10 Silly Crafts for Kids

posted on March 21, 2014 at 1:33 pm

When the rain is coming down outside, and your kids are driving you crazy complaining about how bored they are, why not pull out the craft supplies and make something fun?  Here are some silly crafts for kids of all different ages that should keep them busy (at least for a few minutes, anyway!)

 

1. Finger Puppets

This silly craft for kids is a ton of fun, and they can even be used in the bathtub!

Finger puppet craft

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What You’ll Need:  

Rubber gloves, scissors, permanent markers

Directions:

Step 1:  Rinse the gloves out to remove any powder residue from the packaging.

Step 2:  Cut off the fingers of the gloves.

Step 3:  Use permanent markers to draw funny faces and hair on the puppets.

Step 4:  Let the ink dry, then begin the show!

Warning:  Watch little ones closely to be sure they don’t try to put the puppets in their mouths.

 

2. Fantasy Flower Shop

This craft is a little more involved, but would be a ton of fun!

Fantasy Flower Shop craft

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What You’ll Need:  

Old silk flowers, recycled box and containers, gift wrap, toy cash register, watering can, gardening catalogs, old seed packets.

Directions:

Step 1:  Cover a box with wrapping paper.

Step 2:  Add a toy cash register, watering can, gardening magazines, and old seed packets.

Step 3:  Place silk flowers into old milk containers or other plastic containers.

3. Paper Parachute

This is a fun way to give wings to your kids’ favorite characters.

kid's parachute craft activity

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What You’ll Need:  

Napkins, string (4 pieces cut in equal lengths,) markers, scissors, small toys.

Directions:

Step 1:  Unfold a napkin to make a large square.

Step 2:  Decorate the napkin.

Step 3:  Tie one string to each corner of the napkin.

Step 4:  Tie all four strings together at the bottom, leaving extra long ties at the ends.

Step 5:  Tie your “passengers” to the ends of the strings, then let them float to the ground from different levels.

4. Superhero Wooden Peg Dolls

These little dolls are so much fun — good for girls and boys!

wooden peg doll heroes

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What You’ll Need:  

Wooden dolls, felt pieces, glue

Directions:

Step 1:  Cut shapes from the felt.  Cut large, squared off triangles for capes, long rectangles for belts, and lightning bolts for decoration.

Step 2:  Decorate capes with the lightning bolts and any other fun shapes by gluing them on.

Step 3:  Glue capes onto wooden dolls.

 

5. Melted Crayon Art

Melted crayon art

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What You’ll Need:

All shades of green crayons, self-adhesive silk craft flowers, 8X10 canvas, blow dryer, glue gun and glue stick, orange card stock.

Directions:

Step 1:  Line up 8 green crayons on the canvas so they are flush with the bottom and hot glue them into place.

Step 2:  Stand the canvas upright and blow dry the crayons on low using high heat.

Step 3:  Lay it flat when the crayons have melted the way you want.

Step 4:  Add self-adhesive flowers.

Step 5:  Cut out a flower pot out of the card stock and paste it over the crayons.

 

6. Seashell Sailboat

This is a craft that is not only fun to make, but also fun to play with afterwards!

seashell sailboat

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What You’ll Need:  

Small triangle cut from plastic bag, tablecloth, or other item, a thin twig, modeling clay, clean seashell.

Directions:

Step 1:  Trim the plastic triangle to resemble a sail. Cut off the very upper tip (this will prevent the top of the sail from flopping over later), then snip a series of tiny openings along the edge where the mast will go.

Step 2:  Thread the twig through the openings. Press a small lump of clay (if you use too much, your boat might not float) into the shell hull and plant the mast firmly into its center.

7.  Drum Craft

homemade drum

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If you don’t mind a little noise, this is the perfect craft for your toddler!

What you’ll need:

Large, cylindrical oatmeal container, craft knife, Tyvek, markers, duct tape, heavy duty wrapping paper (or one of your child’s drawings.)

Directions:

Step 1:  Remove the lid from a large, cylindrical oatmeal container. Cut out the bottom with a craft knife.

Step 2:  Cut a piece of Tyvek into a circle that’s 4 inches wider than the mouth of the oatmeal carton.

Step 3: Tape the Tyvek over the mouth of the container. To get it as taut as possible, adhere 2 pieces of tape directly opposite each other after pulling the Tyvek tight between them. Continue in the same way around the container, until all 8 strips are applied in pairs (you’ll need to gather the material slightly as you go). Finally, cut one last, longer piece of tape and wrap it all the way around the edge of the Tyvek.

Step 4:  Jazz up the drum by decorating it with heavy-duty wrapping paper or one of your child’s drawings, held in place with packing tape or colorful duct tape.

8.  Paper Portrait

child's profile

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Your little one will enjoy making this with you, and will love the final result!

What you’ll need:

Close-up photo of your child’s profile, craft knife, scrapbooking paper, glue.

Directions:

Step 1:  To make one, take a close-up photograph of your child’s profile. Enlarge the image to the desired size on your computer (for an older snapshot, use a copier), print it, then cut out the profile with a craft knife.

Step 2:  Trace the profile on the back of scrapbooking paper and cut it out. Lightly glue the image on another piece of paper and frame it.

9.  Fish Craft

fish picture

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What you’ll need:

Blue sheet of cardstock paper, 3-4 cupcake liners, varying colors of paper triangles for the fish tail fins, glue stick, wiggly eyes, black marker, blue and green crayon, blue sequins.

Directions:

Step 1:  Arrange the cupcake liners and fish tails where you would like them on your blue background paper. Use a glue stick to glue them down onto your paper.

Step 2:  Use a blue crayon to draw waves around your fish and a green crayon to draw plants at the bottom of your paper (optional).

Step 3:  Glue a wiggly eye on each fish and use the black marker to draw a mouth on each fish.

Step 4:   Glue blue sequins onto your paper for bubbles.

10. Spider Craft

spider art

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What you’ll need:

Pipe cleaners, beads

Directions:

Step 1:  Hold 4 pipe cleaners in one hand and bend them in half. Then twist them together in the middle to create a loop for the spider’s “body.” Twist a couple times to make sure the pipe cleaners are secure. Depending on your kid’s age, you may need to do this for them.

Step 2:  Have your child separate the legs (and count them as you go).

Step 3:  Have your child slide beads onto each leg in various positions. Once all 8 legs are done, flip the spider over and admire your creation!


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