or more colors of duct tape to make it extra stylish!)
Fold the tape-covered rectangle into thirds, and tape one of the thirds down on the sides to create you pouch.
For the other third that isn’t attached, use a pair of scissors to cut into a triangle. Attach your velcro dots to the flap and the pouch, so they adhere when the pouch is closed.
These little pouches are great for carrying spare change and other small treasures, and you can make them in hundreds of color and pattern combinations!
3. Prize-Inside Soap
Cut the melt-and-pour soap base into smaller cubes, and microwave them for 30 seconds at a time, stirring at each interval, until the soap base is melted.
Take your liquid soap base and fill each cavity of your silicone mold about 1/2 way. Set the mold aside so that soap can dry, which should take about 30-40 minutes, depending on your mold size.
Once it’s dry, place one small toy in each cavity, and pour more of the melted soap base over the top to fill each mold. Allow it to dry, then carefully remove your “Prize-Inside Soaps” from their molds!
Author’s Note: I ended up using about a pound and half of the melt-and-pour soap base for this project. The soap base comes in 2 lb. containers, so you shouldn’t have too much leftover at the end.