40 fun crafts for kids

The best ideas for kids

As a parent, you are always looking for opportunities to increase your child’s creativity. Crafts, games, and home learning projects are great ideas when it comes to DIY activities for kids. And as the weather warms, backyard games and indoor tasks can only keep them busy for a certain amount of time. If you’re looking for more fun ways to entertain your kids, try one of these simple crafts for kids

These ideas are perfect for a variety of age groups ranging from curious toddlers to older kids. Some take more time and effort, while others are as simple as grabbing some paint and paper plates. We share an overview full of recycled crafts, summer crafts and things you can work on with your child all season long. From toilet paper frogs they can hop around the yard with to crusty slime they won’t stop pulling, these DIYs will keep everyone amused and bored (even your 1-year-old will want to join in).

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They will love making these colorful paper flowers to decorate their bedrooms. They first fold painted cupcake liners in half and cut out petals and fringes. Have them fold a piece of floral wire in half and twist it around the fake flower stamen. Insert the wire through the center of three to four paper liners. Finish it off by wrapping floral tape around the base of the liners and bringing it all the way down the stem.

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Tissue Paper Suncatcher

Kids ages six and up can create a space scene using paint pillow sheets, acrylic paint, construction paper, and colorful markers.

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Dinosaur Nightlife Terrarium

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Popsicle Stick Ferris Wheel

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Monster Tissue Papper Pom Poms

In addition to needing cardboard, scissors, and glue, kids can create their own heart collages using whatever materials you have in your art box (from glitter hearts and felt to buttons, beads, and ribbons).

Download the tutorial at No Time for Flashcards »

Is ice cream their favorite dessert? If so, making their own with paper plates might satisfy their sugar cravings. Plus, they can make as many bubbles as they want.

Download the tutorial at The Simple Parent »

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Coffee filter butterfly

Coffee filters are great to tinker with, because you probably have a few around the house. Plus, they can be used for a range of DIY projects, including turning them into wings for a clothespin butterfly.

Download the tutorial at The Simple Parent »

It can take less than 10 minutes to make these mini banjos. While the sound won’t be as loud as they’d hope, the process and result are adorably creative.

Download the tutorial at The Craft Train »

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Glitter sensory bottles

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Heart Shaped Salt Dough Hangers

Michaels gives you and your child step-by-step instructions on how to make beaded butterflies for the tables.

Forget the tantrums that come when you try to style your daughter’s hair in the morning. She can make her own hair tie to add personality to a simple ponytail look.

Download the tutorial at See Vanessa Craft »

These robots are made of cardboard, tissue paper rolls, canisters and containers. Stack these materials and let the kids pick out their favorite robot parts.

Download the tutorial on My Mommy Style »

Kids ages six and up can enjoy making woven paper turtles. You will need to download a template before cutting out the turtle shape and adding the slits.

Create a magical mini garden with your children and watch their imaginations run wild.

Download the tutorial »

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