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Summer Crafts For Preschoolers

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Are you looking to do some summer crafts for your preschooler this season?

 

Look no further!

 

Engaging in crafts, such as making vibrant nature-inspired artwork with delicate flower petals and creating imaginative DIY projects using a variety of materials, is a fantastic way to keep your child entertained, ignite their creativity, and foster their continuous learning during the summer!

 

In this blog post, I will explore some of the best summer craft ideas for preschoolers that you can do right at home – so grab your supplies and let’s get started!

 

Here are over 30 marvelous crafts that are fan favorites!

 

1. Rain Sticks

Supplies Needed:

Tin foil, wooden spoon, paper towel roll, marker, paper, tape, rice

How-to Guide

You will start by crumpling and rolling some tin foil around a wooden spoon. Take the coiled tin foil and insert it into a toilet paper or paper towel roll. You can have your child color and decorate a piece of paper that you can wrap around the toilet paper roll, or directly decorate the roll. Make sure to seal the bottom of the roll with some of the decorated paper and some tape. Add your desired amount of rice or dry beans to the roll. Seal the top and you are all done! For a more comprehensive illustration, view my guide to make your rain sticks here

 

2. Coffee Filter Butterflies 

Supplies Needed:

Coffee filters, markers, spray bottle, pipe cleaner

How-to Guide

Using washable markers, have your child color several coffee filters. (This activity specifically works if your child colors on two coffee filters that are layered on top of each other.) Lay the colored coffee filters on a washable surface. Using a spray bottle, mist them with water. The more the filters are sprayed, the more the design runs and bleeds; the choice is yours!

After the coffee filters are dry, accordion fold the filters back and forth. Stack two folded filters (either two identical filters that were colored together or two different filters) on top of each other. Fold a pipe cleaner in half, and put the filters in between the folded pipe cleaner, having the middle of the filters secured against the pipe cleaner. Twist the pipe cleaner and curl the two open ends to look like butterfly antennas. Fan out the accordion pipe cleaners to reveal your beautiful watercolor butterfly!

 

3. Honeycomb Painting

Supplies Needed:

Bubble wrap, paint, paper

How-to Guide

Cut out a square of bubble wrap and paint the bubble side yellow. Lay the painted side of the bubble wrap onto a piece of paper and lightly press down. Carefully peel away the bubble wrap. The bubble wrap leaves behind a painted design that resembles a honeycomb! You can cut the paper into the shape of a hexagon or a beehive, or just leave it as is! 

 

4. Rock ‘n Roll Painting

Supplies Needed:

Rocks, paper, box, paint,

How-to Guide

Have your child go outside and find several small rocks. Then let them select their favorite colored piece of paper and place it in a wide, box or container. Squirt some paint into the box. Drop several rocks into the box and let your child roll the rocks around through the paint along their paper! You can add a lid or cover to the box and let your child shake the rocks around in the box. Now you have a beautifully painted piece of paper, and some painted rocks that you can use to decorate outside!

 

5. Caterpillar Name Craft

Supplies Needed:

Paper, cup, pencil, glue, marker

How-to Guide

Use a cup to trace out circles to amount the number of letters in your child’s name, plus one more circle (For Thomas you would need six circles for the name plus one more circle to make seven circles). I like to let the kids pick out different colors for each circle. Slightly overlap one circle edge with another and glue it in place. Glue the remaining circles together the same way to form a line, it doesn’t have to be straight! Draw a caterpillar’s face on one of the end circles. Following the caterpillar’s face, spell out your child’s name on the remaining circles, putting one letter on each circle. You can color and decorate your name caterpillar and add some legs and antennae! For a more comprehensive illustration, view my guide to make your Caterpillar Name here

 

6. Butterfly Symmetry Painting

Supplies Needed:

Paper, marker, paint

How-to Guide

Print out a butterfly outline on a piece of paper or draw one yourself. Carefully fold the paper in half along the butterfly’s body, making sure to have a wing on each side of the fold and in line with each other. Unfold the paper and have your child paint one side! After they have finished painting, fold the paper with the wet paint on the inside. Press the folded sides lightly together and then carefully unfold them to reveal your symmetrical painted butterfly! For a more comprehensive illustration, view my guide to make your symmetrical butterfly here

 

7. Fingerprint Bugs

Supplies Needed:

Paint/stamp pad, paper, marker

How-to Guide

Have your child dip their finger into different washable paint colors or a stamp pad and then dot their finger across a piece of paper. After the paint has dried, draw little eyes, legs, wings, antennae, etc on the fingerprints to resemble little bugs! Draw a large jar outline on your paper and finger paint your little bugs inside the jar for added fun! For a more comprehensive illustration, view my guide to make your fingerprint bugs here

 

8. Sensory Bottles

Supplies Needed:

Disposable plastic bottle, water/oil/glitter/marbles/beads, hot glue

How-to Guide

Use any empty disposable water bottle for this activity (preferably something made from sturdier plastic). You can fill the bottles with all sorts of different materials: water, oil, seeds, rice, glitter, marbles, small toys, sequins, beads, ect. Make sure to secure the lid to the bottle well using hot glue. 

