40 Fun Crafts for Kids

The Best Ideas for Kids

As a parent, you’re always looking for opportunities to expand your child’s creativity. At-home crafts, games and learning projects are great ideas when it comes to DIY activities for kids. And as the weather gets warmer, backyard games and indoor tasks can only keep them engaged for a certain amount of time. If you’re looking for more fun ways to entertain your children, try one of these easy crafts for kids.

These ideas are perfect for different age groups, ranging from curious toddlers to older children. Some require more time and effort, while others are as simple as grabbing some paint and paper plates. We’re sharing a roundup full of recycled crafts, summer crafts and those you can work on with your kid all season long. From toilet paper frogs they can hop around with in the garden to crunchy slime they won’t want to stop pulling, these DIYs will keep everyone amused and boredom-free (even your 1-year-old will want to join in).

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They’ll enjoy making these colorful paper flowers to decorate their bedrooms. They’ll first fold dyed cupcake liners in half and cut out petal and fringe shapes. Have them fold a piece of floral wire in half and twist around the faux flower stamen. Poke the wire through the center of three to four paper liners. Finish it off by wrapping floral tape around the base of the liners and bringing it all the way down the stem.

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Tissue Paper Suncatcher

Kids six-years-old and up can DIY a space scene using paint pad sheets, acrylic paint, construction paper and colorful 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

Other than needing cardboard, scissors and glue, kids can make their own heart collages using any materials you have in your art bin (from glitter hearts and felt to buttons, beads and ribbons).

Get the tutorial at No Time for Flashcards »

Is ice cream their favorite dessert? If so, DIYing their own with paper plates might just satisfy their sugar cravings. Plus, they can make as many scoops as they like.

Get the tutorial at The Simple Parent »

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Coffee Filter Butterfly

Coffee filters are great for crafts because you’re sure to have some around the house. Plus, they can be used for an array 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 sound won’t be as loud as they’d hope, the process and result is adorably creative.

Get the tutorial at The Craft Train »

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Glitter Sensory Bottles

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Heart-Shaped Salt Dough Hangers

Michaels gives you and your child step-by-step instructions to make beaded butterflies to display on the tables.

Forget the tantrums that come when you try styling your daughter’s hair in the morning. She can DIY her very own hair tie to add personality to a basic ponytail look.

Get the tutorial at See Vanessa Craft »

These robots are made using cardboard, tissue paper rolls, canisters and containers. Add these materials to a pile and have the kids pick out their preferred robot parts.

Get the tutorial at My Mommy Style »

Kids six-years-old and up can enjoy making woven turtles from paper. You’ll have to download a template before cutting out the turtle’s shape and adding the slits.

Make a mini magical garden with your kids and watch their imagination soar.

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