Looking for fun Summer activities at home? Having a staycation and need ideas for summer for kids, for preschool and for teens? Well, we love summer adn we love these classic Summer Activities and classic Summer Crafts. Make and play and enjoy! (We also have an amazing set of Summer Arts And Crafts for Preschoolers to check out if working with younger kids!).
We do love the Seasons and we love how the crafts vary through the seasons too – Summer Activities and Crafts to me are all about lazy afternoons with plenty of time to finish your work, outdoor games and garden crafts and playing with water. It is about hanging out with friends, making your own lemonade and feeling the grass between your toes. Blowing bubbles (using your own DIY Bubble Recipe, as endorsed by the London Science Museum) and much much more….
So. I have picked out some of our favourite Classic Summer Crafts from around the web (and Red Ted Art) – either they already are Classic Childhood Crafts for the Summer… or they soon will be! Hope you enjoy them and fancy having a go!!
Any thing upcycled and thrifty is right up my street. I love how Two Shades of Pink, make this upcycled Ring Toss game look so gorgeously vintage and fun. Make one for the garden or the Summer Fair – make this your classic summer craft and game to enjoy year on year!
Garden Tic Tac Toe
A “new kid on the block” – well a new kid to me – over recent weeks, I have been getting to know the delights that Thrive 360 Living has on offer. Lots of gorgeous crafts, but I do like this Garden Tic Tac Toe for the Summer holidays. My kids LOVE collecting stones and this is so pretty! If you can’t find a large tile to play on, just draw your grid with chalk on the ground!
Or have a go at this simple sticks and stones Tic Tac Toe game! Love those super cute little bees and ladybirds and the kids will LOVE to help make them!
Another craft that has been on my to do list or literally forever is this simple bug hotel! There are so many different variations of this around, but I think that this is one is very easy to make with all age groups. Love that it is made from all those natural materials and provides lots space for creepy crawlies.
Summer wouldn’t be the same without a Pinwheel. They come in ALL shapes and sizes… we decided to use some sharpie pens and clear plastic foil. But make them from anything – newspapers to origami!
Whilst on the subject of wind… make kites with these kids. We have two gorgeous Kite Guest posts here on Red Ted Art, both will take time and care to complete, but hey all look GORGEOUS. We have the Owl Kite from Creative Creatures and Butterfly Kites from The Journals of Giddy Giddy.
Drawing with Side Walk Chalk is BIG BIG BIG in our house and we so have to have a go at MAKING our own side walk chalk, something we haven’t yet had a go at. I know the kids will adore it. Chck out how me jumbo chalks using TP Rolls. Here is ANOTHER great DIY Sidewalk Chalk recipe for you to check out! Love the cute shapes this one comes in, perfect as summer gifts!
If you have caught the art bug and have grown bored of the Sidewalk Chalk above.. why not have a go at DIY Puffy Paint? Super fun and the results look GREAT! We have another fabulous Heart Puffy Paint Project for here to browse too!
Friendship bracelets take me back to my teen years and Summer camps. I remember making these for hours. To me this is one of THE classic crafts that I hope my kids will learn to make one day! Check out our friendship bracelets for beginners instructions!
If working with younger kids, you simply HAVE to try out these “cardboard” friendship bracelets, super easy.. super fun.. and the results look great!
How about some fun with water. Made for those hot hot hot summer days, this is a great way to cool down. Sponge Balls have taken the internet by storm and no (hot) summer childhood should be without one. Just remember to go and hide when the kids are armed with these! Thanks to One Charming Party for the how to.
I have said it before and I will say it again – do not underestimate the humble paper boat. Learn once how to make them and make them anytime anywhere… from colourful paper or from a magazine page or newspaper. These are quite little entertainers to whip up in no time. The same of course goes for paper planes!
You probably also know that I am a huge fan of Walnut Boats. I just think the are so cute and again they are quickly and easily made. Use colourful tape for the masts and then should they get wet, you just pop the boat up again and let it sail (paper will get soggy and you will need to let it dry).
And who can resist a stick raft? Especially when it is a beautiful as this one from Mini Eco? Love the idea of using bright contrasting string to tie your raft together. So pretty.
Or why not delight your kids with a water wall. This is crafty, fun AND sciency all in one and you can have hours of fun with it. Playing by The Book made this great one a couple of years ago, do check it out, I know that one day we will have to make one for sure!
Again one of those “classic activities” for kids – pressing flowers and leaves. We love to experminet and see what works well and what doesn’t. You do not need fancy equipment a heavy book and paper will do (or a notepad pushed under a heavy suitcase if you are on holiday). We have shared our top flower pressing tips plus a couple of craft ideas. They make great memories of your holidays. Just be sure to pick flowers “responsibly” and ask!
Many of use spend part of their Summer holidays a least a little bit by the sea side and collecting shells is a big childhood favourite. Chiffon Souffle makes some gorgeous Seashell Frames. They make great gifts from kids to family too.
Shell Necklace for Young Kids
We have a GORGEOUS shell necklace for you next, but first we have this super duper EASY Shell Necklace that Preschoolers can make. Super easy process and the results look wonderful. Take a look at this one today!
I LOVE these necklaces, they are soooo pretty and with using melon seeds and shells simple “smack” of Summer Sun! Growing Up Creative shares their craft. I so want to make one.
I have no idea how well these work, but I ADORE these Bubble Wands – whether you are making GIANT BUBBLE WANDS or small ones – I book marked these a long time ago to “have a go” with the kids. Maybe this Summer we FINALLY will, who knows. But all kids LOVE bubbles, so why not make some pretty wands yourself (they would make a great Summer Party “activity” and take home gift. The photo is by Lady Lucente on Flickr.
Armed with Bubble Wands… you will now need your very own Bubble Recipe. Here is the one we like to use and we have great fun with it all summer long!
Summer is the time to “harvest” any lavender you have growing in the garden. We LOVE making Lavender wands with the older kids or stitching simple Lavender bags with the younger ones. They smell beautiful and make great gifts too. My daughter also uses hers as a “fairy wand”.
Sunshine Flags (or Messy Art!!)
How about making some splat art – sunny warm days, are a great opportunity to go outside and get messy. Do splat art or spray art or GIANT art. Whatever you choose. Here we made “Sunshine Flags“…
For the modern child, this SOON will be a childhood classic – photo journaling. A great way to get into photography, learn about your environment, do a little writing and record your holidays. My son LOVED this project when he was three and am sure would love to do it again this Summer. This is how we approached our Photo Journaling.
More GREAT (and free) photography ideas for kids here!
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