10 Creative Crafts for Kids to Make!

When most people think of crafts for children, they think of items that can be kept for a long time. Sure, a painting can be kept if the paint does not seep through or fall off and a clay sculpture is something that is able to be put on display at home. However, there are still many crafts that don’t have to stay in one place long as they help children develop their creativity.

Paper Plate Clouds

The paper plate is a flat piece of paper made from thin, colored, porous material. It’s usually round. This craft requires that you make a “cloud” shape with the paper plate by drawing around it with the crayon and then fill in the shapes with white tempera paint.

Cryons DIY Crafts

It’s recommended to use construction paper for this children’s art project because you will want to clean up any excess liquid from your project. If there are certain colors that seem to be hard to find, any older kid should be able to help out!

Paper Plate Noses

This is a very simple project and all you will need are paper plates, crayons, and white tempera paint. Start by drawing noses on the paper plate with crayons and then paint them white.

Crazy Fingers and Toes Decked Out in Mardi Gras Prints

This colorful project is so fun to make! It’s recommended that crayons or chalk be used for the fingers and toes! It’s hard to believe that nearly all of the colors can be found at a craft store, unless you want to search online. Most craft stores would have neon undertones on their computer, but I’ve found them in most stores.

Painting Child DIY Crafts

For this project, you could use old clothes and/or wrapping paper. It would be better to use wrapping paper because of the faster drying time. This can be a fun activity for children of different ages to do together as they work on their own creative piece!

Garbage Jams

This is a very fun craft to make with the kids but make sure you have plenty of time on your hands! If you have younger kids, it’s recommended that they stay away from the scissors. Make sure you have your work space covered in newspapers or something similar!

For this craft, you will need:

  • paper plates  (must be larger than a CD) – sharp scissors – crayons – glue sticks – markers and/or paint.

Step 1: Decorate each plate. Use the sharp scissors for this craft, especially for the younger kids. You may want to prep several plates before beginning in order to avoid having to wait for all of the glue to dry.

  • For the students that are in first grade and older, they can grab their markers and decorate the paper plate at their individual work space.
  • Younger children may have a difficult time with this project so make sure you watch them carefully to ensure their safety.
  • There is no real set “way” to make these pieces. You can make any patterns that you like.

Step 2: Next, glue each plate in place! If you have younger kids, it’s best to do this step after the older ones have finished their project. I found that when they were messy while putting the glue down, they ended up with little glue drips on their fingers!

Step 3: Continue to add onto your garbage jam until you are satisfied with your work. This part of the project is at least 20 minutes of continuous work.

Step 4: After you’re done gluing, you can decorate your garbage jam!  Some suggestions would be to glue on pieces of construction paper cut into the shape of garbage trucks, or even draw a picture on the plate and then cover it up with glue and paper.

Step 5: Allow all of the glue to dry for at least 24 hours before putting them in your child’s room or on display. You may want to use a small weight (tape wrapped around the plate and paper, for example) on top of each one so that they don’t tip over from their own weight!

Shell-Shocked Necklaces

This is a very easy craft to do and you can really get creative. You will want to make sure that your children are safe when doing this craft as you can cut their fingers with the sharp scissors that may be used for this project.

I have a complete guide to this craft at DIY Craft: Shell-Shocked Necklaces.

Paper Plate Clouds

The paper plate is a flat piece of paper made from thin, colored, porous material. It’s usually round. This craft requires that you make a “cloud” shape with the paper plate by drawing around it with the crayon and then fill in the shapes with white tempera paint. It’s recommended to use construction paper for this children’s art project because you will want to clean up any excess liquid from your project. If there are certain colors that seem to be hard to find, any older kid should be able to help out!

Crochet Sunshine Angels

Crochet Sunshine Angels is a fun project for children of all ages! There are some additional items that you may need to make these angels such as a fire extinguisher and scissors.

It’s also recommended that you have an adult present with the kids when they are working on this craft!

Clayboard Letters

This a fun project to do with your kids but make sure you have plenty of time on your hands! If you have younger kids, it’s recommended that they stay away from the scissors. Make sure you have your work space covered in newspapers or something similar! The back of the paper is flat and will work perfectly fine. There are no real rules to how you should construct this piece as long as it has a frame, so get creative in making your own piece.

Paper Plate Chalkboard Art

The paper plate is a flat piece of paper made from thin, colored, porous material. It’s usually round. This craft requires that you make a “frame” using the paper plate by drawing around it with the crayon and then fill in the shapes with white tempera paint.

It’s recommended to use construction paper for this children’s art project because you will want to clean up any excess liquid from your project.

Scavenger Hunt Placemats

The scavenger hunt placemat is a fun craft that kids enjoy! You can give these to your children on their birthdays as well as special classroom activities. The scavenger hunt placemat also looks great when hung up on the easel.

Cut everything out on the brown or black paper first then assemble the pieces together with glue and use a glue gun if you have one for this project.

I have a complete guide at Scavenger Hunt Placemats FIY Crafts for Kids

There you have it, 10 great easy and fun DIY crafts you can do with your kids. These are sure to keep them (and you) entertained and give hours of family enjoyment. Please let me know what you think of the article background information above and feel free to come up with your own ideas for any of the sections I’ve made, or add more sections as needed!

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