30 Must-Make Summer Crafts for Kids

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What kind of crafts do you think of as must-make summer crafts for kids to create?

Summer is the one of the times I get really excited about crafting. It brings back all the memories of what we made at vacations bible school or summer camps.

There’s a nostalgia there that makes it fun to relive.

I want to be able to create that same nostalgia feeling for my own kids when they’re older. These are some fun summer crafts for kids to make that I think will give them that same feeling.

They do for me!

30 must make summer craft for kids!

30 summer crafts for kids to be sure to make this summer!

These 30 crafts I believe to be classic summer crafts for kids. They all give me that warm fuzzy feeling of remembering making them as a child.

  1. Make tin can wind chimes. (shown above)
  2. Make and decorate a colorful kite. Better Homes & Gardens
  3. Make an art masterpiece on a hot day.
  4. Make a milk carton bird feeder. Pink & Green Mama
  5. Make a classic butterfly craft.
  6. Make a bubble snake blower. Skip to My Lou
  7. Make a tie-dyed t-shirt or pillow case. (shown above)
  8. Make a flower crown for a king or queen. Artful Parent
  9. Make an adorable sun mobile. One Charming Party (shown above)
  10. Make a washer wind chime (wind spinner!). How Wee Learn
  11. Make spin art streamers for the 4th of July.
  12. Make clothespins caterpillars. Somewhere in the Middle (shown above)
  13. Make a sun suncatcher for the window. All Kids Network
  14. Make paper plate frisbees. Crafts by Amanda
  15. Make a washer necklace. Small for Big (shown above)
  16. Make a kaleidoscope. The Chocolate Muffin Tree
  17. Make a craft stick airplane. The Pleasantest Thing (shown above)
  18. Make pasta necklaces. Pink Stripey Socks
  19. Make paper lanterns. Inner Child Fun
  20. Make stained glass jars. Classic Play
  21. Make tie dyed looking bookmarks. First Palette
  22. Make a paper plate tambourine. Creative Family Fun
  23. Make butterfly wings to wear. Fun at Home with Kids
  24. Make twig ornaments to hang outside. Happy Hooligans
  25. Make paper bag masks. Miopop-up Mini
  26. Make homemade ice cream in a bag.
  27. Make and decorate walking sticks. Inspired by Familia
  28. Make a telescope for pretend play.
  29. Make a windsock from a plastic bottle. Rainy Day Mum
  30. Make nature suncatchers.

16 more summer crafts for kids can be found on A Mom with a Lesson Plan.

What summer crafts for kids would you add to the list?

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  1. Wendy says

    How about mask making? I made the free masks from masketeers.com with the kids yesterday which kept them busy and entertained for a couple of hours. They have some for sale but why bother when the free ones are just as good :)

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