23 Super Fun Summer Crafts for Kids

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It’s summer — the best time of the year, with long days, warm nights, and plenty of free time for the kids. If you’re looking for fun summer crafts to enjoy those fleeting days, you’ve come to the right place.

We have loads of creative and fun ideas to keep your little ones entertained, from simple paper crafts to nature art.

collage of summer crafts that kids will love

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Materials for These Easy Kids Crafts For Summer

Here are common supplies you will need for most of these easy summer crafts for kids. Pick and choose what supplies you use for which projects. Most importantly, have fun!

Easy Summer Crafts for Kids

Get out the paint, glue, and craft supplies, and make something beautiful (and summery) with the kids!

1. Handprint Pineapple Craft

Celebrate the sweet days of summer with a fun pineapple craft that combines handprint art with lots of scissor practice. It makes a wonderful keepsake and is cute enough to display all summer.

pineapple paper craft made with handprints

by Taming Little Monsters

2. Puffy Sidewalk Paint

Nothing is better than spending sunny days outdoors. If you’re looking for something crafty to do outside, making your own puffy sidewalk paint is a great place to start. Once you’ve made it, create beautiful designs on your driveway or sidewalk.

If you know a neighbor won’t mind you drawing on theirs, head on over and write a friendly message to spread a little kindness. 

sidewalk paint

by Kidz Craft Corner

3. Popsicle Craft

What’s the most iconic summer food ever? Why, popsicles, of course! Nothing tastes better than an ice-cold popsicle after a morning spent in the scorching sun. So come indoors and enjoy one while letting the kids work on this printable popsicle craft.

Use the simple template in the link below; you’ll be done in about 15 minutes or less. Also, be sure to check out these fun popsicle stick crafts!

paper popsicle craft

by Simple Everyday Mom

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4. Seashell Fish Craft

Do you have an extensive shell collection from your beach vacations? Or perhaps you’ve bought some craft shells you don’t have a project for. Try these seashell fish using items collected outdoors to create cute fish of all shapes and sizes.

Flower petals, seeds, leaves, rocks, twigs, and more are all fair game when it comes to creating your seashell fish art.

fish craft made with seashells and items from nature

by Hello, Wonderful

5. Hawaiian Plumeria Paper Flower

Feel like you’re in Hawaii with this beautiful plumeria paper craft for kids. They’re super simple to make and can be strung together to create a flower garland or glued to a canvas to make wall art.

They’ll also make great decorations for a luau party.

by Hawaii Travel with Kids

6. Summer Ice Cream Cones

Your child will just love this paper plate ice cream craft! This one incorporates coloring and gluing on sprinkles. Adding sprinkles is a fun touch that adds to the realistic ice cream look.

by Kidz Craft Corner

7. Paper Plate Beach Craft

Turn an ordinary paper plate and cupcake liner into a fun beach scene reminding you of a relaxing summer vacation. You probably have everything you need to make this craft right now in your kitchen cupboard and craft closet.

beach scene on paper plate

by Crafts on Sea

8. Seashell Fish in an Aquarium

Here’s another fantastic paper plate craft for summer that incorporates painted seashells to make gorgeous tropical-looking fish.

Add some natural shells at the bottom in the “sand,” just like you’d find in the ocean. If you want to try more paper plate crafts, try out our paper plate cat, bunny, lion, bear, and more!

by Artsy Craftsy Kids

9. Fine Motor Sun Craft

You can’t have summer without lots of sunshine. This cheerful craft isn’t only fun to make, but it’s engaging to play with, too.

