Best Outdoor Summer Crafts for Kids

As the weather gets warmer, we don't want to be held up in the house with the kids. What a better way to get them outdoors then some fun crafts? We've got a bunch of fun ideas that will keep them busy all day long!

While the AC is always tempting duing the heat of the summer, we can't help but want to get the kids outside, and having fun! Check out these crafts that will do just that, and you might even have some fun yourself.


DIY Birdbath


This adorable birdbath will keep the kids entertained long after they’re done decorating. Thanks to The CSI Project, this bright yellow bath will definitely be making an appearance in our backyards this summer.


The Deluxe Kid Wash


We all love turning on the sprinkler to cool down on the hottest of summer days. But this Kid Wash courtesy of Spoonful turns your regular old hose into customizable clean fun that everyone in the neighborhood can enjoy! 


Shaving Cream Slip-and-Slide


Though Handmade in the Heartland tried out this shaving cream slip-and-slide with her 2 year old, we’re thinking this summer activity could work well for kids of all ages (We might even give it a go or two)


Ice Paints



Ice is our savior during the summer, so why not mix it into everything we do? These easy to make Ice Paints, via Mom Endeavors, melt as your kids paint masterpieces. They’re a bit on the messy side, but isn't that what sprinklers are for?


Spray Chalk


Sidewalk chalk and summer go hand-in-hand, so when we stumbled across Clever Pink Pirate’s spray chalk we just had to add it to our list of crafts to try! Though you can’t necessarily play hopscotch, we’re thinking our driveways will be pieces of art to show off to all of our guests!


Tin Can Wind Chime


We love wind chimes, and kid made crafts are our very favorite, so why not mix the two. With this DIY from She Knows we can have the best of both worlds, and relive our summer camp days.


DIY Bird Feeder


Our cookie cutters seem to go to waste during the summer months, but thanks to this DIY from The Grant Life, our kids and the birds can enjoy the silly shapes we’ve collected.


Fairy Garden In a Pot


We don’t all have enough room in our backyards for a huge garden. Pink and Green Mama knows our pain, and got crafty with these adorable mini Fairy Gardens. We plan on making some extra to give out as gifts too!


Wax Boats


We love this wax boat DIY from Housing a Forest because it recycles waste (can you guess where this wax is recycled from?) and can turn a trip to the park into a major boat race! On your mark, get set, go and make these boats today!


Bug Catcher


Lighting bugs, spiders, ladybugs and more. With this cute catcher from Better Home and Gardens your kids can play all day catching the crawling critters all around the neighborhood. Who knows, maybe they will find something new.


Sun Prints


Do your kids love nature as much as us? Well then get them outside collecting leaves and flowers. Warm Hot Chocolate says it shouldn’t take longer than 5 minutes to make, and each one is a perfect replication of the plants in and around your yard.


DIY Pool Noodle Race Track


Pool noodles and cheap and easy to come by in the summer. Ramblings from Utopia turned her summer toys into something else fun for the whole family. And it seems easy enough for an afternoon of fun!


Painted Rock Gnome Homes


Let your kids creativity shine! These Gnome Homes from Spoonful are adorable to place in your garden, or somewhere in the house, and will keep your kids imaginations thriving.


Patriotic Luminarias


The 4th of July is right around the corner, and these Luminaries from Aunt Peaches, are perfect for welcoming in Independence Day and showing your patriotism! Plus by using citronella candles the bugs will stay away all through the night.

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