Kids and Camping Hacks: 17 Camping Crafts for Kids

Keep Kids Busy

Ah, camping! It is one of the best summer activities. With warm weather and your family, you can escape to the woods or the lake with just a handful of supplies. In theory, camping is fun for the whole family. Time away means tuning out the rest of the world and spending time with one another, but kids do not always see it that way. Keep little ones busy and entertained by making these camping crafts for kids before you are tucked safely into your camper or tent out in the wilderness. Instead of giving them time to complain about missing their televisions and iPads, engage their little minds and hands with some summer crafts for kids. Whether they are playing pretend inside DIY tent summer camp crafts or waiting out the rain with a quiet book pattern or classic summer camp crafts, your kids are sure to have a lovely time exploring these camping crafts for kids. We have collected these Kids and Camping Hacks: 17 Camping Crafts for Kids.

Make Them Their Very Own Tent

While most camping crafts for kids involve the little ones actually making the project, these DIY tents are just too perfect to not put in this blog post. Let your little ones play pretend with their very own tent or teepee. These summer camp crafts would be perfect for a backyard sleepover, too!

Child’s Outdoor Tent
Children’s Hula Hoop Play Tent
Toddler DIY Teepee

Summer Camp Crafts to Keep Your Camp Kid-Friendly

Use these DIY picnic blankets and other camp crafts to make sure your space is perfect for kids. If they have their very own placemat or blanket to sit on, kids are much less likely to get into huge messes while rolling in the grass or mud.

Traveling Placemat Tutorial
Patchwork Picnic Blanket
Outstanding Outdoor Pillow
Great Outdoor Baby Blanket
How to Make a Waterproof Picnic Blanket Tote
Waterproof Park Blanket Tutorial

Summer Camp Crafts for Rainy Days

Come armed and prepared for the inevitable rainy day. It is Newton’s Law of Camping that you will have to suffer through at least one rainy day. If you don’t have a place to explore for an indoor day trip, these quick camping crafts for kids will keep your little ones busy in the tent.

Yo Gabba Gabba Quiet Book
Vegetable Garden Quiet Book
Battleships Folders Tutorial
Baby’s First Book

Friendship Bracelets Summer Camp Crafts

What says summer camping and summer camp more than an old-fashioned friendship bracelet-making session. Friendship bracelets are easy to make, easy to cater to any skill level, and take up very few supplies. This would be a great craft for moms and little girls to make around the campfire but you don’t have to leave out the boys. Every little kid on this planet loves a good friendship bracelet. Plus, they make great gifts for mom or grandma!

God’s Eye
How to Make a Friendship Bracelet with a Recycled Lid
Twisty Bracelet Pattern
Leaf Pattern Friendship Bracelet

If you love these camping crafts for kids, check out these 23 Summer Outdoor Activities and Camp Crafts for Kids and 12 Free Apron Patterns & Easy Garden Ideas.

What is your favorite summer camping or summer camp memory?

10 Thrifty Recycled Crafts for Summer Fun

10 Thrifty Recycled Crafts for Summer FunEvery kid looks forward to summertime because they get to spend some time doing fun creative activities. Kids get to let loose and run around outside in the sun instead of being in a classroom all day. The challenge, though, is keeping your kids occupied with fun summer activities. My kids are all energy and no down time, so I’m constantly searching for new activities to keep them entertained. Now, I love using recycled crafts to entertain my children because I don’t have to worry about spending a lot of money on projects to keep them occupied. I’ve found that the coolest recycled craft that my kids love are the Adorable Minion Lawn Darts because they can’t get enough of the Minions. This fun craft keeps them outside for hours at a time. I have a hard time getting them to come inside when it’s time for lunch.

Of course, you need to plan for the summer days when the weather might not be as nice as you’d like it to be, so it’s always a great idea to add some indoor activities to your list. Any time I come across cardboard boxes, I immediately grab them because my kids love turning them into a fort or Creative Cardboard Box Cars. They always have a blast making things out of the cardboard boxes. Sometimes they prefer playing with cardboard boxes over anything else. That’s why it’s always a good idea to find new cardboard boxes to bring home.

