August can be a crazy month. Whether you homeschool or your kids are going back to school, you’re probably trying to enjoy what’s left of summer while simultaneously gearing up for the new school year. With that in mind, we’ve found plenty of fun August preschool crafts to make the most of the month.
From pencil crafts for back to school season or lots of fun insects, boats, sand, and seashells, you’ll find something to do, no matter if you’re having fun in the sun or shopping for school supplies.
August Preschool Crafts
Let’s kick things off with some of our favorite August preschool crafts right here at Natural Beach Living. Sand, tie-dye, bees, and sounds of the ocean are among some of our recommendations. Doesn’t that sound fun?
Easy August Crafts for Preschoolers
When you can’t get to the beach to dig your toes in the sand, you can at least dig your fingers into our sand playdough! It’s perfect as a summer sensory activity. Add seashells and glass beads to make it look like you’re on the beach.
If you like tie-dye but want a subtler look, this shirt is for you! Make a band of color across the chest of the shirt and use only a little alcohol to spread the colors. The great thing about dyeing the shirts this way is that they’re ready in no time. Once you put them in the dryer to set the color, you’re ready to go!
This craft is totally adorable! Use our template to make this fun, hands-on activity with your preschooler as an addition to a bee or insect unit. It’s such an easy project requiring minimal prep and time.
If you’re missing the sound of the ocean waves this summer, make an ocean drum. The dried chickpeas and rice sound like ocean waves as they slide back and forth in the box. It’s so calming to listen to; both adults and kids will enjoy the rhythmic, soothing sounds.
Summer Art and Craft Activities
Below are even more fun preschool crafts for August from bloggers around the web.
Yarn-Wrapped Cardboard Pencils from ourkidthings.com: Kids who are starting school in August may enjoy kicking off the school year with pencil crafts, like this yarn-wrapped craft. It’s a great activity for working on fine motor skills. Plus, it makes a charming piece of decor for the classroom or homeschool room.
Simple Shape Pencil Craft from adabofgluewilldo.com: Here’s a fun project for preschoolers and kindergarteners using simple shapes to construct a pencil. Kids can work on their scissor skills, too, or you can cut the pieces out beforehand.
Craft Stick Pencil Bookmarks from craftsbyamanda.com: Start the school year off right with some cute bookmarks to keep your place in your textbooks. These pencil bookmarks are a wonderful project for kids of all ages. Make some for the teacher, too!
Handprint Cookie Monster and Elmo Craft from simpleeverydaymom.com: Who can resist these adorable and familiar characters from Sesame Street? These handprint characters will make such cute keepsakes for summer. They’d also make adorable party invitations for a Sesame Street theme.
Beach Bucket and Shovel Sand Craft from theinspirationedit.com: This printable craft is a wonderful low-prep activity for the kids that still offers some fun with texture. Kids will cut and paste their buckets together, gluing sand to the top to complete the look. If you don’t have sand on hand, salt or glitter could work, too.
Paper Airplane Templates from momsandcrafters.com: Use the templates to make cute paper airplanes to play with! The kids can color the planes themselves, or use the full-color version if your little one doesn’t enjoy coloring. Though you can fly them, they’re not designed to be particularly good fliers, but rather just toys that you fly around in your hand.
Torn Paper Watermelon Craft from fantasticfunandlearning.com: Watermelon crafts are perfect for summer fun and learning. Read some of your favorite books featuring this fabulous fruit, or do a study on them. This torn paper art only requires a few materials and is excellent fine motor practice for little hands. The seeds are made with fingerprints!
Wooden Stick Airplane Craft from thatkidscraftsite.com: Turn craft sticks into airplanes! They’ll make fun decorations for the kids’ rooms, and they’ll enjoy flying them around in their hands, too. We love the old-fashioned look—it reminds us of vintage biplanes!
August Preschool Activities
Clown Toilet Paper Tube Craft from momsandcrafters.com: Did you know that International Clown Week is in August? This toilet roll craft will be a fun project to celebrate the occasion. The colors are bright and playful, and the yarn hair is super cute.
Bee Paper Plate Craft from laughingkidslearn.com: For another torn paper craft, try this paper plate bee. It’s super easy for kids who aren’t yet comfortable with scissors.
Oyster Egg Carton Craft from steamsational.com: Recycle an egg carton to make an adorable oyster craft with a fun surprise inside. A pom-pom or wooden bead makes a perfect pearl, but you could also hide a piece of candy inside to give to a friend.
Clam Shell Craft from craftplaylearn.com: Here’s a cut-and-paste craft with a watercolor background, meaning you can make this project as crafty or straightforward as you’d like. To keep it super simple, place the clam and starfish on a piece of blue paper. To bring out your inner artist, use watercolors to make a beautiful ocean background in varying shades of blue.
Lobster Craft from simplemomproject.com: This lobster is another craft like the clamshell above in that you can make a gorgeous watercolor background to go behind the cut-and-paste lobster. If watercolors aren’t your thing, try layers of blue tissue paper or torn paper pieces.