 

9. Animal Silhouettes

Supplies Needed:

Animal outline, painters tape, paper, paint

How-to Guide

Print out your child’s favorite animal outline and cut it out. Loop painter’s tape and stick it to the back of the animal, and then stick it to a piece of paper. Let your child paint the paper making sure to paint over the animal. When they are finished, carefully peel off the animal to reveal the animal’s silhouette! 

 

10. Rainy windows 

Supplies Needed:

White paper, blue water color paint, straw

How-to Guide

Lay a white piece of paper on a flat surface. (You can draw a “window” outline on the paper to add effect if you would like). Carefully pour a little bit of blue water color paint onto the paper. Let your child use a straw to blow the paint in different directions to create the rainy look! 

 

11. Slime

Supplies Needed:

White glue, water, food coloring, baking soda, saline solution

How-to Guide

What kid doesn’t love slime? It is so fun to be able to make your very own slime! This is the perfect sensory activity for the kids to explore and keep them fully engaged! Follow my recipe here for some fun!

 

12. Sticky sensory garden

Supplies Needed:

Nature elements, contact paper

How-to Guide

Go outside and collect small nature elements such as flowers, grass, leaves, or sticks. Back inside, stick the collected nature elements to the sticky side of clear contact paper. After you have finished, attach the contact paper to a window to view your sensory garden! 

 

13. Flower Dye

Supplies Needed:

White flowers, vase, water, food coloring

How-to Guide

Pick out some white flowers and put them in a vase filled with water. Add some food coloring to the water. Over the next several days, watch the color creep up and dye the white flower petals. 

 

14. Build A Bug

Supplies Needed:

Flour, salt, oil, cream of tartar, hot water, food coloring

How-to Guide

Have your child help you measure out 3 cups of flour, 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of salt, 3-4 tablespoons of oil, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 3 cups of hot water, and your favorite food coloring. Mix together to make your homemade play dough! Now you can roll or shape your play dough to make different bugs! You can add beads, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, etc to enhance your bug!

 

15. Earthworm Beading

Supplies Needed:

Pipe cleaner, beads

How-to Guide

Give your child a pipe cleaner and some beads. Have your child slide the beads onto the pipe cleaner. They can do different patterns or all one color, the choice is theirs!

 

16. Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils

Supplies Needed:

Salt, flour, warm water, circle cookie cutter, dinosaur toys, baking paper, cookie sheet, oven

How-to Guide

Make the salt dough by combining ½ cup of salt and 1 cup of flour. Add in ½ cup of warm water and mix until it is a dough-like consistency. Roll out the dough to be about an inch thick. Use a circle cookie cutter to cut out circles in the dough. You could also just have your child roll some dough into a ball and flatten it with their hands. Press a dinosaur toy into the dough, making sure you rock the toy in different directions so that the imprint is clear.

Place baking paper onto a cookie sheet and place your fossils on top. Bake in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour. Thicker fossils will take longer to dry. You may want to flip the fossils every so often to help them dry out more evenly. Feel free to decorate or paint your fossils after they have cooled! 

 

17. Pinwheels 

Supplies Needed:

Paper, scissors, hot glue, craft stick

How-to Guide

Cut a piece of paper so it is square. Cut each corner towards the middle of the paper, stopping a ½ inch – 1 inch before you reach the middle. Fold each of the diagonal cuts over itself, lining up the edges. Put a dab of hot glue on the back, in the middle of your pinwheel. Stick a straw or craft stick to the hot glue. Blow on the pinwheel and watch it spin! 

 

18. Wind Chimes

Supplies Needed:

Yarn, plastic cups, decorated paper, branch

How-to Guide

Using string or yarn, attach small plastic cups, decorated paper, or other objects to a larger branch. Hang the branch outside where it can catch a breeze. 

 

19. Painting with Nature   

Supplies Needed:

Nature elements, paint, paper

How-to Guide

Go outside and collect grass, flowers, sticks, or rocks. Use these materials to paint on paper. Notice the different designs each material leaves on the paper.

 

20. Cloud Dough

Supplies Needed:

Cornstarch, conditioner

How-to Guide

Have your child help your measure out 1 cup of cornstarch and ½ cup of conditioner. Mix together and you have some fluffy cloud dough!

