With July 4th coming up and a summer of beachside fun ahead, there’s one thing my little girls and I can’t stop discussing: nails! Summer is a fun time to experiment and play with nail art, and nothing adds a splash to your mommy-and-me outfits like matching manicures.

Some of the cutest summer nail art ideas might just come from your little ones. It was my four-year-old who suggested I do a “pastel rainbow” for our recent trip to Disney World, and the manicure was so whimsical and fun (yet somehow age-appropriate), that I definitely plan to repeat it before summer is out.

From mermaid designs to patriotic prints, summer nail art themes are all about color and joy — and there’s no reason for you to sit back and let your kids have all the fun! Here are some fun summer nail art designs to inspire you:

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