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!
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.
Paper Bag Mermaids
How cute are these paper bag mermaid puppets?!
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!
Recycle a box and craft one of these cute cardboard mermaids.
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.
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!
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!
Shirts, socks, hats, pants, sweatshirts — tie-dye it all this summer! These American flag tie-dye shirts are especially awesome!