Summer is a special time of year—long sunny days, time in the water, outdoor adventures, and plenty of opportunities for creativity!
For those days when it’s too hot to be outside or the summer showers are pouring, we’ve gathered a terrific list of summer toilet paper roll crafts to keep your kids busy!
These crafts are loads of fun and are eco-friendly, a fantastic way to introduce kids to the concepts of recycling and upcycling. They’re simple, using basic craft materials and everyday household items.
Perfect for summer camp, a rainy day, or a “crafternoon,” get started on one of these ideas or check out even more summer crafts for kids!
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Bring the majesty of the ocean into your home or classroom with this cardboard tube killer whale.
Begin with a toilet paper roll covered in black paper and use the printable template to make the orca. Its sleek black and white design looks like the real thing and will provide hours of playtime for your little oceanographers.
Aspiring astronauts will have a blast making this cardboard rocket. Make them any color you like by wrapping the empty toilet paper tubes with construction paper and decorating them with shapes or stickers. We love this bright and colorful version.
Enjoy the magic of a summer rainbow anytime with these fun rainbow blowers. The toilet paper roll is decorated with blue paper and white clouds, while colorful streamers attached at one end flutter when you blow through the roll.
It's a simple, fun activity that's great for learning about weather and the science behind rainbows.
This bumblebee craft is totally buzz-worthy for summer. Using a toilet paper roll as the body, your child can create a cute and friendly bee with black and yellow stripes and big wings. Summer is the perfect time to learn about these busy pollinators.
Hop into a creative morning with this interactive frog craft. The toilet paper roll frog features a fly attached to a string for the frog to catch it in its mouth. This adds an element of play and gaming that kids will love!
The humpback whale is the friendly giant of the sea. The handy template makes this craft easy, and we've even added a playful waterspout emerging from its blowhole! This craft is a great way to teach kids about these fascinating marine creatures.
Fireflies are part of the magic of summer. Watching them light up in the night sky is nothing short of amazing.
Make your own firefly to capture those fun memories of summer nights! While this version doesn't light up, you can cut a hole in the front of the firefly's body and put a battery-powered tealight underneath to make it glow. Another idea is to use glow-in-the-dark paint instead of construction paper.
Busy bees will have so much fun making this geometric honeycomb craft out of empty toilet paper rolls. Cut the tubes into rings, and then shape them so they have six sides (a hexagon). Glue the hexagons together to make a honeycomb pattern.
These snakes look equal parts slithery and silly! Cut the toilet paper roll into a spiraling pattern and let the kids paint their snake designs. Add googly eyes and a forked tongue to complete this sly creature.
Learn about jungle animals with a vibrant and colorful parrot craft. Paint the tubes bright colors, and then add gorgeous paper feathers made from cardstock and cut with pinking shears to create a textured look.
Nothing says summer quite like popsicles. This crafty version is so much fun to make; design your popsicle to look like your favorite flavor. You'll flatten the cardboard tube a bit, tuck in one end, decorate it, and insert your popsicle stick. So cute!
Ahoy matey! Create your very own seafaring pirate and his faithful parrot companion with this adventurous craft. Use patterned crepe paper to make the pirate's bandana, and don't forget to add colorful craft feathers to your parrot pal.