Homemade Arts & Crafts With the Kids

kids arts and crafts

A lot of people think they have to be “arty” to get creative with their kids, although this just isn’t true! You can create the simplest thing and still have a great time doing it! In fact, there are literally hundreds upon hundreds of craft projects you could undertake with your children that require no special skills or artistic talent and take less than half an hour of your time!

A study by Dr. Richard Rende revealed that constant creative interaction, with activities such as arts and crafts, can provide long lasting cognitive benefits to both parent and child! Not only this but it’s an incredible bonding experience that’s bound to create lifelong memories!

During his study over 90% of parents said that they would like to do some arts and crafts although they’re afraid they didn’t have the time or wouldn’t know where to start. As such, we at Dream Doors have decided to provide you with a list of quick and easy crafts, allowing you to spend some quality time with your little ones.

Now here are some we prepared earlier…

Old Key Wind Chime

Kids arts and crafts

The wind chime is the perfect gift to place around a garden or balcony. Plus, it’s rustic and handmade feel is bound to make anyone smile!

You will need:

  • At least 5 old keys.
  • A piece of wood, or stick.
  • String, or a fishing line.
  • Acrylic paints.
  • Paintbrushes.

Instructions:

  1. Paint the keys and stick. Remember- let the kids paint them how they want, although 2 coatings may be needed! Also, be sure to let one side dry before turning it over and painting the other.
  2. Tie some string onto each end of the stick to allow the keys to hang.
  3. Tie the keys to a piece of string each.
  4. Tie all the keys to the stick making sure that they are close enough to hit together and produce a chiming noise.
  5. Hang the chime up and enjoy!

Aeroplane Clothespin

Kids arts and crafts

This quick and simple craft will give your little ones something to run around and play with, they can even pick their own colours or name them!

You will need:

  • Clothespins.
  • Foam craft sticks.
  • Glue.
  • Scissors.

Instructions:

  1. Cut the foam sticks to create the front and back wings.
  2. Use glue to stick on the wings (You may need to use a hot glue gun if they aren’t sticking right!)
  3. That’s it! Simple, right?

Painted Pots

Kids arts and crafts

This one is dead simple and the kids are bound to love it as it involves being a little messy! Plus- who doesn’t love the look of the colourful finished product?

You will need:

  • A pot.
  • Sellotape.
  • Acrylic paint.
  • Newspaper.

Instructions:

  1. First you should COVER the floor with newspaper, you don’t want that paint staining! Go outside if you must.
  2. Sellotape the holes in the pot, this prevents leakage and genuinely looks better.
  3. The fun part- making sure the pots are upside down and placed on the newspaper, let your kids start pouring paint onto the top of the pot.
  4. Let the kids keep changing paint, pouring on the top until all the colours start streaming along the sides.
  5. Once your pot is covered, wait for it to dry and voila! You can even use the pot afterwards for something memorable!

Tube Town

Now this one is certainly unique! With this project, you can create a whole community of tube houses. Not only are they great decorations but they can become fun toys for your little ones to play with.

You will need:

  • Cardboard tubes.
  • Paint.
  • Paintbrushes.
  • Scissors.
  • Scrapbook paper.
  • Glue.
  • Beads.

Instructions:

  1. Paint the tubes and then let them dry.
  2. Make two angled cuts into one end of the tube to form a point. Fold a 3/3 ½ inch piece of scrapbook paper in half then place it on the pointy end of the tube. Use glue to secure it.
  3. Make two cuts to create a rectangular door, you can then glue a bead on to create a doorknob!
  4. Draw windows onto some coloured paper, cut them out and glue them onto the tubes.
  5. Optional: For a chimney, fold a piece of paper into an open-ended box and glue it to the roof.

Egg-streme Bugs

Kids arts and crafts

Your kids will absolutely love these critters. You can create whatever insect you like, including cute caterpillars and lovely ladybugs. You can use as many egg cups you want to make the bug longer!

You will need:

  • At least 1 egg carton.
  • Different coloured paint.
  • Paintbrushes.
  • Googly eyes.
  • Pipe cleaners.
  • White tissue paper.
  • Push pin.
  • Scissors.
  • Markers.
  • Hot glue gun.

Instructions

  1. Cut off the top of the carton, leaving just the bottom. Separate the egg cups into different sizes depending on the bugs you want to make.
  2. Paint the outside of the cups with solid colours and wait for it to dry.
  3. Use markers to add details such as dots and lines. Then, glue two googly eyes to the front of the egg cup for the head.
  4. Cut different lengths of pipe cleaners to use for legs or antennae.
  5. Use a push pin to punch holes where you want to insert the pipe cleaners.
  6. Thread the pipe cleaners and secure the ends by bending them. There you have it!

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