Summer break is here! You will want to have these summer craft ideas in your arsenal for every time you hear “Mom, I’m Bored”!  Here are 50+ kid-tested and Mom approved boredom busters sure to create hours of summer fun!

I even have two awesome guides for summertime – a free printable summer bucket list and a list of 100 summer activities for kids. Trust me, you don’t want to miss these as there are fun and easy crafts and activities for little and big kids.

50 summer crafts and activities for hours of summer fun

With so many things to choose from, you’re sure to discover a new favorite summer craft for kids.

Summer Crafts and Boredom Busters for Kids

Here is a long list of DIYs to do when you’re bored!  You will find art projects and craft projects that will keep kids busy this summer. Look through the list and grab some crafting supplies to keep on hand for when you hear, “I’m bored”.  They will love the summertime!

Make and play crafts

  1. Go back in time and make can phones
  2. Have some ooey gooey fun with homemade slime
  3. We love this fluffy slime.
  4. Learn about science and let your kids think you are amazing by making some oobleck
  5. Explore underwater with a DIY aqua scope
  6. Catch butterflies with a homemade butterfly net
  7. Have fun with a bubble blower and more tips with a bubble snake.
  8. Hold a backyard regatta with these clever juice box boats
  9. Make your own dazzling kaleidoscope
  10. Paint it up with amazing homemade puffy paint
  11. Strike up the band with your own homemade musical instruments
  12. Tell your fortune with this printable fortune teller
  13. Make an entertaining yo-yo balloon
  14. Bring on the rain with a homemade rainstick
  15. Make your own scratch-off paper –so cool!
  16. Make chalk paint to decorate sidewalks and patios
  17. Personalize your own Yo-Yo
  18. Watch Brave and make a DIY bow and arrow
  19. Go on an adventure and keep your boys happy all summer with this duct tape bullwhip
  20. Go outside and play catch with this DIY bleach bottle catch game!
  21. Stamp out boredom and make your own homemade rubber stamps
  22. Have a water fight with these summer sponge bombs
  23. Guaranteed hours of fun make homemade playdough
  24. Do more than color make your own crayons in cool shapes for all sorts of fun
  25. Make your own Lemonade Stand

Art activities

  1. Make a summer journal covered with your child’s artwork
  2. Set your back yard aglow with beautiful tin can lanterns
  3. Get creative with this cute rock tutorial
  4. Get creative and make your own stepping stones
  5. Keep in touch with friends with these homemade postcards
  6. Marbleize Paper with this recipe
  7. This crab paper plate craft is super cute.
  8. Kids will feel proud when they see their very own DIY kid-created wall art hanging on the wall. These even have good reminders.
  9. Rock Painting is always hit. Remember making pet rocks?

Crafts You Can Wear

  1. Make friendship bracelets for all your friends
  2. Create a beautiful bracelet on your next nature walk
  3. Decorate your flip flops with this duct tape flower
  4. Learn how to tie-dye and turn it into a cool bag.
  5. We also love squirt gun tie-dye.

Sewing and crocheting projects

  1. Get sewing with these beautiful printable sewing sheets.
  2. Make your beach towel super easy to carry to the pool by making it into a clever beach towel tote bag
  3. Practice crochet and create a beautiful crochet mosaic
  4. Make your own beary cute softie with this printable
  5. Make your own fabric scrap dolls
  6. Sew a simple bookmark for your favorite book
  7. Create your very own creature!

Useful Crafts

  1. Make a summer journal covered with your child’s artwork
  2. Set your back yard aglow with beautiful tin can lanterns
  3. Make your own scratch-off paper –so cool!
  4. Get creative and make your own stepping stones
  5. Keep in touch with friends with these homemade postcards
  6. Make your own Lemonade Stand
  7. Kids will love to decorate their room with a washi tape light switch cover.

Crafty Foods

  1. Play with your food with this edible food paint
  2. Make smores on a stick
  3. Cool off with the best ice cream sandwich recipe
  4. Make bread in a bag
  5. Make ice cream in a bag
  6. Keep kids reading by reading the book “Arnie The Doughnut” and then make felt donuts
  7. Make rock candy

Nature Crafts

  1. Make your own DIY Chia Pet
  2. Plant some fun and create a flower pot person
  3. Get involved with nature with DIY birdhouse

More DIY Summer Crafts and Fun Activities

Fun summer Crafts for Indoors

If you find it too hot or rainy to be outside, these indoor art and crafts projects will entertain and engage little hands for hours!

For more summer fun check out these genius summer hacks. And don’t forget, if all else fails, you always have crayons and paper on hand for kids to make their own masterpieces (affiliate links included).

So many fun crafts to do when kids are bored! You will be able to turn off the screens and turn on creativity. You are ready for an awesome summer.

Need some help managing screen time this summer? This printable Screen Time Rules is very helpful.

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Summer just got waaay easier!

Use these tried and true activities that you can keep handy for spur-of-the-moment fun. Get the most out of summer with a good mix of routines, chores, and fun activities! All ready for when you hear, “I’M BORED!”

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  1. when I click on the links to download the printable sewing cards, I get an error page. Please let me know if there would ge another way to download these projects

  2. I get an error page when I click on the links to download the printable sewing cards

  3. These are really great ideas! Can’t wait to try some of them with my niece. Thanks for the post!

  4. Thank you! This is the first summer I will be able to spend with my kids (5 &7) as I have recently retired from the Navy! I want this to be a summer to remember!! Thanks again!

  5. What a great list! Definitely need to keep this so I have something to go to when my child and I need something to do together!

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