Easy Kids Craft Ideas

Kids love to craft, so keeping up with new ideas can be difficult. This is a guide about easy kids craft ideas.
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May 17, 2010 Flag

If seems like there are always crafts for girls, but when it comes to boys crafts are a little hard to come by. School will soon be out and they will be needing something to do besides computers and electronic games. Here are a few I came up with.

Editor's Note: Although these crafts would be fun for young boys to make they are of course perfect for girls as well.

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Instructions:

The supplies are for all three crafts. The first four are for the insects, the cardboard tube, jute string, masking tape or painters tape, and spray paint are for the walkie talkies, and the other cardboard tube and the duct tape is for the binoculars.

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Insects

The insects, as you see, are pretty simple. Just wrap the chenille stem around the craft stick. Shape wings and antennae, choose a button and glue all on as the kids want. No rules, just fun.

Walkie Talkies:

The walkie talkies are tubes 5 inches long.

Spray paint the tubes. Use painters tape and wrap on each end. Poke a hole at one end and put the jute through and wrap the tape around the jute and it is done.

Binoculars:

The binoculars are 5 inch tubes also. I happened to have a 3 inch heavy cardboard tube such as carpet comes rolled on, but you could use toilet paper or paper towel rolls, also.

As in the photo, start wrapping duct tape at a very slight angle in order to get all the tube covered. Wrap the whole thing then trim the ends to 1/2 inch. Fold the ends inside.

Now cut strips 1/4 inch shorter than your tubes, slip them inside your tube and smooth them to cover the inside, the bigger the tube the easier this will be. If you are using TP rolls instead of paper towel rolls, you can staple them together. I had to tape my rolls together. I split the duct tape lengthwise and ran it through the tubes around the other and back through twice.

Poke holes for you cord, wrap the ends and you have binoculars.

Remember the idea is to let the kids make the craft and it doesn't matter how they look if they are happy.

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By Ann from Loup City, NE

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March 12, 2007 Flag

These pets never have to be fed and no aquarium to clean!

Crafting Time: 30 - 45 minutes

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Directions:

  1. Draw and cut a couple of small fish shapes from craft foam. Add an eye and mouth to one side of each fish with permanent maker. Set the fish aside for the moment.
  2. HAVE AN ADULT HELP to put some gel into the plastic self-seal bag. You do not need to fill the bag to the top. When enough gel has been added, slide your fish into the bag. Seal the bag tightly and use your fingers to gently move the gel around so the fish are covered on both sides with the gel.
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  4. Cut one inch strips of black construction paper or poster board.
  5. Cut small pieces of tape, roll each into a cylinder, and use these to attach the paper strips to the bag, creating a frame. Double-sided tape will also work, should you have some on hand. You will frame both the front and back.
  6. Punch one or two holes in the top of your mini-aquarium. Thread and knot a piece of yarn through the hole(s) to make a hanger. Find a place to hang your aquarium.
  7. By Marie from West Dundee, IL

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October 15, 2008 Flag

This is an easy craft for kids of all ages and something we just did with the kindergarten class that I volunteer in. It does not take much time but makes a beautiful gift for parents, grandparents or someone special. This craft can be done anytime of the year but we choose fall because of the unusually nice weather we have been having. Time to complete: 2 hours

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First you need to decide what you are going to have the children do. In my situation we decided, since we were working on the letter B, we would have the children look like they were releasing a butterfly. We took a picture of each child with their hands in the air. I printed these out and mounted them on construction paper. Then I cut out different colored butterflies for the kids to decorate. We had them use scrap pieces of construction paper cut into different shapes and let them glue them to the butterflies. I then let them glue the butterflies to the corner of the picture. It gave a 3 D effect of them releasing a butterfly. This idea could be with the kids holding a string of a kite, throwing a ball or throwing a snow ball or have them bend over like they are picking up a pumpkin. Use your imagination. For older children you could have them take their own pictures and have them do all of the cutting and mounting themselves. This truly makes a one of a kind gift and is something that parents and grandparents alike will treasure.

