Crafts for Kids!
Hands-on art projects for kids.
Crafts for Kids!
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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.
Simple Craft Projects for Kids
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.
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Pinstruments: Kids can conduct experiments in music-making using just tape and hairpins. Attach one end of an opened bobby pin to an object with washi tape (which peels off without leaving a residue). Have them strum the pin with their thumb. Does it make a sound? Is it loud or quiet? Try different objects and bobby pin sizes to see which produces the best (or just the loudest!) tones.
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Pinstruments! Family Fun Magazine October 2014
Simple craft projects for kids: Pinstruments
Old Dog, New Trick: Instead of the traditional apple-head doll, create a French bulldog, decked out in a jaunty beret.
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For fun family time, try one of these sweet and easy projects made from everyday materials.
Simple Craft Projects for Kids: Steel Yourself (via FamilyFun Magazine)
Accessor-eyes!: This shoe-decorating idea is truly visionary. To get the look, use strong glue (we like Crafter's Pick The Ultimate!) to attach googly eyes to sneakers with rubber cap toes, such as Converse.
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Creative Ways to Update Kids' Clothes: Accessor-eyes! (via FamilyFun Magazine)
Slap It On: Give a slap bracelet a new look in a flash by covering it with colorful duct and electrical tape.
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Pencil Power: Personalize a writing utensil with a few pieces of washi tape. We found that the paper tape doesn't interfere with sharpening, so feel free to write on!
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Pencil Power: Personalize a writing utensil with a few pieces of washi tape. the paper tape doesn't interfere with sharpening, so feel free to write on!
Cute Tape Crafts for Kids: Pencil Power (via FamilyFun Magazine)
Get the Picture: Transform a plain-Jane frame into fine art by overlapping strips of decorative washi tape.
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Transform a plain-Jane picture frame into fine art by overlapping strips of decorative washi tape.
Write Away: Create a fancy quill pen with just two materials: a pen (with a cap, not a push button) and Duck Fabric Crafting Tapes.
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Vase Craze: Transform items destined for the recycling bin into a vase or pencil cup by adding washi tape to clean glass jars or bottles. Create a plaid pattern by crisscrossing different colors of tape.
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Clean, empty glass jars and bottles transform into pretty vases or pencil holders when you add crisscrossed washi tape.
Float Your Boat: Turn a sheet of cork into a shipshape rowboat, then let your child's tiny critters row merrily down the stream.
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Spectacular Summer Craft Ideas for Kids: Float Your Boat
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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).