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Crafts for Kids

Articles, Ideas, and Projects:

Seasonal Crafts
  • Edible Bird's Nest
    This fun craft is not only adorable when done, but it's tasty too! Sit the kids down to make this fun spring project. Be sure to make extras for friends and family.

  • Delightful Daffodils: Spring Crafts For Kids
    Ahhhh Spring! For a really neat kids' craft idea, make a bouquet of paper daffodils to help celebrate Spring.

  • April Showers
    Create a Toddler Watering Can, Rain Stick and a Rain Painting! Let us show you how.

  • Jellybean Ducks
    This cute duck is actually a little jar of jellybeans! Celebrate spring with this fun, simple project.

  • Homemade Bird Feeders
    There is nothing more enjoyable than eating breakfast and watching birds flutter and dance outside the kitchen window on a snowy morning. Here are a couple of suggestions for your kids to let them make their own special bird feeders.

  • Bug Village
    Here's a great craft for almost NO money! All you need are a few sticks, some acorn tops, rocks, and imagination! These darling little critters have a home of their own in this cute craft.

  • Chirping Crickets
    Here's a fun and easy craft for your little ones with pipe cleaners and a plastic comb. Have fun and learn about insects!

  • Summertime Crafts for Kids
    Here are some easy summer activities and crafts for kids that you will all love!

  • Bubble Prints
    Bubble prints are pretty, fun and easy to make. This is a great project to do outdoors on a warm day. It can get messy, so you may want to dress in swimsuits and have the hose handy for clean-up!

  • Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
    Make your own homemade chalk with this simple recipe. It's perfect for summer fun with your little ones.

  • Butterflies
    Have you been seeing a lot of butterflies on these beautiful summer days? Make some butterflies with your children to celebrate the season!

  • Fall Leaf Collage
    Fall is a great time for kids to do fall-specific crafts. Leaf collages are easy to make and can provide hours of fall fun. Plus, kids enjoy looking for the leaves as well as using them to create these creative collages.

  • Homemade Snow Paint and Making Snowflakes
    Here's a recipe for homemade snow paint and fun craft project of making snowflakes - a great winter craft project for children one year and up.

  • Coloring Snow - Fun Winter Learning
    Amanda Formaro shows you how to create your own winter wonderland with colorful buckets of snow.

  • Autumn Crafts for the Nature-Lover
    With trees shedding their summer attire, fall is a wonderful time for kids to learn about nature by creating autumn arts and crafts. Here are two fall crafts that you and your child can create using fallen leaves, twigs, pinecones and other products of nature.

  • Preschool Winter Craft: Pinecone Birdfeeder
    Cold weather often keeps preschoolers inside, looking to you to find them something fun to do. This winter you and your preschool-aged child can feed the winter birds by making pinecone bird feeders.

  • How to Make a Winter Crafts Snow Globe
    Snow globes are great for any occasion or holiday, simply by changing what you use to create your scene. Just let your imagination run wild! Once you have an event or theme in mind, it's easy to gather together the elements for a really unique custom made creation.

Holiday Projects

  • Crafts for Kids - Valentine's Day Craft Fun
    If you're planning to host a Valentine's Day party for kids, Penny Warner, author of The Kids' Pick-a-Party Book has some Valentine crafts the kids can create to make the holiday even more special.

  • St. Valentine's Day Magnetic Picture Hearts
    These quick and easy heart-shaped magnets are wonderful for your child to give to his or her Valentine.

  • Valentine Men
    Kids will love the pop-up action of these cute paper Valentine men!

  • Valentine Carrier
    Here's a great craft for kids aged 2 and up. They can use the carrier to hold their Valentines as they deliver them, or perhaps the carrier can be hung from a doorknob to collect received Valentines.

  • Mosaic Valentine Heart
    All you need are some old magazines, construction paper, and glue and you can make these fun Valentine hearts!

  • Easy St. Patrick Day Crafts for Kids of All Ages
    Celebrate March by making a "Kiss me, Blarney Stone Critter," an "Easy Shamrock Necklace Craft" and a "St Patrick's Day Puzzle" with your little ones. You'll all have fun!

  • Magnetic Easter Frames
    Parents can cut out the shapes ahead of time and children can glue together to decorate these adorable frames. They are perfect for displaying your favorite picture on the refrigerator. Contributed by HOTH moderator Miche.

