8 Brilliant Ideas for Art & Crafts for Kids (That Are Worth The Mess)


Editor’s introduction: Summer is coming in the US, and in India, kids are heading back to school. But, no matter where you are, there are plenty of times when kids crafts ideas are needed. After all, without direction, kids will come up with something to do, but often we need inspiration. And some times, what they come up with, they do want to save and you wonder “how am I going to keep this jumble of Ikea cardboard form from being wrecked? Oh yes, that is what we’re facing in our home right now. 

Now on to a great post on kids art and crafts ideas for kids, from a new contributer, Aradhana:

Before I became a mother, I’d see a lot of families around me raising their kids in a lot of different ways. Being a keen observer, I noticed how the approach of each parent towards their kids was so contrasting.

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Looking for kids craft ideas? Here are some great ideas that are worth the effort and fun for the entire family.

While some parents were hardcore disciplinarians, the others had no qualms about spoiling their kids silly. Some made sure their kids excelled academically while the others encouraged their kids to hone their creative skills. Having learned from these observations, I was certain about one thing: I’d bring about the right balance in my child’s life and make sure he gets the best of all worlds (while protecting him from the worst).

Sure enough, when my son came into my life, I made sure he got an exposure to the inspiring world of art and craft as much he did to academia. I didn’t want him to turn into a mere bookworm by killing his creative streak and imagination that could give him wings. Here are eight fun art and craft activities that my kid thoroughly enjoys.

Try these kids craft ideas with your family!

Handprint Sun Craft

It’s the springtime and the sun’s shining its radiant light upon us! There couldn’t be a better time to try this fun craft with your little one! You can stick it up in your child’s room and brighten up the atmosphere even further.

What You Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Orange or yellow paint
  • Black sketch pen
  • Yellow and orange colored paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How To Do It:

  • Help your child paint the paper plate either yellow or orange
  • Ask him to trace his hand on the colored papers 10 times (5 yellow and 5 orange)
  • Ask him to draw a happy smiley on the paper plate when the paint dries up
  • Turn the plate around and help him stick the handprints around its edges

Pebble Bugs Craft

You or your kid may have not seen a better use for a pebble than tossing it around like a makeshift football. This craft activity is sure to bring about a drastic change in your perspective. Your child can make cute paperweights using pebbles. They can make adorable little gifts too!

What You Need:

  • Smooth Pebbles (2-3)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrush

How To Do It:

  • Clean the pebbles properly
  • Help your child paint the pebbles with red paint
  • Now, paint the top 1/3 portion of the pebble with black paint
  • Paint tiny black spots on the rest of the body of the pebble
  • Use white paint to make two eyes on the top black portion of the pebble
  • Throughout the activity, talk to your child about beetles and other similar species of insects

Stamping Mania

Introduce your child to the fun world of patterns with this stamping craft. Not only will this activity let him create interesting designs, but also open his mind up to a world of new ideas and possibilities. He can create trees, flowers and anything under the sun with this craft.

What You Need:

  • Potatoes
  • Cork
  • Large sheet of paper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Flower shaped cookie cutter
  • Brown sketch pen

How To Do It:

  • Cut a potato in half and ask your child to press the cookie cutter into the potato
  • Ask your child to paint the flower shaped part of the potato with the color of his choice
  • Ask your child to stamp the potato on the paper
  • Paint the smaller end of a cork pink
  • Ask your child to stamp it in the center of the flower print
  • Repeat the above steps to make other flowers
  • Help your child make the stems of the flowers using a brown sketch pen

Crafty Collage

Collages are one of the easiest and most creative activities to introduce your child to. While they can make beautiful additions to your child’s room décor, they can also spark up your child’s artistic genius. This activity will also provide a sensory play experience to him.

What You Need:

  • An outline print of your child’s favorite character
  • Old magazine sheets
  • Uncooked lentils
  • Sand
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How To Do It:

  • Help your child cut the magazine sheets into tiny asymmetrical pieces
  • Now ask him to stick the cutout magazine bits, lentils, and sand randomly within the boundary of the outline print

Fanning Glory Craft

Summer is round the corner, and it’s about to get hot. Help your child make his personal hand fan that will be his companion to help him beat the heat through the summer.

What You Need:

  • Colored paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Sketch pens

How To Do It:

  • Take a sheet of colored paper and ask your child to draw tiny colorful stars, covering the entire sheet
  • Now, fold the paper in the style of an accordion. First fold the paper about ¼ an inch and then flip it around and make another ¼ inch fold. Continue folding till the end of the paper
  • Collect the folds at the bottom and wrap a tape around it to make the handle

Lego Photo Frame

Looking for a funky photo frame to amp up your child’s room’s cuteness quotient? Here’s a way you and your kid can make one at home. It is super simple to make, and the results are nothing short of fabulous! Put your old CD boxes to good use with this activity.

What You Need:

  • Empty CD box
  • A picture
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Lego blocks

How To Do It:

  • Ask your child to empty the CD box by removing all paper inserts and plastics
  • Help him cut a photo smaller than the size of the box, such that it is visible from inside the closed box
  • Now, help him stick the photo inside the box
  • Stick different coloured Lego blocks around the outer edges of the CD box to make the border. You will need to supervise to ensure there are no empty spaces left and the blocks are stuck in order

Cupcake Owl Craft

My son is fascinated with owls. He loves to hear their stories, loves skimming through their pictures and sure enough, is always super enthusiastic about this craft idea too! Regardless of whether your kid loves owls or not, this cute craft idea is sure to light up their face.

What You Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Googly eyes
  • Large cake cases
  • Glue
  • 2 mini muffin cases

How To Do It:

  • Ask your kid to fold 4-5 large cupcake cases in half and cut each of them from the center
  • Let your child glue each of the cut case strips one below the other on a rectangular piece of cardboard
  • Cut out two small pieces from the strips to make the owl’s feet and glue them to the bottom of the card, right below the last layer of the strip
  • Let your child fold two cupcake cases in half and stick them slightly apart as the wings of the owl
  • Stick two small muffin cases on the top of the cardboard to make the eyes of the owl
  • Tell your child to stick two googly eyes in the center of the muffin cases

Bottle Cap Letter Craft

This craft ought to be my personal favorite to an extent that I wouldn’t mind making one for the master bedroom (against my husband’s will, of course). Who knew old bottle caps could be used to make something so cute?

What You Need:

  • Old bottle caps (lots of them)
  • Thermocol sheet
  • Cardboard sheet
  • Ruler
  • Cutter
  • Bright colored paper (let your child pick his favorite color)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A lot of your help

How To Do It:

  • Use a ruler to trace the first letter of your child’s name on a cardboard. Make it giant sized
  • Cut out the piece of cardboard
  • Now, ask your child to place the cardboard on a stryrofoam (in India it is called thermocol) sheet as you carefully cut across the sheet
  • Stick the cardboard and styrofoam/thermocol pieces together and wrap it in a bright colored paper
  • Now help your child neatly stick bottle caps on the giant letter and ask him to put it in the favorite corner of his room

Do try some of these activities and let me know which of them your child loved the most!

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