26 easy crafts for kids – fun ideas and activities for children

Keep those small hands busy with lots of sticking, cutting and moulding.
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  • When children are young and get easily bored, it’s a good idea to have a list of engaging and fun ideas up your sleeve. We've listed some of our favourite easy crafts for kids...

    Stuck at home while self-isolating? Craft ideas are a great way to keep young brains away from the television and games console – and into being creative.

    We’ve got the steps for exciting craft ideas like how to make your own play dough and building your own puppet theatre, so dig out the super glue and get started…

    Easy crafts for kids:

    1. How to make rainbow streamers

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    With this simple tutorial on how to make your own rainbow streamers, you can turn a toilet roll tube into a fun toy that kids of all ages will love. Or display the streamers in your windows for the sunlight to catch the tissue paper and send amazing colours around the room.

    Get the method: How to make rainbow streamers

    2. How to make a chatterbox (otherwise known as a fortune teller)

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    With just a simple piece of coloured paper you can make a chatterbox, offering hours of fun. 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

    3. How to make stickers

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    Who doesn’t love a good sticker? With this easy craft, ideal for a rainy day afternoon, you can learn how to make stickers at home and decorate all the bits around your home.

    Get the method: How to make stickers

    4. Turning a paper plate into a rainbow

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    This cute crafting activity makes for a fun few hours and at the end of it, you have a wonderful decorative piece for your home. Made popular in the last couple of months, you can string 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

    5. How to make a lava lamp with children

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    Making a lava lamp might seem like a big step forward if you’re not a keen crafter. But this tutorial to make a lava lamp with children is really easy to follow and with just a couple of specialist materials, plus some regular kitchen items, you can get involved in this exciting activity.

    Get the method: How to make a lava lamp with children

    6. How to make a rainbow wand

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    Making a rainbow wand is a fun activity to get involved with, as at the end you have a toy that kids can play dress-up with for hours. Customise your own using glitter card and rainbow ribbons!

    Get the method: How to make a rainbow wand

    7. How to make rainbow decorations

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    Another popular craft activity using rainbows, this one is one of our easiest activities and only requires some basic craft supplies.

    Get the method: How to make your own rainbow decorations

    8. Toilet paper tube crafts

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    Toilet paper tube crafts are some of our favourites, because they’re so easy to do and perfect for kids of all ages. Whether you want to make decorative items for the house or a fun game to play with little ones, there’s not a lot you can’t do with an old toilet paper tube and some basic crafting supplies.

    Get the method: Toilet paper tube crafts

    9. How to make a rainbow sun catcher

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    Another one of our fantastic rainbow decorations, this rainbow sun catcher is the perfect decorative piece for any child’s bedroom. In the height of the summer, it will catch the light and send colourful beams around the room and in the winter, they can remember the colours of the summer.

    Get the method: How to make a rainbow sun catcher

    10. How to make pen pots out of a plastic bottle

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    If kids are looking for a special something to make for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or a family member’s birthday, then this pen pot holder is ideal.

    Get the method: How to make pen pots from plastic bottles

    11. How to make paper hats

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    These quirky paper hats can be made out of anything from old newspapers to left-over wrapping paper. They’re great for incorporating into games and dressing up, as you can make whatever design takes your child’s fancy.

    Get the method: How to make a paper hat

    12. Make your own puppet theatre

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    This puppet theatre will keep any little (or big!) one entertained for hours. Behind the mysterious curtain, they can create their own stories and characters, practice and rehearse, before putting on the big show to you.

    Get the method: How to make a puppet theatre

    13. How to make Wanda the Witch

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    It might not quite be Halloween yet, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t getting spooky! With just some basic craft materials and a wooden spoon, your child can have their own witchy friend to keep them company.

    Get the method: How to make Wanda the witch

    14. Vegetable printing

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    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

    15. How to make a paper boat

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    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

    16. Funny face frames

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    These wacky picture frames make you the subject of a painting, using materials from any standard craft box. Create your favourite characters or otherworldly creatures, all from the comfort of your own front room.

    Watch the video and get the method: How to make funny-face frames

    17. Create your own pebble people

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    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: Pebble people craft

    18. Make play dough from scratch

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    There’s something quite therapeutic about moulding fresh play dough into shapes, for both little and older ones! You might even feel the need to get creative with these fabulous ideas on what to do with the play dough, once you’ve made it.

    Get the method: Our best play dough recipe plus 7 fun things to make

    19. How to create your own dinosaur

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    If you’ve got a little one that loves these prehistoric beasts, then you’re in luck. They can create their own weird and wonderful creatures with this dinosaur craft.

    Get the method: How to make a paper dinosaur

    19. Make your own sunshine

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    Whatever the weather, you can create your own sunshine with this fun paper plate craft. If there’s been a birthday party recently, you might have a couple of these going spare – just get the paint out for a fun, sunny afternoon of crafting.

    Get the method: How to make a paper-plate sun

    20. Create your own tin can kites

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    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!

    21. Adorable Easter pom-pom animals

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    With Easter just around the corner, there is no better time to get to crafting. And these pom-pom animals are a great place to start. Create your own farmyard and have all the fun with this easy and unique idea. It’s bound to get the kids excited for all that chocolate coming their way!

    Get the method: How to make adorable Easter pom pom animals

    22. Make your own elephant’s feet

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    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.

    Watch the video and get the method here: How to make elephant’s feet with tin cans

    23. Craft your own fans out of wrapping paper

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    These paper fans make gorgeous decorations for your home. They’re so colourful and with the opportunity to make them out of any design of paper that takes your fancy, your little one will be spoilt for choice.

    Get the method: How to make pretty paper fans

    Try these crafts with older kids…

    24. How to make paper mache

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    This classic crafting activity might not be one for little ones, as there’s plenty of cutting and sticking to do, but for older kids who love something to do at the weekend when they’re at home, try paper mache.

    Get the method: How to paper mache

    25. How to make a bug hotel

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    This is the perfect craft for any green fingered kids out there who love to get messy in the garden.

    Get the method: How to make a bug hotel

    26. How to make hair scrunchies

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    This is one craft that older children will love, as they can customise their own scrunchies to their heart’s content 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.

    Get the method: How to make hair scrunchies

    All these craft ideas and more great things to do at home can be found on GoodtoKnow.

    Happy crafting!