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35 Fun Summer Crafts for Kids
Let’s jump into the Summer months with these fun summer crafts for kids!
Summer time is an exciting few months for so many families. Going on vacation and getting to spend more time with your kids is great! However, on those rainy days and blistering, hot days, you may need some indoor activities to help fill up your summer time. Or you just may not be able to leave the house and need something fun and productive for the kids to do that day.
Fun summer crafts for kids are a great way to spend your time! If you are a summer camp teacher or an organizer, you may need summer craft ideas for those summer camp groups! The fun summer crafts listed below are activities that kids, both younger and older, will love to spend their summer time completing.
Crafts for Summer Camp
These fun ideas are perfect for over night campers and day campers spending some of their summer break away from their parents! If you are taking a camping trip together as a family, you, too, will love these summer crafts for kids.
This perfect summer craft will help everyone work on their fine motor skills. Simply paint a rock, wrap it in metal twine, add beads and your favorite summer picture!
This is the perfect summer craft for those of you who are heading out into the woods this summer! You may even just be camping in your backyard – this fun project will work for that too!
If a rainy day or weekend has interfered with your camping trip, no worries. These popsicle stick s’mores are a less sticky version that kids will love to create.
This is a great way to commemorate activities you did or things you saw at summer camp! If s’mores were your favorite part of the trip, you can make a little clay version of the treat for the centerpiece of your necklace.
It may not be real fire, but this craft is easy peasy.
Ice Cream Crafts
Summer days, whether you are young or old, are often filled with ice cream. When you have already had your daily fill, complete one of these crafts instead!
This paper ice cream cone is about as simple and unfussy as it gets.
If the summer heat is too much for your real ice cream, make these pretend cones out of puffy paint!
Most of us already have cotton balls ready to go sitting in our bathroom!
Simple summer crafts that are also personalized are always a winner. This handprint ice cream cone will be a big hit.
Cupcake liners are easy to find and you may already have them sitting in your pantry or cabinet!
Pinwheel Crafts for Kids
Making a pinwheel is a fun craft if you are having a windy day. They make great summer yard decor or decorations for a backyard BBQ!
This is a classic paper windmill or pinwheel. If you have never made one before, it’s probably good to start with this particular one.
Nothing says summer like watermelon! These would look adorable sitting in the grass at a BBQ or picnic.
These paper pinwheels are made specifically for kids! They may not spin as seamlessly as ones with pins in them, but they are made with totally kid-friendly materials.
Flower Crafts for Kids
If you’ve got some rainy days around, just know that what you’ve got in your yard will bloom afterwards. During those rainy hours, fill up your time with one of these easy flower crafts.
These handprint lilies are perfect for spring and summer time!
Construction paper crafts are always a favorite because of how simple they are. This construction paper flower is so simple and you probably already have everything you need on hand.
If you have scrap or extra tissue paper laying around, this paper flower is perfect. Any colors will do just fine!
Kids of all ages will love getting to use mom and dad’s coffee filters for this fun flower craft.
Butterfly Crafts for Kids
Catching and spotting butterflies is such a fun summer activity. If you’re having a hard time finding them outside, gather supplies and sit down with one of these activities.
This art project is perfect for summer time. Plenty of butterflies and plenty of sun!
Coffee filters make such a fun craft material, because they can look like tie-dye when colored with markers! This coffee filter butterfly is easy and adorable.
This craft project is perfect for those who are learning about or have become interested in butterflies. The lifecycle of a butterfly is so unique and this craft does a great job explaining what happens!
A paint splatter project makes for a very fun craft time!
Summer Paper Plate Crafts
Some of the best summer crafts are also the easiest. Paper plate crafts are always easy and there are so many different ways to use them!
Paper plates make perfect flowers! My daughter had fun making these for the original Summer Crafts for Kids post.
There are so many creative ideas around to help you keep cool during the summer – this one included!
Paper plates make a great ice cream cone topper! You can use real sprinkles with this one too!
Summer Vacation Crafts for Kids
These simple summer crafts will have you reminiscing on summer vacation long after your summer ends.
This little project gives you the chance to make an art piece that will commemorate your beach vacation! If you’ve gathered some seashells, you are just a couple of materials away from getting started.
Nothing says summer like flip-flops.
This is one of the best ideas – whether you go to the beach this summer or not. If you spend your summer at a lake, you can gather dirt/sand from that location instead of the beach!
More Fun Summer Crafts
If you’ve got some summer boredom and need more fun projects and activities to fill up those summer months, check out the additional summer crafts below!
Gather some leftover popsicle sticks from your real popsicles to make this fun and crafty construction paper popsicle!
This cardboard lemonade craft is lots of fun – especially for pretend play!
Any time is the perfect time for fireworks! This firework salt painting is made for 4th of July celebrations, but you could use any color that you like!
Little hands will love playing with this goopy project.
Make fun drawings on your sidewalk stand out with this easy to make sidewalk puffy paint.
Older kids and younger kids will love making this bubble wand personal to them.
This is a great activity for little artists that have a lot of energy on those hot, summer days!
Go outside and gather a collection of rocks. If you don’t have any, check out this awesome rock painting kit!
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