These easy crafts for kids are far from boring and so simple to do.
Whilst we love to get the children out and about, or invested in some kid-friendly outdoor crafts, the weather doesn’t always allow it, often putting a dampener on our ready-made plans. Which is why we’ve created a handy list of craft ideas that are the perfect indoor activities for kids (opens in new tab). And sure to save any long wet weekend.
More engaging than a kids movie on Netflix (opens in new tab), and less messy than some fun science experiments for kids (opens in new tab), our crafts for kids are also easy to do - so it doesn’t matter if you’re a complete craft beginner (opens in new tab) (like us) or already a creative pro.
Easy crafts for kids:
1. Homemade play dough
There's something both therapeutic and educational about moulding fresh play dough into shapes, especially for little ones. Young muscles will develop strength, control and fine motor skills whilst playing around with this squidgy craft number. But there's no need to nip to the shops to buy some, with our easy play dough recipe as good (if not better and cheaper) than the shop-bought kind.
Get the method: Our best play dough recipe plus 7 fun things to make (opens in new tab)
2. A chatterbox or fortune teller
It doesn't get much simpler than this - with our origami chatterbox craft requiring just a few pens and a piece of paper to do. A playground favourite, kids will love decorating this toy and playing it with all their friends and family members.
Get the method: How to make a chatterbox (opens in new tab)
3. DIY stickers
What kid doesn't love stickers and a good sticker book? This is one of our favourite crafts for kids, as your little ones can create their own personalised stickers and allow their imagination to run riot. The perfect activity for a rainy afternoon.
Get the method: How to make stickers (opens in new tab)
4. Lava lamp
Lava lamps are a great sensory stimulus for little ones. They'll also show big kids the science behind the cool chemical reactions. Making a lava lamp might seem like a big step forward if you're not a keen crafter. But this DIY tutorial is really easy to follow and requires mostly regular kitchen items to get stuck in.
Get the method: How to make a lava lamp with children (opens in new tab)
5. Jolly jellyfish
These jolly jellyfish are one our favourite crafts for kids. They'll also make for a great bedroom decoration - think above their bed or hung from their curtain pole. If you don't fancy forking out for googly eyes, you could always draw the eyes on. All the other equipment like ribbons and tissue or wrapping paper should be readily available in your house too.
Get the method: How to make a jellyfish
6. Rainbow wand
This rainbow wand is a fun activity that doubles up as a toy and handy dressing-up accessory. We've used glitter card, colourful ribbons, scissors and glue to assemble. But kids can always add extra customisation with beads, gems and or anything else that feels appropriate.
Get the method: How to make a rainbow wand (opens in new tab)
7. Rainbow decorations
Another popular DIY activity using rainbows, this is one of our easiest crafts for kids, with only five items of equipment needed. We reckon these rainbow decorations would go down well at any kids party too. Just set up a craft table with the ready-cut card and ribbon and be on hand to show them the ropes.
Get the method: How to make your own rainbow decorations (opens in new tab)
8. Toilet paper tube crafts
Toilet roll tubes are something every household has. We recommend storing a few and sitting down to try one of our thirteen toilet paper tube crafts. Our favourite includes these carp fish creations, which can so easily be transformed into a hanging mobile with some string and added creativity.
Get the method: 13 things to make with toilet roll tubes (opens in new tab)
9. Tie dye t-shirts
Another one of our colourful crafts for kids. Why not transform an old white tee into a tie-dye creation? Kids love rainbows and this fun activity will create a one-of-a-kind design that they can proudly show off amongst friends.
Get the method: How to tie dye t-shirts (opens in new tab)
10. Rainbow sun catcher
Another one of our fantastic rainbow decorations (opens in new tab) is this rainbow sun catcher - a perfect decorative piece for any child's bedroom. We recommend constructing this craft around spring or summer when your kid can be dazzled by the light, sending colourful beams around the room.
Get the method: How to make a rainbow sun catcher (opens in new tab)
11. Pen pots
These homemade pen pots make for great gifts come Mother's Day, Father's Day or a family member's birthday.
Get the method: How to make pen pots from plastic bottles (opens in new tab)
12. Paper hats
It doesn't get any easier than these quirky paper hats, which can be made out of anything from old newspapers to left-over wrapping paper. They're great for incorporating into games and the origami process develops key hand-eye coordination and concentration skills too.
Get the method: How to make a paper hat (opens in new tab)
13. Party piñata
This fish piñata is a great craft to do with your child and will go down a storm at any upcoming birthday parties. Just keep an eye on your kid and any sweets that go 'missing' during the making process...
Get the method: How to make a pinata (opens in new tab)
14. Rainbow art
Why not use up any surplus rainbow ribbons from the wand and heart crafts and create this fun colourful craft too. These rainbow sun and cloud paper plate crafts uses similar materials, plus paint and a paper plate. We recommended stringing these up in the window of your home to send a positive message to passersby.
Get the method: How to turn a paper plate into a rainbow (opens in new tab)
15. Cardboard kitchen
Little ones love imitating their parents and playing cook in the kitchen. So why not recreate a colourful play one from a couple of old shoe boxes? You can finish it off with some cheap kids play pots and pans (opens in new tab) from Amazon or they can always borrow the ones already found in your kitchen cupboards.
Get the method: How to make a toy box kitchen (opens in new tab)
16. DIY dreamcatchers
Children love getting creative with beads and feathers. And these dreamcatchers could also help relieve any anxiety they hold over having bad dreams or nightmares too. Help them construct their own with some paper plates, string and a little imagination.
Get the method: How to make dreamcatchers (opens in new tab)
17. Vegetable printing
Vegetable printing will be something any crafty kid will love. Plus it's a great way to use up any uneatable fruit and vegetables from the fridge. Simply get your template, paint and material ready, then you're good to go! We love this heart-shaped potato print bunting in particular.
