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Fun and Easy Summer Craft Projects for Toddlers and Kids

Updated on July 24, 2014

Kids Summer Crafts

Here's a variety of cute and easy summer crafts for toddlers, preschoolers and kids including a ladybug pet rock, cereal necklace, toilet paper roll butterfly and more.

Making crafts is such a fun summer activity. Children can be creative and then marvel at their work when they're finished. It's a good way to settle them done for a bit and keep them out of the heat of the summer.

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Ladybug Craft

Ladybug Craft
Ladybug Craft

To start with, you need a rock that is large enough to paint, but small enough for a child to handle. Be sure to clean it before beginning this craft. Now you're set to paint the body of the ladybug red. Wait for the paint to dry. I always use washable paint when it comes to kids.

Once dry, paint the head black and add the black spots. This time when the paint has dried, add the googly eyes. Kids now have their own ladybug pet rock.

Ladybug rock image by WriterJanis.

Sun Craft

Sun Craft
Sun Craft

All you need for this is a paper plate, craft sticks and yellow paint. Begin by painting the back side of a paper plate. It's best to paint before cutting the plate to keep the plate from curling up. When dry, cut out the middle to use as the base for the sun.

Take craft sticks and paint them yellow. It's up to you how many you choose to use depending on how full you want the sun's reys to be. Once dried, glue them on the back of your base and you now have a completed sun craft. If you would like, you could add a face to the sun.

Sun image by WriterJanis

Craft Stick Frame

Pebble Craft Frame
Pebble Craft Frame

Get four craft sticks or Popcycle sticks and arrange them into the shape of a square. Glue them together. Once the glue has dried, add glue to the sticks, then place your pebbles on the frame.

I happened to use pebbles for this craft, but there are a variety of other items you could use like buttons, small seashells or anything else that would fit and kids would enjoy. You will now have a nice summer frame. Perhaps you could add a picture of the kids doing this craft to it?

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Washable Paints

8-Oz. Color Splash! Washable Tempera Paint (Pack of 12)
8-Oz. Color Splash! Washable Tempera Paint (Pack of 12)

If you do a lot of crafts, you should have a good supply of washable paint on hand. This set comes with 12 different colors, so you're all set for your painting needs.

 

Bubbles Craft

Bubbles Craft
Bubbles Craft

Here a craft that kids love. I will warn you, though. It can be messy. What you need are bubbles, the blower, paper and food coloring.

Put a small amount of the bubbles in a container and mix in some food dye. Then, hold up a piece of paper and let kids blow their bubbles onto the paper. When they're done with their first color, mix another color with more bubbles and let them continue blowing.

Keep going until you have a finished piece of artwork. I only used three colors on this one. You won't get any fancy picture from it, but kids will love it.

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Dragonfly Craft

Dragonfly Craft
Dragonfly Craft

I really like how colorful dragonflies are and delight every time they come around. That's one reason for this colorful craft. You'll need three craft sticks to make this. Take one and paint it for the body. Take the other two and paint them for the wings.

I happen to like the look of glitter, so when the paint was dry, I added glitter to the sticks. When everything is dry, glue the wings onto the body and children will have a colorful dragonfly.

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Cereal Craft

Cereal Craft
Cereal Craft

Children will really enjoy making this Fruit Loops necklace. Just get some yarn and have them string the Fruit Loops on the yarn. Once they have enough, an adult can cut the yarn and put the necklace on the child.

When the child no longer wants to wear it, an adult can remove it and the child can have a tasty treat!

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Butterfly Toilet Paper Roll Craft

I really enjoy all of the wonderful crafts that can be made with empty toilet paper rolls. To make a butterfly, choose a color and color the toilet paper roll. This will be the body of the butterfly.

While the paint is drying, click on the butterfly image below to be taken to the original source where you can print out a copy for free. Color the wings with crayons or coloring pencils.

Once the paint is dried, glue on the wings to the back. Now, add googly eyes and a smile. Finally, take two small pieces of pipe cleaner and glue them inside the tube in back to make the antenna. You've now finished this beautiful butterfly.

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Butterfly Outline

Butterfly Outline
Butterfly Outline

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Summer Craft Book

Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore, and Share
Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore, and Share

Looking for more craft ideas? This book contains 175 different craft projects for kids of different ages. The crafts in this aren't just for summer, but are for year round. Think of all the crafting fun kids will have.

 

What's your favorite kind of summer craft?

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @goldenecho: Glad this brought back some good memories for you.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: Yes, it's best to have lots of things to do.

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      Gale 3 years ago from Texas

      Fun ideas! I remember doing rock ladybugs as a kid. Fond memories.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      Summers can be very looooong without activities for kids ... Thanks, I appreciate the tips!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @Mickie Gee: Many people probably do already have these items. Good point.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @georgepmoola2: Thank you!

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      Simple craft ideas to keep kids busy during the summer. Best of all, you just might have the supplies on hand NOW!

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      Lovely ideas!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @DuaneJ: They're both fun and easy to do.

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      DuaneJ 3 years ago

      I especially like the stick crafts.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @Rhonda Lytle: Thank you very much.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @asereht1970: How about doing coloring crafts?

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @takkhisa: That must have been so fun.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      These are awesome. Loved the bubble craft. Neat!

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      I'm starting my nieces and nephews on crafts. But i think they prefer drawing.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      What a beautiful lens with some interesting summer craft projects! Yesterday I went to granny's house to see my little cousin. He wanted me to make a kite, so we made one together, it was fun! Thank you.