Summer Process Art: Easy Outdoor Art Projects for Kids

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Summer is a time for freedom, exploration, and embracing the beauty of the natural world. What better way to capture the spirit of the season than through process art? In this collection, we’ve gathered a variety of imaginative and sensory-driven activities that will ignite your child’s creativity. From nature-inspired art with leaves and flowers to messy outdoor paint adventures, these process art ideas will encourage your child to express themselves, think outside the box, and celebrate the beauty of their own unique artistic journey.

Summer is the Perfect Time For Process Art

Summer is the perfect time for process art because it offers children the freedom to explore, create, and embrace their imagination without the constraints of a structured environment. With longer days and warmer weather, there is ample opportunity to take art outdoors, engage with nature, and experiment with a wide range of materials. Summer provides a relaxed and carefree atmosphere, allowing kids to immerse themselves in the artistic process and enjoy the journey of creating without the pressures of school or other commitments. It’s a time when creativity can flourish, and children can truly express themselves through open-ended and joyful art experiences.

So, grab your art supplies, prepare for some messy fun, and embark on a summer of artistic discovery! Whether you’re looking for activities to do at home, in the backyard, or during a family vacation, this collection of summer process art ideas has got you covered. These projects are not only entertaining and educational but also provide a wonderful opportunity for quality family time and fostering your child’s artistic growth. Get ready to make lasting memories, inspire creativity, and let the summer art adventures begin!


Process Art Ideas for Summer

Stunning Water Gun Resist Art for Kids

Check out this stunning way of painting this summer: water gun resist art! Create cool patterns and designs with water guns!!

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint is a fun way to paint this summer with your toddler or preschooler. Made with only two ingredients!

Splatter Painting: Easy Outdoor Art Activity

Looking for a fun and colorful outdoor activity to do with your kids? Look no further than splatter painting!

Bubble Wrap Rainbow Stomp Painting

Are you looking for a fun outdoor art activity to do with your kids? Bubble wrap rainbow stomp painting is an colorful idea they will love.

Paint the Toys: Easy Outdoor Art Activity

If you’re looking for a fun and creative way to keep your kids busy this summer, why not try painting outdoor toys?

Easy Pool Noodle Painting: Process Art Activity for Summer

Pool Noodle Painting is a fun and easy process art activity for summer! A great gross motor art activity for kids of all ages.

The Best Summer Activity: Shower Curtain Painting

Shower Curtain Painting is a fun way to paint. Set up an unique canvas for your toddler or preschooler to paint and then wash this summer!

Bubble Print Butterfly Craft

Bubble Print Butterfly Craft is an easy summer craft for toddlers and preschoolers using a super fun painting method – bubbles!

How to Easily Do Blow Painting with Straws

Blow painting with straws is a fun and super easy to set up painting activity for kids. A fun way to paint using straws!

Make Your Own Nature Paint Brushes for Kids

Making your own DIY nature paint brushes is a fun and unique way to create art while also getting outside and exploring the world around you.

Sock Painting

Nebula Painting

Nebula painting craft is a fun project inspired by Neil deGrasse Tyson and the book Fun Painting Projects for Kids by Louise McMullen.

Age Suitability

This craft is good for toddlers aged children 2 years old and up.

Mess Level

The mess level for this craft is low.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

Click here for more information: Play2Learn

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 airs in the summer of 2023! We were also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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