Paper Plate Watermelon Craft from craftsonsea.co.uk: Doesn’t this pretty pink watermelon craft make you want to take a bite out of a juicy slice? Grab some paint, paper plates, and pom-poms to make this crafty version, and then enjoy a slice or two of fresh watermelon with the kids for a job well done.
Water Gun Painting from madewithhappy.com: Inexpensive squirt guns are a must for summertime. Not only are they terrific for cooling off on a hot day, but they can be convenient when it comes to making art, too. Add some paint and a bit of water to your water guns, and get to work creating a unique, colorful piece of art to hang on your wall.
Mosquito Egg Carton Craft from powerfulmothering.com: We may not be fans of mosquitoes, but we’re definitely fans of crafts that use recycled materials! This mosquito is made with an egg carton, a straw, and a few other materials you probably have on hand. The straw allows your kids to make a buzzing sound, making this an extra-fun summer project.
Pipe Cleaner Daffodils from bluebearwood.co.uk: August 18th is World Daffodil Day! Other Daffodil days vary from country to country, but they are held to inspire people to donate or volunteer to various cancer research causes. These pipe cleaner daffodils will be a beautiful addition to your table decor for the day. They’re made with giant pipe cleaners, which are extra fluffy, but you can use regular ones, too.
Printable Paper Daffodils from thecrafttrain.com: Use the printable template and a few basic craft supplies to make colorful, easy daffodils to brighten your home this summer in honor of raising public awareness of cancer.
Pool Noodle Boat Racing Game from seevanessacraft.com: Cut a pool noodle in half to make boats for a family boat race. You’ll need a pencil and some colorful tape to make the sails. You could also vary the materials you use for the sails to see which is the fastest.
Foam Cup Bee Craft from iheartcraftythings.com: This adorable foam cup bee will have your kids buzzing all day! A paper cup works just fine, too, as would a terracotta pot if you’d like to make a piece of decor for the garden. It would make a nice addition to a bee or insect unit for the summer.
Light Up Fireflies Craft from kimspireddiy.com: Do you still have plastic eggs lingering around the house from Easter? With a battery-powered tea light and some pipe cleaners, you can make some adorable fireflies that really light up.
Tie-Dye Beach Towels from kidsactivitiesblog.com: When you’re making your tie-dye projects, don’t forget about a beach towel to use at the pool or the beach. Personalize it with your child’s name or a fun design. It’ll look stunning in the sand.
Salt Dough Starfish from thecraftingchicks.com: You’re going to love how realistic these salt dough starfish look! It’s a perfect kids’ craft for summer, but if you have nautical or coastal decor in your home, you’ll want to leave them up all year long.
Pool Noodle Nunchucks from seevanessacraft.com: For little ninjas who love to practice their ninja skills, these pool noodle nunchucks are a must. And parents can feel okay knowing that they’re not going to knock themselves out while playing with them!
Cereal Sunshine Craft from ourkidthings.com: This cute sunshine craft is perfect for preschoolers and toddlers alike. Use cereal and pipe cleaners to make a smiling sun. It’s perfect for kiddos who still put things in their mouth. Plus, it’s always fun to have a snack during craft time.
Paper Plate Watermelon Suncatchers from kidsactivitiesblog.com: Add color and cheer to your windows with pretty red and green (or pink and green) watermelon suncatchers. They’ll look so lovely with the light streaming through.
Beach-Themed Sand Art from happinessishomemade.com: Use some of your beach finds or shells from the craft store to make sand shell art to remind you of your beach vacation. It’s a sweet way to create a memento of your time together.
Painting with Ice from Naturalbeachliving.com: Add paint or food coloring to ice to make colored ice blocks for summertime painting. It’s terrific for little ones to keep cool, especially if they like squeezing the ice cubes in their hands to paint their handprints.
Watermelon Corner Bookmark from milestonemom.com: Here’s another summer-friendly bookmark that’s sure to make you smile when you open your favorite books. Use the same technique to make almost any fruit bookmark, such as apples, oranges, lemons, or limes.
Summer Crafts for Preschoolers
Crumpled Paper Turtle Craft from artsycraftsymom.com: This crumpled paper turtle is just stunning. The shell has so many beautiful colors and textures. Summertime is the perfect time to study lots of exciting reptiles, like the turtle.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle K-Cups from craftcreatecook.com: Have any TMNT fans in your house? Upcycle your K-cups to make these fun figures. If you don’t have K-cups, you can make larger versions with paper, foam, or plastic cups.
Paper Plate Frog Craft from ourkidthings.com: Hop into a fun afternoon of crafting by making paper plate frogs! They’re so cute and silly with their huge eyes and rolled-up tongues. Kids will get such a kick out of making them!
Pin this list of August preschool crafts so you’ll have a fun project to do with your kids every day!
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