Summer Crafts For Kids

Summer is a time of great fun for kids. They spend the warm sunny days playing outdoors, watching TV, going on picnics and relaxing. But if they can’t play and are stuck indoors for a long time, they could get bored and restless. The easiest way to keep kids occupied indoors is to involve them in hands-on activities like summer crafts for kids. These crafts for kids are not only fun to make, but also help the child improve their fine motor skills and creativity.

Looking for some summer craft ideas for kids? To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of summer crafts for kids that will keep your little ones busy. 

Interesting and Fun Summer Crafts for Kids

Crafting is one of the best activities for kids to do at home when they’re bored or in need of entertainment. Our list of easy summer crafts for kids are a great way to kill time. In addition to this it also enhances their imaginations and creativity.

List of Simple Summer Crafts for Kids 

  1. DIY Marble Race Track
  2. Making a DIY marble race track with paper plates is one of the easiest summer crafts for kids. Not only is it fun, but it’s also one of the best science experiments for kids to learn physics concepts. Check out the video below to find out what you need and the instructions to make a paper plate marble race track.

  3. Milk Carton Birdhouse 
  4. This is one of the most fun summer craft ideas for kids. 

    Things you’ll need:

    • Milk carton / Juice carton
    • Wooden spoon
    • White paint
    • Chipboard / Cardboard
    • Foam paint brush
    • Tissue paper squares
    • Twine
    • Glue

    Instructions: First, take your empty milk carton and paint it white. Next, glue the colorful tissue paper squares onto the white milk carton. Use your brush to ensure all the tissue papers are completely secure. Now, to make the roof of your birdhouse, fold your chipboard/cardboard and glue tissue paper squares on it. Create a hole in your milk carton and push a wooden spoon through it and secure it with glue (to create your perch!) Punch two holes in the roof and place a twine through it so it’s easy for you to hang it outside. Make sure your roof is safely secured and glued to the carton. You can even place a few bird seeds on your perch for the birds to enjoy. 

  5. Felt Flower Bookmarks
  6. This is one of the easiest summer crafts for kids to do and they also make great gifts.

    Things you’ll need:

    • Felt paper in different colors
    • Glue
    • Colorful buttons
    • Green craft sticks

    Instructions: Cut out different colored flowers from the felt paper. Apply felt glue on it and stick it on green craft sticks/popsicle sticks (to make it look like the stem). Glue the assorted colored buttons to the center of every flower, and your bookmark is ready! Reading will now become a lot more fun. This is one of the best summer craft ideas for kids.

  7. Sidewalk Chalk Paint
  8. Little kids love activities that involve coloring and drawing. Drawing with sidewalk chalk on the floor is one of their favorite activities. But instead of buying sidewalk chalk, learn to make sidewalk chalk paint using this simple recipe.

    Things you’ll need:

    • A few drops of – Pink, green, blue, yellow and orange food coloring (you can use any color of your choice)
    • ½ cup – Cornstarch
    • ½ cup – Water
    • 1 large bowl
    • 4-5 Small bowls with lids
    • Paint brushes

    Instructions: In a large bowl, mix equal amounts of cornstarch and water until you have a thick paste. Divide the thick cornstarch paste and pour it into several bowls. Add 3-5 drops of food coloring of your choice to each bowl and mix well with a spoon or paintbrush. Your sidewalk chalk paint is ready! These kinds of summer crafts for kids are a must-try. 

  9. Felt Popsicle Garland
  10. This is one of the most fun summer crafts for kids. Help your child make a summer-themed felt popsicle garland to decorate their room.

    Things you’ll need:

    • Colored felt paper
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Pom poms
    • Twine
    • Scissors
    • Paintbrushes
    • Colorful buttons and craft gems
    • Glue

    Instructions: Draw a popsicle on a sheet of paper and cut it out to use it as a template. Now, cut out popsicle-shaped pieces from the felt paper. Next, glue it on your popsicle stick and decorate your popsicle with pom poms, colorful buttons, craft gems and glitter. Cut a long length of twine, ensure that it is long enough to hang on the wall. Finally, glue the felt popsicle sticks on the twine to complete your summer-themed felt popsicle stick garland.

  11. Paper Plate Ice Cream Cones 
  12. Does your child love ice cream cones? Then they’ll surely love to craft one of their own to remind them of summer.

    Things you’ll need:

    • Paper plates
    • Pink, brown, green, yellow and blue paint ( you can use any color of your choice)
    • Black marker
    • Sprinkles
    • Brown card stock
    • Glue
    • Scissors
    • Paintbrushes
    • Red colored mini pom poms

    Instructions: Take your paper plates and draw scoops of ice cream on them in such a way that the rounded circles are on top and the scalloped bottoms are, well, at the bottom. Paint them pink and mint respectively. Glue these on brown triangular shapes cut out from brown card stock. Decorate the cones with your black marker by creating a crisscross pattern. Paint the ice cream using pink, brown, green, yellow and blue colored paint, you can paint them any color you want. Next, glue sprinkles on the ice cream or add black dots to show chocolate chips. Finally, glue a red pom pom on each scoop of your ice cream. Isn’t this one of the most awesome (and tasty-looking) summer crafts for kids? 

