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This Lemonade Summer Craft is a festive way to celebrate summer and encourage plenty of imaginative playtime fun! It’s a great way to keep the kids entertained and bring the summertime fun indoors while the weather is hot. Your kids are going to love “making” lemonade and you’ll love the creativity that this simple summer craft sparks!
*Pair with our Summer Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Lemonade Summer Craft
This easy lemonade craft would be a great art project for introducing kids to color terms such as “hue” and “value.” Plus, it’s a fun and creative way to recycle those empty cardboard rolls from paper towels or wrapping paper! So let’s gather our supplies!
- cardboard tube
- empty plastic egg carton
- yellow, pink, and white tempera paint
- white gesso (optional)
- paint brush
- umbrella toothpick
- bendy straw
How to Make the Lemonade Summer Craft
Optional: Before you begin, use a paintbrush to cover the outside of the cardboard tube with a base coat layer of white gesso. This will help the light yellow and pink paint to pop!
Add your yellow and pink paint to an empty plastic egg carton. Mix in different amounts of white paint to some of the pink and yellow to create an ombre effect, as shown.
Invite your child to use a craft stick to mix up the paint. You should have about three different color values of each hue.
Invite your child to paint the cardboard tube in a single hue going from the lightest to the darkest color value.
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Allow the paint to dry completely. Add a bendy straw and an umbrella toothpick to complete the look of the Lemonade Summer Craft. So fun!
More Fun Ways to Use this Craft:
- Create several of these lemonade crafts and arrange onto a large plate for a festive table centerpiece!
- Serve this pretend lemonade to your favorite stuffed animal friends.
- Use as a prop in a pretend lemonade stand for a fun way to teach kids about counting money.
- For party favors or place setting cards, use a black marker to write the name of each guest along the cardboard tube. Roll up a small zipper sandwich bag filled with buttermints and place inside each tube.
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