Summer is such a fun time for the whole family and its a great time of the year for crafts too! We've got plenty of summer crafts for kids of all ages that you'll enjoy doing with your little ones. We have some toddler summer crafts as well as some for older children. We've got plenty of ideas including sun crafts, ice cream cone crafts, beach crafts and many more so just take a look below and start crafting with your kids.
Nothing says summer like a pair of flip flops! This cute flip flop craft is made from construction paper, buttons, stickers and bows. It is an adorable craft to make in the summer.
This fun beaded starfish craft is a nice activity to do in the summer or when learning about the ocean. It is an easy project that requires just a few materials and takes little time. These starfish look great over an ocean bulletin board if making them at a daycare or camp.
This handprint hermit crab craft is perfect during the summer season and fits with any beach themed activities. Kids will love making their handprint and using fuzzy pipe cleaner for the antennas. Children will also enjoy ripping up the tissue paper for the hermit crab shell.
Bubble wrap, paint and our provided template make it easy to put together this cute summer kids craft. The bubble wrap is a wonderful stamp that gives the beehive a fun look. The addition of fingerprint bees makes this summer craft even better.
By using clean, used bottlecaps, tissue paper, foam and cardboard, children can create a lovely outdoor scene. This activity can be done in little time and can be used when reviewing colors.
This fun cd fish craft is made from an old cd and blue cellophane. It is a great craft to make in the summer or when learning about the ocean. If making at a school or camp, you can create a large ocean scene and add a whole school of fish!
Summer is the best time for cold treats and this colorful popsicle craft is cool to make on a hot day. Children use paper, gems and a popsicle stick to create this fun summer craft.
This fun bottle cap fish craft is fun to make in the summer, when learning about the ocean or when reviewing shapes or colors. The fish are made from bottle caps and foam. After adding painted fish bubbles, tissue paper seaweed and paper ocean creatures, you have a pretty underwater scene!
Summer is the time for ice cream! This yummy ice cream cone craft is fun to make on a hot summer day. It is an easy project that requires just a few materials and just a little time.
This paper plate pirate craft is a fun summer activity. Children decorate a paper plate to make this friendly pirate. It is a perfect craft for a camp or school doing a pirate themed week!
C is for crab and our easy letter craft gives you all the steps to create a crab from the letter C itself. Use our provided template, a little glue and a couple googly eyes to create your very own crab craft. It's a great letter craft, summer craft, or ocean animal craft that even young children will enjoy making.
This colorful fish craft is fun to make in the summer. Children paint their hands orange to create the body and use a black marker to color stripes. It is an easy project that only requires a few materials. Make it a two day project in since the paint will need to dry.
Have fun making this paper plate sun craft which is a great summer craft for kids. With a paper plate, some paint and some construction paper, children can have some fun making this cool summertime sun!
No summer picnic is complete without a big slice of watermelon! This cute paper watermelon craft is a fun, simple summer craft that even a younger child could do. Our provided template makes this summer craft even easier to do.
This cute 3D ocean scene is a great craft to do when studying about the ocean or a day after coming home from the beach. Kids create an ocean scene by gluing sand and shells to a cardboard box, placing fish stickers in it and covering it with blue cellophane wrap.
Take some used paper rolls and cut them up into smaller pieces to make this cool palm tree craft. Use our printable craft template to make the leaves to top off this fun summer craft.
Sunflowers that reach into the sky are one of our favorite parts of summer. So what could be a better craft than a sunflower craft made with real sunflower seeds. This is a simple summer craft for kids that makes a wonderful decoration as well.
Learning with popsicles - what could be better! All you need are a few popsicle sticks, construction paper and our free template to complete this fun summer craft. Play a matching game or memory game and customize it to the skill set of your child. This summer craft for kids is a simple way to make learning fun.
What's better on a hot summer day than cold ice cream? This cute summer craft for kids is very simple and a lot of fun to make. Let your kids color their own ice cream flavors and then assemble this cute ice cream craft complete with either real or paper sprinkles.
Spend a few hours floating this whimsical boat down a stream, in your pool, or even in your bathtub! This is the perfect craft to keep your young sailor busy with easy to follow instructions and simple to find materials.
This is a fun summer craft that you can do with your children. Make this ocean flower pot with a basic pot, some paint, seashells (or dyed pasta) and some sand from the beach!
