5 Outdoor Crafts for Kids to Try This Summer

The nicer weather gives kids the chance to take the mess outdoors. Children who interact with nature tend to use their imaginations more frequently. My go-to for outdoor crafts for my daughter were sidewalk chalk, bubbles and paint. I have found 5 outdoor themed crafts to help beat the boredom this Summer. They may require a bit of pre-planning and a trip to the craft store as I am not sure that these would be items that you would necessarily have on hand. They will also need parental supervision and assistance.

DIY Garland of Yarn from Home Made Simple

This craft could be catered to fit into any season or holiday. It could be used as outdoor decor or a new addition to your child’s bedroom or play space.

Materials needed:

  • Balloons
  • Plastic Bags or drop cloth to cover the ground
  • Cooking Spray
  • White Glue
  • Corn Starch
  • Hot Water
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Mixing Bowl

Images by Empress of Dirt

Garden Balls from Empress of Dirt

This also could be an all season craft. The cost to make would to make would be about $10-20. When picking materials  keep in mind that weather resistant items will help it last longer and flat backed items are easier to glue.

Materials Needed:

  • Lamp Globe (from a ceiling light) or Bowling Ball
  • Spray Paint (optional)
  • Flat Bottom Marbles
  • Fish Tank gravel
  • Coins
  • Flat Stones
  • Flat Beads
  • Clear Outdoor Silicone sealant/Adhesive

Image from Krokotak

Simple Bird Kite from Krokotak

This craft is geared towards younger kids. Best part of this craft is that the finished product means that the kids will be burning off some of their energy flying it around the yard.


  • Paper
  • Staples/ Stapler
  • White Glue
  • Marker
  • String


Images from Garden Therapy

Beautiful Beaded Wind Chime from Garden Therapy

This could be made with a variety of items and made for any season. Wind chimes are believed to reduce stress and promote calmness.


  • Assorted beads and charms
  • Bells or Shells
  • Driftwood or Wooden Dowel
  • Nylon Beading Thread
  • Beading Needle
  • Electric Drill and Small Drill Bit
  • Twine



DIY Bird Feeder from Animallama

With this craft, not only do the kids get to build something but they will get the joy of watching birds eat out of it. Depending on where you live and what types of birds are in your region. it also gives your children the chance to learn about the different species of birds they see.


  • 35-45 wide craft sticks
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Thin Twine or String
  • Spray Paint
  • Birdseed


Let me know in the comments which crafts you tried.



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