Get the method: How to do vegetable printing (opens in new tab)
18. Homemade hair scrunchies
This is one craft older children will especially love, as they can customise their own scrunchies with a bright array of patterns and colours. Using their favourite materials and this handy tutorial, you can learn how to make your own scrunchy. Unique and useful - this is one of our favourite crafts for kids.
Get the method: How to make hair scrunchies (opens in new tab)
19. Funny face frames
One of the best things about heading to the pier at any British seaside resort? The wacky photo stands of course! Capture that excitement at home with this fun craft and have them come up with their own quirky characters.
Get the method: How to make funny-face frames (opens in new tab)
20. Pebble people
Who doesn't have old pebbles from the beach or stones from the garden lying around? Instead of letting them get under your feet, get your kids to make them into fun characters - or even portraits of your family. Along with the pebbles, all you need is a couple of pots of paint and a bit of inspiration.
Get the method: How to make pebble people (opens in new tab)
21. Paper mache
Spend the weekend creating an amazing paper mache creation - one of our easy crafts for kids. There's plenty of cutting and sticking to do with this one, which helps develop key fine motor skills. As with all crafts with scissors - adult supervision is recommended.
Get the method: How to paper mache (opens in new tab)
22. Rainbow streamers
With this simple tutorial on rainbow streamers, you can transform a toilet roll tube into a fun toy that kids of all ages will love. Hang them outside to watch the streamers really come alive.
Get the method: How to make rainbow streamers (opens in new tab)
23. DIY dinosaur
Kids with a passion for the prehistoric period can create their own dinosaur kingdom from readily available household objects like toilet rolls and paper plates. Copy our sauropod design to start then branch out to fan favourites like the T-rex or a triceratops.
Get the method: How to make a paper dinosaur (opens in new tab)
24. Puppet theatre
This kids craft is a little more complex and will require specific items like velcro (which mum or dad will have to iron). But don't let that put you off. Once constructed this theatre will keep kiddies busy for hours, as they conjure up vivid stories and characters to share via the stage.
Get the method: How to make a puppet theatre (opens in new tab)
25. Elephant's feet
To make these nifty elephant's feet you'll need some large tin cans and plenty of paint. If you've just painted a room recently, even better! Use the old paint cans to create this excellent crafting project and let your little ones bring their dreams of stomping across the savanna to life.
Get the method here: How to make elephant's feet with tin cans (opens in new tab)
26. Tin can kites
Another of our tin based crafts for kids. These tin can kites will brighten up any dull day. And with a cupboard full of tinned goods, you're bound to have a few spare cans lying around at the moment. Get your child to put them to good use with splatterings of paint and lots of ribbon.
Get the method: How to make neon kites by recycling old tin cans (opens in new tab)
27. Easter pom-pom animals
One of our more seasonal crafts for kids - these Easter pom-pom animals are great to create during the spring break and school half term. Be sure to hang these up around the house ready for the Easter Sunday feast or why not substitute the chocolate in the traditional egg hunt and hide these instead?
Get the method: How to make adorable Easter pom pom animals (opens in new tab)
28. Bug hotel
This is the perfect craft for any green fingered kid or child fascinated by creatures. Source any leftover building materials like bricks, felt or even an old tire, then assemble your mini-beast motel with our easy-to-follow tutorial. Kids will love checking in on guests regularly and learning all the fun facts about them.
Get the method: How to make a bug hotel (opens in new tab)
These paper fans make gorgeous decorations for a kid's play room or temporary den. Made from patterned paper and a lollipop stick - they're also one of the cheapest crafts for kids in our round-up.
Get the method: How to make pretty paper fans (opens in new tab)
30. Calming glitter jars
These glitter jars are throughly therapeutic and can be created in five speedy steps using a clean jam jar, some glitter and water. Kids (and adults) can enjoy a quiet moment watching the glitter fall, which in turn will enable them to re-centre their energy, focus and any previously pent-up stress.
Get the method: How to make glitter jars (opens in new tab)
Had a birthday party recently? Chances are you'll have a few paper plates going spare - and this sunshine craft is the perfect activity to re-upholster and re-cycle them. Cheap to do, you'll just need some yellow paint and coloured card to construct.
Get the method: How to make a paper-plate sun (opens in new tab)
32. Egg-box bus
Never under-estimate a good old-fashioned egg-box craft creation. We've come up with 10 different things you can create with them, including this bright egg-box bus that'll keep your child busy for an afternoon or two.
Get the method: 10 things to make with egg boxes (opens in new tab)
33. Paper boat
Much like the paper hats, these paper boats are a really fun and inventive way to use up any old newspaper or wrapping paper. Create unique designs with as many different colours and patterns as you like, then set sail.
Get the method: How to make a paper boat (opens in new tab)
34. A paper gun (that shoots)
Any budding cowboy or cowgirl of the house needs a pistol to re-enact their wild west adventures. Follow our easy tutorial to create a gun from paper that actually shoots out counters.
Get the method: How to make a paper gun that shoots (opens in new tab)
35. Wanda the Witch
With just some basic craft materials and a wooden spoon, your child can get into the halloween spirit with this wonderful wicked witch creation. This craft doubles up as a great halloween decoration too - try slotting the end of the spoon into some soil on your front lawn and give the neighbours a real fright.
Get the method: How to make Wanda the witch (opens in new tab)
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Grace Walsh is a Features Writer for Goodto.com, covering breaking news health stories during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as lifestyle and entertainment topics. She has worked in media since graduating from the University of Warwick in 2019 with a degree in Classical Civilisation and a year spent abroad in Italy. It was here that Grace caught the bug for journalism, after becoming involved in the university’s student newspaper and radio station.
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