A beautiful bouquet for flowers that bloom all year long! Make these pretty flowers from an egg carton and a few other basic materials. This is sure to be a hit with all the kids during summer.
Looking to take a break from the heat this summer? Allow young children to use their creativity to make their own undersea adventure. Kids of all ages will love to explore their Ocean-in-a-Bottle, watching fish bob and swim with every shake of the jar.
Have fun cutting out and putting together this cool beach scene craft. The pieces are made from craft foam and you can use our printable template to cut out all the pieces. Then kids can put the pieces together and add some creative finishing touches.
This beach picture frame is a fun summer craft that makes a great keepsake. All you need is a basic wooden frame to start with and then some paint and some sand from the beach if you have it.
Check out this fun and simple kids summer craft. All kids like ice cream cones and this kids craft is sure to be a hit! Just use a small pot, some paint, glue and pom-poms to fill in the cone.
Decorate your window with our handprint sun craft. Turn a paper plate into a sun using yellow paint and your child's handprints. This is a simple summer craft that even a very, very young child could do with a little help.
This glow in the dark lightning bug craft is a hit with kids. Kids can use their creativity when decorating it and then take it into a dark room and watch is glow when you are done!
Looking for a creative and easy birthday gift? The Easy-to-Make, No-Bake, Summer Birthday Cake will be a delight for your child to make and a memorable gift for the birthday child. This fun craft includes instructions for making a fun miniature cake and card!
Entertain your daughter on a rainy, summer afternoon with this beautiful Beaded Flower Bracelet. Easy to make and fun to wear, girls will delight in beading small, brightly colored beads in a unique design.
Light up the night with this beautiful lantern. Children of all ages will have fun creating their custom lanterns from a glass jar, tissue paper, and markers. Watch in delight as night falls and children see their lanterns brighten up a dark window or an outdoor patio.
Solve the problem of constantly chasing your plates, napkins, and tablecloth on windy summer days. Children can turn simple rocks into works of art, using their imagination to paint various flowers and bugs and create these Summer Picnic Clips!
This beach door hanger makes a great kids summer craft for slightly older children. They will love painting the individual pieces and adding the cool touches of glitter and sand to this unique craft.
Use our free template, some contact paper and tissue paper to create a very cute sun shaped sun catcher craft! This cute summer craft is easy enough for very young children to do as the contact paper takes away the messy glue factor. All children need to do to make this fun summer craft is to stick the tissue paper pieces to the contact paper and the end result is perfect every time.
If you want a nice easy summer craft that you can do with very young children, this paper plate fish is a great one. Our 2 year old daughter had a fun time painting this one and helping us put it together. Slightly older kids can do the cutting and gluing as well.
Our sandpaper sandcastle craft is a fun craft for kids that is full of shapes and new textures. Young children will enjoy feeling the rough texture of the sandpaper, while older children will enjoy working with a new, slightly different craft material. This is a fun summer craft that your kids will love.
Try out this fun craft with your kids during summer time and end up with a very useful beach bag. Children will enjoy this summer craft and it works with a variety of age groups. The younger the kids, the more "abstract" the final result may be, but all kids seem to like this one during summer.
Recycle a plastic grocery bag and a metal hanger to make a butterfly net. Once you're done, head to the back yard to catch your first creatures. Make sure to be gentle with them and always let them go after you check them out. Because this craft uses a hanger, it is better suited for older children.
Ok, so not so much a craft for kids to make - but it's to give to a child that is doing well learning to swim. This printable "Great Swimmer" certificate is perfect to for a child that is learning to swim and is doing well. We made this and gave to our daughter the first time she swam on her own and she was so proud to receive it!
We really liked this fish craft and it was perfect for summertime. The contact paper is the key to making this craft "toddler friendly" - no messy glue to contend with and it's easy for them to add the tissue paper all by themselves. The tissue paper makes the craft fun for small kids and the project has a great stained glass effect in the sunlight.
This styrofoam crab craft is a great summer project and decoration that you can make with your kids. Transform styrofoam balls, pipe cleaners and paint into an incredibly cute crab! This project uses materials with great textures and encourages your children to be creative and use materials in different ways.
Recycle a used water bottle into a fun beach themed shaker in this summer craft. This is a fun craft to do with children in the summer season. We made this summer craft with our 4 year old and it makes a fun toy to play with in the end.