25 Last-Minute Easy Camp Crafts

Hosting a summer dance camp and still don’t have a camp craft?? Don’t worry, I’ve gathered 25 easy (and cheap) craft ideas to share with you today. Most of these materials can be purchased from a dollar store and require little or no prep work. 

Happy Creating!


Favorite Character Themes


Pony Bead Fish Supplies: pipe cleaners, pony beads


Paper Plate Jellyfish Supplies: paper plates, party streamers or tissue paper, craft glue, scissors, paint (or markers) and paintbrush, googly eyes, markers


Pony Bead Snowflake Supplies: pipe cleaners, pony beads, scissors


Mirable Madrigal Glasses Supplies: green and gold pipe cleaners, toilet paper roll, scissors


Stained Glass Butterfly Supplies: contact paper, black construction paper, butterfly template, tissue paper, scissors, yarn or twine



Princess Themes


Pony Bead Princess/Bubble Wand Supplies: pipe cleaners, small heart cookie cutter, pony beads, Optional- bubble solution


Dixie Cup Tea Cups Supplies: dixie cups, foam sheets in a variety of colors, yarn or string, markers, glue dots (or glue gun), optional: tea cup filler (water, juice, etc) and cupcake wrapper


Paper Bag Crown Supplies: brown paper bags, paint (or markers), paint brushes, glue (glue dots), embellishments: stickers, gems, sequins, plastic gems, small pompoms, little bows, ribbons, foam or fabric shapes


Paper Plate Crown Supplies: paper plate, paint (or markers/crayons), paint brushes, scissors, glue, embellishments: stickers, gems, sequins, plastic gems, small pompoms, little bows, ribbons, foam or fabric shapes



Summer Fun Themes


Tissue Paper Popsicle Supplies: popsicle sticks, construction paper, tissue paper, markers/watercolors, scissors, glue


Coffee Filter Art Supplies: coffee filters, bingo daubers


Paper Plate Rainbow Supplies: Paper plate, craft paint (or markers), paint brushes, glue, cotton balls, scissors



Outdoor Themes


Dot Flowers Supplies: paper plates, bingo daubers


Pipe Cleaner Flowers Supplies: pipe cleaners


Paper Plate Snake Supplies: paper plates, paints and brushes (or markers/crayons), red construction paper, googly eyes, glue, scissors


Paper Bag Kites Supplies: paper lunch bags, yarn or strong twine/string, popsicle sticks, scissors, streamers, tape, scissors, embellishments: stickers, paint, markers, crayons, construction paper, washi tape



Dance and Play Themes


Coffee Filter Dancers Supplies: coffee filters (10 to 12 cup size), washable markers, pipe cleaners, tiny elastic, scissors


Microphone Supplies: empty toilet paper roll, black paint (or markers or black construction paper), aluminum foil, rubber band, construction paper, decorations (gems, glitter, stickers, etc)


Maracas Supplies: plastic spoons, Easter eggs, rice or beans, washi tape


Egg Shakers Supplies: plastic Easter eggs, noise maker filling (rice, wheat, dry beans, beads, popcorn seeds, etc), duct/electrical tape (colorful 1″ wide), scissors


Paper Plate Tambourine Supplies: paper plate, dry beans, hot glue gun 


Straw Pan Flute Supplies: drinking straws, ruler, scissors, tape



Save the Day Themes


Paper Bag Monsters Supplies: paper lunch bag, acrylic paint (or crayons and markers), colored cardstock paper, scrapbook scissors (optional), circle punches (optional- 3-inch, 2-inch, 1 1/2-inch and 1-inch), scissors, glue (glue dots)


Dragon Breathing Cup Supplies: paper cup, streamers, googly eyes, glue (glue dots)


Super Hero Bracelets Supplies: ribbon/pipe cleaner/yarn, pony beads

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Andrea Trench is dedicated to helping dance teachers create and deliver content that is research-based and developmentally appropriate for children under the age of 6. Her primary focus is classroom management, conceptual teaching, and foundational movement skill development in early childhood dance education. In addition, Andrea uses her 12 years of experience as a partner in a dance studio to inspire, equip, and empower educators.

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