Summertime Art Activities

Summertime means lots of fun activities with the kiddos. Some days, it’s nice to stay home, relax and play all day. Here is a great activity that is simple, cost-effective and entertaining. In other words, it will eat up a good chunk of your long day at home with your children. Just kidding…sort of.

Do you remember Koosh balls? They were popular back in the late 80’s and early 90’s and were great to throw, hold and pull those rubbery strings. They were a huge success and are still on the market today. In fact, Hasbro manufactures the Koosh balls and tons of other Koosh related products. Why didn’t we think of that, right?

You can probably even consider the Koosh ball the original fidget spinner. It’s definitely a tactile tool that has been used in classrooms and physical therapists’ offices for years. I don’t know about you, but I am seriously over the fidget spinners. Introduce your kids to the Koosh ball you once played with and you can actually create some really cool art projects with them.

Thanks to Education.com for sharing this very cool and unique idea with Mommy Masters.


Want to give craft time a little pop and sizzle? Try this colorful painting craft that uses one of our favorite toys–a Koosh ball! With their hairy tentacles and squishy feel, they make the perfect medium for painting Fourth of July fireworks. Doing this messy activity outside on a summer day is half the fun. Then add some smoky glitter to give it some pizzazz.

What You Need:

  • Koosh ball
  • Poster paints
  • White construction paper
  • Glitter pen or paint
  • Star stickers

What You Do:

  1. Head outside with your child and lay the white paper on the sidewalk.
  2. Invite your child to dip the Koosh ball into red or blue paint, making sure most of the tentacles are covered with paint.
  3. Now drop it down onto the paper, to create a firework shape. Experiment to see how it looks when you throw or roll it across the paper!
  4. Repeat this several times to make multiple fireworks.
  5. When the paint is completely dry, your child can enhance it with sparkling glitter paint.
  6. Finally, add adhesive stars to create a sky background.

Now you have an explosion of color!


Check out the finished product. Cool right? Perfect for Fourth of July!!!

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