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June 10, 2013 Flag

To keep really artistic moments with your grandkids contained, use a plastic swimming pool in your front room. The kids can create without worrying about making a mess on my carpet or furniture.

Corral for Grandkids Art Class

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September 13, 2013 Flag

I am doing a lesson plan this week to encourage the children to eat blueberries, which they don't like right now. Blueberries are so good for the brain.

Blueberries for Artwork

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July 15, 2005 Flag

My daughters are purse fanatics, and I wanted to find a way to keep them entertained while my younger daycare kids had nap time. So, I went to a local craft store and bought some denim purses in varying sizes...

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January 21, 2012 Flag

Sometimes a paint by number looks fun and easy until you open up the box and see the picture. One of the best way to get kids started with paint by number crafts is to buy them a set of markers and let them go to town.

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September 8, 2009 Flag

Try this simple project you can make with things you have around the house.

painted paper tubes on paper plate

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May 16, 2008 Flag

This fun cardboard shield is created to look like a soldier's shield from ancient Rome. It stays on the simple side, to really look authentic.

Roman Warrior Shield For Kids

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June 18, 2009 Flag

What crafts would a 12 year old girl like?

By Leahh

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June 25, 20090 found this helpful

I agree with all the ideas. She can also be taught to knit. If England can teach 5 year olds to knit, the we should be able to show 12 year olds. The key is patiences!

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June 25, 20090 found this helpful

What Leahh could probably use and I would like to know also, is some free sites on the computer for good free directions for a variety of great but not costly or too hard crafts for this age group. For girls and also boys, maybe even as young as 7 -8 years old. Then maybe we can pry them away from all the other electronics and cell phone kind of stuff for an occasional hour or two of "quality time" shared with Grammy and Gramps.

Please post any info on this to this site, It will be a big help. Moony

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June 25, 20090 found this helpful

There is a site that tells how to make Chocolate Lip Balm that is very easy to do. Google this and you'll be surprised at the various sites. At Craft Stores, there are kits with materials and instructions for making those friendship bracelets that are still so popular. Also small kits ( for $1) that have the beads, instructions, and findings for making key rings in many different animal shapes. Both boys and girls like to put these on their back packs.

If they enjoy working with the beads, you can invest in packages of pony-beads and the elastic to string them on at Walmart. They can make their own necklaces and bracelets in school colors or favorite colors. I purchased a multi-color pkg, separated the colors, and put the colors in small food-storage containers with lids (This was good for rainy days too). Also there are kits to make bar soaps with all the ingredients needed. Find an old coffee perculator at a flea market to melt the soap in. Can be used over and over.

Oh! and don't forget the old elmer's glue and craft sticks! Kids like to make things from them. Add some paint, and brushes. Keeps both boys and girls busy. Hope these ideas are helpful. You can also Google crafts for Vacation Bible School. Lots of ideas there, and by various ages too.

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November 4, 2006 Flag

I am looking for some easy crafts for my 9 year old grandaughter. Her school is having a craft / bazar day next Saturday (Nov. 11th) which the kids can make things to sell at. I want to help her do this but am having a senior moment with this. We are allowed to help the kids make things to sell. I can't afford to spend a lot on supplies though we do have a lot already. Any help you can give for things she can make that'll sell would be greatly appreciated. The name of her little shop is going to be called "Stacy's Gift & Things Shop," with a Christmas theme. We are hoping for ideas for easy Christmas gifts & decorations / ornaments. Thanks in advance from both of us for any help you can give.

Betty from VA

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November 6, 20060 found this helpful

In the last Thrifty Fun, there was a Christmas ornament called Starburst Christmas ornament.

I plan to make them with my nieces. It looks easy and fun to make.

I'm sure the moderator could let you know which Thrifty Fun newsletter it was in.

