July is here! That means it’s time for swimming, sun, and celebrating Independence Day. You’ll also be eating plenty of ice cream and watermelon, and enjoying the fireflies in the evening. We’ve compiled a list of fun July preschool crafts based on all the things that are great about this month below.
You’ll love making adorable summer keepsakes with the kids, patriotic crafts and decor to celebrate the 4th of July, and lots of summer crafts like ice creams, popsicles, campfires, snakes, and so much more.
Fun Preschool Crafts for July
Our 4th of July blower is such a fun way to celebrate Independence Day. Take them with you when you watch your town’s parade or have a parade of your own with all the kids and grown-ups blowing on their red, white, and blue blowers.
Work on rhythm, timing, and motor skills by making a fun drum for the kids to play with. We decorated ours in red, white, and blue for the 4th of July, but you can decorate them any way you like. We used clear tape and small buckets to make ours. Make sure the tape is pulled nice and taut to give the most audible sound.
Did you know that World Emoji Day is in July? This is the perfect preschool craft to celebrate. Let the kids choose their favorite emoji face to make, or make them all. It’s a terrific activity to work on emotions awareness. Our favorite is the heart eyes emoji!
Turn juice boxes into silly sharks! They’ll make fun drinks for your summer pool party or just to make summer days a little more special for the kids. We take you through the process step by step, so you’ll see just how easy it is. You may need to help some preschoolers cut out the fish and the mouth.
You’ll love these creative July Preschool Crafts to keep your children entertained all month long. Keep these easy hands on activities saved and your children will have lots of summer keepsakes to display.
Fun Activities for the Month of July
Easy July Preschool Crafts
Blow Painting Fireworks Crowns from handmadecharlotte.com: Have you tried blow painting before? It’s so much fun to see the patterns the paint creates as it’s blown across the paper. Use shades of red and blue to make yours, and then cut those papers into crowns to wear for the 4th of July.
Paper Plate Sun Craft from simpleeverydaymom.com: Bring a little sunshine into your home, even if it’s rainy, by making one of these cute paper plate suns. Just look at that friendly smile promising brighter days! The template makes it easy to get the sun’s face just right.
Newspaper Shark Craft from iheartcraftythings.com: Recycled newspaper adds an interesting texture to crafts. It looks so cool to see the typed word incorporated into art, like this simple shark craft. It looks like a big shark head peeks out over the waves, ready to take a bite!
Red, White, and Blue Coffee Filter Stars from simplefunforkids.com: Watercolors and coffee filters come together to make gorgeous stars in patriotic colors. You could make a bunch and string them together after they’re dry to create a stunning banner for decorating your home or table for the 4th of July.
Bald Eagle Toilet Roll Craft from homeschoolpreschool.net: The bald eagle is our national symbol, so it’s an excellent choice for a July craft. These are made with toilet rolls, felt, googly eyes, and foam sheets. They couldn’t be easier to put together!
Bubble Painted 4th of July Decorations from handmadecharlotte.com: Bubble painting is a fantastic way to create interesting texture using paint. Add red and blue paint to some homemade bubbles, and use straws to blow the bubble mixture until it spills over on paper. Turn that bubble painting into pennants to make a patriotic banner!
Patriotic Windsock Craft from iheartcraftythings.com: Hang these red, white, and blue windsocks from your porch or in your home as you celebrate Independence Day. They’ll look incredible as the red and white streamers flutter in the wind.
Popsicle Craft from simpleeverydaymom.com: What could be more fun than this super simple popsicle craft for a quick indoor activity when it’s just too hot out? The template makes it an excellent choice for preschoolers.
Paper Plate Cow Craft from craftsonsea.co.uk: Celebrate Cow Appreciation Day with a cute paper plate cow. Yes, there’s a day appreciating cows! You could also make this as part of a farm animal study or just for fun.
Summer Crafts for Kids
Handprint Held Ice Cream Craft from ourkidthings.com: Here’s a sweet little keepsake craft for summer using your little one’s handprint to hold a decorated ice cream cone. If the hand is small enough, this will make a beautiful surprise card for the grandparents or extended family.
