Fun and Easy Crafts for Kids

Pinkchic18 By Pinkchic18, 25th Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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When kids are at home during the summer or on holiday breaks, they tend to end up by your side with the familiar line, "I'm bored." Well these craft ideas for kids will be sure to keep them busy for hours.

Kids Love To Use Their Hands and Make Things

Kids are very creative and can always use a little inspiration to spark an entire day full of fun and play. Crafts are a great way for kids to be creative and feel good about their ability to accomplish tasks. If you want to keep your kids off the video games on days off, here are some creative craft ideas that they can do all year around.

Be Prepared

You should always be prepared for rainy days or snow days home from school. There are several ways that you can create a basket full of crafting supplies to use. At the beginning of the school year, you will find school supplies stocked on store shelves everywhere but after school starts these school supplies usually come on sale. You can stock up on the basic supplies without costing you a lot of money. Then when your kids have a day off, you will have supplies that they need to create a craft.

Some things to keep on hand include:

• Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
• Scissors
• Glue and tape
• Popsicle sticks
• Paints – any color will do but primary colors are a must
• Construction paper, finger painting paper, and newspaper
• Beads and jewels
• Glitter
• Felt
• Pipe cleaner
• Foam
• Egg cartons
• Paper bags
• Paper plates
• Google eyes
• Scrap fabric

Several of these supplies could be saved up over the year so you don’t have the cost of buying everything at once.

Animal Crafts Ideas

Making animals is fun. Every child has at least one favorite animal; a lion, tiger, giraffe, zebra, turtle, fish, or whale. They may also like bugs, spiders or snakes. Now you can search online to find a template of their favorite animal that you can print out and help them to create.

Animal Magnets

You will need:
A box of animal cookies, paint, paint brushes, newspaper, and a roll of peel and stick magnets

Pretend to be at the circus. Buy a box of animal crackers and have your child paint them any color they want. You can place some yarn for the lions’ mane or give the zebra Google eyes. Let the child be creative in the colors they choose. Once the animals are painted, allow them to dry.

Purchase strips of magnets at any craft store and place a small magnet on the back of the animals that your child painted. Now you can place them on the refrigerator so your child can spend hours playing circus. When the fun is over, you can display their artwork on the fridge using their animal magnets.

Baby Chicks

You will need:
Orange construction paper, 2 yellow cotton balls, Google eyes, half of an egg shell, and glue

Use orange construction paper to cut out orange beaks for the baby chicks beforehand. Remember to keep them small. Take half of an eggshell that you broke this morning while fixing breakfast. Make sure that the shell is rinsed out well and allowed to dry.

Have your child place some glue in the bottom of the egg shell then firmly press down one of the yellow cotton balls. Next, place some glue on top of the first cotton ball and firmly press down the second cotton ball. Allow to dry.

Finally, add the beak and two google eyes to the top of the cotton ball to make the face of their baby chick. This is a fun project to do when they are learning about baby chicks or for a spring project.

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Boredom Busters, Crafts, Crafts For Kids, Fun Ideas For Kids, Kids Activities, Kids Crafts

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I'm a fashionista with a passion for style. I love bright colors and new trends. Other things I enjoy are creative weddings, events, and other fun stuff.

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author avatar Denise O
30th Aug 2010 (#)

Great job on your article.
I actually still have a lot of odds laying around that I used, to make crafts when my kids were younger.
They're now 28 and 25 but, I do have a grandson that arrived this last May.
So I must dust them all off and do it again...how great huh. Thank you for the great ideas.

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author avatar PhyllisM
30th Aug 2010 (#)

Great article my kids love to make things!

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author avatar Retired
4th Sep 2010 (#)

Love the circus cookie magnet idea. Thank you!

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author avatar Retired
9th Sep 2010 (#)

Great article. The kids I know are only interested in video games. It's great to see kids that like to make things.

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