15 Summer Theme Art Projects for Kids
Make the most of warm weather by having fun with these summer theme art projects for kids! Easy to do, perfect for beginners and loads of fun!
I have a love-hate relationship with summer. I am not a fan of the humidity and extreme sunny weather, but the mangoes and summer vacations more than make up for the heat!
Of course, with the pandemic and all, summer looks a lot different than what it generally is, which means traveling is out of the question. Although summer camps are closed, we can still organize a summer craft camp – right in the safety of our own homes!
If you’re looking for activities to keep your kids occupied at home this summer, we’ve got your back! Here are some simple yet gorgeous summer theme art projects that kids can try out with your help. There’s something here for every age group, so no one’s going to get bored this season!
15 Summer Theme Art Projects for Kids
1. Pointillism Sun Art Project
When it’s summer, you got to celebrate the one thing responsible for all that sunny weather – the sun! We love this pointillism project from Projects with Kids that reminds us a lot of artist Georges Seurat, who could do wonders with a single dot!
2. Sandcastle Texture Summer Art
Summer means visits to the beach, where you loll around on the sand, splash around in the water and of course, build sand castles! We’re not sure if beach visits are permitted in your area for now, but even if they aren’t you can still have fun with a sandcastle art project from Fantastic Fun and Learning!
3. Beach Art Project
If you’re really missing the beach this summer, we feel you! Many families have lovely memories of the beach, especially when kids are little and they look so cute playing in the sand. Relive those memories through art, with this easy project from Young School Art.
4. Puffy Paint Watermelon Art
They say you should eat and drink your water during summer to keep dehydration at bay. I don’t know about you, but in my book, there is nothing as hydrating or refreshing in summer as a big, juicy watermelon! Crafty Morning uses puffy paint to create this watermelon project that looks so realistic you’ll be craving some chunks of watermelon!
5. Paper Plate Painted Sea Shells
One thing most kids enjoy doing at the beach is to collect sea shells as they take a walk down the coastline. Many of our children are probably missing out on this fun activity this year, but you can make up for it – with a sea shell art project using paints and paper plates!
6. Potato Stamping Ice Cream Art
We love printing projects, especially with fruits and vegetables – it’s such a fun way to keep kids occupied while Mom or Dad is preparing dinner! Made to be a Momma uses potato prints to create some delicious looking ice cream cones. We love the little sprinkle details on top of the ice cream – genius!
7. Shimmering Seashells Summer Art Project
When we were kids and used to bring home sea shells from the beach, we treated them like treasure. We cleaned them and dried them, and looked at them everyday. Such is the wonder of childhood! Fantastic Fun and Learning understands this, which is why this seashell art project involves lots of shimmer – now it looks more like treasure!
8. Pineapple Thumbprint Art
Haven’t we all seen that image of a person sitting by a beach, looking very chill and sipping on a pina colada! Just looking at that can have you craving some pineapple chunks! While you wait to get your hands on some fruit, here’s an alternative – a thumbprint pineapple art project from Oh Crafts!
9. Popsicle Resist Art
You can’t have a list of summer theme art projects without featuring Popsicles! Although most yummy treats aren’t healthy, Popsicles fit the bill perfectly, as you can make them at home with healthy ingredients like fruit juice and coconut water. Fun at Home with Kids celebrates this summer must-have with a colorful art project.
10. Wayne Thiebaud Ice Cream Cones
Wayne Thiebaud is an artist after my own heart – he loved painting sweets! You can’t help salivating looking at his art, and the same goes for this yummy ice cream art project from The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood! Go crazy and add as many scoops as you like, in all your favorite flavors!
11. Black Glue Watercolor Seashells
We love the effect of black glue in art, and that’s just one reason we love this project from The Pinterested Parent! Those swirls of the water and the beautiful shell shapes – in a nutshell, this is true art – it evokes feelings of nostalgia and makes you want to visit the beach.
12. Chalk Pastel Sunsets
Sunsets and sunrises are topics most budding artists love to paint, and if you’re a beginner yourself, we’d recommend this lovely project from Projects with Kids. The colors are beautiful, and the detail of the tree and the waves is perfect to recreate a summer evening by the beach, as you sit with your special someone and watch the sun go down.
13. Flip Flop Artwork for Summer
What’s the most popular choice of footwear during summer? Certainly not closed, sweaty shoes – we all love our slippers and flip flops! Pink Stripey Socks knows this too, and that’s why we’ve got a project that’ll encourage us to design our very own custom flip flops. Go all out with your design – who knows, you might just come up with a new product!
14. DIY Citrus Stamping
When it comes to stamping projects during summer, you can’t ignore citrus fruits! Vicky Barone shows us how to use oranges and lemons to print and create some unique works of art that are totally frame worthy! And when you’re done with your art and waiting for it to dry, spend the time enjoying a tall glass of lemonade!
15. Giant Pop Art Watermelon
If you’d like to create some giant size art that’ll really have everyone’s attention, we recommend this pop art project from Art Campla. This is certainly a show stopper and it’ll be a great conversation starter if you hang it up in your living room. If you’d like to learn more about pop art, check out our Andy Warhol artist lesson for kids.
I know, most of these summer theme art projects for kids include stuff to eat, but I promise – it was unintentional! You can’t help it anyway, summer is all about cooling drinks and lovely frozen treats. You obviously aren’t going to wait for autumn to start enjoying them! So go ahead and make the most of the summer you have, with ice creams, lemonade, movies, books and of course, summer theme art projects!