19 Summer Crafts and Activities to Keep Kids Busy

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The best summer crafts and activities to keep kids busy during the school break. 19 easy craft ideas for kids to do over the summer.

Summer Crafts for Kids and Teens

Keep the boredom at bay this summer with this Summer Craft and Activities list. Whether you have younger kids or teens this list will keep kids busy indoors and out!

I can never deny my excitement for that first day of summer to get here. Making my way to the beach for the first time, catching some rays on the patio, or playing in the sunshine with friends, family, & kiddos…the anticipation has got me! But we all know the kids get bored at some point, so I have curated a long list of ideas, crafts, and activities to keep kids and parents busy all summer long!

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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! Plus, the pretty colors make artwork I actually want to hang up around my house!

Squirt Gun Painting summer craft activity.

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! A little fabric paint and cheap drop cloth, and you’re relaxing on the green in style!

Dropcloth Picnic Blankets by Brit + Co

Sidewalk Chalk Puffy Paint by Midget Momma

We all love to doodle on the concrete, but paint and puffy at that?! This 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!

how to make sidewalk paint as an easy summer craft.

Paper Cactus Plants by Abbi Kirsten Collections

Jazz up your home 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 very friendly for young kids to make!

3D Paper Ice Cream Cone Craft by Abbi Kirsten Collections

3D papercraft by creating these sugary ice cream favor boxes! These unique ice cream craft, perfect for kid’s parties or just the kid in you, are super easy to create.

Printable 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!

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 serving tray that is sure to get you some extra hostess points easily!

Watermelon Serving Tray by Oh So Beautiful Paper


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 a tropical theme party. This Hawaiian paper flower tutorial is easy enough that kids can enjoy this as a Summertime craft too!

Summer craft Hawaiian paper flower tutorial.

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!

Citrus Coasters by Purl Soho

Summer Painted Planters by The Crafted Sparrow

If you need an easy fun way to spruce up old pots then this project is perfect! You are sure to have the most colorful porch on the block this summer with these painted flower pots!

Free Printable Coloring Sheets 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 Inspirations for Teens from Design Bundles

Adults and teens will love these intricate mandala printables sheets to color indoors or by the pool on a summer afternoon!

Mandala $ Zentangle Coloring Pages - 10 items example image 1

I also LOVE these succulents and cacti printable coloring pages. When coloring these activity pages I love to use brush pens like the Tombow sets here.

Cacti & Succulent Coloring Pages - 10 items example image 1

Painting Rocks – Cactus Rocks by Abbi Kirsten Collections

Painting rocks is a colorful playful activity that can double as a piece of home decor afterwards. My kids were only 3 and 4 when they did their first rocks. Mostly they just loved spreading the paint around but it kept them busy for hours!

Cactus rock painting. Easy rock painting patterns

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! They are so versatile and you can create the perfect design for your summer outdoor style.

Perler Bead Beverage Lids by Makezine

Rainbow Popsicles by One Little Project

Get some quality time with the kids in the kitchen and create something rainbow-tastic that is as pretty as it is sweet with these rainbow popsicles!

Easy Rainbow Popsicles

Make Fourth of July Photo Booth 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!

Rainbow Crayon Art by Spruce Crafts

Break open a pack of crayons or use the left overs 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!

Melted crayon art

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.

How to Make Paper Pineapple Party Decorations: Free DIY Paper Pineapple Template

What other summer craft ideas do you have? Share with me below!

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