12 Dollar Tree Summer Activities For Kids (Fun & Easy Crafts!)

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Occupy your children with these Dollar Tree summer activities for kids! These kids crafts will beat their boredom!

Dollar Tree storefront

‘Tis the sea-sun for some frugal fun thanks to these Dollar Tree summer activities for kids!  ☀️

If you’re looking for simple but fun summer activities for kiddos to do this summer without breaking the bank, consider heading to your local Dollar Tree! You can grab most of the supplies you need for these Dollar Tree kids crafts for around $1.25 each – or you may even have some of these items on hand already.

Who knew a Dollar Tree DIY summer could be so entertaining? 🤩

12 Summer Activities For Kids Using Dollar Tree Supplies:

1.) Pool Noodle Sprinkler

making a diy sprinkler with a dollar tree pool noodles


This is one of our favorite Dollar Tree summer activities for kids! Just poke holes in a pool noodle, cover one end with duct tape, insert a hose in the opposite end and turn on the water. Enjoy!

boy running through a diy pool noodle sprinkler, one of the easy dollar tree summer activities for kids

2.) Magnetic Activity Board (or Chalkboard)

chalk and a baking pan from dollar tree to be used for summer activities for kids


Grab a baking sheet, paint it with chalkboard paint, and the kids have an activity board to use in the car! Stick some magnetic letters on it as well for some educational fun. 😉

dollar tree diy magnetic chalk board, one of our favorite dollar store summer activities for kids

3.) Color Mixing Paint Station

paint supplies from Dollar Tree which will be used to create summer activities and crafts for kids


Art is one of the easy ways to create Dollar Tree summer activities for kids. Keep the paints contained and give the kids a fun way to mix their paints with this easy DIY palette idea 🎨 .

painting station with summer dollar tree supplies

4.) DIY Birdbath

dollar tree summer diy bird bath, one of the best Dollar Tree kids crafts


This is one of our favorite Dollar Tree kids crafts! Have the kids create their own birdbath and watch the birds flock to it all summer!

dollar tree bird bath

5.) Hula Hoop Bubbles

craft supplies at dollar tree


Who doesn’t love bubbles? 😍 They are one of the best Dollar Tree summer activities for kids! Just fill a baby pool with bubble solution and create GIANT bubbles with hula hoops! This is such a fun Dollar Tree DIY summer idea.

girl playing with bubbles

6) 2-Ingredient Play Dough

shampoo and conditioner at dollar tree


  • Conditioner – $1.25 (or use what you have at home)
  • Cornstarch from home

If you’re looking for easy Dollar Tree kids crafts to do with the kiddos this summer, try making this easy homemade playdough using just conditioner and cornstarch! The result is a super soft play dough you can mold.

diy play doh in pink, blue, and green, one of our favorite Dollar Tree crafts for kids and summer activities for kids

7.) Paper Clip Jewelry

craft supplies at dollar tree


Ready for some fun Dollar Tree summer crafts for kids? Learn how to make this super cute DIY jewelry using paper clips and craft tape – so fun!

homemade jewelry, one of the fun Dollar Tree crafts for kids

8.) Craft Stick Bracelets

craft supplies in a dollar tree basket


Make fun wearable bracelets out of ordinary craft sticks! Simply boil jumbo craft sticks in water to soften the wood, shape them into curved bracelets, and then embellish or paint them however you’d like.

girl wearing wooden diy bracelets , one of the best Dollar Tree kids crafts and summer activities for kids

9.) Duct Tape Pouches

supplies like duct tape, sharpies, and rulers in a dollar tree basket


Try making these simple pouches with duct tape and slider bags that are super handy for holding pencils, crayons, jewelry, craft supplies, or even money. The kids will love them!

making diy duct tape pencil pouches, one of our favorite Dollar Tree summer activities for kids

10.) Shaving Cream Marbled Paper

supplies to make dollar tree marble paper


Try this Dollar Tree summer activity for kids by marbling paper using shaving cream and food coloring to make really cool artwork! Such an artsy summer activity to spark the creativity in your child! 😍.

Marble paper artwork, one of our top dollar tree crafts for kids

11.) Glow-In-The-Dark Table Lantern

glow sticks at dollar tree


Crack the sticks to activate the glow and insert them into the jar. Then fill the jar with water just below the rim & add glitter + drops of dish soap.

glow in the dark jar

12.) DIY Tic-Tac-Toe

shower curtain at dollar tree


Get outside for some fun! This DIY Tic Tac Toe board is one of our top Dollar Tree summer activities for kids. Cross-section with painter’s tape to make the Tic Tac Toe board on the shower curtain. The objective of the game is to throw your frisbee into a space and make three in a row.

A DIY Tic Tac Toe Board, one of our summer activities for kids using Dollar Tree items

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About the writer:

Kara is a writer and photographer from the Midwest. Her creative work has appeared in various publications over the past decade. With a background in finance, she loves to be money-savvy.

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