07/05/2018 10:25 EDT | Updated 07/05/2018 10:25 EDT

Summer Crafts To Keep Kids Busy When You All Need A Break From The Sun

Keep cool and get creative at the same time.

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One of the first rules of summer parenting is to get a good sunscreen ... for yourself.

Because your kids are going to try to live at the park or the pool — or at least hunker down in your backyard — from sunrise to sundown, July through September, and you're probably going to be there with them. Which is lovely, except that we all need a break from the heat and the sun sometimes.

Take a well-deserved indoor or shaded reprieve with summery crafts that draw from outdoor inspiration, use materials found in nature, or can even be used to play outside when break-time is over.

Here are 15 fun summer craft options to try.

1. Felt popsicle craft

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2. Paper bowl jellyfish

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3. Bubble painting with bubble blowers

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4. Cupcake liner ice cream cone

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5. Tissue paper turtles

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6. Recycled can bird feeder


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7. Pool noodle boats

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8. Ice cube paints

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9. Real flower suncatchers

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10. Popsicle stick tent

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11. Pineapple finger painting

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12. Handprint campfire

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13. DIY sidewalk foam paint

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14. Nature craft collage

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15. Potato masher crabs

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