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12 Kid’s Summer Activities Using Dollar Tree Items

‘Tis the sea-sun for some frugal fun thanks to these Dollar Tree DIY summer activities!  ☀️
If you’re looking for simple but fun activities that the kiddos can do this summer without breaking the bank, consider heading to your local Dollar Tree! You can grab most of these items for just $1 each to make the following easy activities/crafts – or you may even have some of these items on hand already.

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

1.) Pool Noodle Sprinkler


Pool Noodle $1
Sprinkler from home

This is one of our favorite Dollar Tree DIY summer ideas! 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!

2.) Magnetic Activity Board (or Chalkboard)


Baking Sheet $1
Magnets or Chalk $1
Chalkboard Paint (optional)

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. 😉

3.) Color Mixing Paint Station


Egg Plate or Veggie Tray $1
Paint $1
Paintbrushes $1
Paper from home

Keep the paints contained and give the kids a fun way to mix their paints with this easy DIY palette idea 🎨 .

4.) DIY Birdbath


Plate or Tray $1
Large Clear Bowl $1
Colorful Rocks or Stones $1
Plastic Birds (in-store) $1

The kids can create their own birdbath and watch the birds flock to it all summer!

5.) Hula Hoop Bubbles


Hula Hoop (in-store) $1
Bubbles $1
Baby Pool from home

Who doesn’t love bubbles? 😍 Fill a baby pool with bubble solution and create GIANT bubbles with hula hoops! This is such a fun Dollar Tree DIY summer idea.

6) 2-Ingredient Play Dough


Conditioner $1 (or use what you have at home)
Cornstarch from home

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

7.) Paper Clip Jewelry


Paper Clips $1
Washi Tape or Duct Tape $1
Optional Beads or Small Pendants $1

Check out this super cute and fun to make DIY jewelry using paper clips and craft tape – so fun!

8.) Craft Stick Bracelets


Craft Sticks $1
Decorative Duct Tape or Washi Tape (in-store) $1
Mod Podge Decoupage (in-store) $1
Scrapbook Paper (in-store) $1

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.

9.) Duct Tape Pouches


Quart-Sized Slider Bags $1
Duct Tape in various colors or patterns $1

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!

10.) Shaving Cream Marbled Paper


Shaving Cream $1
Wood Skewers or Toothpicks $1
White Card Stock Paper $1
Ruler $1
9×13 Baking Dish $1
Disposable Gloves $1
Food Coloring from home

Try this Dollar Tree summer DIY 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! 😍.

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


Glow Sticks $1
Reuse Old Glass Jars or New Jar $1
Glitter (optional) $1
Dish Soap (optional) $1

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.

12.) DIY Tic-Tac-Toe


Shower Curtain $1
Frisbees (in-store) $1
Painter’s Tape $1

Get outside this summer with Dollar Tree DIY lawn games! Cross-section with painter’s tape to make a 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.

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