DIY Crafts and Activities

Six Super Fun Summertime Crafts for the Entire Family

Scissors, pencil crayons, paint brushes, rules sitting on a table.

Summer time is the perfect time to do arts and crafts activities! As someone who really likes spending time to create things, to challenge myself, and to learn something new – I find making crafts SO much fun!


When I was a child, I remember that when school ended for the summer – many of my family members would spend their afternoons and evenings trying to do different types of crafts with me.  Although it may be hard to compete with Netflix, video games, and the local swimming pool as ways to entertain yourself and your family on a hot summer day – the experiences of making these crafts allowed me to learn creative thinking and hands-on skills – while also  spending time with my loved ones. Creating summer crafts while growing up is one of my favorite childhood memories!


If you want to try something new or just for fun – I have compiled a list of interesting, simple, and summer-filled crafts that you can do as a family:


Does your family like to swim? Add some extra fun to your pool time with these customized pool noodles! No pool? No problem.  These wild ponies are great for park or backyard play as well!


Three children standing with horses made out of pool noodles.

Source: My Crazy Blessed Life

Perhaps you and your family are travelling to a seaside or visiting an aquarium this summer, peak your kids interest about sea creatures with this cool jellyfish craft!


Playing with rocks might sound boring – but not with this fun craft!  This craft is simple enough for everyone to do.  Test your creativity and see how many unique creations you can all make!


Flowers, yellow and pink paint prints on white paper.


Do you love all the pretty flowers that are all around us in the summertime? I sure do! Why not combine both flowers and paint for a fun craft that can easily become a part of your home summer décor!


Source: Pop Sugar


Wind is all around us, and we especially notice it when playing outside during summer! Use recyclable materials from around the house to make something fun, with a unique sound.


Here is a tutorial and step-by-step instruction for a variety of tie-dye crafts for you and your family! Learn some new techniques and make something fun to wear. I still wear the shirts I made last summer!

Tie-dye shirts hanging on a clothing line.Source: | Photo taken by Jim Franco


Have fun with these ideas or others that you and your kids dream up! Send us pictures of your creative crafts, and we will post them on the Family Care Office Facebook page!


Written by: Chelsea Ryan, FCO UTM Communications and Outreach Coordinator