  • Construction Paper Baskets
    Perfect and easy for Easter goodies.

  • How To Make a Pinata
    This time-honored Mexican tradition has become a beloved part of today's kids' parties. This project includes paper mache recipes and easy step-by-step instructions for making and using your pinata. Kids will enjoy creating their own homemade party pinata to show and share with friends.

  • Kitchen Accessories: Recipe Holder and Refrigerator Memo Holder
    These simple yet beautiful projects using simple clothespins and silk flowers are a bright and practical addition to any kitchen. They make great Mother's Day gifts too! Check out our Junk to Gems: Clothespins for additional ideas for old clothespins!

  • Nautical Pencil Holders
    These rope covered pencil holders will look great in Dad's office or home office.

  • Celebrate Fourth of July with Crafts
    Help teach your children the meaning of independence day with these fun and easy crafts.

  • Decorative Wooden Spoon
    These spoons are a nice gift for your child to give this Grandparent's Day or any other time you wish to give a favorite person in your child's life.

  • Egg Carton Kitty Cat
    For ages 5 and older, younger children with assistance ~ an adorable Halloween craft.

  • Spooky Garland
    Kid's will love making this very easy Halloween project! A special thanks to StorkNet member Mitchellfam who described how to make spooky spiders!

  • Halloween Masks With Paper Mache
    You'll need just a few things to make just about any mask you can imagine. Fun, inexpensive, and easy - what could be better?

  • Fun and Easy Hand Print Halloween Crafts For Kids
    These kids' handprint Halloween crafts are great for a spooky good time. These ideas are easy, quick and inexpensive and make a perfect activity for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten children. With just a few simple craft supplies, some orange, black and other spooky colored paints and paper you can make several items to hang up for some fun decoration.

  • Thanksgiving Mosaic
    Many of the world's great civilizations used mosaic art to depict important images in special places. Here's a simple project to help your children to see the beauty in mosaic art and gain an understanding of the effort that went into these great works.

  • A Recipe for Thankfulness
    Thanksgiving, the day of feasting and gratitude, is one of our nation's favorite holidays. This year, teach your kids the value of gathering together and giving thanks with these simple and easy Thanksgiving crafts.

  • Pine Cone Turkeys
    From simple materials and with a little help cutting, your child can create their very own turkey pet this Thanksgiving!

  • A Child's Thanksgiving Tree
    Just mentioning the word "Thanksgiving" often conjures up memories for many. Traditions are relived and new ones are born on this joyous family holiday. Why not start a new one with your children with this fun and simple activity.

  • Handprint Turkey
    This cheerful turkey, a gift from your child, will help make someone's Thanksgiving Day extra-special!

  • Keep Kids Busy with Hanukkah Crafts
    Include your toddler or ten-year-old in this year's Hanukkah festivities by helping them make these holiday crafts.

  • Great Holiday Crafts for Kids
    Here are two simple and fun Christmas projects to do with excited little ones -- Holiday Lake Cake and North Pole Christmas Tree Ornament. Enjoy!

  • How to Make a Christmas Calendar
    Here is a Christmas craft idea that you can enjoy making with your children and they will cherish for many years to come.

  • Homemade Christmas Dough Decorations - A Christmas Ornament Craft For Kids
    Are you looking for easy, fun crafts to keep your kids occupied? Here's a recipe and directions for making homemade Christmas decorations using dough. It's a great inexpensive craft you and your kids can do during the holiday season.

  • Children's Christmas Crafts: Ornaments ("Green" Crafts)
    There are many "green" crafts children can make for Christmas. Not only are they fun and easy, they reuse items you probably have. Make your home sparkle with these fun Christmas ornament crafts for children - and their parents!

  • Christmas Wreath Ornaments
    Make shiny and beaded wreaths with these simple directions, for children 3 and up.

  • Little Prints Rudolph Ornament
    This reindeer ornament is cute hanging on a tree, a wall, or in a window. It's also a sweet memento showing the size of your child's hands and feet.

  • Christmas Crafts for Preschoolers
    If you're the parent of a three- to six-year-old, you're probably already hearing, "How many days left until Christmas?" Help shorten the wait for your preschooler with these Christmas crafts.

  • Holiday Potpourri
    Your child can make some fragrant potpourri!

  • Kwanzaa Crafts for Children
    Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate life, heritage and values. Here are three great craft ideas to help you celebrate this seven-day holiday and teach your little ones about Kwanzaa.

