Top 10 Messy Projects Great for Summer Fun

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We love to have fun and it seems like my kids love projects. Some projects are clean and calm while other’s are messy. My children seem to enjoy the messy projects the best! I think these messy projects will be great for outdoor Summer fun. This post is part of a Top 10 Summer posts series so be sure to scroll all the way day for more incredible Summer fun ideas!

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What Summer is complete without some tie dye fun? Check out this  Water Shooter Tie-Dye Outdoor Fun from Fantastic Fun and Learning.



My kids love bubbles and think this Rainbow bubble shooter would even be fun for my big kids! I found this super fun activity with simple instructions on Housing a Forest.


Since dandelions bloom for many months here in Ohio I thought this Outdoor Dandelion Messy Water Play from Sugar Aunts would be a great project to try with my younger boys! If you don’t have water beans then you could add pebbles or sand or other icky messy fun.


dandelion messy


Maybe your children love to paint but you don’t love the mess. Check out this activity from Hands on as We Grow about how to Paint with Frozen Paint Cubes on a Hot Day.


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Have you put off Science experiments because you don’t have time in the school year or you don’t like the mess inside? Head outside and you can learn about surface tension with this paperclips and water experiment from Buggy and Buddy.


Do you have any Summer birthdays? If you  do, then  you might enjoy this DIY Messy Art Birthday Party from Sow Sprout Play. You don’t have to be celebrating a birthday to enjoy this messy fun.

messy art birthday

What child doesn’t like to play with squirt guns? Even my toddler loves squeezing the trigger of his water gun. Make your water gun play more fun like Therapy Fun Zone suggest by Propelling a Ball.


Do you have some children that crave sensory exploration? Give this Rainbow Alphabet Spaghetti  play from The Imagination Tree a try. Our library had this activity last Summer as part of there Summer Reading Club kickoff!


Look how Happy Hooligans give Mud Kitchen Play a whole new meaning. By adding just the right tools and accessories you can take simple mud play to the next level.


Fine motor and art are a great combination in this Rubberband Snap Art activity from Teach Preschool. I would definitely take this one outside since my kids love making a small mess into a very BIG mess.

rubberband snap painting

I hope you enjoy trying all these activities out but I have even more to share with you! My list of 100 Budget Friendly Activities as well as some vacation and staycation ideas. Plus check out all of these incredible posts of top 10 Summer lists from all of these bloggers!


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Top 10 Sun Crafts from Craftulate

Top 10 Toddler Water Walls from Adventures of Adam

Top 10 Sunflower Crafts from Multicraftingmummy

Top 10 FREE Summer Play Ideas for Toddlers from Powerful Mothering

Top 10 Watermelon Crafts for Kids from Artsy Momma

Top 10 Summer Play Ideas for Babies and Bigger Kids from Words n Needles
Top 10 Ideas to Play & Learn at the Beach from Still Playing School

Top 10 End of Year Teacher Gifts from Nemcsok Farms

Top 10 Summer Engineering Projects for Kids from Lemon Lime Adventures
Top 10 Summer Sensory Projects for Kids from Project Sensory

Top 10 Summer Washing Activities for Water Sensory Play from Little Bins for Little Hands

Top 10 Backyard Games from The Pleasantest Thing


More great Summer Sanity Saving Posts:

100 budget Friendly Summer Activities

Messy Projects Great for Summer

Summer Reading Tips

Loving Nature All Summer Long

Ice Play Ideas

Junior Explorers

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