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12 Best Summer Art Ideas for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
June 1, 2023

12 best summer art ideas for kids that incorporate nature or bigger & messy art and are a perfect fit for summertime.

Updated June 2023

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.

summer art pin
Photo by Rachel Withers

Summer Art Ideas

We hope you and your kiddos enjoy these as much as we do!

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

1. Melting Salt & Ice Experiment

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

splatter painting - summer art activities for kids
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

2. Splatter Painting

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. Clean up is easy – just spray off with the hose or jump in the pool afterwards!

Nature stained glass windows resized
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

4. Gorgeous 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.

A 3D Nature Suncatcher from a Cardboard Box
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

5. 3D Nature Suncatcher

Gather flowers, contact paper and a cardboard box to create this beautiful 3D nature suncatcher.

adding petals to suncatcher
Photo by Andrea Martelle

6. Flower Mandala Suncatcher

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

summer art activities crayon stained glass bunting in backyard
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.

bead suncatchers
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

8. Melted Bead Suncatchers

These are surprisingly easy to create and very durable. 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!

grape and toothpick sculptures
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

10. Grape + Toothpick Sculptures

Edible art is the perfect combination of delicious and engaging! And makes a great snack!

flower printing with petals
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

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. Land art with kids

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

And one more, because we couldn’t resist:

Flower crown on bouquet of flowers
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

Stained glass flower crowns

These fun flower crowns are sure to be a hit at any party this summer! They are perfect for flower princesses and princes, fairies, elves, and anything else your child can imagine…

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

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