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Sunshine and Crafts: 5 Fantastic Summer Craft Projects For Kids

Summer craft for kids has become a necessity to find, especially during the summer breaks when kids are at home. With their attention span being shorter than ever, you need some activities that are not only fun and easy to do but are also attention-grabbing, mind-spinning, and educational at the same time.

With kids being home during the summer break and temporarily out of school, they have so much extra time to do many fun activities with their parents, like going to the beach, playing games, eating ice cream, and enjoying their favorite summer activities. But what to do when they are at home, simply getting bored?

Once they are done with their homework, what will occupy their time? They itch to do something fun and exciting instead of being cooped up inside the house. They feel trapped, and then they start to throw tantrums.

Anyone, who has spent time with kids, knows that, even though easily distracted, they love looking at and doing art and craft stuff. They will gladly color every house surface with colors, pens, markers, pencils, and anything else they can get their little hands on instead of getting bored. So, why not introduce them to activities that will keep them happy while keeping your house safe?

You and your kids can enjoy some quality time, killing the summer boredom, while making fun summer crafts this summer season. Here are five amazing easy Summer crafts for kids. They don’t require many craft supplies and can easily be done by the most “un-crafty” parents.

1. Paper Plate Watermelon Suncatchers

This is one of the easiest to make fun summer crafts for kids made with just a paper plate. Kids of all ages can make these. Preschoolers and toddlers will require a little assistance from their parents, but this super easy summer craft can be made by the older kids alone, without any help.

1.1 Requisites:

  • Paper plates (White)
  • Tissue Paper (Pink)
  • Tissue paper (Black)
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Sticky cellophane sheet
  • Green paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors

1.2 Steps To Create This Summer Craft For Kids:

Step 1:

Take the paper plate, and cut out the circular center part. Leave only the zig-zag edges of the paper plate and color the bottom of the zig-zag edge with green color.

Step 2:

Cut the sticky cellophane sheet into a rectangle. Cut the black tissue paper into small circles and paste it on the sticky side of the cellophane sheet.

Step 3:

Now cut the pink tissue paper into small squares and place them on the sticky side of the cellophane sheet. Now, take another cellophane sheet, cut it into the same size as the last one and stick it on the last cellophane sheet so that they cover the tissue papers completely.

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash/2019

Step 4:

Now, take the cellophane sheet, which looks like the insides of a watermelon, and paste it on the zig-zag edges of the paper plate that you painted green. Secure it with tape.

Smooth out or cut the extra edges of the cellophane sheet to make it seem like a slice of watermelon.

Step 5:

Hang it on your window with a thread, and voila! Now you have a watermelon suncatcher made of paper plates.

2. Pool Noodle Monsters

Before jumping into the activity, let’s learn something about pool noodles. A pool, swimming, or water noodle is a flexible cylinder made of solid foam. It is used in many things like; exercise gear in water aerobics, as a toy in the pool, and as a float. Four feet long and three inches thick is the measurement of the most famous pool noodle, made of polyethylene foam. They also come with a hollow and inflatable core made of neoprene and vinyl, respectively.

One little project you can take up this summer is to make something out of pool noodles. It’s one of the most fun ideas for kids to make and enjoy on a crafty morning while playing in pools or even in a bathtub in the house, making art and goofy googly eyes at each other, throwing in their water guns, and learning something new.

We humans never forget happy memories. Create some with your children this summer. With the help of a few art supplies from red ted art or heart arts, let’s learn to create a Pool Noodle Monsters Sailboat.

2.1 Requisites

  • Pool Noodle
  • Craft foam/Craft paper
  • Ice cream stick/Barbeque skewers/long, thin wooden stick
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Paper Cutters
  • Some cool and cute stickers

2.2 Steps To Create This Summer Craft For Kids:

Step 1:

Cut your pool noodle vertically with the paper cutter to make the hull of your pool noodle monster’s sailboat.

Step 2:

Cut two triangles out of the craft foam to create the sail of your sailboat. Now thread the skewer/ice cream stick/thin long wooden stick through the foam post cutting.