  13. Salt Dough Starfish Magnets
  14. This is one of the most creative and fun summer crafts for kids.

    Things you’ll need:

    • 1/4 cup – Salt
    • 1/2 cup – Flour
    • 1/4 cup – Water
    • Starfish-shaped cookie cutter
    • Baking sheet
    • Acrylic paint in primary colors
    • Acrylic sealer spray
    • White craft glue
    • Button magnets

    Instructions: Preheat your oven to 2500 Celsius. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, water and salt until you have a smooth and soft dough. Roll the dough into a ½ inch thick circle and cut out starfish-shaped pieces using the cookie cutter. Place the starfish-shaped dough pieces on a lined baking sheet and bake it at 2500 Celsius for 2.5 hours. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before painting the starfish. Allow the paint to dry and then spray it with the acrylic sealer spray. Finally, add a small amount of glue and stick a button magnet to the back of the starfish. Your starfish magnet is ready to be placed on the fridge.

  15. Rock Babies
  16. This is one of the cutest summer crafts for kids and these adorable rock babies make great decorations and paper weights.

    Things you’ll need:

    • Round rocks
    • Paints and brushes
    • Assorted colored felt paper
    • Googly eyes
    • Black marker

    Instructions: Take your little one on a scavenger hunt to find some round rocks and wash and dry the rocks. Next, paint the rocks with skin color paint and allow it to dry. Meanwhile, make cute little diapers with your assorted colored felt paper. Glue this on to your rocks and stick a pair of googly eyes on your rock baby. Add extra details like a nose and mouth with a black marker. Your rock babies are ready! 

  17. Watermelon Soap
  18. One of the best summer crafts for kids is teaching them to make DIY soaps with summer-themed shapes. This watermelon-shaped and flavored soap is one of the best things to keep you smelling sweet this summer.

    Things you’ll need:

    • crescent-shaped molds
    • Melt and pour glycerin-based clear soap base
    • Melt and pour white colored soap base
    • 3 medium sized heatproof glass measuring jars
    • Green and red soap color
    • Hairspray
    • Essential oils
    • Black colored soap base
    • Saucepan

    Instructions: Cut up the clear soap base into very small pieces and place them into the 2 glass measuring jars. Add 2 drops of green soap coloring into 1 jar and 2 drops of red soap color into the other jar. Cut up half the white soap base into small bits and place it in the 3rd jar. Fill the saucepan with 1 cup of water and place the jars with green color and soap base and the white soap base in it. Ensure that the water cannot enter the glass jars even when it’s boiling. Heat the saucepan to melt the soap bases. Meanwhile cut up a small part of the black colored soap into very small bits to make the watermelon seeds. Once your soap base is melted, add essential oils and flavorings. Spray the crescent-shaped molds and melted soap base with hairspray to remove any air bubbles. First pour the green soap base into the molds, spray with hairspray, allow it to set a bit and pour the white soap base on top. When it’s half set, place the black colored soap bits on top and allow it to set. Now, melt the soap base with red color and pour it over the soap to finish it. Your watermelon soaps are ready! The soap base can get really hot, so always ask an adult to help you with this craft.

  19. Sun Suncatcher
  20. Warm sunny days are a trademark of summer. Help your child recreate this with this fun suncatcher craft.

    Things you’ll need:

    • Yellow and orange colored tissue paper
    • 2 sheets of clear contact paper
    • Sun template
    • Black Marker
    • Scissors

    Instructions: Place the sun template on a flat surface. Place one sheet of contact paper on it and trace the shape of the sun using the marker. Cut up the yellow and orange colored tissue paper into small squares and place them in a bowl. Remove the backing from one sheet of contact paper and place it sticky side up on top of the template. Stick the tissue paper squares on top of the contact paper. Ensure that you don’t add too much tissue paper, just one layer is enough. Next, peel off the backing from the second sheet of contact paper and place it carefully on the tissue paper-lined contact paper. Finally, cut along the drawn shape to cut out your suncatcher. Your suncatcher is ready to be displayed on your window.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Summer Crafts For Kids

What are some of the summer crafts for kids?

Some of the summer crafts for kids are milk carton birdhouse, flowers bookmarks, sidewalk chalk paint, felt popsicles, paper plate ice cream cones, rocking babies, orange soap, tissue paper ice creams, popsicle sticks sun, etc.

What are the simple methods to make summer crafts for kids?

Some of the easy ways to make summer crafts for kids are utilizing some bright colors, using reusable crafting materials and some interesting graphical representations that will help kids to make the summer crafts.