Summer brings sunshine, flowers, water play and lots of crafty inspiration for toddlers.

From painting a picture of the sun and gorgeous nature in the garden to creating a collage of things they find in the garden, there’s so many summer-themed activities you can do with your toddler.

I’ve put together a list of my favourite summer-themed toddler crafts for you to do with your little one.

These are really simple for little hands to do and will give you lots of inspiration for things to do at home with your toddler this summer.

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Paper plate fish

I love paper plate crafts! There’s minimal need for scissors and there is so much you can do with just a simple paper plate!

This paper plate fish is the perfect way to celebrate summer days at the beach.

Toilet paper roll crab beach craft

Toilet paper roll crafts are brilliant because you gather the materials you need from your own recycling bin!

You can get really creative with toilet rolls in summer, from making a row of colourful beach huts using pastel paints to making a toilet roll fish.

I love this crab craft!

Masking tape chalk mural

This idea is genius and I just love it! Get some masking tape and create lots of different shapes within a square or rectangular space.

Then give your child some colourful pieces of chalk and let them draw within the spaces the masking tape has created.

You could do this on the side of your shed, on the fence or on the patio outside your home!

Ladybug painted rocks

These little painted rocks are adorable!

If your toddler’s co-ordination with paint isn’t great you may need to give them a helping hand with little details like the face but they can paint the whole rock red or yellow and add the dots.

Ice cream craft

These little popsicles are so cute!

This is the perfect idea for a hot summer day, although it may make your toddler ask for a real popsicle when they’re done!

Summer sun craft

I love how pretty this bright sun is, and when it’s finished you can use it to decorate your toddler’s bedroom!

Cardboard camera

Summer is all about getting outside and taking pictures.

Make your toddler their very own camera (kind of) which they can use to spy on what’s in their garden and to spot bugs and flowers with an old box and toilet roll.

Paper lobster craft

Another paper plate craft and this one celebrates the lovely lobster!

This is a perfect craft if you fancy something beach themed. You can talk to your toddler about other sea creatures they might find down at the beach too.

I Spy fruit worksheet

I love this simple play activity! It’s fun and will help your toddler to learn something too!

This pretty printable sheet features some delicious fruits that we all love to eat in the summer.

Jellyfish craft

Another creature that your kids might spot at the beach over the summer.

This jellyfish is so cute too!

Paper plate sun craft

Make a gorgeous happy sun using just a paper plate, a little paint and a couple of other simple items.

Coloured ice cube play

This is the perfect activity for keeping cool on hot summer days.

Colourful ice can be used to paint on paper or on your patio.

Popsicle sun craft

This is a lovely way to use up ice cream popsicle sticks you may have left over.

Washable finger paint

This is a great way to get your toddler outside and keep them busy!

It’s a messy activity, but this finger paint will wash off! Just don’t put them in their best clothes.

Summer games snack torches

One of the best things about summer is the Olympic Games when it rolls around every four years.

These cute little Olympic snack torches will be fun for your kids to assemble and even more fun to eat.

Cheerful snail craft

Summer is all about getting outside and exploring the world around you. Things like bug hunts are the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather!

So this bright and colourful snail craft is a lovely way to add another activity to your bug hunt.

Shark printable craft

Create an underwater picture using this lovely printable!

Cupcake case flower

One of the best things about the warm weather is that all the flowers come out to add gorgeous colours to the garden and parks.

This cupcake case flower is so pretty!

Making clay presses from nature

Challenge your toddler to gather some leaves and flowers from the garden.

They can then follow these steps to press them into clay and keep the memory of them forever!

Butterfly feeder

Draw beautiful butterflies to your garden with this gorgeous butterfly feeder!

I hope you got some inspiration from these beautiful summer-themed toddler activities!

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