8 Kids Crafts to Make This Summer

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Are you excited for summer break with the kids? No more rushing off to carpool. Time to sleep in, snuggle, hit the beach, and… what’s that they are asking for snacks again? Wait, stop hitting your brother, who had that Lego first? You want to watch more Caillou! HELP… How many days left till they go back to school!

I know there are moments we enjoy and cherish with our kids. I know that older lady in the grocery store told you to enjoy every moment, “they grow up so fast” she remarked as your toddler screamed for M&Ms in the checkout line. I know these times are precious, but really I can’t wait till they are all old enough to fasten their own car-seat straps, I mean I really don’t think I’ll miss that.

Wherever you are in your motherhood journey I think we can all agree that summer days can get LONG! I’ve brought together some of my favorite craft ideas from around the web. Put these on your summer bucket list and use them to break up some of those long days and make memories with your kids. And don’t worry if your crafts don’t turn out picture perfect, I’m sure the ones we make at my house won’t be perfect!

1. Sponge Sailboats

Your kids are going to love this idea because it’s both a craft and an activity and because it involves water! What is it with kids and water, and kids and mud for that matter, it’s incredible how happy they are when they are getting their messiest! This awesome ideas comes from Andreja and her Easy Peasy and Fun Blog. You will need:

  1. Sponges
  2. Wooden skewers
  3. Construction paper
  4. Glue

Sponge Sailboat Craft- Summer Kids Activity

2. Pinecone Bird Feeders

These are so simple and easy to make and they don’t require lots of supplies! Dana from Made Every Day Blog shares how she and her kids made these cute feeders. To make these you just need:

  1. Pinecones
  2. Peanut Butter
  3. String
  4. Birdseed (to make life easy on yourself you can order birdseed from Amazon- Affiliate Link)

Easy Kids Craft/Activity Homemade DIY Pinecone Bird Feeder

3. Popsicle Stick Birdhouse

This colorful birdhouse idea comes to us from Babble. If you have lots of birds in your area you could turn bird watching into another activity and make a little notebook of the birds you spot as they eat from your feeders. Snap a picture of each bird with your phone camera and print them out for your notebook (okay reality check, I probably wouldn’t follow through and do this, but I’m sure there is a mom out there who would, amazing follow through mom this is for you, the rest of us moms, no guilt okay!) To make this colorful little birdhouse you will need:

  1. Colored Popsicle sticks
  2. Hot glue gun
  3. String
  4. Birdseed

Popsicle Stick Bird House. Kids summer activity, kids craft

4. Ice Cream Stick Bugs 

These little bugs are so stinking cute! All the details for how to make these are on the Krokotac site. And the bonus to making these is you have to eat ice cream bars first to get your sticks! Supplies include:

  1. Construction paper
  2. Glue
  3. Ice Cream Sticks

Ice Cream Stick Bug Craft for Kids/Children's summer activities

5. Cupcake Liner Crab

There are so many creative moms in the world! I just love seeing what all these marvelous moms come up with! This idea comes from Rachel. You can find all the details on her blog I Heart Crafty Things. To make these cute crabs you will need:

  1. Cupcake liners
  2. Construction paper
  3. Glue
  4. Sequins (don’t have these on hand, you can order them on Amazon– Affiliate Link)

Cupcake Liner Crab Craft- Kids Summer Craft

6. Paper Plate Dream Catchers 

This is a great way to use paper plates! I think this craft would appeal to older elementary kids too as it’s more detailed. Jen from The Suburban Mom gives full directions on her blog for how to make these. You will need:

  1. Paper plates
  2. String
  3. Feathers

Paper Plate Dream Catchers/ Crafts for Older Kids

7. Noodle Sunflowers

These bright sunflowers are a great craft to make this summer! Michelle from Crafty Morning shares how she made them with her kids.To make these you just need:

  1. Construction paper
  2. Pasta
  3. Glue
  4. Paint

Sunflower Made From Pasta Craft for Kids/ Children's Summer Activity

8. Garden Rock Caterpillar 

Isn’t this just the cutest! I want one in my garden and the kids would love painting this! Janel from NellieBellie shares instructions for how to make this adorable caterpillar. Supplies you will need include:

  1. Craft paint (You can get this great Martha Steward Paint from Amazon: affiliate link)
  2. Rocks

How to Make a Garden Rock Caterpillar|Painting craft for kids

I hope these ideas inspire you! Have a lovely day beautiful Mamma!

~ Kirsten