Editor's Note: http://www.thri  4541769.tip.html

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November 6, 20060 found this helpful

Bake cookies or rice krispee bars. Tint the rice krispy mix red or free with food coloring. Maybe do a batch of each and package 1 of each in plastic wrap. Plastic tri-beads threaded 1 red/1 white on a pipe cleaner make cute candy cane ornaments (bend the finished piece into a cane shape. Get some red plastic spoons and dip into melted chocolate a few times. Wrap in cellophane and sell them to stir coffee with to add chocolate flavor. Small clothespins can have a tiny red pompom glued on the knob at the end, and glue on 2 jiggly eyes. add a tiny holly sprig or bow, and glue on a pin-back-makes a reindeer. Candy cane reindeer-glue pompom on the end of the hook part, and 2 jiggly eyes just above. Twist a chenille stem either into a corkscrew or bent into antler shape, then twist it onto the cane.

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November 6, 20060 found this helpful

A couple years ago I made Borax Snowflakes!

You'll need White Pipe Cleaners, Borax (20 Mule Team), Mason Jar, Pencil, Hot water and a string. I made mine into Star Shapes & Spirals

(twist around the end of a ladle or wooden spoon)

These are so PRETTY and really EASY to make.

Here is what you do. 1. Cut a pipe cleaner into three equal parts. 2. Twist the sections together at their centers to form a six-sided snowflake shape. This will be your scaffold or template. If an end isn't even, just trim to get the desired shape. The snowflake scaffold should fit inside the jar. 3. Tie the string to the end of one of the snowflake arms. Tie the other end of the string to the pencil. You want the length to be such that the pencil hangs the snowflake scaffold freely into the jar (not touching the bottom of the jar). 4. Take the snowflake scaffold out of the jar & fill it with boiling water. 5. Add borax powder, one tablespoon at a time, to the boiling water. Stir to dissolve after each addition. Use 3 tablespoons of borax per cup of water (1 pint = 2 cups). It is okay if some undissolved borax settles to the bottom of the jar. 6. If desired, you may tint the mixture with food color. 7. Hang the pipe cleaner snowflake into the jar so that the pencil rests on top of the jar and the snowflake is completely covered with liquid. 8. Let the jar sit in an undisturbed location overnight. 9. The next day, look at your pretty crystals! Remove the snowflake, dispose of the liquid down the drain, and re-hang the snowflake until it is dry. Then you can hang your snowflake as a decoration or in a window to catch the sunlight.

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March 13, 2007 Flag

Does anyone have any thrifty craft ideas for kids ages 5-8?

Annette from Marlboro, MA

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March 14, 20070 found this helpful

We have quite a few here at ThriftyFun.

http://www.thri  s_1309_1342.html

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You can make flowers out of toilet paper rolls. You cut at either end and leave space in the middle (make the cuts about 1/2 inch thick and then bend them up and let the kids paint them. You can use pipe cleaners for the stems. Then use an old container or can (with no sharp edges) and let them decorate that and you have a beautiful spring arrangement without the hassle of watering them!

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Ever heard of a craft magazine for kids called Pack-O-Fun? It is great and if you have access to a used book or magazine store perhaps you can get some used issues. Magazine stores carry it and although you might consider it expensive, it is worth the money I feel because the ideas are so good. They have a website as well. You do not say if we are talking about boys or girls or mixed young crafters? Your local library should have all kinds of ideas too. Don't just stick to the adult section though, hit the kids section too.

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April 25, 2012 Flag

Where is the best place to find some simple homemade crafts?

By ECR from MN

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There are all kinds of web sites online that offer these ideas. JoAnn and Michaels offer free printable projects online and I'm not sure but I think Hobby Lobby does too. Google free printable crafts and see what you can find. I use some, but off hand don't know the websites, because I signed up for free e letters from them.

