I’m so excited to share this huge list of summer activities for preschoolers with you today – it’s a big one so it’s taken me ages to write but it’s been so worth it as there are so many brilliant ideas in this that I’m sure you and your kids will love it.
Whether you’re feeling ready for some summer fun or slightly panicked about what to do with your child during those long summer days we’ve got plenty of fun play ideas to inspire you, ensuring that you have the best summer together.
There’s everything from super cute summer crafts to outdoor art ideas, summer themed sensory play and even fun science experiments that preschoolers can do – all you need to do is pick the ones you want to try first!
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Summer Activities for Preschoolers
As I’m sharing so many ideas today I’ve split it into two headings to make a bit easier to navigate – Summer Crafts for Preschoolers and Preschool Summer Activities.
There are already over 40 fun ideas but it’s likely that I’ll be adding more to this list as summer progresses.
Preschoolers are generally considered to be children aged three to five but as these are years where kids change a lot there’s a lot of difference in the interests and abilities of a younger preschooler and an older one, as well of course between kids of the same age!
This list should be a great starting point for fun summer activities that you can do together and of course you can always refer to it again as your child’s interests change.
For each list below I’ve listed the activities in the order that they appear in the collage above them, there’s loads more ideas than just in the pictures though so do take a look through to find some new inspiration for this summer.
Want to make sure you don’t forget any of these great ideas? Make sure that you bookmark this page or pin an image so you have all these ideas to hand when you need them!
Want more fun activities for preschoolers? Check out the bottom of this page for even more fun inspiration.
Summer Crafts for Preschoolers
This handprint ice creams from Fun Handprint Art would make a lovely keepsake.
I made this paper plate sea collage with my preschooler and we had a great time creating it.
Watermelons are often included as part of a summer theme and this paper plate watermelon is a really simple way that you can create one.
Why not make these egg carton flowers from Happy Hooligans for a fun way to get creative with something you can grab from your recycling bin!
We made this as a paper bowl ice cream but you could just as easily use a paper plate to make it if that’s what you have at home.
Make this cool glowing campfire craft from Buggy and Buddy.
I love the look of these paper plate donuts from Happy Hooligans.
Camping is one of my kids favorite summer activities and this easy campfire craft is a great way to help get them excited about it.
Tearing paper is great for kids fine motor skills and a good way to get creative with old scrap paper, this paper ice cream craft is made using one of our free printables too so it’s super cheap to make.
This sponge printed ice cream is really easy to make so it’s great as an easy summer art activity for preschoolers.
Use tissue paper and our free template to make this shell suncatcher.
Older kids can practice their scissor skills with this mosaic cactus craft.
Use pom poms to paint this simple watermelon craft.
Create a doily sun.
These sea shell decorations are ones that my kids made after a trip to the beach.
Use torn paper to make this paper plate crab from Crafts on Sea.
My kids made this handprint paper plate sun as a little art activity between the two of them.
Make a peg paper plate sun.
Button flower from Crafts on Sea
My daughter made this seahorse craft as a preschooler and she really enjoyed creating it, I think the finished craft is really cute too!
Create a doily ice cream craft.
These DIY Bubble wands from Natural Beach Living look really pretty.
This sun puppet from The Inspiration Edit has such a cheerful face!
Make this popsicle craft from Creating Creatives.
This paper plate sunflower from Happy Hooligans is perfect for preschoolers.
The Kindergarten Connection shares a cute Dot-a-Dot flower craft.
Preschool Summer Activities
Name writing nature hunt from Adventure In A Box
This lego ice play idea is great if you have a water table.
Try these frozen paints from Crafts on Sea
For a great alternative to water balloons try out these DIY sponge water bombs from Messy Little Monster
This tide pool science experiment from Buggy and Buddy will make a great ocean sensory bin as well when they’ve finished playing with it.
These butterfly number stones are a cute way to look at numbers.
We love all sorts of sensory activities and the recipe for this lemon play dough is so easy to make.
This frozen flowers sensory play is one of our most popular summer ideas and it’s so easy to set up! You can click through the link to find out about it but I’ve also added a little video tutorial of it to this page.
For some summer themed fun learning why not try this ice cream shape sorting from Look We’re Learning.
Grab these ice cream worksheets from Look We’re Learning.
Grab some sidewalk chalk and get creative drawing outside.
Frozen treasure from The Chaos And The Clutter
Thrown cotton ball painting from The Chaos And The Clutter
This DIY water wall from There’s Just One Mommy looks like great fun for some playtime out in the sunshine.
Coloured water play from There’s Just One Mommy
Our outdoor scavenger hunt is great for kids of all ages but particuarly good for preschoolers as they can color each item as they find it.
Outdoor activities are always the ones that we prefer in the summer if the weather is good enough so this guide to trying out rock pooling from Rainy Day Mum is really helpful.
Get out into your backyard and try out this water pistol painting from Messy Little Monster
This DIY Bubble snake blower from Messy Little Monster looks like a great way to blow bubbles!
Alphabet ice boats from School Time Snippets
Exploring ramps and friction on a slide from Buggy and Buddy
Want more fun ideas? We love this roundup of flower activities and crafts!
Or how about getting some ideas inspired by healthy eating when the suns out with these fruit activities.
Finally we’ve got over 30 summer activities for toddlers with loads of ideas preschoolers will love too.