11 Kids Summer Craft Ideas

School’s out, the sun is shining, and it’s shaping up to be a beautiful summer. There’s just one problem. The kids are getting bored.

As a private preschool, we know a thing or two about keeping kids entertained. That’s why we’ve compiled this great list of craft ideas for you and the kids to get stuck in with this summer.

Nature Crafts

Here are some great craft ideas you can do at home with materials found in your garden!

1. Ladybird Rocks

To make these little critters, all you need is some gloss enamel paint or acrylics, brushes and some stones from your garden or even the local park.

Simply clean the stones and dry them off before painting them to look like your favourite creepy crawlies. If you paint enough, you can even use them to play tic-tac-toe. All you need is four straight sticks to make the board!

A ladybird rock, paintbrushes and paint bottles

2. Flower Crowns

Kids love to pick flowers, leaves and any other plants they get their little hands on. So, why not make them the rulers of their own garden with a flower crown?

All you need to create them is some paper or card to make the band and some glue or double-sided tape to stick the flowers down. You can even add some glitter for a little extra magic.

3. Bug Hotel

Bug hotels don’t have to be anything fancy!

You can make one by cutting a large plastic bottle in half and filling it with anything you have in your garden. Sticks are the best choice as well as broken pots, bark and pinecones.

Once you’ve packed your bottle, tie it up somewhere your kids can see and watch as your new hotel reaches full occupancy!

Children inspecting their bug hotel

Beach Crafts

It wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the beach. Here are some ideas on beach-related crafts you can do at home with your kids.

4. Sea Shell Jewellery

Kids are natural foragers, so any day out on the beach is going to end with pockets full of sand and shells. So, why not make something out of it?

Give the shells a clean and then drill either one or two small holes through the strongest part. Then, let your kids loose with some coloured markers, glitter and maybe even some stick-on gems and watch what they create!

Thread some string through the holes you drilled and let your kids wear their creations all summer long.

5. Sand Art

You’ll be relieved to know that this craft doesn’t involve actual sand.

Pour some salt or sugar into a container and add a small amount of food colouring. Mix the two together until they’re combined with no lumps. Voila. Coloured sand!

Now all you need is some card and PVA glue to make your very own sand art! Simply brush the adhesive on the card and sprinkle the sand over the top.

Home Recycling Crafts

If you haven’t got the time to go foraging or you live in an area that doesn’t have as much access to nature, then these crafts are for you!

Plus, you can teach children a great lesson about recycling and protecting the planet at the same time.

6. Summer Jar Lanterns

These homemade summer lanterns are the perfect craft idea for children of all ages and even adults!

All you need are some clean, empty jars and some glass paint. Then all that’s left is to paint your jars with whatever design you want. Once they’re dry, pop a tea-light candle inside and you’ll have some fabulous illumination for your next evening on the patio.

A small painted jar

7. TP Roll Binoculars

Help your little ones become explorers. For this craft, just glue or sellotape two empty toilet roll tubes together and thread some string through to make a strap.

After that’s done there’s no limit to how you decorate these binoculars; be it with markers, paints or coloured card. Why not try hiding some stuffed toys in your garden and send the kids on their very own safari!

Paint Crafts

For those who don’t mind it when things get messy, we’ve got some great craft ideas involving paint.

8. Water Balloon Art

If you’re feeling brave, then this is definitely the craft for you!

Set up a large piece of paper or card in your garden. If you can hang it up or attach it to a shed, that’s even better.

Fill up some water balloons with a mixture of paint and water and let them fly! Your kids will have great fun creating these splatter works of art and there’ll be laughter all around.

Three pairs of feet waiting around a bucket of water balloons

9. Giant Painting

If your kids love painting, why not take it to the max?

Find a huge – and we mean huge – piece of paper or maybe even an old sheet and lay it out in the garden.

Then just let your kids loose with pens and paints and see what kind of giant masterpieces they create with all that space.

Paper Crafts

We love origami, but it may be a little too advanced for some children. Good thing there can be more to paper art than just folding!

10. Paper Butterflies

These dainty paper butterflies are an adorable craft to brighten up those rainy summer days. All you need is craft paper, scissors, glue and pipe cleaners. Simply follow this tutorial and you’ll have beautiful looking butterflies in no time!

You can even adorn the antenna with different beads or decorate the wings before you fold!

11. Paper Plate Crafts

With barbecues and garden parties, you’re bound to have an abundance of paper plates leftover. You can either shove them to the back of the cupboard and forget all about them, or you and the kids can have some fun!

Grab yourself some markers, paints, glue and whatever else you can imagine and get to work! Why not add some googly eyes and make yourself some paper pals!

Whether it’s a rainy day or you’re just feeling crafty, we hope this list has inspired you to get making with the kids this summer.

If you’re considering a private preschool for your child, get in touch today by contacting our Director of Admissions & Marketing, Rachel Elliott, on 01395 280335 or email rachel.elliott@stpetersprepschool.co.uk.