31 Easy DIY Projects For Kids: How To Have Fun With Your Kids This Summer!

31 Easy DIY Projects For Kids: How To Have Fun With Your Kids This Summer!

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It’s summertime (or close to it)!

Which means its time for easy DIY projects you can do with your kids. ūüôā

Yes, I started that post with an exclamation point because I genuinely think summer is the perfect season, hands down.

It’s full of warm days and sweet strawberry popsicles, and camping outside in the open.

Now, along with summertime, is when the kiddos start getting restless, and when you have to start thinking of productive and fun ways to keep them busy.

Summers usually go by smoother when you prepare ahead of time and keep some ideas on the back burner when it comes to schools letting out and having the kids at home the WHOLE day (or if you homeschool).

What exactly can you do to keep kids busy, entertained, learning a thing or two, and overall happy?

Well, here are some ideas I put together that you can sift through to find your favorites.

They revolve mostly around crafts that they can do along with some outdoor activities as well.

Let’s look at how we can get started planning a fun summer for everyone involved‚ÄĒ

First Things First: Create Your Kid’s¬†Art Caddy

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To make sure your kids and their friends have everything they need to have a successfully crafty summer, it’s a GREAT idea to start a craft box.¬†

I found this art box as inspiration on Blog.ooly and thought it was absolutely gorgeous. <3

The colors are so bright and vibrant and it’s an excellent example of how you can create your own caddy and get creative with it according to the summer activities your kids choose.

The Caddy

 

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There are all kinds of caddies you can use to create your own unique art box. I found this caddy and thought it was perfect for an organized crafty summer.

Your caddy can be made out of all sorts of materials. Some other ones that are great to work with and easy to clean are:

Galvanized caddy: This one is great if you’re looking for a more rustic look to your art caddy, it also has lots of space for all kinds of crafts.

Bamboo Caddy: Bamboo caddies look very pretty once you get all the supplies in them, though they are more prone to being marked by all the paints and markers. It’s still a great caddy option.

Create-A-Space Caddy:¬†This one you can mix and match each individual caddy. It has a lot of compartments if thats something you like better for organization’s sake.

The Essentials
These are all the ingredients you need to make sure your kid’s summer is filled with fun and joy and creativity!

Markers

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Every art adventure needs a good set of markers you can use anywhere at any time. These colors go beyond the basic primary reds blues and greens which makes them extra versatile and pretty!


Glue

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Glue, well glue is pretty self-explanatory. Especially with some of the projects in this list, glue will definitely be a necessity.


Glitter

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Glitter! This glitter set is perfect for any kind of DIY art project imaginable. I love that there is a wide array of colors so you can mix and match endlessly.


Paper

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I would say about 75% of the projects here are paper-based so you do want to make sure you have enough paper on hand to go around. These colors are just gorgeous and can be used for many creative projects.


Paints

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Fun DIY crafts aren’t complete with some paint to throw around and get messy with. This primary paint set is great for simple art projects and best of all it washes right off!


 

31 Easy DIY Projects You Can Do With Your Kids This Summer!

How to make popsicle turtles using three sticks and God's Eye Weaving Pattern

Image Source: Pink Stripey Socks

These turles are the absolute cutest and can be used to decorate your fridge if you simply stick a little magnet on the backs of them. They’re a great project for the little animal lovers in your life.

Get directions here. 

Summer Sewing Cards 

free printable sewing cards

Image Source: Kids Activites Blog

These cards are sooo pretty and they can definitely make a good ‘thank you’ project. If your kids ever need to write a thank you letter to their grandparents or their teacher then they can definitely make some of these cards.

Grab the FREE printables here. 

DIY Custom Flip Flops

Image Source: Lifestyle For Real Life 

These custom¬†flip flops are not only fun to make but they’re also useful! They make for an awesome group project and best of all they’re mess free. My friend Marybeth over at Lifestyle For Real Life shows you how to put them together (along with other awesome DIYs you should definitely be checking out).

Super Bouncy Balls

Image Source: Life’s Carousel

How about making some super bouncy balls with your kids? They’ll love the glittery colors and have fun bouncing them off the walls.

My friend Sasha over at Life’s Carousel has this and other kid-friendly tutorials worth checking out!

Here are the full directions. 

Make An Art Bot

Video Source: Kids Steam Lab

This project is one of a kind and one your kids will be sure to enjoy. Instead of doing a written tutorial, they’ve made a video showing you how to put this art bot together. Check out the video (there’s more where that came from here.)

