Even though arts and crafts for kids might not make it into the National Arts Museum, children's artwork have something very special about them.
For instance my son's artwork isn't necessarily always pretty as
such but is has lots of personality and always tells a very personal
story of what is going on inside him right now and how his mind
works. All which in itself makes it invaluable to me.
Also - and this is not to forget - easy and fun crafts for kids keeps my son engaged and entertained - something I'm sure every parent appreciates immensely now and then ;-)
So roll up your sleeves and get ready to make some inexpensive and personal décor for your home.
In our society of convenience, arts and crafts that used to depend
on help from mom now come in a container. While this is handy, you
may lose a lot of the fun of the project.
Play dough is one of the most popular kids entertainment, but did you know that you can quickly, and very inexpensively, provide hours of entertainment for your kids not only playing with the play dough but actually also making it?
All the while, you will be teaching them basic measuring skills, mixing (cooking) skills, and how ingredients work together.
Who knew play dough could turn into so many lessons?
Here is a basic recipe for play dough at home:
If you want an even easier and more simple play doh recipe, I have made a whole page on homemade play doh here.
Here is how you make the homemade play dough for your kids' projects:
You can also use unsweetened drink mix to add color to your play
dough. This won't give you the same dramatic colors as the food
coloring, but it works if that is what you have on hand.
This is genuinely an arts and crafts for kids project that is non-toxic - although quite a bit salty ;-)
Once your kids have finished with their play dough, it can be stored in an airtight container or a baggy until the next use.
What is more fun than making paper mache?
If you can remember back to your childhood, then this messy, gooey project provides limitless entertainment.
It isn't the frightening undertaking you might have thought to yourself, but be prepared with a fully covered table. You might even consider this kids arts and crafts activity an outdoor adventure.
What you need in the this project:
How to make the homemade paper mache paste:
Both of these methods work well.
How to make this paper mache:
Your paper mache is ready to display proudly on the shelf - or the
piñata is ready to be filled.
This is a great project if you want a project that will take up several days. It is nearly free to do, as long as you have newspaper, paint and a few balloons handy.
It will keep kids busy for a sustained amount of time, while allowing them to explore their inner artist!
So, we have all seen the fancy art museums and thought to ourselves…
"What IS that?" You can allow your child to create a masterpiece to
hang in the family room - or in their own room - with a unique
method known as blow painting.
It doesn't have to be a huge poster - kids will have just as much fun with a sheet of paper. If you like the look, feel free to create a large picture.
Here is how you do it:
If you aren't comfortable with the straw method, you can simply
allow them to "splash" paint with a paintbrush onto the canvas. Find
shapes or forms inside the unique painting that won't ever be
This seems like such a simple idea, but kids between 7-11 love doing this type of arts and crafts!
Yes, believe it or not - there is a way to have modern art in your home without having to spend a fortune.
To the right you can see my son's version of modern art with silver, gold and bronze paint. And guess what ... he was only two at the time :-)
This is so much fun and you might even want to make one yourself.
Hang a collage of artwork from each of your children in the art area.
One of the new arts and crafts for kids is actually one of the
oldest forms of entertainment. We all know paper airplanes, right?
Origami uses simple paper to create animals, shapes and boxes that will become some of the most affordable toys you have ever bought. There are many books and illustrations that demonstrate step by step how your child can make new shapes.
Think back to your childhood with the paper squares that opened up
with "pick a color" and then "pick a number"… didn't we all have fun
playing with the questions to find out answers to life's most
My four-year-old son has lots of fun with the 'Fortune Teller' and here is how you make it in case you have forgotten.
Step 1: Find a piece of paper and a pair of scissors. Fold up the bottom corner of the paper and cut away the rest of the paper so that you are left with a square.
Step 2: Fold out the paper and fold up the other corner so that when the paper is flat out on the table you have the folds make out an "x".
Step 3: Fold up one corner so that it touches the middle of the square.
Step 4: Do the same thing with all four corners. You now have eight triangles on which you write the numbers one to 8. When you open the flaps you can write your messages hidden under each number.
Step 5: Turn the paper around on its back. You now have four squares. Make colorful circle on each of them.
Step 6: Fold up the two long sides of the square to make a folds in the middle.
Step 7: You can now put in your fingers and form the fortune teller
so that it has the right shape and get going with predicting the
Most of you probably know how to make a paper airplane but for those
of you who have forgotten here is how you go about it.
Origami takes this concept and extends it into unique creations. Just watch out - you never know what type of paper your kids might start folding.
Step 1: Find a nice piece of paper (colorful is always fun) and fold in the two top corners
Step 2: Turn the paper around on its back.
Step 3: Fold up the paper horisontally.
Step 4: Fold down the top corner.
Step 5: Turn the paper around and do the same thing on the other side.
Step 6: The you once again fold down the top so that it levels with the bottom of the airplane.
Step 7: You then turn the paper around and do the same exact thing on the other side and tadaaa ... your paper airplane is ready to fly! :-)
Jewelry is one of the fun crafts for kids that can develop into a
small business. There are so many types of jewelry kits available
that your child can start in the preschool years and develop into a
Very young children enjoy the drugstore variety kits. These often contain letters, or animals figure or fruit so they can make name necklaces, and very inexpensive beads.
the right you'll see a necklace my son made for himself. Yes, boys
can find such kinds of arts and crafts fun, too! However,
rather than wearing it as a traditional piece of jewelry around his
neck, he prefers to wear it as a moustache over his lips! ;-)
Your kids might enjoy giving homemade gifts to their friends or as Christmas presents.
This is a great way to practice fine motor skills with your child, as well as working on patterns, letters and shapes. Your arts and crafts will keep them from even realizing they are learning.
As your youngster progresses, there are many jewelry making classes available, as well as more sophisticated beads and charms. The quality of these pieces can often exceed anything store bought, and gifts become something beautiful for your artist to present.
Creating your own jewelry allows you to design custom pieces that reflect your personality.
Arts and crafts for kids teach them to explore their world through a creative outlet! You never know just what type of creative insight your child will offer.
Keep a Craft Bag at the ready; often what we throw away can be the basis for a new craft idea.
Think of toilet paper rolls, cans, newspaper,
bottles, or cardboard.
If you have a bag handy, you can let your child have access to free art materials that will stimulate imagination. This will also teach the importance of recycling!
There are so many lessons that you can teach your child by allowing them to have unrestricted fun crafts for kids that allow them to learn, experiment, and grow.
It will teach colors, patterns, and beauty. Most importantly, it allows you to spend time with your child creating memories that will last forever! :-)
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