Most of the materials for these crafts were already in my house, so I didn’t have to scramble around town looking for things that my children can use for their crafts. These no-fuss crafts really made it easier for me to keep my children happy.


Outdoor Activities

Summertime is all about playing with your kids outside in the sun, so you need to have some fun summer activities that will get the whole family outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. The Water Bottle Rocket is the perfect kids craft to get your little ones outside; after all, what kid doesn’t like to shoot things off into into the air?



Indoor Activities

Indoor activities are always a great idea to have for when it’s nasty and rainy outside. Your kids can throw a burst of color into a cloudy day when they make Color Burst Melted Crayon Art. This a great activity idea to do, especially when your kids have a bunch of old, broken crayons that they never use.


The Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun


If you’re looking for some more summer fun ideas to have with your children, check out the Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun, hosted by our friends at True Aim Education!



What summertime activities do your little ones love to do?

6 of Our Favorite Tie Dye Designs + A Giveaway!

Groovy. Radical. Totally tubular. There are countless ways you can try to describe the pure awesomeness that is tie dye, but the best way to appreciate this classic summer craft is to jump right in and start making your own! Once you learn a few of the basic tie dye techniques, you can create any kind of tee you can imagine. Tie dye is a favorite of the AllFreeKidsCrafts editors, and while we could give you a whole list of the coolest tie dye designs on the planet, we decided to narrow it down to just a few. Trust us, it was hard to pick just 6 for you to try.

Ready to wear your love of tie dye on your sleeve? Browse our favorite tie dye ideas, and make sure you scroll all the way down for our giveaway! It might just give you extra inspiration for these tie dye designs…

Tie Dye Heart Shirt

Tie Dye Heart Shirt

Do you take your love for tie dye as seriously as we do? Then this is the tie dye T-shirt for you. The Tie Dye Heart Shirt is the tie dye design our readers love the most, and it’s easy to see why. This tee is too cute to ignore!


Carousel Folding Tie Dye Design

Carousel Folding Tie Dye Design

I love the trendy color-block look of this Carousel Folding Tie Dye Design from I Love to Create! Plus, it’s really easy to make, so this tie dye project is definitely kid-approved.


Double Rainbow Dazzle Top

Double Rainbow Dazzle Top

If you’re anything like me, you have a hard time picking 2 or 3 colors to use on your tie dye creations. That’s exactly why I love the Double Rainbow Dazzle Top! This tie dye design looks better with a multitude of hues, so feel free to unleash your love of color.


Drip Drop Tie Dye Design

Drip Drop Tie Dye Design

So the Drip Drop Tie Dye Design might not be tie dye in the traditional twist-and-band sense of the word, but it’s still pretty cool. I love the fact that there’s absolutely no wrong way to make this tie dye tee! This tie dye design definitely wins the award for being the most kid-friendly.


Captain America Tie Dye Tee

Captain America Tie Dye TeeShow off your nerdy side with this Captain America Tie Dye Tee! Guys will totally love this tie dye design, but that doesn’t mean ladies can’t sport this tee as well.


Summer Twist T-Shirt

Summer Twist T-Shirt

You can’t go wrong with the summer camp classics, which is why this tee is my favorite on this whole list. The Summer Twist T-Shirt is the perfect, tried-and-true symbol of summer!


BONUS! Tie Dye Accessories and Tie Dye Home Decor

Tropical Tie-Dye Tee PeeYou didn’t think we were done talking about tie dye, did you? Don’t limit yourself to T-shirts this summer. Go ahead; tie dye everything in sight!


One Step Tie-Dye Kit

Ready to dive into these awesome tie-dye ideas? You need a One Step Tie-Dye Kit from TULIP! The One-Step Tie-Dye Kit provides kids with everything they need to create their own tie dye masterpieces: 3 squeeze bottles, gloves, rubber bands, and a great list of project ideas and inspiration. Grab your T-shirts, and enter to win today! Contest ends June 16th, 2014, at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

 Which one of these tie dye designs is your favorite?