Working with clothespins is good for pincer grasp, and aligning the pegs with the correct number reinforces number recognition skills.

sun craft with clothespins

by In the Playroom

10. Toilet Paper Roll Popsicles

Try this version, which is made with craft sticks and painted toilet paper tubes, for another fun summer craft featuring frosty popsicles. This is an easy, cute project for summer camp or VBS.

popsicle craft made with toilet paper roll tubes

by Little Ladoo

11. Mix and Match Paper Bugs

Combine your child’s picture with adorable paper bugs in this mix-and-match craft that is perfect for spring and summer. Perhaps you can work on a brief lesson about insects while you’re at it!

paper bugs craft

by Messy Little Monster

12. Curled Paper Ant Craft

Speaking of insects, how about those pesky ants? While the real thing isn’t welcome in the home, these adorable paper versions sure will be. Not only is it super cute, but kids will have time to practice their scissor skills (by making fringed paper for the grass) and their paper curling skills for the ant.

ant paper craft

by Kids’ Craft Room

13. Shark Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Your favorite toothy start of summer is here in a fun toilet roll craft that’s sure to get kids excited for shark week. It’s super simple to make, only requires a few cuts, and is loads of fun to play with when you’re done making it.

If you don’t want to fuss with paint, cover the paper tube in gray construction paper instead. Then try this fun toilet paper roll bird feeder!

tp roll shark

by Glue Sticks & Gumdrops

14. Paper Plate Camping Craft

One of the best parts of summer is camping out under the stars. Whether you head into the forest or camp in your own backyard, there’s something adventurous and memorable about setting up a tent and falling asleep listening to the crickets chirp.

That experience is what this adorable paper plate craft captures.

camping craft on paper plate

by Non-Toy Gifts

15. Seashell Necklace

Want to remember that relaxing vacation for years to come? Use some shells you’ve collected to make necklaces that’ll remind you of all those fond memories each time you wear them. You could also use this tutorial to make a fun keyring, too.

necklace made from seashells and clay

by Moms and Crafters

16. Tie Dye Beach Towels

If you plan on spending time by the pool or at the lake or beach, making some tie-dye towels to take with you is a fantastic idea! Each one is unique and beautiful.

diy tie-dyed beach towels

by Crafts by Amanda

17. Melon Paper Fans

Cool off with paper fans featuring a pretty watermelon theme. Kids will love making these and fanning themselves on a hot summer day. It’s a terrific craft for summer day camps and scouts, too.

melon fans

by Red Ted Art

18. Paper Pool Art

Create a relaxing pool scene using recycled materials like corrugated cardboard, lids, and paper. Now, this looks like a pool party I’d want to attend!

pool art with recycled materials

by Barley and Birch

19. Ocean Slime

Kids can’t get enough of slime. It’s stretchy, squishy, and oh-so-fun to play with. It’s amazing how many ways you can make it, like this ocean slime that really looks like gorgeous blue ocean water.

Add some ocean animal toys to the mix, and the kids will have fun for hours.

ocean themed slime recipe

by Steamsational

20. CD Suncatcher Craft

You probably no longer use those old CDs in your CD case, so let the kids use them for their art projects instead. This bejeweled suncatcher will look beautiful hanging in the window and catching those gorgeous sun rays.

suncatcher made with cds and faux gems

by Mess for Less

21. Paper Jellyfish Craft

Jellyfish are some of the most fascinating creatures in the ocean. Although you don’t want one swimming up next to you, there’s no denying that they’re beautiful and mysterious.

Capture their unique features in this delightful paper jellyfish craft. Use the printable template below, and you can’t go wrong.

jellyfish craft

by Mombrite

22. Paper Mosaic Sunset Boat

This mosaic craft is one of our favorites on the list. The gorgeous yellows, oranges, and pinks really look like the sunset. Plus, the mosaic ocean creates texture and visual interest when working with a boat’s silhouette form.

sunset mosaic

by The Craft Train

23. Ladybug Magnets

Who couldn’t use a few extra magnets in their lives? You won’t mind fridge magnets when they’re this cute. Use large glass gems, paint, googly eyes, and magnets to create these lovely ladybugs. 

ladybug magnets made with glass gems

by Rhythms of Play

Summertime Crafts For Kids- Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed this list of easy summer crafts for kids. From suncatchers to seashell art, there are plenty of options to keep your children entertained and help them make memories.

Must-read Summer Books

Be sure to check out these great books about summer! They’re a great addition to any summer-themed craft.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s First Summer – Follow the Hungry Caterpillar along with his exploration as he explores summer!

The Night Before Summer Vacation – Follow along with this family as they prepare to go on summer vacation!

I Spy Summer – Join in the fun with this summer I Spy book! This book is great for kids 2-5!

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