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Easy Kids Craft Ideas

Cute musical instument made with two plastic spoon, jingle bells, and pipe cleaner.
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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March 12, 2007

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

Crafting Time: 30 - 45 minutes

What You Need:


  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.
  3. Cut one inch strips of black construction paper or poster board.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. By Marie from West Dundee, IL

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October 15, 2008

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



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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January 8, 2008

This photo came out a little fuzzy, but I think you get the idea. This project is much easier and less time consuming than it initially appears. It's a great way to use up scraps of construction paper, keep little fingers busy, and turn ordinary pens into something special.

Approximate Time 20 - 30 minutes or less



  1. Use a paper punch to make tiny circles from scraps of construction paper.
  2. Hold pen by the pointed end and place glue over the top half. Spread the glue with a paint brush.
  3. Use tweezers to grab the tiny circles, one at a time, and place them into the glue around the pen. This goes very quickly.
  4. Repeat the procedure over the bottom half of the pen so the whole pen will be covered in polka-dots.
  5. Allow the glue to dry, then brush a light coat of white glue over the entire pen to seal. Place pen, point down, into a small glass (like a shot glass) and allow the glue to dry.

By Marie E. Cecchini from West Dundee, IL

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June 10, 2013

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.

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July 15, 20051 found this helpful

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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September 13, 2013

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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January 21, 2012

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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February 15, 20170 found this helpful

An inexpensive, fun collage to make with the kids using dried foods for color and texture. This is a guide about dried beans and grains owl mosaic.

Hoo-to-You Owl Collage Artwork

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September 8, 2009

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

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.

Homemade Roman Warrior Shield For Kids

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February 14, 20170 found this helpful

If you are looking to reduce screen time, these three easy crafts for boys are great for keeping your boys occupied.

Three Easy Crafts For Boys - chenille bugs

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June 18, 2009

What crafts would a 12 year old girl like?

By Leahh

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June 25, 20090 found this helpful

Hi Leah,

Many girls her age are using the knitting frames to make scarves, bags, etc. I meet moms and daughters all the time when I purchase yarn. If you knit or crochet it is a good age to teach her. If you don't and she is interested, yarn shops or friends or family that do would probably love to teach her.

Other ideas:

Yarn dog on this web site. or send me an email and I will send you the site for it also for a cat that are out of yarn, but not knit or crocheted but wound "puffs" or pompoms. harrietschipper AT

Pom pom animals: many sites on line showing numerous variations you can make. Tie dying her own T-shirt (have a friend come and do it with the two of them).

Cooking: making fancy yeast breads, cookies or desserts...teach her to measure etc if she doesn't know. Bread dough or that plastic baking dough that comes in all colors to make little people, animals, etc.

Bead work. Go to Michaels and Joanns for ideas:) Brainstorm who she gives Christmas presents to and have her work on making some of those this summer:) Have lots of fun. Doing things with them makes them closer to you.


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November 4, 2006

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 7, 20060 found this helpful

These are the cutest little Button Snowman Pins I've ever seen...and they look soooooooo easy!

http://jas.fami  mp;craftid=10461

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March 13, 2007

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

Annette from Marlboro, MA

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March 15, 20070 found this helpful

I list of kids craft websites I have put together

www.pbskids. org (go to Zoom and then Zoomdos


good ideas sent to the show by kids) (they are selling the


>kits but you can make your own from the pictures,

either trace the idea or if you want a different


>use a copier)

> You can create word searches

>using any theme

Two good magazines for kid activies and crafts

>Family Fun

Pack O Fun (can be found in craft stores)

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April 25, 20120 found this helpful

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

By ECR from MN

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April 26, 20120 found this helpful

Try this site:

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July 27, 2011

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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July 28, 20110 found this helpful

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

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 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, 20090 found this helpful

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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