25 Easy craft ideas for kids to make at home. Kid-approved arts & craft ideas – the best craft ideas for kids you’ll be proud to hang on the art wall.
25 Easy Craft Ideas for Kids to Make at Home
These quick and easy kids crafts can be created in less than 30 minutes. If you love arts and crafts, or don’t (errr…. raising my hand), you probably have all the supplies at home already and don’t require any special skills or tools. These crafts for kids don’t take much time, aren’t complicated and may even make it on your art display board afterwards.
Whether you’re stuck inside, on a school break or just looking for something fun to do, anyone can make these cute kids crafts.
I hear all the time, “I’m not crafty” or “my kids love arts and crafts, but I’m not sure what I’m doing.”
Here’s the truth.
Neither do I.
I am a very basic arts and crafts mama, but trust me, you don’t need to consider yourself crafty or artsy to do any of these kids arts and crafts. They’re simple. They’re painfree. And you’ll be surprised how easy they are.
With kids, it’s important to make sure their skills level and the amount of time they can focus on a project (usually 30 minutes or less depending on age) are considering when you pick an art project.
After sorting through hundreds of crafts projects you can make with your children, I’ve found the best 40 arts and crafts kids projects that take anywhere from 15 minutes, and up to 30 minutes at the most.
Why Craft With Your Kids?
I came across a study by Dr. Richard Rende that found the creative interaction between parents and young children engaging in activities like arts and crafts not only provides immediate and lasting cognitive benefits, but also creates a unique bonding experience that lasts for a lifetime.
Here are some of the benefits the study found:
- Arts and crafts engage multiple brain areas simultaneously and improve bilateral coordination between the left and right sides of the brain, leading to immediate and future cognitive development.
- Activities like arts and crafts accelerate the development of muscles in the hands and fingers, improving fine motor skills that are essential for school success in the earliest formal years.
- Face-to-face interaction in the early years is critical for optimal social development.
- Arts and crafts promote rich social interactions that help develop language skills and social cognitive abilities like understanding emotions.
- Creative activities are a great way to bond with children and create lasting memories.
The results shows that 90% of the parents surveyed said they wanted to spend more time with their kids creating arts and crafts projects, but they didn’t know where to start or where to find the time to do them.
Take a deep breath Mama, I’ve got you.
My kids are 9, 9, and 5, they still love doing simple crafts with supplies we have on hand.
I’m going to share 40 quick and simple crafts you’ll love doing with your kids (and have been kid-approved and tested in our house!)
Afterwards, I know you’ll see how easy arts and crafts with kids can be!
What are Easy Crafts to Make?
Here are 25 SUPER EASY crafts you and your kids will love making together. most of these arts & crafts take 30 minutes, and many only 10 – 15 minutes. Pick the next activity to do with your kids based on their attention span, age and interests.
These Recycled Tin Can Windsocks are easy to make and can be painted and decorated, or simply left as silver and have pictures added.
Rainbow heart sun catchers from Fireflies and Mudpies are the perfect craft for kids of really any age and look great in windows and adding color and cheer to any house.
I didn’t even know Personalized Name Crayons were a thing until now, but I love how easy and awesome this craft is for even toddlers to do.
Mix and make your own Sidewalk Chalk Paint for extra fun outdoors. Use homemade ingredients you already have in your pantry to create this easy chalk mixture.
Create this simple bird feeder with a recycled tin can, paint, string and bird food. Then sit back and watch the birds find a new, fun food source in your yard.
Microwave Puffy Paint only needs four ingredients you have in your pantry, a little mixing and creative juice from your children. This puffy paint is a ton of fun and watching the paint puff up right in front of your eyes is a little bit magic!
Once you make one of these adorable Baby Turtle God’s Eyes,you’re immediately going to want to make a dozen more. That’s how easy and cute they are!
These ladybug painted rocks are adorable and super easy. Pair them with your own homemade bug and bees tree stump tic tac board and you’ll be set!
Make rainbow noodle necklaces to wear and give to others for birthdays, friendship and fun!
This bright and cheery Summer Sun Sewing Craft can also double as a dream catcher or door wreath.
The Dye Coffee Filter Craft from The Play Based Mom make for adorable flower bouquets and are super simple to create with a limited amount of supplies.
Slime! It’s everyone. Kid’s love it. They love to play with it… and they’re going to love making it even more. With only five ingredients you have in your pantry, a little muscle to mix it up and instantly you’ll create your own batch of slime. Create small portions each with their own dye colors to create an arsenal of rainbow colored slime.
Create toilet paper bird feeders in minutes with your little ones – and then watch as they get excited to feel the nearby bird when they come flocking to your yard!
These awesome DIY Spinner Toys will give your kids hours of entertainment and are relaxing and mesmerizing to watch.
Make your own marble run using tape and toilet paper rolls. Create a stash of toilet paper rolls for a few weeks and voila, you have everything you need to make your own fun marble run.
I told you these arts and crafts were simple! This easy make-your-own play dough recipe only has three ingredients and is a must especially with kids on break, when you’re stuck inside or need a break while you make dinner or relax for a second.
A fun to make Fire Breathing Dragon comes to life with a cardboard tube, tissue paper, pom poms, and googly eyes!
With a lot of buttons, glue, paint, and a blank canvas, you can make this gorgeous Button Tree Art Canvas!
This is one of those art pieces you’ll hang on your wall. The tape resist artwork requires water colors, paper, tape and oil pastels which come in most kid’s art kits. The end result is beautiful!
Add a little color and sweet sounds to your backyard or garden with this colorful key wind chime.
Use acrylic paint, dirt, and natural materials such as leaves, twigs, and pine cones to create unique camouflage art piece.
Create your own marble paper. Once the paper dries, you can use it for notes, lunch box notes to your kids, thank you cards and birthday cards.
Kid’s arts and crafts doesn’t get much easier than these pretty Melted Bead Sun Catchers!
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