  • New Year's Crafts for Kids
    If you are looking for a great idea to keep your children active and interested over the holiday break, try making New Year's crafts with them. While New Year's is not a traditionally crafty holiday, there are plenty of great party and celebration projects that you can make. Here are two ideas.

Gifts Kids Can Make

  • Crystal Wax Candles
    This is a quick and easy project that kids will love!

  • Painted Tea Box
    Your child will love making something just for mom, and what better way for mom to relax after a new baby than to make a cup of mother's milk tea with the bags stored in this cute box.

  • Decorative Wooden Spoon
    These spoons are a nice gift for your child to give this Grandparent's Day or any other time you wish to give a favorite person in your child's life.

  • Kitchen Accessories: Recipe Holder and Refrigerator Memo Holder
    These simple yet beautiful projects using simple clothespins and silk flowers are a bright and practical addition to any kitchen. They make great Mother's Day gifts too! Check out our Junk to Gems: Clothespins for additional ideas for old clothespins!

  • Nautical Pencil Holders
    These rope covered pencil holders will look great in Dad's office or home office.

  • Mosaic Button Pots
    These pots are a twist on your traditional broken tile mosaic design. Instead of using broken pottery that can be dangerous for little fingers we used buttons. You'll love them!

  • A Waste Not Picture Frame
    Have an old puzzle that is missing some pieces? How about some photographs that need framing? If you said yes, then you and the kids have a fun project ahead of you!

  • Bubble Frame
    Here's a fun and creative way to frame one of those classic bubble bath shots! Grab some old puzzle pieces, paint and some craft gems and you are on your way.

  • Precious Prints
    Create a special keepsake of your child with these easy to make dough handprint/footprint molds.

  • Kid's Activities Basket
    Do you know a mom-to-be who is planning to breastfeed her baby, but has an older child that will need her time and attention, too? Ask your child to help you put together this activities basket for her older son or daughter. It will help keep her other little one busy and happy when she's got her hands full. It makes a great big brother or sister gift!

  • 14 Great Homemade Presents to Make With Your Kids by Laura Markham, Ph.D.
    No need to spend a fortune on gifts, your kids will love making them for grandparents, cousins and teachers, and the recipients will treasure them. Remember that your goal is to have fun with your child and give a token of affection, not to exhaust yourself. Hopefully this list will get your creativity fired up.

Gifts for Kids

  • Child Size Nursing Pillow
    In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, HOTH moderator Miche has created a special project for us. These easy to make pillows are wonderful for a toddler or preschooler who is about to have a new sibling or for toddlers who want to nurse or cuddle their own babies the way mommy has cared for them.

Educational Projects

  • Create Your Own Terrarium
    Terrariums have been around for years but they've gained a lot of popularity recently in the interior decorating world. They are a fascinating example of a self-sustained ecosystem and, depending on how you decorate them, a home fashion statement. They're also a great teaching tool for kids.

  • Growing Your Own Balloon Garden
    Kids will love this craft that makes unusual use of balloons. Imagine a beautiful balloon garden as a gift or a beautiful balloon garden to hang on the porch. This is a very good way to work a lesson about plants into a fun and easy kids' craft.

  • Laundry Scoop Wheelbarrows
    Your little ones can practice their gardening skills with this simple and fun project!

  • Affirmation Child's Craft - Building Self-Esteem With a Two-Part Craft Project
    You're never too young to learn to think positive! This is a simple craft project for children ages five to seven to create a mirror decorated with air-dry clay and with the help of an adult, to write their own affirmation on a stand up card.

  • Brain-Boosting Crafts for Kids
    It's back to school time, and young children may be jealous of older siblings attending school. If your youngster is left behind with an abundance of energy, curiosity and creativity, consider adding these educational crafts to your day's activities.

  • Alphabet Collage
    Make these fun collages to teach your preschooler his letters or reinforce phonics with an older child.

  • Alphabet/Number Mat
    Create this fun mat for your little ones to play on, learn with, and love!

  • Tub Fun Alphabet Project
    Make these quick, easy, and inexpensive letters to entertain the young child in the bath tub. Older children who can trace and use scissors can help with this project with some supervision.

  • 9 Easy to Make Musical Instruments for Kids
    Children love music as much as they enjoy making things. Why not join these two creative forces and make one or all of these fun and easy musical instruments to encourage play and creativity.