Block Party Ideas: A How-to Guide

Memorial Day kicks off the hot American summer and suddenly we’re ready to put on our sunglasses, get outside, and party!

No more hiding inside watching TV, it’s time to meet the neighbors and soak up some rays. Remember the good old days, when neighborhood kids ran wild or zipped around the block on bikes while their moms and dads grilled, talked, and hung out?

Let’s throw the perfect block party—the kind they’ll talk about for years to comewith a sizzlin’ grill, red gingham table cloths, music, lemonade, and laughter.

Block Party Checklist

Let’s get started. Here’s your checklist for must-dos to plan a perfect block party this summer. Print it and stick it on your fridge!

Decide on the date, send invitations or fliers to your neighbors, and plan for safety with your local municipality. Then, you’re ready to get into the finer details of the block party, including the menu, decorations, and activities.

1. Block Party Activities

Paint the Town DIY Outdoor Idea


Giant Outdoor WaterbedThe most important part of the block party is the activities. After all, it’s a party. There are obvious activities like listening to music, dancing, and enjoying the buffet. But make sure you plan some fun for the kids, as well. Create some homemade paint and let the neighborhood kids use the whole block as their mural. While the sun’s shining, set up a Giant Outdoor Waterbed in someone’s front yard, so the kids can cool off. Every great block party has a bike parade, where kids can decorate their bikes, like this one from Apartment Therapy.


2. Block Party Decorations

Burlap Utensil Holders

What says summer more than blue jeans or red gingham? We love these simple red and blue decorations. They’re so classic and summery, and remind us of childhood potlucks and block parties. String Festive Denim Party Bunting from tree to tree near the central party house. Then, decorate the buffet with a red gingham tablecloth by Beach Vintage. Top it off with cute Burlap Utensil Holders, easy!

3. Block Party Menu

Barbeque Chicken Sandwiches

Apple Pie on the Grill

Grill out with Barbeque Chicken Sandwiches, then chill out with some Fresh Cherry Lemonade. Have the neighbors bring the appetizers, salads, and other desserts. Check out this gourmet burger bar layout from Heart Tree Home and display your food in a similar way, as a buffet with everything labeled. Here’s the rest of our block-rockin’ menu to fuel all the neighborhood fun.


 What’s your favorite block party memory?

Get Out and Play! DIY Outdoor Activities for Your Family

Summer is the time for kids’ imaginations to run wild in the backyard. Finally, they can go outside and play, to the relief of parents everywhere! Fresh air, exercise, and mess-less fun make the great outdoors the best place to play. At, we’re celebrating summer with DIY outdoor activities to get your whole family out and moving. If we’d had these outdoor games and activities growing up, our parents would’ve needed to drag us inside for dinner!

Years ago, kids were often left to entertain themselves in the backyard. Now that families are more active, we need more DIY outdoor activities that can appeal to all ages. Roll up your sleeves and get to work on these great summer ideas. They’re fun to make and play!

Get Out and Play! DIY Outdoor Activities for Your Family


DIY Backyard Board Game

Imagine spending an afternoon with the family playing a DIY Backyard Board Game. If you’re a musical family, design the board to include challenges like singing and tapping out a beat. If you’re a sporty family, roll the dice to race around the yard or do jumping-jacks. The possibilities are endless for this exciting summer idea! This game is guaranteed to result in laugh-out-loud moments and great summer memories. Everyone wins when your family is having a blast! What kind of challenges would your family enjoy?

DIY Backyard Board Game

DIY Kids PVC Periscope

Something about fresh summer air really stirs up kids’ imaginations. When you’re spending family time in the yard, give the kids a little inspiration for their make-believe adventures. This DIY Kids PVC Periscope, created by Amanda Hill for Living on Love and Cents, could lead to a submarine fantasy! Kids can peer around corners and spy over bushes. This kids craft for summer would take any hide-and-seek game to the next level.

