If you’re a parent of young children, you’re always in need of new ways to keep your kids entertained and engaged with the world around them. Children are best engaged through play. So a list of favorite crafts is an absolute must-have. To give you some inspiration, we’ve put together a list of 9 of our colorful and easy craft ideas for your kids to try!
1. Folding Paper Airplanes
We all remember the days from our youth of competing with our friends to see who could fold the best paper airplane. So why not pass on those fond memories to your children? Folding a paper airplane is one of the easiest (and cheapest!) kids’ crafts out there. All you need is a single sheet of A4 printer paper. Instructions or a video tutorial like this one, and an outdoor space to see whose airplane came out best. Note that for the first few attempts, small children may need a bit of help making some of the folds, but other than that, folding paper airplanes is a great way for any child to spend an afternoon.
2. Coloring With a Coloring Sheet
A classic arts and crafts project for kids the world over. Coloring in a coloring sheet is a quick, easy, and affordable way for your child to express their creativity. Just give your child some crayons and a few coloring sheets of their favorite characters or scenes, and see what they come up with!
3. Free-Form Drawing Session
If your kid is tired of coloring sheets, consider introducing them to free-form drawing! Rather than simply color in an existing template. Your child can control every part of the creative process, from the first few rough lines to the very finishing touches. All you have to do is hand them a blank sheet of paper and some art supplies and watch them go. Be sure to encourage them throughout the process. Watch their love for drawing develop into a talent, a lifelong hobby, or maybe even a career!
4. Polymer Clay Sculpting
Polymer clay sculptures are another open-ended form of crafts for kids. It allows them to take their artistic talents into a three-dimensional space. Start by purchasing some air-dry polymer clay, and then just sit back and allow your child’s imagination to run wild! You will amaze at some of the things a young mind can imagine, and with polymer clay, you can see that imagination brought into the real world.
5. Homemade Hummingbird Feeder
For an animal-loving child, a homemade hummingbird feeder is one of the best DIY crafts out there. To make one, just take a mason jar with a metal lid, and some thin rope or thread. Poke several small holes in the lid, fill the jar with hummingbird nectar, and screw the lid on tightly. Then, use the rope to hang it from a nearby tree, and wait with your child for the hummingbirds to arrive!
6. Marshmallow Launcher
Did you know that it’s actually surprisingly easy to make a miniature catapult from your own backyard? To put one together, all you’ll need are several popsicle sticks. A few rubber bands, some masking tape, a plastic spoon, and a bag of jumbo marshmallows to launch. Start by stacking several popsicle sticks and rubber-banding them together on both ends. Then, rubber-band two popsicle sticks together on just one end. Slide the large bundle of sticks in between the pair of sticks. Wrap another rubber band around the spot where the two bundles of sticks intersect, attach the spoon near this point using the masking tape, and you’re done! Enjoy testing the catapult out and seeing how far you can get the marshmallows to fly!
7. Easy Homemade Stickers
Believe it or not, you can make homemade stickers with just a few basic household materials. There are plenty of different methods, but most just involve drawing on a sheet of printer paper, cutting out the drawing, coating the back with envelope glue, and then sticking wax paper on the envelope glue. The wax paper will stick to the back of the sticker to allow it to be used at a later date, but will peel off just fine once your child is ready to stick it. From there, your child can enjoy their very own custom-made stickers!
8. DIY Popsicles
What these crafts lack in permanence, they more than make up for in deliciousness! All you’ll need to make these are some popsicle sticks, popsicle molds, and your child’s favorite soda, juice, fruit punch, or other beverage. Simply pour the drink into the molds, put sticks in the molds, and stick them in the freezer for several hours, or until solid. Then, remove them from the freezer and enjoy a frosty snack with your kids!
9. Painting Rocks
This craft is an interesting one simply because of how much variety it offers. Get started by walking around your local parks and nature trails with your kids to find rocks in interesting shapes and sizes. Then, decorate the rocks with tempera paint, glitter, and anything else you can think of, and see what everyone comes up with!
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