 

21. Painted Rice

Supplies Needed:

Gallon storage bag, paint, rice

How-to Guide

Pour some rice into a Ziploc bag. Have your child pick out a couple of different colors of paint to squirt into the bag, along with the rice. After sealing the bag (you can reinforce the opening with masking tape if needed) let your child squish the rice and paint to create different colors! Afterwards, use your finger and draw different shapes, letters, or pictures in the rice.

 

22. Flower Petal Name

Supplies Needed:

Paper, pencil, white glue, flower petals

How-to Guide

Write your child’s name in large letters on a pieces of paper. Have your child trace the first letter of their name with white glue. Pick the petals off of a flower and attach the petals to the glue. After your child finished the first letter, move on to the next and then the next until their whole name is finished and outlined with flower petals!

 

23. Flower Stamping

Supplies Needed:

Paper, ink pad/paint, flowers

How-to Guide

Start by laying out a piece of paper and getting your ink pad ready (you can use paint if desired). Take a flower and press the petals into the ink. Now you can press your flowers on the paper to reveal different petal designs!

 

24. Suncatchers 

Supplies Needed:

Tissue paper, contact paper

How-to Guide

Have your child rip up several sheets of different colored tissue paper (this is a fun activity in and of itself). Then, stick the ripped pieces onto the sticky side of contact paper. You can cut the contact paper out in different shapes, or I like to have a template that the children stick the tissue paper around. After the tissue paper has been applied, you can stick the contact paper to a window to reveal your homemade suncatcher! 

 

25. Homemade Moon Sand

Supplies Needed:

Baby oil, flour

How-to Guide

Combine ¼ cup of baby oil for every 2 cups of four. Mix well and break up any clumps. This is a fun, easy activity that will keep your child quite engaged! Include shovels, playdough molds, or other toys to add to the fun! 

 

26. Tree Bark Rubbings

Supplies Needed:

Paper, pencils, crayons, chalk, trees

How-to Guide

Collect some paper, pencils, crayons, and/or chalk and go outside. Choose a tree and hold a piece of paper against the trunk. Using a pencil, crayon, or some chalk, rub it on the paper and see the different textures that come from the tree bark! 

 

27. Color Mix-Up

Supplies Needed:

Shaving cream, gallon storage bag, paint

How-to Guide

Spray some shaving cream into a Ziploc bag. Have your child pick out a couple of paint colors and pour some into the bag. Properly seal the bag (you can use masking tape to ensure it is sealed) and watch your child squish the bag to make new colors! Alternatively, you can let your child squish and smear the shaving cream and paint on a table or other surface with their hands and fingers for a fun sensory activity. For a more comprehensive illustration, view my guide to make your own color mix-up here

 

28. Chlorophyll Painting

Supplies Needed:

Leaves, paper

How-to Guide

Collect several different leaves from outside. Lay out a piece of paper and choose a leaf to use. Rub the leaf across the paper to “paint” the paper green!

 

29. Fly Swatter Splat

Supplies Needed:

Fly swatter, paint, paper

How-to Guide

Dip a clean fly swatter into some paint. Hit the fly swatter against some paper several times for a fun-looking art display (this activity can be messy)!

 

30. Apple Stamps

Supplies Needed:

Apple, knife, paint, paper

How-to Guide

Cut an apple in half and give it to your child. Dip the apple into the paint, and then stamp the apple onto some paper!

 

31. Sea Foam

Supplies Needed:

Warm water, dish soap, cornstarch, blue food coloring, blender

How-to Guide

Add ¼ cup of warm water, 2 tablespoons of dish soap, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, and blue food coloring into a blender. Blend on high until there are stiff peaks. Pour out the foam into a bin and add different toys, whisks, scoops, etc.

 

32. Frozen Paint

Supplies Needed:

Muffin tin, water, food coloring, craft stick, freezer

How-to Guide

Fill a muffin tin or ice cube tray with water. Drop some food coloring into each spot. Put a craft stick into each spot and then freeze. Once frozen, have your child use the frozen paint to paint on a piece of paper or on  the sidewalk!

 

 

Summer crafts for preschoolers can provide endless entertainment and educational opportunities.

 

Not only is crafting fun for kids, but it can also inspire their imaginations, help them to develop their fine motor skills, and keep them learning throughout the summer.

 

So grab some supplies and enjoy crafting with your kids!

 

You may also like:

Summer Activities For Kids

Bug Crafts for Preschoolers

Fun and Engaging Spring Activities For Preschoolers

Fall Art Projects

 

 

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