Crafts for Kids!
Hands-on art projects for kids.
Crafts for Kids!
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Goofy Grins: Smiles can be infectious, especially when you have a collection of silly mouth masks to share.
Canned Hams: Conquer clutter with a clan of charming monster containers guaranteed to make you laugh.
Feeling Koi: Some would say that every day is children's day, but in Japan, kids get an official Children's Day. On May 5, they fly wind socks that resemble carp, symbols of strength and bravery, to bring good fortune.
Build a Tabletop Campfire: Craft a fire fit for indoor fun with tissue paper, battery-operated tea lights, and sticks and stones collected from outside.
Pick a Trusty Pony: To transform plain old dining chairs into beloved steeds, have each child dream up her horse's name, then use card stock or paper to make a horseshoe nameplate.
Appoint a Sheriff: Dress up as ranch hands in denim duds and bandannas, then have kids make badges from gold card stock and markers (punched circles add a snazzy touch).
Chalk Pops: With our easy recipe, you can make sidewalk chalk in fun shapes using ice pop or silicone baking molds.
Curled-up Kitty: We coiled strips of newspaper to make a cat, but you can use the technique to form other animals and letters. Go wild!
Edelweiss: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music with this quick craft. Create the "blossom of snow" celebrated in song by the Captain and his crew by cutting flower shapes out of a white paper towel, then dotting yellow or gold marker in the center.
Breakfast Buffet: It's the most important craft of the day, so don't skip these eggs, bacon, and cinnamon buns.
Let's Make Lunch: After they assemble the ingredients, short-order chefs can mix and match to build the perfect sandwich.
Nutty Animals: Turn nuts and bolts (and a few other hardware store leftovers) into a metallic menagerie.
Snow Dough: This sparkly play dough has a slightly powdery texture just like real snow. Even better, it won’t dry out if it’s left uncovered (after nearly a month, our test batch was still usable!). In a small bowl, stir 2 cups cornstarch into 1/3 cup vegetable oil. With your fingers, knead in 6 tablespoons iridescent white glitter. If the dough is too dry, add more oil one tablespoon at a time, up to two tablespoons, until the dough is soft but a little crumbly. Makes 2 cups of nonedible dough.
Well-Dressed Turkey Craft: This bird's fancy feathers are made from scraps of fabric and floral wire. Attach the plumage to a bread basket to create a functional centerpiece.
Leaf Creatures: Leaves gathered on an autumn walk make perfect tiny canvases for painting forest friends.
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Tube Town: Transform cardboard tubes into cute cottages in just a few simple steps.
Sock Couture: A few snips are all it takes to turn orphaned socks into sweet outfits for beloved (but chilly) stuffed animals.
Glue Glass: This simple technique produces a vibrant work of art that resembles stained glass. First, use a pencil to lightly draw a picture on a piece of colored paper; a drawing with lots of closed shapes works best. Go over the lines with white glue. Let the glue dry, then color in the drawing with chalk pastels. To keep pastel drawings from smudging, cover them with a light coat of hair spray. When it dries, the spray helps seal the artwork much like a spray fixative does.