The sun is out and the holidays are edging ever closer which means that I’m allowing myself to share this round up of summer crafts for toddlers – hurray! We love sharing easy craft ideas that you can do with your kids and while summer is the perfect opportunity to get outside and play sometimes it’s also nice to have a few easy crafts as a back up if you need a bit of chill out time at home (or *whispers* if the weather is less than awesome) In this round up you’ll find lots of sun crafts, flowers, watermelons and loads more summer themed craft ideas to keep your toddler busy and happy.
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As you’ll know the toddlers years are ones of massive change in what children are able to do. I’ve included craft ideas for one, two and three year olds in this round up so take a look through them and find the ones which are most suitable for your child’s age and abilities as well of course as their interests – arguably the most important bit of all! As I’m sure you know, when crafting with toddlers you will need to supervise at all times due to small pieces, scissors etc but that means that you can enjoy making these together and making memories at the same time.
As well as lots of summer crafts for toddlers you’ll find some lovely ideas for summer themed books to share with your child and more ideas for easy toddler crafts that you might like to try.
Like this post? If you want to make sure that you don’t forget any of the ideas in here today make sure that you bookmark this page or pin an image from it so you have them all to hand when you need them – plus you’ll have them kept aside for next year too if you’re ready to try some different ideas then!
To help make things a bit easier for you I’ve listed all of the crafts in this round up in the same order that they appear in the collages below so you can easily find the ones you like the look of. There’s more ideas than just in the collages though so do take a look through the list and find any that take your fancy.
Summer Crafts for Toddlers
Under the sea crafts for toddlers are great for during the summer – especially if you’ve got a trip to the beach planned. This rainbow fish craft uses a fun technique to paint and you can change the colours to whatever your toddler likes best.
Non-Toy Gift’s tutorial for a rainbow paper roll butterfly is just gorgeous.
This handprint sun craft is one that my daughter joined in making when she was one.
Fruit crafts are great for summer and watermelon ones perhaps most of all! This paper plate watermelon craft is great for fine motor skills although obviously (as with all toddler crafts) you will need to keep an eye on your child due to small pieces.
This shark suncatcher craft from Buggy and Buddy is fantastic and you could easily adapt it for other ocean animals too.
Make a cute paper plate bee craft like this one from Non-Toy Gifts.
My Bored Toddler shares a tutorial on how to make these sweet handprint flowers.
Make a cute paper plate beach ball like this one from The Simple Parent.
Love seahorses? Yep, me too and my daughter loved making this simple seahorse craft using tissue paper.
Sunflowers are the perfect flowers for summer and this craft from Happy Toddler Playtime is perfect for toddlers to make.
Make some fun paper plate parrots – my kids loved adding the feathers.
This easy butterfly craft is great for toddlers as the large printing materials are perfect for little hands to hold.
Create some bubble art butterflies like these ones from Red Ted Art.
These dragonfly suncatchers look great hung up in the window.
Cut out the cone shape for younger kids and this ice cream craft is great fun for kids to paint.
This butterfly craft is a great way to use up leftover packaging and looks really pretty.
Do your kids come home from the beach with lots of seashell treasures? These decorations are a fun craft to make with them.
Crayons and Cravings share a tutorial for a simple paper plate fish craft.
We love looking for bugs in the garden during the summer and this ladybird craft is one that I did with my daughter as a toddler.
We made these fun rocking paper plate crabs.
This flower craft is great for practising scissor skills and would look sweet on the front of a card.
Make some pretty mosaic flowers.
My daughter made this cute paper plate turtle when she was a toddler.
This paper plate pineapple craft by Crayons and Cravings looks fantastic.
I love this cute watermelon ice lolly craft that The Joy of Sharing made with her toddler.
Red Ted Art shares a tutorial for making butterflies out of coffee filters.
Make these pretty ice lolly crafts from A Dab of Glue Will Do.
Create these cute sun crafts from Happy Toddler Playtime.
Summer Books for Toddlers
I love themed books at different times of the year and my kids always have done too (although that doesn’t mean I don’t still get asked to read Christmas stories during August!). These summer themed books for toddlers all look fantastic – perfect for a post crafting cuddle and chill out with a snack!
- Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins – we love the Maisy books and this looks perfect for kids who are getting ready for their first camping experience (even if that might be in the back garden!)
- Peppa Pig Goes Swimming by Scholastic – swimming is always a big activity for us in the summer and this story is all about George being scared of getting in the pool
- Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney – a touch and feel book
More Easy Activities and Crafts for Toddlers
In the US? Help get your kids excited about 4th July with these crafts and activities for toddlers.
We love these fun bug crafts for toddlers.
Finally why not check out this round up of weather crafts for toddlers with ideas suitable for all year round.