DIY Kids PVC Periscope

DIY Outdoor Dominoes

Tricky, tricky! Playing DIY Outdoor Dominoes will get your kids outside and improve their math skills at the same time. These giant dominoes might make math seem fun! Whether you play dominoes the old-fashioned way or just stack and count them, the whole family will be exercising their bodies and brains. That’s just smart parenting, and your kids’ teachers would be so proud.

DIY Outdoor Dominoes

DIY Rainbow Paver Hopscotch

Here’s an updated classic that doubles as garden improvement. DIY Rainbow Paver Hopscotch will have your family hoppin’ and boppin’ their way through the yard. Your kids will love this colorful counting game. As an added bonus, the rainbow pavers will make a great summer decoration for your yard, and will serve as a nice, sturdy path. Wouldn’t this look cute in your yard?

DIY Rainbow Paver Hopscotch

What’s your favorite outdoor summer activity?



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Link Love: Outdoor Activities for Your Summer Bucketlist

Here at AllFreeKidsCrafts, we’re no strangers to sticking our hands in the mud and getting grass stains on our jeans. In fact, we encourage it! Spending time outside is one of the best parts of childhood. Now that the weather is officially nice, it’s time to head outside, and there’s no better way to enjoy the great outdoors than spending some quality time with the kids. Finding outdoor activities for kids and adults alike to enjoy might sound tricky, but where there’s a will, there’s a DIY way! Whether you want to encourage your kids to explore nature or simply go outside to play, these fun activities for kids will make your summer (or, end of spring) truly special.

While kids are generally pretty self-sufficient when it comes to entertaining themselves, there are plenty of moments where they demand new ideas for fun. After all, how many times have you heard the dreaded “I’m bored” when you’ve sent the kids to go play? Sometimes simple outdoor activities like making paper bag kites, chalking a life-sized checkerboard in the driveway, or simply making up their own outdoor games will do the trick, but sometimes kiddos need a little something extra to chase their boredom away.

Don’t waste a day of sunshine! With these outdoor activities at your fingertips, you’ll be able to create an unforgettable summer bucket list that the kids will remember all year round. From garden crafts to water games to even a homemade slip ‘n slide, your little ones will be amazed with your genius entertainment ideas. These innovative and fun outdoor activities for kids will help you enjoy your backyard in a whole new way and keep the kids busy for hours on end. Get ready to see a few more grass stains on those knees!


Link Love: Outdoor Activities for Your Summer Bucketlist
1. Lawn Scrabble from Constantly Lovestruck
2. Gardening for Letters from No Time for Flash Cards
3. Make Your Own Hula Hoop from Six Sisters’ Stuff
4. DIY Slip and Slide from Inner Child Fun
5. Outdoor Tic Tac Toe from Chicken Scratch NY
6. Giant Outdoor Easel from Fantastic Fun and Learning
7. Nature Scavenger Hunt from Hands On As We Grow
8. Portable Water Walls from Fun-A-Day
9. Garden Sensory Bin from Mess for Less

33 Summer Activities for Kids to Do

Summer officially began yesterday, but school has been out for a couple of weeks. While the long, sunny days with nothing to do are nice, you may begin to go stir crazy with the little kiddos running around constantly. Keep them busy with summer activities that they’ll love. That way, you’ll get to enjoy your summer too. AllFreeKidsCrafts has gathered 33 Summer Activities for Kids to Do that you might want to get in on. They’re fun, fresh, and hot, hot, hot!


Summery Crafts for Kids

Pizza Pan SuncatcherLet the sun shine in with summery crafts for kids. The sun is abundant outside of your home, but bring it inside with wonderfully sunny crafts that kids can make. One of my favorite new crafts is the Pizza Pan Suncatcher. It’s so beautiful, and it’s made only from beads, which means it’s inexpensive! Hang it outside the window so that it will catch the sun and reflect it right into your happy home.