Summer Camp Craft with Fireflies from artsymomma.com: For another summer keepsake, try this handprint campfire surrounded by fingerprint fireflies. The printable background template makes it easy to set the scene for the rest of the elements.
Paper Chain Snakes from thecrafttrain.com: If you’re studying the rainforest or have a child who’s really into learning about snakes, this craft is impressive, and the snake is quite realistic! Connecting the paper chain is excellent fine motor practice for little hands.
Cupcake Liner Ice Cream Craft from iheartcraftythings.com: Using cupcake liners is an easy way to get perfect circles for your craft, and they’re great for little hands to work with. Stack them on a paper ice cream cone and decorate them with dots, sequins, mini pom-poms, or real sprinkles.
Pipe Cleaner and Bead Snakes from artsycraftsymom.com: Threading is a neat way to get fine motor practice, so why not make some snakes? They’re super easy and made with pom-poms, pipe cleaners, felt, and googly eyes. Kids will play with them for hours afterward.
Paper Plate Strawberry Craft from kidsactivitiesblog.com: Turn a paper plate into a strawberry using red paint, poppy seeds, and construction paper. This is a super simple craft that’s easy for preschoolers to do mostly independently. Make one after you visit a strawberry patch!
Tissue Paper Firefly Craft from powerfulmothering.com: Fireflies are such a magical part of summer. They light up the night skies, twinkling, and reminding adults everywhere of their childhoods. Now you can relive that with an evening of watching or catching fireflies with the kids (release them after, of course), and this cute tissue paper craft.
Foam Soap Sidewalk Paint from ourkidthings.com: This foamy sidewalk paint will be the hit of the summer. Your kids will want to keep some outside all summer long. Create bright, vibrant designs that foam and fizz before you wash them away.
Paper Plate Ice Cream Craft from easypeasyandfun.com: Turn a couple of paper plates into colorful ice cream cones with a bit of paint, sprinkles, and pom-poms.
Coffee Filter Baseball Craft from lookwerelearning.com: Coffee filter crafts are wonderful because you probably have them on hand already. And no special materials are required—you’re all set with a coffee filter, a red-colored pencil, and a green construction paper background.
4th of July Patriotic Stars Thumbprint Craft from adabofgluewilldo.com: For a patriotic keepsake you’ll want to tuck into the scrapbook and look at for years to come, try this lovely patriotic stars craft. The background is made with thumbprints. How sweet is that?
Coffee Filter Emoji Craft from lookwerelearning.com: Put a smile on your kids’ faces with another terrific emoji craft using coffee filters and crayons. Make your favorite emotions, like the sunglasses emoji, which is perfect for summer.
Watermelon Paper Plate Craft from thesimpleparent.com: Watermelon is the official fruit of summer—at least it should be! In honor of the sweet, juicy fruit, make this super sweet watermelon paper plate craft that’s covered in pink and green tissue paper. Draw the seeds on, or glue dried black beans or coffee beans to make the seeds.
Hot Air Balloon Suncatcher Craft from ourkidthings.com: It’s hard to recreate the beauty of hot air balloons sailing away in the sky, but this craft comes pretty close. They’ll look stunning in your windows when the light shines through.
Paper Plate and Cupcake Liner Fish from hunnyimhomediy.com: Layer bright, colorful, folded cupcake liners to create the layered look of the fish gills on this adorable fish craft.
Paper Plate Beach Ball Craft from aboutamom.com: This torn paper beach ball craft is a great way to get in fine motor practice by ripping the paper into small pieces. Of course, if you’re short on time, you could cut the paper quickly into squares to prep the activity beforehand, or even use tissue paper squares that you can find in the craft aisle.
Clothespin Firefly Craft from sunnydayfamily.com: Clothespin crafts can be such fun, mainly because they’re quick and straightforward. This clothespin firefly is no different. With some green and yellow paint, googly eyes, and a pipe cleaner, you’ll be finished with it in no time. Add a magnet to the back to stick it on the fridge!
Floating Popsicle Stick Boat Craft from hunnyimhomediy.com: This craft could provide a few hours of fun! After you decorate your popsicle sticks and build your boat, have some boat races with the kids. That’s the fun of making boats, after all!
Summer Craft Supplies for Kids
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