DIY Embellished Sunglasses 

Image Source: Ruffles and stuff

Summer= Sunglasses time. Which means you could totally be spending some time with your kiddos embellishing some. Make sure you check out the tutorial. 

DIY Boat Fresco

Take a little trip this summer with a Rocking Boat Paper Craft - this is one boat you can rock! Check out the video for the complete how-to.

Image Source: Artsy Craftsy Mom

Boats are perfect if you want to put together a 3-D fresco your kids can keep forever. Get the full tutorial right here.

Sparkler Fireworks Pom Poms 

My children love sparkler fireworks but as a mum I find them a bit scary and worry about possible accidents and burns! Don't you? Whether you're celebrating Bonfire Night, Fourth of July, New Year or a birthday here's a fun Kid Safe Sparkler Firework Craft to add to the festivities.

Image Source: Kids Craft Room

These can be so fun to shake around and are perfect for the 4th of July. They don’t really involve any paint, just some basic materials.

Here is the tutorial. 

Painted Wood Boxes 

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Teach your kids some organizational habits with these painted wood boxes. They’re great keepsakes for helping them to get their room organized and they can be used to store all kinds of things.

Here is the tutorial (with lots of pretty pics!).

Vacation Memory Jar

Kids beach memory jars

Image Source: Kix Cereal 

These are a perfect keepsakes for your kiddos to put together if you go on vacation and bring back some keepsakes (like seashells and the likes). This is a great project to keep them busy for sure.

Get started with your Vacation Memory Jar. 

DIY Hanging Jellyfish 

Craftiments: Kids Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Craft

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These are so pretty! Ass soon as I found them I popped them on this list. They make a great classroom project for kids in science class.

Here’s how you can make these awesome jellyfish hangers.¬†

DIY Dory Hat

DIY Finding Dory hat perfect for an easy costume, trip to Disneyland or Walt Disney World, for cosplay or just because you love Dory!

Image Source: All For The Boys

If your kids are in love with Nemo then they’ll love to put together this Dory baseball cap. It’s a great way for them to express themselves and get the sun out of their face at the same time. Pretty great DIY summer project if you ask me.

Here are the directions to get started!

Glow In The Dark Fairy Lights

 

Image Source: The Gold Jelly Bean

Kids ove anything that glows in the dark, why not make these fun DIY glow jars that they can keep as night lights? They’re quick and easy to make, and there is a step by step tutorial right here.

Tin Can Bowling

Once you've collected a few dozen tin cans, let your kids paint them their favorite colors and use them as bowling pins!Full instructions here.

Image Source: A Girl And A Glue Gun

This one can double as both a summer game and a painting project. There are all kinds of ways you can bring a dull can to life with a little paint and some brushes. Just make sure you put down some newspaper to keep the paint off the floors.

get the tutorial.

Fun Sponge Balls

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Colorful sponge balls are a great no hazard activity to make and play with (and they last forever). All you have to do is learn how to put them together. Here is the tutorial. 

Glitter Soap

This Blue Glitter Gem Soap is a fun and easy kids DIY that they will love to use and make! These are great party favors or holiday gifts too!!

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Glitter soap is perfect for a girly get together. Their shape is cool and you can make them smell great by adding some essential oils.

Here is how to make them.

Grow Your Own Bean Plant Project

COOL KID SCIENCE: Grow a bean in a jar

Image Source: Growing A Jeweled Rose

This one is so creative and can also be a great science experiment for the classroom or homeschooled children. Teach your kids about plants and cells with this awesome bean plant project.

Here is the simple tutorial. 

Create Some Sock Monsters

Kids Craft: DIY Sock Monsters

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Sock monsters are perfect for all the missing socks out there that will never find a partner. You can make the project no sew for younger children so they don’t have to handle a real sewing needle.

Powder Fight Fun

DIY holi powder for color fight

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This project might be better for older aged kids but fun nonetheless. Have you ever seen those powder fights people have on tv that leaves them covered in colors all around? You can recreate that at home with your kids.

Here’s how to do it.

DIY Kinetic Sand 

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Forget going out and buying some expensive kinetic sand. Just make some with your kids at home. It’s a project you can both enjoy and it’s pretty fun to play and make shapes with. Make sure you watch the video for full directions.