Photo by Eva Bronzini: 2021

Let your children do this under your supervision. Doing this will become an exercise to improve their fine motor skills, and they will feel responsible for an important task given to them, not to mention they will feel like they are one of the frugal adventures and will bring out the best ideas to create other summer arts.

Step 3:

Put colorful paint on the craft foam, decorate it with cute and cool stickers and other crafty things you can find, and stick the skewer into the pool noodle.


Cut another smaller triangle, take some art project supplies and make it look however the little ones want the flag of their pool noodle monsters sailboat to look like and paste it on top of the skewer.

Enjoy your sailboat!

Photo by Luca Lago on Unsplash/ 2019

3. Vase Painting To Plant Flowers

If your adventure-seeking, adorable, smart, creative preschoolers and toddlers have their minds set on painting, fret not! The flower pots and vases in your house will come in handy.

This is one of those made-from-heart crafty things that will develop fine motor skills in your kids and give them more peace than any essential oils. They will remember this all summer long.

One of the simple ideas is one little project for a crafty morning, evening, or night, that you can spring upon your children as a surprise.

3.1 Requisites:

  • A flower pot/vase
  • Colors
  • Paint Brush
  • Flowers

3.2 Steps To Create This Summer Craft For Kids:


Take a clear flower pot/vase or at least one with a solid, single color. Give the vase to your kids.

Step 2:

Take some paint and brushes and hand them over to your kids.

Photo by Anna Kolosyuk on Unsplash/ 2017

Step 3:

Let them do whatever fun they want with the vase and the colors. This summer craft is one of the best ideas to let your kids be as creative as they want.

Photo by Phil Hearing on Unsplash/ 2020

Step 4:

Let the vase dry for a day or two. Plant flowers in them and enjoy the summer through your kids’ art.

4. Bowtie Pasta Butterflies

Most kids love pasta as much as they love ice cream, or even more. Not only will you read this on some blog posts and statistical analysis sites, but you can see this in your own house. So, why not have some creative summer craft ideas on how pasta can be turned into amazing art? Let’s make some colorful bowtie pasta butterflies.

4.1 Requisites:

  • Bowtie pasta
  • White sheet of paper
  • Black Marker
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue

4.2 Steps To Create This Summer Craft For Kids:

Step 1:

Please take a few pieces of the bowtie pasta and make them colorful by painting them with different hues.

Photo by Heather Ford on Unsplash/ 2017

Step 2:

Paste the colored pasta on the white sheet of paper with glue after the pasta is dry.

Photo by Dragos Gontariu on Unsplash/ 2019

Step 3:

Now, take the marker and draw the antennae on the head of all the bowtie pasta butterflies. Also, draw some flowers and grass to make the butterfly-in-the-garden scene complete.

Photo by Klaus Nielsen/ 2020

5. Rock Paint

This summer craft for kids is best when you go to a beach or someplace with rocks. Kids of all ages enjoy rock painting. Collect some rocks while strolling down the beach with your kids.

There is something about rocks that nobody can stop picking up if they find them beautiful. Hence, you will not even have to tell your kids to collect them; they will do this themselves because they are adorable.

5.1 Requisites:

  • Rocks
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

5.2 Steps To Create This Summer Craft For Kids:

Step 1:

Wash and dry the rocks you picked, so they do not have sand left on them.

Step 2:

You can be as creative as you want to be. Paint the rocks with your kids. Have fun while painting these. It is not a chore. Instead, it’s a leisure activity that is fun for the kids and a pleasant, much-needed break for you.

Photo by Mariah Hewines on Unsplash/ 2020

Step 3:

Once you are done with painting the rocks, dry them and display them on different shelves in your house.

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash/ 2021

In addition, to having fun with painting, you can be funny too. Paint and write inside jokes, word puns, their favorite cartoon characters, funny quotes, and more on the rocks, and encourage the kids to do so. The kids will love them.

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  • Shefali

    Shefali is a writer and an avid reader. She loves to create fantasies and imaginary worlds through her words. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and is pursuing her master's degree in international relations. She has been writing for a long time, she has become an SEO content writer specializing in lifestyle, health, entertainment, books, and some technical niches.

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