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April 26, 20120 found this helpful

Try this site: http://www.craftideas.info/

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July 27, 2011 Flag

I'm in need of some easy summertime crafts to keep the kids occupied for the last part of the summer. I have two boys (8 and 11) that are always "bored" unless they are playing video games or watching TV. As we limit the television time, I hear about the boredom often. I would like to have some easy projects for them to work on when they don't know what else to do. In the past, the projects I have tried have been too messy, too complicated, or too dangerous for the boys to work on without constant supervision. As I work from home, there are times that just isn't possible.

Thanks for any ideas!

By Jessica from Hillsboro, OR

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Give them a challenge. Can they build a bridge from popsicle sticks (or toothpicks), Elmers glue, and duct tape, that will hold whatever weight? Easier to do with the popsicle sticks and tape, just because they are bigger. If you tell them that the bridge has to rise at least (pick a number of inches) and span (pick another number), they can go to town on it. If you put down cardboard on the floor or table that will protect the surface from any spills, drops, etc.

Alternate fun thing, pretzel sticks and mini marshmallows. Fun sculptures, low cost, edible, and fun.

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Your boys are at the right age to introduce them to paracord and what they can do with it. Since you're posting online, help them if they need it, to do a search of paracord and what it's used for, what it is, and what they can make from it. Here's a pdf link for making paracord bracelets, if they like doing those, then they can make some keyring fobs, bracelets, pet collars etc. for gifts. These can even be 'take alongs' which they can take with them when they have to wait in the car for someone (after cutting the cord, so no scissors in the car). This can become a learning tool even while they are having fun and what an accomplishment when done. O btw, to get the materials, go to your local outdoors store or buy online, either way take the boys and let them choose the colors. Happy knot tying!

http://www.surv  lease-buckle.pdf

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May 10, 2009 Flag

I would appreciate any ideas for simple crafts for 5-11 year old boys and girls. I tutor them and thought during the summer I would try to read to them and also, do some craft projects with them. They are in a battered women's/unwed pregnant home.

By Har'iet from Lakewood, CA

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May 10, 20090 found this helpful

My 5 year old granddaughter likes to cut out flowers or vegetables from old magazines. Then we glue them to popsicle sticks and stick them in a flowerpot full of dirt. Instant garden!

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May 15, 20090 found this helpful

Give these children an empty soda bottle and asked them to figure out what to do with it. Just the container and cap itself has many possibilities. Tell them they are the inventor. I would bet you they will come up with many ways to reuse that bottle and cap.

Ok I will give you 5

Fiil the clear plastic bottle up with coloured waste paper for an art project. That same bottle after it iis dom=ne can become a safe Lawn Dart.

Stand your bottle on the cap. Surprise it stands steady that way. Ok, then figure out what you want to put into that bottle that will always rise when turned over. much like those winter snow scene shakers only you add food colouring to the water.

The bottle caps can be decorated and turned into game pieces like marbles or checkers. Take a pour nozzle of any dishwashing detergent bottle and it will screw on the soda bottle any size presto you have a watering can for flowers or a squirt gun for summer fun by squeezing the bottle.

You can make crafts out of most trash with just a little thought. Have Fun, Mr. Thrifty

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May 10, 2009 Flag

The best craft material is gathered on a hike in the woods or a trip to the beach by the children themselves. Provide glue, wool pieces, paper cups and plates, craft sticks (Popsicle sticks), bottle caps, cloves, and whatever you find in your cupboards that you are not using: acrylic paints and brushes, wax paper to put small amounts of paint on, plain newsprint paper for easy cleanup of the craft table and to paint pictures on (perhaps using a pine cone brush).

Sit down with the children and find your inner child by creating a mythical person or animal or whatever your heart desires. The children will amaze you with what they create. Together you can make up a crazy play about all your newly created friends and perform the play for family and friends. With all these supplies on the craft shelf, the kids will return time and time again to CREATE.

By Christine from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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