Easy, fun crafts for kids to do at home


We are passionate about Easy Crafts for Kids. And now is the time for some easy, fun crafts for kids to at home.

I asked some of my super fun blogger and instagram friends to share some of their favourite every day crafts to inspire you over the coming weeks. And here is the collection just for you!

A fun mix of easy crafts for kids to do all year around!

For older ones

This cardboard “disc” Friendship Bracelet Technique is super easy and has great results.

A simple and fun  pop-up craft with free printables. Let a forest come to life from two pieces of paper, and see who comes to visit!

Fun DIY lantern

DIY Upcycled Camp Lantern

Salt Dough Crafts

Homemade Salt Dough Recipe is easy and fabulous to use. Traditionally a craft for “little ones”, but older ones can love this homemade clay too! There are SO many great things you can make with Salt Dough all year round.

Recycle a peanut butter jar and plastic bowl to create this lovely colorful camp lantern. It lights without a flame, is super-safe for kiddos, is perfect for summer nights AND is a DIY + kids art project all rolled into one!

A Pretend Play Pet Tank from Recycled Supplies

Make a fun pretend play pet tank with DIY foliage and reptiles from paper and recycled supplies! This wonderful imagination-builder is great way to teach kids about habitats, create some simple art project together, and can be used over and over for dramatic play. 

Floating Egg Carton Cup  Ducklings

These cute little egg carton ducklings couldn’t be easier, and a secret simple supply helps them float! Make a full set in minutes for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds.

Over 100 adorable Corner Bookmark Designs - learn how to make an origami bookmark with kids.

Learn how to make ONE Basic Corner Bookmark and then turn it into well over 100 Corner Bookmark Designs. Something for everyone. From Pokemon, to bumble bees, to Pizza Slices and Puppy Dogs…

A simple to set-up and sure-to-please colorful cardboard ice cream cone craft complete with free template!

These Mermaid Necklaces are a perfect way to up-cycle any egg carton! Fun to make and perfect for pretend play or dressing up an outfit.

Who doesn’t like ice cream?! These ice cream cards turn into hearts when you open them! A perfect card to give to someone you love.

What is a movie night without popcorn? Why not fit in a quick craft while the popcorn is popping and make these super fun shark popcorn holders!

Easy Origami Projects for Kids

Origami for Kids is another one of those “do any time of year” projects.. as usually, all you need is paper! Lending itself to all sorts of wonderful projects, from classic paper boats, paper houses as play props or cute origami whales or flowers for collages. There is even a special Origami for Preschool collection!

Using a few pantry staples, create your own mix and match salt dough monsters.

Gather loose parts from around the house, team them with play dough and create a tea party small world.

Turn shells into fun watermelon slices! This is an easy project for kids of all ages and adults! All it takes is shells and paint

These mixed media birds use a variety of found materials and are perfect for incorporating into a nature lesson.

Use a drawer organizer to make this mini dollhouse.  This open-ended design process allows each child to make a unique tiny dollhouse for play!  We added a shrink art version of ourselves to move around with a magnetic wand!  Or try your hand at our Cardboard Box Doll house – use one big box or lots of small ones!

Butterfly Magnet Maze: This STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) project is a great way for children to explore the concept of magnetism and how it works.  Made from a recycled cardboard box (like a shoe or boot box) base, create a path for your butterfly to navigate out of craft materials! 

This makes for a a great collaborative project where each child can make a collaged paper flower garden.  Similar to the style of author/ illustrator Eric Carle, you can use art works, recycle old paper (envelopes, coffee sleeves, tissue paper from gift bags etc.) to make these beautiful blooms! 

Paper Pizza Parlor – This paper pizza parlor is the perfect way to indulge your stuffed animal friends to a special treat! The kids can help prepare the ingredients while developing early scissor skills.

Glow in the Dark Cardboard Tube City – A SIMPLE (and cheap) boredom buster that keeps the kids happily entertained for a long time! Dimming the lights while they build works well to soothe and calm kids (and moms) too.

Pouncing Pom Pom Cats Age: Over 5.

Kids will love making these adorable cats and making them pounce! Lots more Pom Pom Making ideas here.

Magnet Painting Age: Over 5

Add a little science to your next painting session with this fun and active painting project.

Recycled Plastic Flowers Age: Over 5

Your recycling can get a gorgeous makeover into flowers with this wow-inspiring STEAM project.

Yarn Sticks Yarn sticks are a simple, pretty craft that can be done as a standalone project or for use in mobiles, wall hangings and more!

Glue Batik Learn how to do batik style fabric art with this kid-friendly technique!

How about some clever Science Activities to keep kids busy?

Paper Spinners with template

Paper Spinner Toys – are super fun way to explore colour theory and basic optics. Make use of our free template in lots of different designs.

simple Paper Helicopters

Paper Helicopters are easy to make and only need paper and a paper clip or rubber band. Then watch them twirl. Can you make them go faster?! How?

5 Simple Experiments with Water Only a few items are needed for these simple water experiments. Setting these experiments up is super quick and easy, and the kids will have fun exploring different properties of water

10 science experiments every child should try at least once with FREE printable checklist! Work your way through these 10 science staples and tick them off the list as you go.

Super simple science fair projects for kids of all ages. Make art bots, edible life cycles, engineering projects and more.

For little ones

DIY bubbles

Make your own Bubble Recipe for hours of bubble play time fun!

Use nature items or wilted flowers to make collages or mandalas on a simple paper plate.

Painting with Nature

A really simple activity for 3+. Get outside, even if it’s just into the garden, and grab leaves, flowers, twigs or any nature treasures you can find. Then use your finds as paintbrushes and get creative! 

Get your groove on, compile a play list and paint to the music. A simple art activity for all ages.

Summer shapes – What shapes can you make using nature found in your garden? Remember not to pick anything that is still growing!

Nature Creations – Any age! Using shaped hole punchers cut shapes from leaves to create beautiful patters. Can you make some minibeasts using leaves and flowers from your garden?

Summer Soup! Chop, chop – practice those cutting skills and exercise those fiddly fingers by creating some special summer garden soup!

Got a toddler or preschooler that puts everything in their mouth and tries to eat the playdough? Then this edible playdough recipe is ideal. Works like normal playdough but is completely edible as well so little ones can play as well.

Get creative and make your own salt dough fossils and Rainy Day Mum. This easy craft is great for those little dinosaur enthusiasts and so simple to do. Leave them unpainted or colour them like rocks to finish them off.

Have fun with this craft and science activity using homemade puffy paint to create a paper plate moon with craters. Easy and simple to do with just 2 ingredients.

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