Kids will be kids, which means the occasional “I’m booored” will come out, despite all the toys or games they might have. As a parent, it can be challenging to both entertain and educate your children while tending to your personal to-do list (especially when school’s out for summer).
But by introducing more art and craft projects into children’s daily routines, you can successfully curb the boredom period meanwhile fostering a space in which they can learn, create and self-express. Try out these easy and fun crafts for kids to get inspired!
Kids Painting & Drawing Projects
Children love to paint, draw, and color so convincing your kids to follow along shouldn’t be as hard as getting them to brush their teeth.
Toilet Roll Fireworks
Make colorful fireworks with recycled toilet roll cardboard and some paint! This is an easy kids painting project that’ll make Independence Day boom to life. Make 2-3 inch slender cuts around the diameter of the toilet roll. Dip in a choice of paint color and apply to thick paper or canvas.
Leaf People & Paint
Making art with fallen leaves makes for one happy kid. Not only is it simple to do but it’s fun, too! Using leaves, children can paint and make colorful prints on paper, turn leaves into figures with painted faces or googly eyes, or collect all varieties and make a homemade leaf scrapbook.
Paper Plate Projects
Got a stack of leftover paper plates from that cookout? Why not turn them into masterpieces of art with your kids! Paper plates are a staple in the arts and crafts for kids category.
Since they are so flexible, kids can paint, cut, shape, draw, or color them to create all kinds of art, such as:
● Animal faces/shapes
● and more!
For kids who love to create something entirely new, a simple and fun sculpture project should do the trick. These craft ideas for kids are the perfect way to branch out beyond the everyday coloring or drawing projects.
Yep, this tiny tooth picker comes handy when it comes to creating with children. Grab a handful of either marshmallows, grapes or cranberries, and create fun structures using toothpicks to connect them all together. Create prisms, 3D cubes, buildings, bridges, and adorn using jewelry beads!
Save your popsicle wooden sticks! With these you create abstract art for kids using simple Elmer’s glue and colors (paint or markers). Hang up your child’s creation with string to create a hanging masterpiece of zig-zaggy popsicle sticks.
Cardboard & Wood Sculptures
Get out the glue and leftover cardboard or small wooden shapes. Make stackable boxes or quirky towers, glue pieces together as you and your child create your own sculpture. Decorate with spotted paint using q-tips, or use glitter or color spray to create an all-over colorful effect.
Whatever you end up choosing to do, these easy and fun arts and crafts for kids will get your child’s creative juices flowing! Best of all, these crafts for kids are (mostly) mess-free, ensuring a great time for everyone, big or small.