  • How to Make a Homemade Guitar
    Here's a fun and interesting project that not only captures your child's attention but will provide them with lots of playtime with the finished project. Let their creativity soar with this homemade guitar.

Cooking with Kids

  • Cooking with Emeril!
    Try out these yummy recipes from Chef Emeril's new book, There's a Chef in My Soup! Recipes for the Kid in Everyone

Junk to Gems

Crafty Recipes

  • Preschool Recipes for Fun
    All preschoolers love arts and crafts activities. With a little preparation, you can save money and have fun by making your own paste, playdough, and finger paints for all your preschooler's craft projects. Let your child help you measure and stir for a fun learning activity!

  • Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
    Make your own homemade chalk with this simple recipe. It's perfect for summer fun with your little ones.

  • Playdough Recipes
    Three fun and easy recipes contributed by HOTH moderator Caryl.

  • Paste and Glue Recipes
    Creating homemade paste and glue is simple and fun! Have your child help you with these recipes, and then enjoy the sticky texture together - make collages, cut out and glue pictures from magazines, or make a glue picture.

  • Incredible Edibles - Art Projects for Kids
    If your children are at the age of preferring to eat their art supplies while you are trying to teach them to expand their creative skills, you'll enjoy these perfect projects -- edible crafts! Enjoy these fun projects with your children by letting your imagination be your guide.

Tips for Crafting with Kids

Misc. Crafts and Projects

  • Preschool Windsocks
    Children love windsocks. They are fun to make and fun to hang and look at. This preschool activity is very easy and is suited to any season or holiday.

  • Canvas Painting
    This activity uses a huge canvas to encourage free artistic expression full of possibilities! It's a wonderful excerpt from The Siblings' Busy Book that children of any age will enjoy.

  • Tub Paints and Bread Painting
    Now that the warmer weather is here, kids are playing outside more often (and probably getting dirtier!). You may need something fun to help coax them into the bathtub. Follow it up with lunch! Kids can help you make sandwiches with this easy project.

  • Marble Painting
    Marble painting is a popular method of painting for preschool aged children and up.

  • Fun Preschool Activity -- Blind Painting
    This activity will teach your child to be more empathetic when she encounters sightless people. She will also appreciate her ability to be able to learn how to do many things with her eyes.

  • 10 Slam-Dunk Crafts For Little Kids -- And Bigger Kids Too!
    Crafting with young children really isn't about creating something in particular. For young children it's more important that they have the opportunity to play and experiment with art. Here are ten favorite crafts for little kids based on all that AND the 'fun factor.'

  • Rainy Day Crafts for Kids
    Cooped up kids can get bored easily. Try these craft ideas made with items you most likely have around the house right now!

  • Sticky Collage, Easter Egg Sun Catchers, and Wrapping Paper Matching Game
    Here are three fun projects using contact paper.

  • Butterflies
    Have you been seeing a lot of butterflies on these beautiful summer days? Make some butterflies with your children to celebrate the season!

  • Felt Butterflies
    These adorable butterflies are quick and easy to make. Perfect to bring a little sunshine and color into your home. They also are a great alternative to a bow on a present!

  • Confetti Butterflies
    This project provides great small-motor practice for little hands!

  • Friendship Garden
    Your child can display pictures of his or her friends with this adorable pot.

  • Popsicle Stick Puppets
    Children enjoy making and playing with puppets.

  • Easy Tie-Dye for Kids
    With the arrival of warmer weather, have fun creating truly unique t-shirts with your kids by tie-dying. It's simple, fun and inexpensive.

  • Crowns
    This quick project provides hours of entertainment for your little prince or princess. Even a child who is reluctant to color and cut will enjoy making his or her very own crown!

  • Pencil Pals
    Kids young and old will enjoy making and writing or coloring with these cute pets.

  • Step Up to Memories - Little Step Ladder Craft
    While you can buy a step stool in the store, making one with your child not only gives you an activity to do together, but it also will serve as a reminder of the time you spent together creating this fun project.

  • 9 Easy to Make Musical Instruments for Kids
    Children love music as much as they enjoy making things. Why not join these two creative forces and make one or all of these fun and easy musical instruments to encourage play and creativity.

  • How to Make a Homemade Guitar
    Here's a fun and interesting project that not only captures your child's attention but will provide them with lots of playtime with the finished project. Let their creativity soar with this homemade guitar.

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