Summer is quickly approaching. It seems like in no time school will be out, the weather will be bordering on being too hot, and we will all trying to be thinking of ways to get our kids off the Xbox. (I know I can’t be the only one right!?). So I thought I would get ahead of the chaos and start a list of easy summer crafts for kids that I can keep handy for when that summer boredom starts to hit. When looking for these crafts I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t expensive, it wasn’t too messy, and it wasn’t too complicated. That way, everyone has fun, I don’t have to take out a loan to pay for it, and I don’t want to pull my hair out cleaning up after it. I figured other parents would feel and want the same, ha! So without further ado, let’s get into these amazing crafts I was able to find!
15 Easy Summer Craft For Kids
1. Glass Bead Suncatcher– This craft is adorable and way easier than I thought it would be! Everything you need to make this craft can be found at the dollar store, it’s minimal clean up, and the kids can pick out their own colors and designs.
2. DIY Puffy Sidewalk Paint– My kids love playing with sidewalk chalk, but I hate the dust that it creates (it makes me sneeze!) so this was the perfect craft that let’s the kids get creative, and keeps me from sneezing up chalk dust for the rest of the day.
3. Popsicle stick bird feeder– Here in my neck of the woods we have TONS of birds in the area and my kiddos love watching them, so I thought this would be the perfect craft to help keep the birds close to us so we can enjoy watching them.
4. Paper plate frisbees– I love this idea because it’s a craft that can turn right into playtime. The kids will have fun making and decorating their own frisbees, and then head right outside to try them out.
5. DIY Fairy Garden– This is a craft from yours truly! Fairy gardens are so fun and easy to make and my kids had a blast picking out the decorations for it. Bonus, this is a another craft that you can get all the supplies from the dollar store for!
6. DIY Beaded Wind Chime– Bringing it back old school with this craft. This is something I remember doing at summer camp back when I was a kid, and it still holds up as a fun craft for the kids to do today.
7. Jellyfish Salt Painting– Something about this craft is just so cool looking to me! The colors are so bright and it’s a new way to paint that gives it a completely different look.
8. Paint Drip Flower Pots– This is a fun craft because it’s one that is totally useable in a practical way when you are done with it. You can even take the kiddos to pick out their own flowers for their pots when they are done.
9. Water Bottle Wind Spinner– Not only are these SO pretty, they are also great because it’s a way to recycle something you probably already have at home and I’m a big fan of being able to to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
10. Edible Starburst Slime– Now, I have a love/hate relationship with slime. Mostly because it can be a mess, especially when it comes to storing it after playing with it. The good thing about this craft is that there is no storage, they just eat it when they are done! So it’s a craft and afternoon snack in one!
11. DIY Tie Dye Personalized Beach Towels– This is a great craft for families (like us) who spend a big part of the summer either at the pool or the beach. They are fun to make, and you will never forget whose towel is who when you need them.
12. Easy Penny Spinners– This is a super cheap craft that is fun to make and fun to play with after they are done. Sure to be entertaining for the afternoon.
13. DIY Wildflower Seed Bombs– Another craft from me! These were super fun to make and every year since we have made them, we have the prettiest wildflowers that pop up in our back yard every year.
14. DIY Kids Camping Lantern– If you are planning to go camping, or even just have some fun at night in the back yard, then you will love this craft. It’s another craft using recycled materials too, which is always a win in my book.
15. DIY Super Soaker Sponge Balls– My kids love anything that will keep them col during the summer, which usually involves some sort of water. I’m not the biggest fan of water balloons because they leave little pieces of balloon everywhere, this fixed that problem completely!
What crafts does your family like to do to beat the summer boredom? Let me know in the comments below!