Family Camp Is in Session: 22 Easy Summer Crafts You Can Make With Your Kids at Home

Camp Family is in session, and it's arts and crafts time! If you're looking for a bunch of easy and fun activities to do with your kiddos, especially antsy toddlers who you know won't stay focused for long, we've rounded up a bunch of adorable DIY projects that all look super simple and will keep your crew busy. The best part? Most involve minimal materials that you likely already have laying around (yay for recycling!).

Keep scrolling for some craft inspiration; so many of these are great to save for a rainy day, but some — like those popsicle paints — look like the most fun outdoor activities!


Paper Plate Watermelon Garland

This summery garland would look adorable hanging inside or out!


Tree Bark Canvases

No canvas, no problem! These tree bark paintings look so cool!


Under the Sea Aquariums

These adorable aquariums were made with recylced materials!


Frozen Cool Whip Paint

This paint is made from Cool Whip, so your kids can take a cheeky little taste while creating msaterpieces!


Rock Fish

Create an aquarium full of pet rock fish with your kids.



You can create a suncatcher in any design — like this ladybug, a sun, a fish, and more! — to add some brightness and color to your windows.


Fairy Bird Feeder

This bird feeder craft uses paper plates to create fairy wings.


Tie-Dye Initial Face Masks

Getting your kiddos involved in the mask-making process might make wearing them feel a little more fun.


Paper Shark Headband

Your little baby shark is going to love this headband!


Carboard Mermaids

Recycle a box and craft one of these cute cardboard mermaids.


Cardboard Squids

These little squids are darling, no?


Clothespin Garden Labels

Whether your child can write yet or not, they can help to paint and decorate clothspins to label your family garden.


Marker Leaf Art

Using leaves found in your yard and washable markers, your kids can create easy and beautiful nature art.


Popsicle Cards

These sweet popsicle cards would be so fun to send to friends or to give as birthday cards!


Cardboard Unicorn Popsicles

These cardboard popsicles can be decorated any way your kid's heart desires!


Watermelon Mason Jars

Use this DIY mason jar as a drinking glass, marker holder, or for flowers — really, the possibilities are endless!


Paper Plate Suns

These would look so cute hanging in a window!


Popsicle Paints

These popsicle paints may not be edible, but they definitely make cool-looking art!


Summer Perler Beads Magnets

Make magnets for the fridge with perler beads in summer themes — like this watermelon!


Cardboard and Cotton Bud Ice Cream Cones

These cardboard ice cream cones almost look good enough to eat.


Pom Pom Popsicles

Pom poms, popsicle sticks, googly eyes, and a little bit of glue go a long way in creating these colorful pops.


Tie-Dye Paper Towels

All you need for this cute DIY is paper towels, a scissor, and markers!


Tie-Dye Shirts

Shirts, socks, hats, pants, sweatshirts — tie-dye it all this summer! These American flag tie-dye shirts are especially awesome!