10 Easy Summer Paper Crafts for a Fun-Filled Summer

Looking for something fun to do with the kids while you try to beat the heat? Try these easy summer paper crafts to keep the kids entertained!

I don't know about where you live, but here in southern Louisiana, there are only 2 places to be in the summer: the pool or the air conditioning. We're talking about you start sweating on the walk from the parking lot to the grocery store.

So you better believe, I have lots of ideas for how to keep my kids entertained without having to leave my home. And even better, these ideas are easy and quick to put together so my kids are having fun without me having to spend hours prepping and organizing.

One of our favorite summer activities is paper crafts. They're quick, keep the kids entertained for hours, and are very nice to my budget. All you need is some construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers, and you're ready to get crafting!

Here are 10 fun paper craft ideas that will make your summer a blast!

10 Easy Summer Paper Crafts

These summer paper crafts are good for all ages from preschool and up. Most do require the use of scissors, markers, and glue, however.

If your kids aren't quite able to use those materials safely, they'll probably need some supervision. Otherwise, these summer crafts are easy peasy and lots of fun!

1.) Fruit Paper Fan Craft for Kids by Sew Crafty Me

If you're looking for something cute, fun and that will also help keep you cool this summer, this little project is a great one to check out. All you need is construction paper, markers, glue, and some popsicle sticks.

Supplies needed:

  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Popsicle sticks

2.) Easy and Fun Origami Paper Fish by Ocean Child

These origami fish are so cute and way easier to make than they look. The instructions call for origami paper, scissors, and glue. If you don't have origami paper on hand, you could probably make do with regular construction paper.

Supplies needed:

  • Origami paper
  • Scissor
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Googly eyes are optional

3.) Paper Windmill by Easy Crafts for Kids

These paper windmills are super cute and easy to customize. I could see my kids making lots of these and coming up with different fun designs. Besides some basic supplies, this craft also requires push pins.

Supplies needed:

  • Construction paper
  • Markers or crayons
  • Pencil
  • Push pin
  • Scissors

4.) Twirligig ~ Rainbow paper Spinner Toy by Teach Beside Me

I had never heard of these Twirligigs before, but they look like a great summer craft. I can already see hours spent trying to figure out different things these spinner toys can do. To make one of these you'll need construction paper, glue, scissors, and a wooden skewer.

Supplies needed:

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue (hot glue gun and glue stick)
  • Long wooden skewer

5.) Paper Jellyfish by Crafts by Ria

These paper chain jellyfish are absolutely adorable. If you have younger kids, Crafts by Ria offers a printable template for the jellyfish's body. If you have older kids, challenge them to draw the jellyfish body themselves and see what they come up with.

Supplies needed:

  • Construction paper
  • Markers or crayons
  • Glue
  • Jellyfish template (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Stapler (optional)

6.) Straw Rockets Craft by Six Clever Sisters

These straw rockets look like so much fun. I know my son would 100% be occupied for hours with one of these. Grab the tutorial and printable rocket template here.

Supplies needed:

  • Rocket template
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • 2 straws – one thinner than the other

7.) Rainbow Weaving Fish by Crafty Morning

These Rainbow Weaving fish are super cute and a great craft for younger kids. Weaving the pieces of paper through the fish is great for developing those fine motor skills. You could also sneak in a little math by making different patterns or designs.

Supplies needed:

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes (optional)

8.) Paper Helicopters by This Little Goose

Don't let the simple design of these Paper Helicopters fool you. They are the perfect kids' craft to keep them for hours. They could also double as a really fun STEM project.

Supplies needed:

  • Paper
  • Paper clip
  • Scissors

9.) DIY Paper Spinner by Make and Takes

These Paper Spinners are a great summer paper craft to help keep the kiddos entertained. It's another fun activity that leaves room for kids to try different designs and patterns to see what happens. It does require a few extra supplies like cardboard circles and string.

Supplies needed:

  • Twine
  • Cardboard circles
  • Circle template (optional)
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks

10.) Paper Ninja Stars by Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

Last on our list of summer paper crafts are these paper ninja stars. This is another craft that your kids will love. Once your kids make them, they'll have hours of fun playing.

Supplies needed:

  • Construction paper
  • Markers (optional)

Conclusion to 10 Easy Summer Paper Crafts for a Fun-Filled Summer

I hope this list of easy summer paper crafts has given you lots of ideas for keeping the kids having fun without melting outside. Make sure to grab your supplies and have a blast making all of these fun paper crafts. Plus, who knows, you might just find yourself having as much (or more) fun than the kids!

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