Wondering what to do now that the heat of summer has arrived? After going on a vacation and planning lots of fun summer activites, sometimes, we just run out of other awesome things to do on those regular days with kiddos running around. Fortunately, some of our favorite DIY bloggers have shared their best summer crafts for kids, and we compiled a cool list to share with you. From awesome outdoor fun to things you can make on a rainy (or hot) afternoon indoors, we have something super for everyone. Kids, moms and dads alike will love these summer DIY ideas. Enjoy!
Seriously, how cute are these? Here’s the perfect summer craft for you and your kids. Make Bottle Cap Bugs from recyclable materials such as bottle caps. They are great for kids of all ages since they can go simple or intricate as they can. Fight off the summer boredom with this simple and quick craft idea from This Grandma Is Fun.
Try this quick arts and crafts activity that will produce a homemade paper plate tambourine! It’s easy to make with supplies you probably already have on hand so you might want to give this a try. Get your kid to love singing and dancing with this fun and colorful paper plate rainbow tambourine. Homemade instruments are such fun and a fantastic way to inspire musical creativity and experimentation in your kids.
Whether you want to grab a group of kids together and do this craft throughout the rest of the summer or you just put it on for your kiddo when they claim afternoon boredom, this Popsicle Stick Tent craft is the perfect thing for you. Not only are they are cheap way to get creative, but they are versatile. There are so many different things you can do with them other than this craft idea.
Add a bit of character in your backyard with these DIY Birdhouses that you can make with your kids. Children can let their creativity run wild and adults will love participating, too. All you have to do is grab several empty cartons, some pretty acrylic paint, and strings/yarn and get crafty. When dry, poke a hole in the top, add a string. Fill with bird seed and hang it, easy-peasy!
Now that summer is here, I was inspired by pool noodles at the local dollar store. There’s so many cool uses for inexpensive pool noodles. These sweet sailboats are a quick craft that are fun to race in the bath or kiddie pool. With a few basic supplies, you can make this simple craft that will make a big splash with the kids.
Another craft idea that I thought was cute and that you would have the supplies for was this great Button Snail from I Heart Arts and Crafts. To create the colorful snails, all you need are some old CD’s and some buttons. If you don’t have an old CD to reuse for this craft you can use a piece of cardboard, just cut it into a circle big enough for the snails shell.
Does your kid love slime? Well, generally, they do! Plus it is so simple and easy to make. This is the perfect craft to do with your kid especially for hot summer afternoons or for rainy days. To keep them entertained, make your own cute slime fish in bag. Give this a shot- the kids will love it for summer vacation.
Summer wouldn’t be summer without colorful pinwheels spinning in the breeze. Learn to make this DIY giant paper pinwheel, perfect for summer days crafting with the kids. Not only will they have fun, you can actually use this as an accessory or decor for your BBQ or family gathering on a weekend.
Here is an easy paper mouse craft with no folding necessary. I am all about quick and easy crafts and this paper craft fits the bill perfectly. You could also have the kids trace and cut out their own circles. Don’t you just love the little curly tail? Super adorable!
Yarn Monsters are crazy, zany creatures that are fun to make and fun to play with. Teach your kids how to make their own monster friend with this cool tutorial from Zingzing Tree. It looks similar to making a pom pom but I just love the way this craft turned out. They are absolutely brilliant and I am just loving the googly eyes on them.