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Easy crafts for kids - what are your favorites?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I have two kids: an 11-year-old who has a hard time with crafts, and a 4-year-old who is, well, 4. I need some craft ideas for things that aren't too difficult for them to do on rainy days.

What do you suggest? smile.gif
post #2 of 10

Binoculars using toilet parer rolls,string,and colored cellophane.!

No bake granola bars.

post #3 of 10

Tissue paper flowers - http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Tissue-Paper-Flowers

Graduate to origami flowers - http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-lily.html

 

I have more! Back after I get kids to school smile.gif
 

post #4 of 10

Making books - http://www.makingbooks.com/freeprojects.shtml

 

Bookbinding - http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/printouts/HowToBindBook.pdf (not super easy, but they could illustrate/write in a finished book; these techniques can also be simplified)

 

I don't know how you feel about coloring pages and the like, but I think Jan Brett's are the best: http://www.janbrett.com/index.html  I have had kids do the ones for The Mitten - she has a mitten to cut out and color along with the animals.

 

Fairy houses - http://www.fairyhouses.com/about-fairy-houses/how-to-build/

 

Make up a board game - http://donnayoung.org/homeschooling/games/game-boards.htm

post #5 of 10

God's eyes - Can be challenging at first until they get the hang of it: http://craftsbyamanda.com/2011/08/camp-crafts-gods-eye.html

 

Yarn dolls - http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Yarn-Doll

 

Painting t-shirts - There is a cool technique I can't find a site for right now. You wet the t-shirt and paint with fabric paint, then sprinkle with salt to make "fake" tie-dye.

 

Making popsicles out of juice, fruit, pudding, etc. would be fun in the summer.

 

I was given the gift of a "Badge-a-Minit" button maker, which has provided no end of b-day party fun for my kids. That's a bit of an investment, though.

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Wow, these are great! Thanks!

I can use as many suggestions as people have, so keep them coming smile.gif
post #7 of 10

Painting stuff! Clay flower pots are easy to paint and then you can plant something when it's sunny again. Jars for candle holders or tin cans/bottles for vases. Alternatively you can cover these with glue and wrap with yarn.

 

Cool Pinterest board! http://pinterest.com/hrterrell/rainy-day-activities/

My FIL has done the indoor campfire & smores. The kids loved it.

 

Paper mache - http://www.dltk-kids.com/type/how_to_paper_mache.htm and an example: http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mdolphin.html

 

Homemade play dough - http://www.kiddinaround.com/pages/3-Easy-Recipes-for-Making-Homemade-Play-Dough.html (I think the cooked one w/ cream of tartar is the best - color and scent it with Kool-Aid packets!)

 

Clay dough ornaments - http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com/2012/12/bright-white-clay-dough-recipe.html (Ornaments could be for any season or holiday, or maybe you can make necklaces!)

post #8 of 10

If you do nature walks when it's nice out - save smooth stones for painting on a rainy day or press leaves and flowers and then make something out of them when it's rainy.

 

Make bookmarks (extras are great for family gifts) - http://simplekids.net/fun-and-simple-bookmark-crafts-for-kids/ (this site has that watercolor and salt thing on it, too)

 

Natural egg dyeing (it's not just for Easter anymore LOL) - http://radmegan.blogspot.com/2012/03/natural-egg-dye-rainbow-of-options.html

post #9 of 10

Did you have any successful crafting adventures? :-)
 

post #10 of 10

I see lots of good ideas already posted that can bridge the gap between 11yo and 4yo.  Another one to add is Perler Beads.  These are great fun  - I will say my 13yo son still likes to get these out and make biohazard signs and stuff :)

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