Were you a summer camp kid? If so, remember making a god’s eye out of popsicle sticks and yarn or lanyard friendship bracelets?
As a kid I only got to go to the one week long afternoon summer camps, but deep inside I yearned to go to a summer long camp away from home where I just knew I was destined to run into my long lost twin (I watched Parent Trap way too many times).
Whether you are hosting a summer camp or just looking for some fun new crafts these 20 Summer Camp Crafts are just for you. Start by making simple butterflies out of toilet paper rolls for the young ones and spend an afternoon launching marshmallows in a custom made catapult for the older ones. Check out these ideas and more right here …
1. God’s Eye
Here is a summer camp craft that has survived through the ages.
Find out more at Pretty Prudent
2. Bird Feeders
Have a blast using cookie cutters to make different shaped bird feeders.
Get the tutorial at Pretty Prudent
Make some pinwheels and watch them catch the wind.
Get the tutorial at Create Studio
4. Friendship Lanyards
This a fun activity for the older kids. Don’t you remember making lanyards and lanyard necklaces?
Get the tutorial at Honestly WTF…
5. Paper Plate Dream Catcher
Decorate a paper plate and thread yarn through it to make a colorful dream catcher.
Get the tutorial at 4 Crazy Kings
6. Panning for Gold
Fill a kiddie pool with sand and gold spray painted gravel. After the kids are done panning for gold let them turn it in for treats.
Find out more at One Charming Party
7. Leaf Art
Go on a nature walk with the kids and use the leaves you have collected to make art.
Get the tutorial at Kleas
8. Monster Bookmarks
Talk about their favorite books and then make monster bookmarks.
Get the tutorial at Oh! Crafts
9. Kaleidoscope Craft
Each kid can make their own unique kaleidoscope to look through.
Get the tutorial at Skip to My Lou
10. Sock Puppets
Make quirky sock puppets and then put on a puppet show at the end of camp.
Check it out at Skip to My Lou
11. T-Shirt Bracelets
Here is a fun craft that yes, even the boys could make too.
Check it out at Hello Glow
12. Water Bottle Carrier
This foam water bottle carrier is perfect for summer hikes.
Get the tutorial at Crafts by Amanda
Spend an afternoon making your own crayons to use for the rest of the camp.
Check it out at Pretty Prudent
14. Coffee Filter Butterflies
Paint coffee filters and clothespins to make these pretty butterflies.
Check it out at Wren Handmade
15. Plastic Jump Rope
Use plastic bags braided together to make this awesome waterproof jump rope.
Get the tutorial at A Childhood List
16. Kid Art Trivets
End summer camp with a keepsake they can use for years.
Check it out at Pretty Prudent
17. Glow Lanterns
If you are hosting a summer camp that runs through the night, these glow lanterns are perfect to use for a nighttime walk.
Find out more at Lil Blue Boo
18. Toilet Paper Roll Butterflies
This is a fun and colorful project to add to the mix and most kids can do it all on their own.
Check it out at Bo Bunny
19. Sharpie Tie Dye
Avoid the big mess that can come with kids and tie-dye by using sharpies.
Get the tutorial at Moments with Maisie
20. Tin Can Telephones
Lose the iPhone, tin can telephones is where it’s at.
Find out more at Crafts by Amanda
21. Water Bombs
Escape the summer heat with water bombs.
Find out more at Positively Splendid