Crafts for Kids Summer

Squish Sun Painting Craft

Looking for a fun-to-make sun craft for kids? You are going to love this mess free squish painted sun craft perfect for celebrating the summer solstice, solar system craft,  or summertime. This sun painting craft is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders. The cool squish painting technique is especially fun for kids of all ages. This summer craft for preschoolers is a must.

Looking for a fun-to-make sun craft for kids? You are going to love this mess free squish painted sun craft perfect for celebrating the summer solstice, solar system craft,  or summertime. This sun painting craft is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders. The cool squish painting technique is especially fun for kids of all ages. This summer craft for preschoolers is a must. 

Sun painting craft

There is something about warmer weather that brings out the sun lover in almost all of us. In honor of the warmer weather arriving and summer approaching, we thought it would be fun to make a sun craft for preschoolers, toddlers, kindergartners, grade 1, and grade 2 students. I’ve seen mess-free squish paintings floating around online as a fun way to paint with young kids without the mess, so I thought that making a squish painted sun would be the perfect way to try the mess-free painting experience. My preschooler had a blast making this sun painting craft, and the coolest thing about this painting is that every time it will come out a little bit different! The orange, red, and yellow really brought the sun to life and made it look just like the pictures of the sun we see in movies and in photographs from space. Use this as a summer crafts for preschoolers or solar system art project.

Squish painting

Even bigger kids will love trying their hands at this sensory-friendly mess-free painting activity.

You'll need cardstock, ziplock bags, red/yellow/orange acrylic paint, glue stick, paint brush, and blue paper.

Sun craft

What you’ll need to make squish painted suns:

  • Cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Plastic gallon zip lock bags (1 per child)
  • Yellow, orange, and red acrylic paint
  • Blue paper
  • Glue stick
  • Paint brush
You'll need cardstock, ziplock bags, red/yellow/orange acrylic paint, glue stick, paint brush, and blue paper.

Sun Craft for Preschoolers

Cut a circle out from the cardstock paper. Make it small enough so that it can be taken in and out of the bag easily.

Squeeze some paint onto the paper. Place the sun in the bag and seal the bag tightly.

mess free painting sun craft

Summer crafts for preschoolers

Have the kids squish and swirl the paint around to make the sun and cover the entire piece of paper with paint. Remove the sun from the bag (it’s best if an adult does this part).

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Solar system craft

While the paint is still wet, place the sun onto the piece of paper. Use a paintbrush to gently brush the paint out onto the paper, which gives the sun it’s burning appearance.

Wait for the paint to dry. When the paint is dry, glue the sun to the center of the painted spot on the paper.

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Crafts Ideas for Kids

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Summer Fun

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Summer Activities for Kids

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Fun Summer Activities for Kids

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Solar System Activities

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Free Solar System Printables

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About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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