15 fun summer activities for kid, things to do in the summer

15 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

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Looking for things to do in the summer with your kids? Here is a super easy and fun collection of Summer Activities that you can try this summer. Summer is the best time to go outside, explore nature and get messy. These unique activities are engaging, fun, and educational as well. My favorite is the Bug Hotel💚. Find out why☟.

Colourful DIY Glue Suncatcher Craft

By Mom Brite

DIY Glue Suncatcher, things to do in the summer


  • Elmer’s white glue
  • Food colouring
  • Toothpick 
  • Plastic lid (the lid needs to be flexible enough so you can bend it to get the suncatcher out)
  • Hole punch
  • String

Making colorful sun-catchers by painting on wet glue is an easy activity your kids will love! It takes about 5 minutes for each glue sun-catcher and then you just need to wait for the glue to dry!

Sun-catcher with Assorted Gems

By Mess for Less

This kids suncatcher craft looks great hanging outdoors and also serves as a deterrent to keep birds away from your seeds and plants. ad #Wevegotyoucovered #BlueLizardSun


  • Gel Glue
  • CD
  • Jewels and gems in assorted colors
  • Invisible thread or fishing line

Using gel glue ensures that glue doesn’t show after it dries. This is a fun craft that the kids can do independently. It is also a great way to upcycle old CDs.

Unbreakable Bubbles

By Two Pink Peonies

Unbreakable bubbles, fun things to do in the summer


  • Water
  • Dish soap (any brand or colour will work)
  • White corn syrup
  • Glycerine
  • Corn starch
  • Bubble wands

These unbreakable bubbles are the perfect summer activity to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. They are easy to make and kids love them!

How to Build Your Own DIY Foil Stream With Kids

By Lil Tigers

DIY foil river, best summer activities


  • 1 roll of heavy-duty foil
  • water
  • stones

Let’s learn about water and build your own DIY foil stream in your backyard. The kids will enjoy this water play

Coloured Salt Jars

By Kids Activity Zone

Colored Salt in layers in a jar, colourful summer activities


  • Small jars with cork lids or recycled jars
  • Salt (at least one full container)
  • Food colouring
  • Sandwich bags
  • Funnel
  • Spoon
  • Hot glue gun

Skip the colored sand and make your own color salt for jars! This quick and easy Colored Salt Jar craft is fun to do with kids.

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DIY Firework Craft

By Get Your Holiday On

DIY firework craft for kids.


  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Yellow and Blue construction paper
  • Ribbon (patriotic-themed)
  • Scissors
  • Glow-in-the-dark Sticks
  • Red Tissue Paper
  • Glue/Tape
  • Candy, Toys, and Prizes

Learn how to build a glow-in-the-dark firework full of yummy treats. Perfect for a fun summer craft.

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Hammered Nature Process Art

By Barley & Birch

This fun and easy printmaking project for kids uses hammered flowers and leaves to create naturally colorful process art!


  • Paper (cardstock or watercolour paper works the best)
  • A collection of flowers and leaves in a variety of colours
  • A towel
  • Wax paper
  • A hammer, rubber mallet or similar
  • Optional Materials☟
  • Watercolours
  • Other mark-making tools
  • Salt
  • Glue (for collaging)

Sticky nature cards are the simplest kids’ craft to set up ever! They’re portable, and a great way to record a day outside. You really can get the kids going on this in under a minute.

Homemade Spectroscope

By Charlene Hess

Little girl looking through a homemade spectroscope


  • Empty cardboard tube (such as one from used up paper towel roll or wrapping paper roll, or even a toilet paper tube)
  • Cardstock or Cardboard (such as a piece from a cardboard box)
  • An old CD
  • Coloured paper, paint, crayons, or stickers etc to decorate
  • Pen or pencil
  • Craft knife, razor blades, or scissors (adult supervision required)

Learn about light refraction while having some summertime fun! Make a homemade spectroscope today.

Nature Cuffs

By Danya Banya

Nature cuffs - pretty DIY bracelets that kids can decorate with freshly flowers. Go on a neighbourhood or nature walk to find some!


  • toilet paper rolls (or similar style cardboard rolls)
  • scissors
  • clear packing tape
  • knife (optional)
  • and nature!

This is such a fun way to upcycle toilet paper rolls and incorporate nature.

Bubble Wand Making Station

By Red Ted Art

Bubble Wand Making Station - This is how EASY it is to set up a "Bubble Wand Making station". Let the kids get creative and see what they come up with. Great activity for 4th of July, Play Dates or for those loooong Summer afternoons.


  • pipe cleaners
  • colourful beads
  • cookie cutters
  • scissors

Making Bubbles is a must-do in the summer. This is a fun way to keep your kids engaged by making their own bubble wands. My favorite thing about this craft is is it a great fine-motor skill activity

Stomping Bubble Wrap Painting

By The Soccer Mom Club

Get active and create vibrant art at the same time with this stomping bubble wrap painting!


  • Washable paint (homemade recipe below)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Poster paper or matte poster board

Get active and create vibrant art at the same time with this stomping bubble wrap painting!

Maple Seed Dragonfly

By CraftBits.com

Kids Craft – Maple Seed Dragonfly


  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Floral Wire
  • Bamboo skewer or floral wood pick
  • Craft acrylic paint
  • Small “Y” shaped stick
  • 4 Maple Tree seeds (2 Large & 2 Small)
  • Craft paint brushes

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Simple Bug Hotel for Kids

By Red Ted Art

Easy insect hotels for kids


  • A large plastic bottle cut into two cylinders,
  • sticks,
  • pine cones,
  • bark
  • anything else you can find – bamboo with its holes is great too

This is my favorite activity. Because it involves many things I love. Twigs, sticks, barks, pine cones, and BUGS!

DIY Bug Hotel

By Mom Junky

door for bug hotel


  • Oatmeal or another round container with a lid
  • Nylon screen
  • Craft scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Bead caps
  • Twine

My boys love bugs and bugs deserve a special place to hang out, don’t you think? I found an awesome way to make a DIY bug hotel! A bug Hotel is a structure, usually made with natural things from your yard.

Mud Kitchen Recipes

By This Tiny Blue House

free printable mud kitchen recipes for kids


Let kids use their senses to explore and play with mud and other natural elements with these fun mud pie recipes 

Yellow Paper Plate Submarine Craft – DIY Under The Sea Craft Idea

By Lil Tigers

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Making a submarine porthole is super easy and requires materials that can be purchased inexpensively at a dollar store. Children in preschool, kindergarten and early elementary school will enjoy this activity.

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