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Beach Crafts for Kids

Everlasting Sandcastle Playing in the sand is one of the quintessential activities of summer. Whether you make it to the beach daily or not at all, there are still beach crafts for kids that can bring the beach home. No matter how much time you spend on the beautiful coast, you can never bring your superb sandcastle home. The Everlasting Sandcastle allows you to build a fortress that will never be washed away.

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Fresh Craft Ideas for Kids

Summer LanternsFresh is the word of the summer: fresh fruit, freshly cut grass, and fresh flowers, so why not fresh crafts? These new crafts will keep you up-to-date with the trends, and they’re sure to thrill you. The fun of summer doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, so keep the excitement alive by lighting your way at night. Campfires are some of the best activities that summer has to offer. Make sure that you can see your delicious, melting s’mores by crafting Summer Lanterns that will brighten your summer nights.

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How do your kids keep busy during the summer? Do you believe in sending them to summer camp?

ScrapKins Soaring Summer Craft for Kids

Fly & Soar! A Summer Recycled Art Project for Kids

This post is brought to you by Brian Yanish, creative director/founder of ScrapKins

It’s summer. You need activities. You want the kids out of the house enjoying “offline” time. How do you compete with iPads and video games during the summer? Make stuff that flies! We’re all about using what we already have lying around the house; it’s free, and you end up consuming less.

I’m the creator of a recycled art program called ScrapKins, which follows the adventures of six recycled monsters! (Fun fact: The ScrapKins characters are based on drawings I did when I was a kid. Thanks Mom!) To kick off our “Fly & Soar” project, I’m going to turn over the blog to Swooper, the chief ScrapKins engineer.


Hi there, builders! I’m Swooper, and I’m going to share all the steps to “Scrap-vent” your own Parachute Escape Pod from a plastic bag, string, and a cardboard tube. This one is great for an adventure in the park or even in your own backyard! When you launch your “pod” it will float. (Hint: It floats even better on a windy day when a gust of wind may make it soar!)


Let’s get started.

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1 toilet paper tube (each tube can make 2 pods!)
  • 1 plastic shopping bag
  • 1 small piece of thin cardboard (like a cereal box)
  • String
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Tape
  • Markers/crayons
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


1) Flatten your tube and cut it in half.
2) Place tube on top of cardboard and draw a circle a little bigger than your tube. Cut out the circle.
3) Glue the circle to the bottom of your tube.
4) Use the hole punch to punch 1 hole on each side of the tube near the top.
5) Measure and cut 2 pieces of string 24” long.
6) Cut off the bottom half of plastic bag.
7) Thread 1 piece of string through 1 hole. Repeat with the other hole and string.
8) Lay down bag. Start with one side first. Tape one string end INSIDE the bag near the edge. Tape the other end across from it. Flip bag over and tape other 2 ends.
9) Tuck the parachute inside tube. Use markers and crayons to design your pod. You can also cut shapes from colored paper and glue them on.

How to Fly Your Pod:

1) Take parachute out of tube and untangle.
2) Loosely grasp tube and bag together.
3) Toss it in the air or drop it from a high place.

You are free to use this project at home. If you’d like to use it in the classroom, please use this FREE downloadable worksheet that credits us. Thanks and Happy Flying!



Want to make more of our interactive recycled art projects?
Check out our ScrapKins Build-It Book!





14 Easy Summer Craft Activities for Kids

I remember the feeling I would get on the last day of school before summer. It was a nervous, anxious, excited, butterflies-in-my-stomach feeling that made me reflect on the school year and think the cliche “where did the time go?” The two months ahead promised sleeping in, bonfire-filled evenings, trips to the beach, and water fights to beat the heat. While the summer isn’t nearly as exciting now, since there is no such thing as a summer break in the working world, it still instills feelings of excitement, cheer, and lightness. Bring those feelings into your home with 14 Easy Summer Craft Activities for Kids.

