Summer Arts and Crafts for Kids

Ideas for fun and easy crafts to do with kids

The lazy days of summer are perfect for doing crafts with kids. Kids can work on fine motor skills such as cutting, gluing, and drawing, and can exercise their imaginations So the next time you need a quiet activity after a day of fun in the sun or need some fun and creative way to entertain kids on a rainy summer afternoon, pull out your art bin and make one of these fun summer crafts for kids.


how to make paper fans
Katherine Lee
Here's the perfect summer craft for kids -- paper fans! They're easy and fun to make, and when you're done, you can use them to stay cool. You can share them with friends, or give them away at your next celebration as a party favor. All you need is some pretty paper, wood Popsicle sticks, and adhesive tape, and voila! Beautiful fans in an endless array of colors and patterns.


Washi Tape Rocks, Starfish, and Shells

summer crafts
Katherine Lee

It's amazing how a little thing like a roll of washi tape can transform ordinary rocks and shells into decorative paperweights or make paper starfish to jazz up photo frames. Learn how to make these fun summer crafts with washi tape.


felt crafts
Katherine Lee
Let your kids use their imaginations and practice honing their fine motor skills by designing, cutting, and sewing (with plastic kid-safe needles for younger kids) colorful and fun felt pouches to store money, small toys, and other treasures.



easy friendship bracelets
Katherine Lee
Here is a simple friendship bracelet pattern that's perfect for school-age kids. Friendship bracelets are that classic kid craft that we all remember doing, and children today are just as wild about making and sharing these pretty symbols of friendship and love. It's the perfect summer craft for kids to do on a lazy afternoon!



braided bracelet
Katherine Lee
Making friendship bracelets is a timeless childhood ritual that's becoming popular again. Here is an idea for an easy bracelet that's made by simply braiding satin rattail cords. Your child will love making and sharing these beautiful bracelets!


4th of July Paper Rockets

4th of july craft
Katherine Lee
This fun and festive paper rocket 4th of July craft is easy to make, and kids will love hanging them around the house to celebrate Independence Day.


starburst paper fans for 4th of July
Make a batch in different colors and patterns. Katherine Lee

Learn how to make these pretty starburst paper fans with kids in just a few steps. They're the perfect fun 4th of July craft and decoration all in one!



4th of July star wands
Make several star wands in different colors. Katherine Lee

These super-easy star wands are fun to make with kids, and are the perfect thing for a 4th of July celebration! 


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