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12 Best Summer Art Ideas for Kids

by The Artful Parent Editorial Team
July 8, 2024
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Here are the best summer art ideas for kids. These art activities incorporate nature or are big and messy and are a perfect fit for summertime.

Updated May 2024

This list of our 12 best summer art ideas for kids is as much a reminder for us (time to set up a fun art activity!) as it is an invitation for you.

These are some of our all-time favorites that are well suited to summertime. Some incorporate nature that is flourishing this time of year. And some are really messy! Bring the art outside and let your kids clean up with the hose.

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Whatever you do, make sure to bookmark this page, so you can try out all of these ideas this summer!

Summer Art Ideas

An ice sculpture formed with the salt melting ice technique
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

1. Try a Melting Salt & Ice Experiment

This science experiment is mesmerizing and fun, but it is also a fantastic hands-on learning experience.

splatter painting
Photo by Andrea Martelle

2. Splatter Painting!

Let your kids create amazing abstract art with just a flick of the wrist! This messy art activity is perfect for the backyard and kids go wild over it. A must for summer!

water balloon painting in the pool
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

3. Paint with Water Balloons and a Swimming Pool

A large-scale painting project that’s interactive and fun for a range of ages. Cleanup is easy – just spray off with the hose or jump in the pool afterwards!

flower stained-glass featured
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

4. Make Flower Stained-Glass Windows

These stained-glass windows are absolutely gorgeous, and the process is both fun and relaxing. Gather flowers and petals from your yard, the park or a fresh flower bouquet.

mural art
Photo by Rachel Withers

5. Paint a Mural

Roll out the easel paper on the driveway or deck and set out some paint. Your kids will have a ball painting, splattering, and getting as messy as they can!

flower suncatcher
Photo by Andrea Martelle

6. Flower Mandala Suncatchers

This suncatcher captures the beauty of mandala art using flowers and leaves. The perfect window adornment!

stained glass bunting
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

7. Stained Glass Bunting

When the sun shines through this melted crayon and wax paper bunting, it’s glorious! They look amazing hanging in the backyard.

melted bead suncatcher
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

8. Melted Bead Suncatchers

These are surprisingly easy to create and very durable, but you’ll want to make them outside to avoid toxic fumes. A stunning piece of art to hang inside or out!

flowers in clay for summer art activities
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

9. Clay Leaf Prints and Pendants

Gather up some flowers and leaves from your garden and use them to make these lovely clay pendants!

chalk art
Photo by Andrea Martelle

10. Chalk Art

There are so many things you can do with chalk! Try making Rangoli-inspired designs, a simple hopscotch game, or make a batch of chalk paint for some extra messy fun!

flower prints
Photo by Andrea Martelle

11. Print with Flowers

Here’s yet another way to use your paints and your garden! Grab some flowers from outside and make vibrant prints that pop.

making a seashell mandala for summer art activities
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

12. Nature Mandalas

Get outside in nature and create art in your own backyard, park or beach!

We hope you love these summer art activities! They are sure to be a hit in your home this summer!

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