Whether you spend your summer working or watching the kids build sandcastles, the merriment of summer should permeate through your home. This is easily achievable with the guidance of the free 14 Easy Summer Craft Activities for Kids eBook. Inside, you’ll find crafts that bring summer to you. All of the crafts are easy, but they look absolutely fabulous. Kids of all ages will love the printable tutorials that they can easily follow to make the perfect summer crafts for kids. There are projects that bring kids outside into the sun and others that give a nice break from the heat of summer.

Beach Arts and Crafts for Kidsbeachy-plate-sand-dollars

What’s a summer without a trip to the beach? A kid full of salt water and sand is a must at least once in the hottest season. For all of the other days when you just don’t feel like making that trek to the beach, overflowing your straw bag with shovels, snacks, and sunscreen, and worrying every time a child wanders out of your site, bring the beach home. Kids can make sandcastles within the confines of your property with the help of 14 Easy Summer Craft Activities for Kids. If they’re craving the sun, send them in the yard with the few materials needed to create outstanding beach arts and crafts for kids. The best part about these beach-free sandcastles is that the tide won’t wash them away!

Edible Crafts for Kidscampfire-cupcakes

The heat of the summer leads to rumbling kiddo tummies quite often, and you’ve got to be ready with snacks that will pass. Instead of handing each child a Popsicle, which inevitably leads to sticky hands and lots of laundry, make summer-themed edible crafts for kids from 14 Easy Summer Craft Activities for Kids. Not only are the kids sure to love the taste of these treats, but they’ll also have a blast making them. That means that snack time turns into an activity. a.k.a. one less hour that you have to fill!

Camping Crafts for Kidsrecycled-button-tree

At attention, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America! 14 Easy Summer Craft Activities for Kids is going to help you earn your badges by taking you on camping adventures that are safe for all ages. Build a campfire without worrying about getting burned. The camping crafts for kids in this free eBook are safe, fun, and inexpensive. When they’re too young to spend time hiking in the woods, bring the campfire inside or to the backyard and learn the same skills without the risk.


What is your favorite summer activity with the kids?



Make a Splash! Pool Noodle Summer Crafts for Kids

Kid-Friendly CrochetIt’s almost officially summertime, which means one thing: pool noodles are on sale. It actually means lots of things like that school is out, the sun is shining, the beach is open, and camp days are on the horizon, but in the crafting world, pool noodles are top priority. Not only are pool noodles incredibly cheap, but there are also tons of uses for them past keeping you afloat in the water. Buy an armful of pool noodles or use ones you already own to make this summer the best yet.

These budget-friendly floating devices, most frequently spotted keeping sun-bathing relaxers buoyant, make for some incredibly fun activities for children. The little ones might initially think I’m talking about hitting one another with these seemingly harmless sticks (they’re not so sweet when they come at your calf full force), but when a bit of creativity is inserted into the equation, they’ll find that there are much more fun ways to utilize them.


Fun Activities for ChildrenRace Track

Believe it or not, pool noodles lend themselves to fun games other than Marco Polo. Play a kid-friendly version of croquet or teach a toddler how to thread with the colorful foam devices. If your kids are more Hot Wheels kinda guys, then get ready to be their favorite person ever. Slice these babies in half to make an epic Race Track that will be your kids’ new favorite toy.  The noodles are easy to cut, which means that all of these fun activities for children should be (at the very least) attempted this summer. You’ll find that even trying them leads to hours of fun, giggles, and memories.


headboardSummer Crafts for Kids

It’s not all fun and games here. Well, it’s all fun, but it’s not all games. There are amazing crafts to be made with pool noodles, too! It’s hard to pick a favorite among the bunch because people are just so darn creative. I think that the Pool Noodle Headboard is so adorable, and kids would absolutely love to have a hand in such a prominent part of their room. Another winner is the Giant Lollipop Craft. Imagine a giant candy party theme…


Other summer crafts for kids using pool noodles:flip-flop-wreath

Life-Size Pool Noodle Ponies
Light Sabers
Flip Flop Wreath
Winter Boot Form (keep your shoes nice while they’re in the off season)
Noise-Proof Door Stopper (also used to prevent smashed fingers)


Which of these crafts would you make with a pool noodle?