20 summer crafts to keep kids busy

March 6, 2020
20 summer crafts to keep kids busy
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Summer is usually a kid’s favorite time of year, but it’s also challenging for parents, nannies and babysitters looking for fun activities for them. The good news is there are a ton of easy summer crafts for kids, preschoolers and toddlers that are sure to provide hours of entertainment and learning.

Here are our 20 favorite kid-friendly craft ideas that are inexpensive, great for all age groups and perfect to do indoors or out in the summer sun!

1. Clay shell impressions

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Turn air-dried impressions of shells in clay into a decorative wall hanging with this craft from the Rainbow Tree.

2. Construction paper octopus

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Find some googly eyes and construction paper to make Core 4 OT’s super cute octopus.

3. Ice painting

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You don’t need much to have a good time with ice painting, according to I’m a Good Mom I Swear.

4. Summer tic-tac-toe

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Making this craft from Roses & Whiskers is only half the fun. Your artwork becomes a summertime game to play again and again!

5. Cardboard fish

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“Confiscate the Nintendos and turn the TV off,” says Nekane Sebastia in her easy steps to creating these colorful cardboard fish.

6. Paper plate apples

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Kids of any age can craft this easy-to-make paper plate apple from the Craft + Boogie Collective.

7. Ice cream cone craft

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PiggieSteps Art Studio offers videos for their crafts, including this one for an ice cream cone with pull-string pompoms. 

8. Popsicle banner

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Get some markers, paper, popsicle sticks and string to make this refreshing popsicle banner by _wood_home_adventures.

9. Paper plate sun

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You can’t go wrong with paper plate crafts, like this one of a bright sunshine from aleishas_family_day_care.

10. Salt painting

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Salt painting is a classic activity for all ages and all seasons. Give it a summertime twist with bright colors and designs, like these from lilcraftergroup.

11. Tape and spray paint art

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This is super fun and super easy craft is definitely an outdoor activity for summertime! Kristens.korner uses some Scotch tape to outline her kids’ names, and then lets them get creative with paint in spray bottles before removing the tape and admiring their work. 

12. Marker shoe craft

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Get some plain, white shoes for this colorful craft. Kellymwynns uses Sharpies and rubbing alcohol to create tie-dye-like designs.

13. Rock painting

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Rock painting is a favorite past-time and so easy to find materials; just look in your back yard! These rocks from rockfun503 include feel-good messages, but you can paint yours however you’d like for summer. 

14. Pipe cleaner flamingos

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You’ll only need a few materials to make these lovely pink pipe cleaner flamingos from Artsy Craftsy Mom.

15. Egg carton wreath

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Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Set a great example with your kids by finding a way to up-cycle empty egg cartons with this bright summertime flower wreath by kids_korner.

16. Tree bark canvas

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This craft from learncraftgow uses eucalyptus bark, but many trees or even driftwood found on the beach can provide a beautiful canvas for summer artwork.

17. Butterfly paper folding

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The end result of these folded paper butterflies is really pretty and easy to hang as summery décor. Get full instructions from Red Ted Art.

18. Pompom dragonfly

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Who doesn’t love googly eye crafts? Make this easy dragonfly with kids of any age, by craftopolisng.

19. Construction paper turtles

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Construction paper crafts are a great go-to for hot, indoor summer days. Try these cute turtles by everydayadventuresarefun.

20. Tea light fireflies

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Raisingalegacy uses pipe cleaners, googly eyes and plastic eggs to create these cute bug crafts. If you’re making a firefly, add a mini Solo cup to the bottom, complete with battery-operated tea lights to make them glow like the real thing!

Tips and stories from parents and caregivers who’ve been there.

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