With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your summer of fun with the kids. Summer preschool crafts are terrific activities to schedule in some of your days (or to just do on a whim). Not only are they great for escaping the heat in the hottest part of the day, but crafts can be calming for many kids as well.
Summer Preschool Crafts
Plan one of these summer preschool crafts or art projects every few days for the duration of summer. You’ll find loads of fun projects here, from watermelon crafts to ice cream, to ocean animals. Pair the crafts with some of your favorite books or as part of your summer studies if you plan to continue homeschooling year-round.
We’ve selected super simple summer crafts for preschoolers that are fun to make and, in some cases, play with when you’re done. Your preschooler and kids of all ages will love them!
Fun and Easy Summer Crafts
Get ready for Shark Week with our exciting shark craft! The paper shark template makes this craft easy to put together, but there’s an added layer of fun with making the tissue paper seaweed and adding real seashells in as well.
This adorable handprint fish will make a sweet summer keepsake that you’ll love looking back on in the years to come. Don’t forget to add it to the scrapbook when you’re finished displaying it. You could also use this idea to make a lovely card for a friend with a summer birthday.
Jellyfish are fascinating ocean creatures. They’re jiggly, they have tentacles, and they can sting—what could be cooler? Our jellyfish are a little more friendly, though. They’re bright and bold and have pretty ribbon tentacles trailing down!
Create some wall-worthy art for your little mermaid. This is a super simple project that even the youngest kids can help with, and it’ll look beautiful on display in your child’s mermaid-themed room.
Our gorgeous paper plate fish was inspired by the book The Rainbow Fish. Don’t you just love those colorful, sparkly scales?
Fun Summer Preschool Crafts You’ll Love
Preschool Boat Craft from theinspirationedit.com: Building popsicle stick boats is a classic kids’ craft for summer. If you haven’t done it yet, you should try it! With some craft sticks, straw, paper sails, and glue, kids can build a simple sailboat in no time flat. You may want to race them in the tub or pool after you’re done.
Cupcake Liner Crab Craft from iheartcraftythings.com: Turn red cupcake liners into super cute crabs! Don’t you love simple kids’ crafts that don’t require painting when you’re in a time crunch?
Puffer Fish Craft from craftplaylearn.com: Aren’t pufferfish interesting creatures? Teach kids all about them and add in a fun craft. The printable template makes this craft easy to put together, but the watercolor background adds an element of creativity to the project.
Summer Crafts for Preschoolers
Rocking Bee Craft from thecrafttrrain.com: This adorable rocking paper plate bee has cute handprint wings. This is a fun project to do with toddlers and preschoolers.
Puffy Paint Ice Cream Craft from emmaowl.com: Make your own puffy paint and then use it to make an ice cream cone—the official food of summer. Don’t forget the ice cream decorations. Sequins, sprinkles, pom-poms, and colored rice are all great additions to your ice cream art.
Paper Plate Hot Air Balloon Craft from tootsmomistired.com Up, up, and away! These paper plate hot air balloons are so whimsical. Kids will enjoy weaving the basket and choosing the design for their balloons.
Summer Arts and Crafts for Preschool
Tissue Paper Suncatchers from kidscraftroom.com: Make some stunning round suncatchers using tissue paper and transparent lids. If you want to hang these suncatchers outside, you can simply glue another lid on top of the finished suncatcher to make it a bit water-resistant.
Handprint Pirate Craft from simpleeverydaymom.com: Little mateys will go crazy for these handprint pirates! They’re absolutely perfect for summer or for Talk Like a Pirate Day in September.
Paper Plate Pineapple Craft from crayonsandcravings.com: All you need for this simple preschool craft is a yellow paper plate, green and brown felt, glue, and scissors. You can’t get much simpler than that! You can either leave the paper plate round (as pictured) or cut it into more of a pineapple shape, if you’d like.
Watermelon Slices Paper Plate Craft from theartkitblog.com: Make this craft on a day that you’re going to enjoy some watermelon with the kids. Use this chance to offer a little lesson on watermelon. Did you know that even though most of us only eat the red flesh, the whole melon is edible? How cool! This paper plate craft is super easy for little ones. All you need is some paint and scissors.
