It’s nearly the summer holidays, a time for kids and parents to share some quality bonding time and discover new activities together. Six weeks can be a long time, though, and parents can sometimes be short of ideas on how to keep both themselves and their children entertained for such a lengthy period.

Cinemas can only screen so many summer blockbusters whilst the thrill-a-minute world of theme parks and other activities are few and far between. Holidays abroad can be refreshing whilst a day at the beach can be equally as relaxing.

But the most thrilling thing a child can make use of is their imagination. A summer of arts and crafts not only helps their minds grow and complement their creative confidence, they’re also the perfect way for families to bond together as creative ideas freely flow.

Whether experienced crafters or people just entering the medium, we’ve come up with a list of five arts and crafts activities that will guarantee a great time, entertain and educate all at the same time!

Crafting CD’s and DVDs

Craft CD’s and DVDs are a fantastic family companion for those with a creative outlook. There are a huge range of craft CD’s and DVDs out there for people to create something inspiring with papercraft whilst having fun, whether it’s entering the exciting world of Beatrix Potter or bringing Humphrey’s Corner to life.

Papercrafting kits

Papercrafting is one of the most exciting and creative craft activities around and will keep children occupied for hours while they create their own fantasies and let their imaginations run wild. Papercraft kits from brands such as Hunkydory, Camden Town, Party Paws and many others offer a thrilling way for kids to explore their creative talents with only the finest materials and tools.


As fun as creating something with papercraft is the art of decoupage is another element entirely and can complement creative ideas with a huge range of materials. Combining the right accessories with stylish die cuts is the perfect way to add flair and glamour to new and existing creations. 3D kits are also available for those that really want to push their creative vision.


Paper embossing can be a truly magical and inspiring creative activity for children and adults alike. The right eBosser will be able to work with most dies and embossing folders and will be able to cut multiple layers. Eye-catching raised paper patterns and designs can make for incredible birthday cards, invitations or just to make truly stunning pieces of artwork.

Die cutting

Die cutting with paper can produce some seriously creative results and is a fantastic way to create labels, signs, characters and a host of other splendid visual treats. Children can spend their summer creating phenomenal designs with a great range of brilliant die cutting machines on offer. From quilling to borders and more, kids are sure to push their creative boundaries with their own die cutting craft set.