Are those lazy long summer days calling your name? We are entering full summer mode here. Our days are slow and long and full of summer crafts and activities.
It’s amazing to me how summer can feel so different than the rest of the year. Maybe it is because our activities wind down, but for one reason or another summer feels so very different than the rest of our homeschool year. We tend to have so much more time to enjoy all sorts of summer crafts and activities!
We tend to fall into a much lazier routine around here in the summer. Yet we somehow end up crafting and creating almost every day. Most of the times the ideas come from my little ones themselves, but once in awhile I will get a spark of creativity and prepare a special summer craft or two.
Here are some of our favourite summer crafts and activities for kids. So many of these come straight from my childhood!
Make a Car Track in the Garage: Like they say, the sun can’t shine every day! When it is a rainy summer day, take those little ones to the garage with some chalk. We used to love doing this! Incredible roads and parking lots were created and little ones would play for hours. We have moved since I originally wrote this post and we are now garage-less. I definitely miss it on those rainy summer days!
Weave a Sunflower: This is such a great summer craft for kids! It strengthens fine motor skills, works on patterning and math skills with weaving, and turns out to be a beautiful sunflower. Such a great way to use a paper plate.
Wild Child WindSpinners: Summer is definitely for the wild child. My wildest one and I set out to create a beautiful wind chime one sunny summer afternoon, and well, I will just say that this summer craft did not go quite as expected! However, the end result was beautiful. Summer fun for sure!
Marble Painted Monarch Butterfly: Marble painting is such a classic craft for kids. This was a fun way to explore that painting medium last summer time – making monarch butterflies! We used tissue paper so we could hang them up in the window afterwards and have beautiful suncatchers.
Nifty Nature Belts: This summer activity for kids is such a fabulous one to keep up your sleeve! If your summer day is needing a little pick me up, this one is for you. Grab a role of duct tape and get to collecting those summertime treasures.
Frozen Yogurt Melts: After all that summertime play, we definitely need some treats to cool off. These frozen yogurt melts are delicious and FUN for the kids to make too. Plus, much healthier than most frozen summer treats too.
Wood and Stumps Play: If you happen to be doing any construction this summer time, leave all those wooden scraps for play! And if not, I have a great tutorial for how to make these awesome DIY building blocks. This summer activity is so much fun, fabulous ‘heavy work’, and full of learning too.
Knotted Pillows: This is such a fun summertime craft. There is absolutely no sewing required, making it ideal for kids of all ages! These turn out so beautiful and are even perfect as a craft for kids to make and sell.
Weaving Baskets: Those little fruit baskets are plentiful in the summertime. We decided to grab some yarn and do some weaving – they turned out so pretty! Plus weaving is such a great learning activity for kids.
A Stair Way Marble Run: My little guys ended up having a blast with this activity (after a little while of showing no interest in it whatsoever!!) They loved moving the tubes higher and lower, closer together and farther apart, making that marble go as FAST as possible!
A Flying Egg Carton Helicopter: This is a neat STEM activity for summer time that is full of all sorts of learning opportunities for children. We made these helicopters that spin and twist super fast out of paper and an egg carton. It is an awesome summer science activity for kids!
Pebble Art: If you take a trip to the beach this summer, be sure to bring home some beautiful and smooth beach pebbles. Maybe a little driftwood too! Creating gorgeous pebble art is so easy and such a beautiful keepsake summer craft.
What do you think? Some fun and classic summer crafts and activities for kids? I hope there were a few new ones in there for you too.
If not, you might want to check out this post over on Happiness is Homemade: Summer Crafts for Kids – loads of great summer craft ideas!
Or this post over on Hands on as we Grow: 30 Summer Crafts for Kids if you are still seeking that perfect summer activity.
We are so ready to get fully into summer mode over here. Bring on the sprinklers and hopscotch!
Happy summer friends,