Paper Boat Craft from iheartcraftythings.com: Use the free template to make simple and stunning sailboat craft with your preschooler. The folded paper waves and rippling flag really make this project stand out.
Jolly Sunshine Wand from kidscraftroom.com: You can’t help but smile when you see a bit of sunshine, and now kids can run and play with it, too! These sunshine wands are as fun to make as they are to play with, and the kids will enjoy them for hours or days. It’s well worth the effort.
Summer Theme Preschool Crafts
Summer Camp Handprint Craft from funhandprintartblog.com: This camping-themed craft is so much fun. It makes a terrific project for home, VBS, or a summer day camp. It’s also a beautiful keepsake for parents! We love the fingerprint fireflies surrounding the campfire.
Paper Roll Fish from thecrafttrain.com: Save your toilet rolls for crafts like this. These paper roll fish are totally adorable. Your preschooler will need some help cutting out the fish shape, but she’ll have a blast painting and decorating it.
Printable Mermaid Posters from artsymomma.com: Print and paint these gorgeous mermaid posters. This craft couldn’t be simpler! Kids who don’t like to paint may enjoy using markers or crayons to color in the mermaid tail instead.
Flip Flops Footprint Art from funhandprintartblog.com: Remember how tiny your child’s feet were this summer with this adorable keepsake craft and poem. Make one for the grandparents, too.
Summer Camp Craft Ideas for Preschoolers
Watermelon Pinwheels from kidscraftroom.com: These fun and fruity watermelon pinwheels are the perfect way to celebrate summer. While your preschooler will need help with the assembly, they’ll get hours of fun and play out of this windmill by blowing it or taking it outside to blow in the breeze.
Easy Marbled Seashell Art from projectswithkids.com: You know how much we love using shaving cream and food coloring to dye different materials. Try it on seashells to create mesmerizing patterns and designs that’ll make beautiful necklaces or pieces of decor.
Summer Name Activity from booksandgiggles.com: This activity combines name recognition and a fun craft into one. Kids will practice putting the letters of their name in order on the sun print. Hang it on their wall or the fridge when they’re done!
CD Button Turtle Craft from firefliesandmudpies.com: Try to use recycled materials in your crafts whenever you can. Not only is it good for the environment, but it’s good for your wallet, too. This CD turtle is completely adorable. And you can cover it with buttons you get at the craft store or buttons you’ve saved from old clothing.
Summer Crafts for Kids
Q-Tip Painted Dragonfly Craft from projectswithkids.com: Practice fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination with these stunning q-tip painted dragonflies.
Crab Hats from kidscraftroom.com: Feeling crabby? You won’t be after putting on one of these silly crab hats! Kids will get a kick out of wearing cute crabs on their heads. They’d make a fantastic addition to an Under the Sea party.
Painted Rocks Tic Tac Toe from littlesproutlearning.co: Paint rocks to look like ladybugs and bees, and use them to play a few rounds of Tic Tac Toe. This is an excellent backyard game for the kids to enjoy all summer.
Swimming Jellyfish Craft from iheartcraftythings.com: The kids will be so delighted watching the cute little jellyfish swim around. They’ll play with it again and again.
Starfish Paper Plate Craft from jdaniel4smom.com: Your kiddo will learn two cool art processes with one craft. Paint is applied to the pieces in this craft using either a sponge or a cork. Each piece has a beautiful texture.
Watermelon Tissue Paper Craft from schooltimesnippets.com: Make tissue paper watermelon slices two different ways: by placing the squares of paper on the plate or by scrunching the paper first. Which one do you like best?
Easy Summer Crafts
Sea Turtle Stamps from rainydaymum.co.uk: This stamping activity pairs perfectly with the book Sea Turtle Journey. The stamp is made using pipe cleaners and plastic lids, and the resulting stamps really do look like sea turtles swimming.
Seashell Paper Plate Craft from taminglittlemonsters.com: Learn how to make these paper plate seashells as well as many other summertime animals, plants, etc.
Jellyfish Handprint Craft from schooltimesnippets.com: Here’s another terrific handprint craft for summer. The adorable jellyfish is trailed by curly gift-wrapping ribbon for a playful touch.
Which of these summer preschool crafts do you plan to make this summer?
Summer Preschool Activities
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