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Easy Summer Kids Crafts

Ten fun ideas to keep kids creative all summer long.

Summer offers the perfect opportunity for kids to get creative on their own terms. To make the most of your kid’s summer break, supply them with materials and ideas to create plenty of new projects. Below you will find ten easy summer craft ideas for kids! Enjoy!

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Summer Crafts That Encourage Reading

Book Covers:

For older kids and teens, these book covers from Ruby Murrays Musings which are made from woven map pieces are a fun project and perfect for covering a notebook they are taking on a trip. For younger kids, go old school and teach them how to cover their books in paper bags and then color them! These step-by-step instructions from WikiHow can walk you through that process.


I’ve shared similar origami bookmarks with you before but these ice cream cone bookmarks from Maison ZiZou are especially perfect for summer readers!

Summer book reading for kids! Book suggestions.

Top Picks for Best Kid’s Books Ever

Check out this collection of twenty must-have books to encourage a love of reading in your children. Grab a few to present to your kids on the last day of school and start their summer vacation off right!

Crafts That Get Kids Outside

Rock painting, summer crafts for kids.

Rock Painting

Rock painting is a great way to get everyone outside. First, to find the perfect rocks for painting and then once completed, to hide them safely along the trail. Be sure to use non-toxic paints and choose stones that will not disturb an existing habitat. For some really cute ideas and inspiration visit Rock Painting 101.

Leaf press crafts for kids.

Leaf and Flower Press

It’s so much fun to gather flowers, leaves, and even grasses to bring home and press. Whether you make pressed flower bookmarks like these from Buggy and Buddy, or these beautiful framed pressed flowers from Lily Ardor.

Leaf painting - summer crafts for kids.

Leaf Painting

Leaf painting can be done in so many ways. You can paint the leaf itself and press it to the paper as we showed you in this post all about Fall Pressed Leaf Wreaths. Or, you can paint the actual leaf using it as a canvas as taught by Simple Fun For Kids.

Butterfly Earth Day Art Project reuses magazine pages

Upcycled Summer Craft Ideas

Magazine Butterflies

This is one of our favorite crafts! We made these years ago for Earth Day and they are still looking great hanging up in our homeschool room! Beautiful and easy to make, you can create individual butterflies or string them together to make a beautiful garland.

DIY Pretty Plant Pots

Whether you hand your kids some terracotta plant pots and some non-toxic paint or upcycle little play dough containers and decorate them with washi tape like Projects With Kids, this craft is dual purpose. Kids get to create and watch something they planted grow.

Summer-Themed Paper Plate Craft

Snail Paper Plate Crafts

I love this snail craft from Toot’s Mom Is Tired because I think the pom poms make it extra adorable. You can also use beads, tissue paper shapes, or torn construction paper pieces too.

Crafts for Kids Who Love Animals

Fingerprint Bee Hive Craft

This is such a simple yet fun craft for kids. They color the free worksheet and then create adorable little bees using their fingerprints! So cute!

The Paper Crown Craft

Grab some crayons, some scissors, some glue, and this printout, and kids can create their own unique paper crown!

More Fun Craft Ideas for Kids

Ok, I hope you have been inspired to help your kids create this summer! If you have a favorite summer craft idea you want to share with other families please submit it in the comments section below. We love to hear from you!

Wishing you a beautiful summer overflowing with moments you’ll treasure for always!


Before you go, I wanted to share some more summer resources with you from some of my very favorite homeschool bloggers! This collection is bound to inspire you to make the most of your summer! Enjoy!

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40 Boredom Busting Summer Ideas and Activities for Families

Everyone loves summertime! The sunshine, the late mornings, the later nights, being outside… All the experiences that are exclusively reserved for this time of year make summer a season like no other. The only trouble with summer is that it’s over before you know it. So, in an effort to make the most of each day and help parents answer the question every kid is asking (What are we going to do today?) I am listing 40 boredom squashing summer ideas and activities to keep everyone busy enjoying the moments.

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