Mason Jar Snow Globe

Make your own DIY summer snow globes

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Snow globes can be fun little trinkets for your kids to enjoy making. All you have to do is find their favorite figurines and a mason jar of their choice. Pretty lovely!

Get the snow globe tutorial here. 

No-Sew Fleece Octopus 

Fleece octopus tutorial

image Source: While She Naps

Forget teddy bears, make this no-sew fleece octopus instead. It makes for a great decorative plush toy for their room, or can even serve as a pillow if you make it big enough.

Get the directions here.

Summer Sign

printable-pineapple-decor

Image Source: Sister Suitcase Blog

Show your love for summer by creating a sign together! Perfect for family reunions and parties!

Find out more here.

Fairy Houses

Turn empty plastic water bottles into adorable little fairy house night lights! Fun for a child's room or a nursery, or even the garden.

Image Source: Crafts By Amanda

I would have drooled at these fairy houses if I would have had then back when I was seven. They are just the prettiest and can make a great mommy and daughter(s) project.

Here is how you make them. 

Watercolor Pillows

How to Make a Painted Watercolor Pillow

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Your kids will love these watercolor pillows. I mean let’s face it, who doesn’t want to bury their face in colorful fluffiness? You can have fun with your kids while you make them and let them dry.

Here is how you make them. 

Dream Catchers

these dreamcatchers were made by 5-7yr olds in art camp

Image Source: Art Bar Blog

Dreamcatchers! Everybody loves a good dream catcher. And whether you believe the old myths and stories behind them or not, they’re a pretty project that can be fun to put together.

here’s how.

Unicorn Glitter

Unicorn Poop Slime Recipe

Image Source: The Best Ideas For Kids 

Gooey DIY slime is in no way out of style! Especially this Unicorn type. Isn’t it so mesmerizing to look at? There are a TON of slime recipes out there ( I really like the galaxy slime recipes too) so you can have your pick of the ones that you like best.

As soon as I set eyes on this Unicorn Slime I knew it was the one.

Get directions here. 

Fun Fan Faces

Image Source: Mr. Printables

Fans are great for the heat and make a pretty fun at home DIY project. Make sure you create a ton to give to your whole family and share with friends. To take it a step further, you can even string them together to create a nice fan garland.

Here are the directions. 

Bunny Pom Poms

Pom Maker tutorial - How to make a bunny pompom

Image Source: Blog.Pommaker

Bunny Pom Poms are the cutest creations on planet Earth (second to actual bunnies though). Why not create some bunny pom poms to have some fun with? You can use them as magnets or string them together to put them in your kid’s room. The possibilities are endless.

Here is how you make them.

Alphabet Bingo

Free Printable Alphabet Bingo

Image Source: Crazy Little Projects

Alphabet Bingo is a great way to learn your ABC’s!

This is a super creative twist on bingo and you can use M&M’s, jelly beans, or skittles as placeholders!

Here are your directions. 

Shoebox Foosball Game

Image Source: U-Create Crafts 

This is a super creative project that your kids can whip out and use to play with their friends when they come over. They’re sure to have a plast putting it together.

Here is the tutorial. 

Marshmellow Toothpick Structures

marshmallow and toothpick building challenge with preschoolers

image Source: Munchkins And Mom

Here is a great way to create little structures without having to go out and buy a whole Lego set. This is a great project for kids with curiosity as to how things work and that enjoy building things. Best of all you can use things other than marshmallows, like jelly beans for example.

Here is where you can find out more. 

Rock Candy!

ROCK CANDY EXPERIMENT: A beautiful Science experiment & a yummy treat all in one. My kids loved checking on their jars each day to see if the rock candy had grown!

Image Source: Growing A Jeweled Rose 

Rock Candy is a great way to end this fun list of creative things to do at home with your kids. I remember making these myself when I was in third grade and I was completely ecstatic with my rock candy, to say the least.

Here’s how to make it.¬†

The Fun DIY Crafts List Is Endless

I would probably break my site if I tried to cram all the DIY projects you could do over the summer with your kids. I’m not sure I can even pick a favorite out of all the craft projects and activities since they are all unique, fun, and useful in their own way.

Keep in mind, though some of these projects can be fun, they can get messy real quick. That’s why it’s always good to make sure you have a designated art area where they can play and create awesome things.

Now it’s your turn. What was your favorite summer DIY craft idea out of this list? Make sure you let me know below!

Happy Crafting! ūüôā