Celebrate the arrival of summer with some of our summer crafts for kids! All our ideas are adaptable for all ages of kids, and most are quick and easy to make with materials you will already have.
Perfect for summer, we have a lovely collection of butterfly crafts - many of which you could hang outside for a pretty summer garden craft display.
Next time you visit the beach, comb the shores with your children to gather supplies for your own spectacular beach sculptures! Please note that very strong glue is needed to make these sculptures, which, for safety, should only be handled by adults.
Have you tried "painting" with tissue paper? It's fun to do and the results can be unexpected and textural! This beach ball works well because the variation in colour enhances its 3D effect.
Here is a clever technique which will allow children to create a really effective bonfire painting for Bonfire Night (or Holi, or Fourth of July, or Diwali) or a campfire for summer...
Bubble painting is a fascinating crafty activity for kids, which produces different results every time. It can be a bit messy though. Take it outdoors and it makes a great outdoor summer activity!
Make your own bubble blowing mixture! Summer wouldn't be summer without the chance to blow bubbles! Use our bubble recipe to make up your own batch of super bubble mixture. Store it in jars or bottles overnight for an even better mixture.
Our Campfire Craft provides a campfire which is perfectly safe for children of all ages - and, even better, you can bring it indoors if the weather lets you down! When you have made it. why not gather around and sing some campfire songs!
We had such fun with this flip flops craft! It is a perfect group activities - perhaps for a summer party, or a long rainy afternoon with friends - and uses up all your scraps of paper, wrapping paper, card and ribbon!
Here's a fabric flower craft for kids which will use up your scraps, provide practice for kids learning to sew, and create a really pretty display!
A sailing flotilla is a glorious sight for any occasion - so why not capture the excitement with your own flotilla collage? A family, group or classroom of kids could make a fabulous display with a collection of these...
This Flower Face mask can be adapted with different colours, different sized petals, different materials - you could even change it into a "sun" mask.
Make some of these gorgeous sweet treats with the kids this spring - perfect for cheering up the table or as an Easter treat, too!
In this guest post, Shelly and her kids make a four seasons tree - a fun and easy season craft suitable for all ages and abilities...
Summer is the strawberry season - yum! If you can't celebrate by getting out to pick some strawberries, why not try making a handprint strawberry!
Take advantage of a glorious summer day to combine a craft and outdoor activity in one! And if the sun isn't shining, you could always use the bath tub!
Don't leave your favourite soft toy at home this year! The kids will enjoy getting Ted ready for his summer holiday or vacation, too!
What a useful gift! Kids can have great fun decorating and personalizing a can cooler for everyone in the family, a favourite teacher, or friends.
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Here is a clever craft idea for summer. Kids can make this garden plaque extra special with all their treasures and display it in the garden to admire - or give it as a very special gift!
We used bits and pieces from our junk cupboard as well as scraps of fabric and found objects from the garden to make this miniature indoor garden - a great project for a rainy afternoon, to being the outdoors inside!
The photo doesn't really do this pretty pipe cleaner flower card justice I'm afraid! Playing with pipe cleaners is a lovely activity for little hands but younger children may need some help putting the petals together.
Making your own puffy paint and painting a puffy paint picture is fun for kids of all ages and uses basic supplies only. Have a go and see what the kids can create!
Next time you visit the beach, bring home the supplies to make this Sandcastle Collage with your kids! Collect a little sand in a resealable bag or a small plastic food container or tub, and find some small, flat shells too.
Grab a box, raid the craft cupboard for interesting bits and pieces and paint, and make your own seaside diorama to put out on display. It's almost as good as going to the beach!
This lovely craft idea can be undertaken in one go as a project on the seasons - or in four parts over the year as each season arrives. However you choose to do it, the canvases make an eye-catching display.
Take advantage of a trip to the beach to collect shells for this pretty shell photo frame - it makes a sweet gift which the kids can make themselves, too.
This is definitely an outdoor project! Protect the kids' clothes well (or take them off on a summer day!) and be prepared to hose the children down well afterwards.
Here's an unusual strawberry craft which gives the kids an excuse to sprinkle on some glitter. Make one or a whole punnet!
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Our Strawberry Necklace is an original summer craft for kids to make - with the added benefit that they can wear it proudly!
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Collage projects are great for all ages and abilities of children, as even the most reluctant or hesitant artist can produce an exciting result. They also work particularly well with mixed aged groups.
This Summer Spiral looks pretty dangling in the breeze and sparkling in the sunlight. It's a very pretty craft for kids to try in the summer - our photo doesn't do it justice!
Bring a little sunshine into your home with this super easy sun handprint craft for summer! And as it involves some painting, some tracing, some cutting and some sticking, it proves a particularly popular craft for kids!
Brighten up a room with this quick and easy recycled craft idea which uses an old foil pie plate and sweet wrappers!
Care should be taken with very young children as the points of the "sun" can be sharp.
Celebrate the summer with this gorgeous sunflower handprint painting, which is fun and simple for kids to make as a summer painting project. Imagine a whole "field" of these on display!
Children will be thrilled to use their own artwork to make a height chart to display on the wall - and the sunflower is a usefully tall flower, so perfect for making this height chart!
Scrunching up tissue paper and gluing it to something else is always such fun - and this finished beach ball picture is sure to be a favourite. If you print the colouring page onto card you could cut out the finished ball for display.
Don't leave your favourite soft toy at home this year! The kids will enjoy getting Ted ready for his vacation, too!