19 Easy and Fun Summer Craft Ideas for Kids to Make (Arts and Craft Activities)
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Easy Summer Crafts for Kids and Teens
Kick the summer boredom to the curb with these fun summer craft ideas and activities list. Whether you have younger kids or teens this list will keep kids busy indoors and out! My kids are so excited when summer arrives but we all know the kids get bored at some point, so I have curated a long list of easy summer craft ideas and activities to keep young kids, teens, and parents busy all summer long!
Looking for more summer craft ideas that are fun for the whole family? Check out my full list of the best paper flowers for summer!
Squirt Gun Painting by Fireflies and Mud Pies
I tried this squirt gun watercolor painting activity with my kids, and they loved it so much kept asking to do it again! Even as an adult, it is so much fun! For younger kids, it helps them with fine motor skills too. Plus, the pretty colors make artwork I actually want to hang up around my house! Read more about squirt gun painting from Fireflies and Mud Pies here.
Dropcloth Picnic Blankets by Brit + Co
A lovely picnic at the park is at the very top of my must-do list this summer, and I don’t think I can do it without one of these picnic blankets that your tween will love making! With a little fabric paint and a cheap drop cloth, you’re relaxing on the green in style!
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Sidewalk Chalk Puffy Paint by Midget Momma
We all love to doodle on the concrete, but paint and puffy at that?! This puffy paint tutorial is another activity that I was eager to do along with my kids! Plus, you have the added fun of making the paint with your kids!
Paper Cactus Plants by Abbi Kirsten Collections
Kids of all ages will love making these paper plants to jazz up their bedroom decor with some not-so-prickly paper cactus plants! I was inspired by three real cacti in nature, the Prickly Pear, Ferocactus, and Aloe Vera plant! Additionally, there are a couple of flower topper templates included to finish off your plant with a little extra pizazz.
Llama Finger Puppet Craft by I Heart Crafty Things
I had to include this llama craft because it is so cute and colorful and a very friendly art project for young kids to make!
Easy Beaded Friendship Bracelet by Moms and Crafters
This one is a must-have for our fun summer crafts list wouldn’t be complete without an easy friendship bracelet craft for you and your bestie to exchange!
3D Paper Ice Cream Cone Craft by Abbi Kirsten Collections
Make a fun 3D papercraft by creating these sugary ice cream favor boxes! This unique ice cream craft, perfect for kid’s parties or just the kid in you, is super easy to create and a great way to share a candy party favor.
Free Summer SVG Cut Files
While we are chatting about summer check out some more great ideas for summer projects with these FREE SVG cut files from Abbi Kirsten Collections.
Printable Summer Activity Packs from Design Bundles
Keeping summer games and printable packs of activities is perfect for those rainy afternoons when kids yell, I’m bored! Mazes, crosswords, iSpy, word searches, and more are easy to find with printable products!
Watermelon Serving Tray by Oh So Beautiful Paper
Nothing is quite so quintessential to get those summertime vibes as decor covered in watermelons! I am loving this adorable watermelon serving tray that is sure to get you some extra hostess points easily! Big kids may also find this a fun way to decorate their space.
Have a Scavenger Hunt by Everything Mom
Scavenger hunts are fun for everyone and will keep the kids busy while getting a little outdoor activity! I love this riddle scavenger hunt by Everything Mom!
Giant Hawaiian Paper Flowers by Abbi Kirsten Collections
I can’t leave out paper flowers in this summer craft activity list! Learn how to make giant Hawaiian-style paper flowers perfect for tropical summer-themes and events. This Hawaiian paper flower tutorial is easy enough that kids can enjoy this as a Summertime craft too!
Citrus Coasters by Purl Soho
If you’re in the mood for a super simple sewing project then these adorable citrus coasters are sure to make your beverages look extra tasty!
Summer Painted Planters by The Crafted Sparrow
Sometimes simple summer crafts are the best. If you need an easy fun way to spruce up old pots then this summer painted planter project is perfect! You are sure to have the most colorful porch on the block this summer with these painted flower pots!
Printable Food Coloring Pages for Kids from Design Bundles
This 11-page coloring set for kids with cute desserts is a perfect summer activity for girls and boys.
Printable Coloring Sheets for Tweens from Design Bundles
Adults and teens will love these intricate mandala printable sheets to color indoors or relax the summer months away by the pool while doodling!
I also LOVE these succulents and cacti printable coloring pages. When coloring these activity pages I love to use brush pens such as the Tombow sets here.
Cactus Rocks by Abbi Kirsten Collections
Painting rocks is a colorful playful art project activity that can double as a piece of home decor afterward. My kids were only three and four when they did their first rocks. Mostly they just loved spreading the paint around but it kept them busy for hours!
Perler Bead Beverage Lids by Makezine
Did anybody else make little crafty things from Perler Beads all the time back in the day?! I love that these budget-friendly beads are making a comeback as colorful coasters! They are so versatile and you can create the perfect design for your summer outdoor style.
Rainbow Popsicles by One Little Project
Who says a craft project can’t be tasty? Get some quality time with the kids in the kitchen and taste all the colors of the rainbow. These rainbow popsicles are as pretty as they are sweet and help beat the summer heat!
July 4th Photo Props by Abbi Kirsten Collections
Add some extra fun to the fourth of July party with DIY photo props kids and teens can make with cardstock, wood dowels, and a printer! This fun patritoc theme craft is easy peasy to make too!
DIY Tie Dye Shirts By Pineapple Paper Co
Our summer bucket list of activities has to include the classic tie-dye shirt! Use this complete tie-dye tutorial to make your own!
Rainbow Crayon Art by Spruce Crafts
Break open a pack of crayons or use the leftovers from the school year and create a fun piece of abstract art! Kids of all ages can help by simply holding a hair dryer and watching the crayons melt into art – such a simple craft with a lot of fun!
Paper Pinwheels By Hey, Let’s Make Stuff
Paper pinewheels are simple summer activities that any kid or adult will love to craft, not to mention frugal fun.
3D Paper Pineapple Craft by Abbi Kirsten Collections
If you are throwing a tropical party or luau these paper pineapple decorations will give you the Ha-WOW-ii look you will want. Older kids will love making these for some fun decor.
Did you enjoy this fun and easy craft idea list for summer break? What other summer craft ideas do you have? Share with me below!
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