40 fun crafts for kids

The best ideas for children

As a parent, you are always looking for ways to expand your child’s creativity. Crafts, games and educational projects to do at home are great ideas when it comes to DIY activities for kids. And when the weather warms up, backyard games and indoor chores can only keep them busy for a limited amount of time. If you’re looking for more fun ways to keep your kids entertained, try one of these easy Crafts for children.

These ideas are perfect for different ages, from curious toddlers to older kids. Some require more time and effort, while others are as simple as grabbing paint and paper plates. We share a roundup full of recycled crafts, summer crafts, and ones to work on with your kid all season long. From toilet paper frogs for them to hop around the yard to crunchy slime they won’t want to stop pulling, these DIYs will keep everyone entertained and bored (even your 1-year-old will want to join in).

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They will enjoy making these colorful paper flowers to decorate their bedroom. First, they fold colored muffin cases in half and cut out petals and fringes. Have them fold a piece of floral wire in half and twist it around the artificial flower’s stamen. Put the wire through the middle of three to four paper inserts. Finish it off by wrapping floral tape around the base of the stakes and bringing it all the way down to the stem.

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Tissue paper sun catcher

Kids ages 6 and up can create a space scene using coloring pads, acrylic paint, construction paper and colored 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

Cardboard, scissors, and glue aside, kids can make their own heart collages using whatever materials you have in your art bin (from glitter hearts and felt to buttons, beads, and ribbon).

Get the tutorial at No Time for Flashcards »

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

Get the tutorial at The Simple Parent »

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Coffee Filter Butterfly

Coffee filters are great for crafting because you’re sure to have some around the house. Plus, they can be used for a range of DIYs – including turning them into wings for a clothespin butterfly.

Get the tutorial at The Simple Parent »

It can take less than 10 minutes to make these mini banjos. While the audio won’t be as loud as you’d hope, the process and result is ravishingly creative.

Get the tutorial at The Craft Train »

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Sparkling sensory bottles

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Heart shaped salt dough hanger

Michaels provides step-by-step instructions for you and your child to create beaded butterflies to display on the tables.

Forget the tantrums that come with trying to style your daughter’s hair in the morning. She can DIY her own hair tie to add personality to a simple ponytail look.

Get the tutorial at See Vanessa Craft »

These robots are made from cardboard, rolls of tissue paper, canisters and containers. Put these materials in a pile and let the kids choose their favorite robot parts.

Get the tutorial at My Mommy Style »

Kids ages 6 and up will have fun making woven paper turtles. You will need to download a template before you cut out the turtle shape and add the slots.

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

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