Summer Fun Crafts for Kids

by Lynn Lilly, Jun 01 2020

I hope you are still surviving and are healthy and well! Many of you are still working from home with your kiddos and I know it is tough to keep them occupied. And now it is Summer and you have even more time to entertain them!  I am here to help!  I am continuing my partnership with Crayola to help inspire you with at home crafts during my weekly live broadcasts on their Facebook page. Today is all Summer fun activities! 

Project 1: Light Up Craft Roll Fireflies

Craft Roll Glow Fireflies


  • Cardboard Craft Roll (toilet paper roll)
  • Crayola Construction Paper 
  • Crayola Glue
  • Crayola White Crayon
  • Googley Eyes
  • Black and Yellow Pipe Cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Electric Tea Light


  1. Draw and cut an arch from the bottom to the middle of the tube. 
  2. Glue construction paper around the tube and cut out the same arch. 
  3. Cut a piece of yellow construction paper and glue it on the inside of the tube to cover the arch opening.
  4. Cut a 2 inch circle from black construction paper , add two googley eyes, draw a mouth with the white crayon and glue on the front top of the tube to make the face. 
  5. Cut two wings out of white construction paper and glue to the back of the tube. 
  6. Cut 4, 2 inch pieces of black pipe cleaner and bend in half. Glue along the sides to create the firefly's legs. 
  7. Cut 2, 2 inch pieces of yellow pipe cleaner and curl the ends. Glue in the top inside of the tube to create antennas. 
  8. Turn the tea light on and set the firefly over it and watch the tummy glow! If you want the light to be stationary so you can play with the firefly outside you can glue it inside the craft tube! 

DIY Craft Roll Glowing Fireflies

Project 2: DIY Splatter Art


  • Crayola Tempera or Washable Paint
  • Plastic Cups
  • Paper Towel Roll
  • String
  • Cardboard Box
  • Cardstock or a Canvas
  • Water
  • Store Sticks 


*This craft is messy but so fun! I would recommend doing it outside or make sure your surface area is covered and protected from splatters. 

  1. Poke holes in the bottom of a plastic cup. I used a solo cup and a pointy plier to poke the holes. Parents this is a job for you. 
  2. Poke four holes around the top. Thread the string through each of these holes. Tie a knot on the inside to prevent the string from pulling out. Tie the ends of the string together. 
  3. Pour each color of paint you plan to use in a separate cup. Add water to each paint cup until the paints are thin and runny. 
  4. You will need a box the same width as the craft roll or you will need to two boxes and a piece of cardboard. If you are using one box cut half circles in the top of the edges of the box for the craft roll to rest in. If you are using two boxes cut a half circle in the edge of each box and place the edge of the craft roll on each.  Place a craft piece of cardboard under the craft roll and make sure your surface is covered. 
  5. Hand the cup on the craft roll and rest the craft roll in the half circles. 
  6. Place a piece of card stock or canvas under the cup. Fill the cup with first color of paint and start swinging the cup to create a design. Refill with the additional paint colors and keep swinging the cup. 
  7. Once you are done let the painting dry! 

DIY Splatter Art

Project 3: Mini Beach Diorama

DIY Beach Diorama

The family vacation might be postponed but you can still have some fun creating a beach scene! 


  • Crayola Acrylic Paint
  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Crayola Construction Paper
  • Crayola Glue
  • Terra Cotta Pot Dish
  • Sand
  • Craft Stick
  • Seashells


  1. Paint the terra cotta pot dish with blue acrylic paint. This symbolizes the ocean water. 
  2. Next use the model magic to create some sea creators. I made a crab, fish, a shark fin and a starfish. If you don't have a variety of model magic colors you can paint white model magic. 
  3. Add a little sand to the half the dish to create the beach. Place your sea creatures around and add in seashells if you have them.
  4. For the finishing touch cut a craft stick in half and make a sign with construction paper and markers to name the beach. Stick it in the sand!

DIY Beach Diorama

If the whole family wants to work on a beach scene try making one in a shoebox.

DIY Beach Diorama

Tune in to Crayola's Facebook Page every Tuesday at 1:00pm EST to catch me sharing three crafts you can make at home! 

xoxo- Lynn 







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  • Manda on

    Omg the fireflies are ADORABLE!! I grew up in NY where there were tons of them and we used to catch them in jars! My kids have never seen one here in Cali, I’m totally making this one with them! Thanks for sharing 💜💙🧡🤍💚❤️


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