Crafts for Kids!
Hands-on art projects for kids.
Float Your Boat: Turn a sheet of cork into a shipshape rowboat, then let your child's tiny critters row merrily down the stream.
Stamp It Out: Make your own custom stamps with adhesive-backed craft foam shapes and small wooden blocks (either plain ones from a craft store or repurposed toy blocks). Just pick a shape, stack two of them so that they align (doubled-up shapes produce a cleaner stamp mark), and adhere the stack to a block.
On the Road: Car-loving kids can build and rebuild a series of streets with this piece-together roadway system. First, make a template by cutting a 5-inch square from cereal-box cardboard. Use this to draw 5-inch-wide road segments on felt. Create as many as you like. Cut out the roads, and add dotted lines with tape (we used 3/4-inch-wide duct tape).
Calling all families! For our new monthly creative challenge, Top This!, we’ll feature a craft made with a common material (such as the clothespins here). Your family’s assignment: make a unique project using that same material. Send a photo of your clothespin project to us via the Top This! tab at facebook.com/familyfun. If we choose your craft to feature in an upcoming issue, we’ll pay you $200!
Stuck On T-Shirts: Our easy painting technique lets kids spiff up a shirt with geometric shapes, stripes, and zigzags.
Spoon Bugs: This activity lets your kids experience beetle-mania -- and use up more of that plaster of Paris!
Stick Figures: The designs of these wild creatures were partly inspired by animalitos, brightly-painted sculptures made in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time Out! This cheerful whale can help reduce the length of your family's showers by giving a friendly "ding!" when it's time to finish up. Bonus: Using the timer just might make the morning routine go more smoothly.
Turn two grocery bags into a friendly monster that wants nothing more than to be fed with paper scraps. Once it's full, pack up the whole shebang and send it to the recycling center.
Flower Power Crafts
Monster Mags: Our recycled-cap faces are quite attractive -- literally, as they're magnetic. To create them, attach craft foam, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners with tacky glue to plastic caps. Add details with markers. Before attaching a magnet to the back of each cap, glue a scrap of cardboard or two inside so that the magnet will be flush with the cap's edge.
Random Acts of Art: Here's an instant way to add an eye-catching touch of brightness to an otherwise drab location. Bend colorful pipe cleaners into a flower, heart, or star shape or into a few squiggly spirals. Wind the ends around a park bench, a parent's car door handle, or a chain-link fence.
Random Acts of Art: These tiny houses invite imaginations to run wild. What creatures live in such cozy abodes? Jewelry boxes, juice boxes, and matchboxes all make ideal houses.
Random Acts of Art: Spread the word about your favorite books or give other noteworthy objects a voice with these speech balloons.
Flowers brighten any day, especially one with overcast skies or week-old snow. And scraps of colored paper can become petals heralding spring. Cut out several blossom and leaf shapes from your chosen papers. Tie a knot in a length of yarn and thread the other end onto a large embroidery needle. Poke it through the centers of the paper shapes, spreading them out on the yarn so that they're evenly spaced. Tie a knot at the top. Wrap or tie your strand onto a branch, handrail, fence, or doorknob.
Random Acts of Art: Surprise someone with a school of fish navigating through sea grass or similar plants, in a sandbox, or near a pond. The fish are made with foil, which gives them a scaly luster.
Bobbing Boats: Kids can launch a fleet of these vessels in a birdbath, the kitchen sink -- or the tub, before a sibling's bath. Start by using hot glue (an adult's job) to connect two wine corks as shown, with a wooden coffee stirrer mast between them. Cut out a triangular sail from a milk or juice carton, poke two holes in the sail, and slide it onto the mast.
Random Acts of Art: Clothespins are an ideal tool for adding art to the everyday because they can be clipped onto nearly anything. Use them as a base for birds (or bugs, mini robots, or any creature, really) drawn or made of collaged bits. Here, we drew and cut a shape from card stock, then glued it to the side of the clothespin. Perch a flock in a supermarket, on a fence, or in a potted plant.