By Noreen Doll.
It’s nice to have kids craft ideas handy for those times when kids have run out of fun things to do.
This easy craft can be made from recycled foam containers.
Keeping a supply of craft materials on hand will make it easy for kids to create at a moments notice.
Do be sure to keep recyclables on hand as well as regular craft supplies.
And don’t forget to check out these links for many more craft ideas:
Some of the recyclables that could be used are:
Old Phone Book
Brown Paper Bags
Old Magazines or Catalogs
Recycled Gift Wrap Paper
Twine or String
Plastic or Glass Jars
Clear Plastic Packaging
Craft Materials to Have on Hand
Drawing Paper or Computer Paper
Double Sided Tape
Twine or String
Sharpies or other Markers
Paints – Tempera or Acrylic
Decorative Edge Scissors
Pens or Pencils
Play Dough (Can be Home Made)
Use these general ideas as a springboard for creative kids craft ideas.
Paper boats are always a fun toy, and these are made with newspaper.
Use strips of paper and toothpicks to make these quick and easy paper tops.
Paper Toys with Paper Clips
Print out dinosaur or other animal pictures, cut out and add paper clips to make them stand up.
Crazy Paper Thing
Use this video to make a crazy paper thing that will entertain older kids.
You need paper, glue, scotch tape, and a plastic straw to make a fun paper rocket that kids of all ages will have fun with.
Paper fans are easy to make and nice to have when it’s hot. Make these from paper and popsicle sticks.
Use shaving cream and food coloring to make pretty marbled paper. Then use the paper to make the paper fans (above) or other creative projects.
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Lots of fun ideas for kids projects made using paper and scissors.
Construction Paper Crafts
This is a long list of construction paper crafts, including animals, flowers, jewelry, and toys.
Kids Paper Crafts
Lots of ideas for paper crafts for decoration or play.
Paper Bead Jewelry
Make paper bead bracelets or necklaces with these ideas.
Magazine Bead Bracelets
Roll up colorful strips cut from magazine pages to make magazine bead bracelets.
Snack Bag Chain Bracelet
Use snack bags or other types of paper to make a snack bag chain bracelet.
This is a fun way to make paper garlands and turn them into other fun things.
Paper Flower Bouquet
Use colorful construction paper, cupcake liners, and pipe cleaners to make a paper flower bouquet.
Color coffee filters with watercolors and scrunch them around skewers to make quick skewered flowers.
Paper Sack Pinata
Make a quick and easy paper sack pinata using a brown lunch bag and tissue paper.
A more ambitious project is this newspaper playhouse which is built with rolled up tubes of newspaper.
Glow in the Dark Slime
Use borax, white glue and food coloring to make this very fun glow in the dark slime.
Another recipe for slime (borax and white glue), which is endlessly fascinating to kids.
Make dancing oobleck for another fun medium that will fascinate kids.
Make this interesting concoction with Sta-Flo liquid starch and Elmers white glue. Do interesting things with this home made silly putty.
Cornstarch and salt makes a smooth cornstarch clay. Can be dried and then painted.
Homemade Play Dough
Use ingredients from your kitchen cupboard to make this homemade playdough, that is safe for even very young children.
Create fun glitter playdough for surprise fun!
Use snowman playdough to make a cute snowman.
This Kool-Aid playdough smells good and is in fun colors. Make it with Kool-Aid and other kitchen ingredients.
Another Kool-Aid playdough recipe.
Kool Aid Playdough Legos
Make fun Legos with your Kool-Aid playdough.
Glow In The Dark Playdough
To make glow in the dark playdough, use home made playdough and add glow in the dark paint. Knead well.
Things to Make with Clay and Playdough
Use polymer clay to make colorful beads for crafting clay bracelets.
DIY Play Food
Use model magic or homemade play dough to make DIY play food. Pre-color the dough or paint the finished food to make it look realistic.
Clay Necklace and Bracelet
Techniques for making basic clay necklace and bracelet.
Polymer Clay Skull Beads
Make clay Christmas magnets, animal clay magnets, or other fun clay magnets.
Tic Tac Toe Game with Clay Pieces
Make a tic tac toe game with an Altoid tin and clay. Store the pieces in the tin.
Polymer Clay Crafts for Kids
Fun ways for kids to use polymer clay.
Kids Clay Necklaces
Ideas for clay pendants kids can make for kids clay necklaces.
© Noreen Doll