10 Slam-Dunk Crafts For Little Kids -- And Bigger Kids
Crafting with young children really isn't about creating
something in particular. Most young children don't have the
foresight to see what a project is going to be.
For young children it's more important that they have the
opportunity to play and experiment with art. Kids need to use as
many of their senses as possible to get the most out of crafting.
This allow them to try new sensory experiences, as well as learn
These are my 10 favorite crafts for little kids based on all
that AND the 'fun factor.'
1. Finger painting: Finger painting is a wonderful
activity for kids. It lets them 'feel' the craft as well as be
creative. You don't have to have finger paints to do this
activity with kids. You can finger paint with homemade paint,
watercolors or even mud. You can also experiment with adding
other things to the paint such as sand or glitter.
2. Yarn Painting: Dip pieces of string or yarn into
paint and then drag it across the paper to paint with it. It's a
good experience to paint with something other than a brush and
you can just throw the yarn away when finished.
3. Q-Tip Painting: Use Q-tips to create a painting.
There are lots of ways to use a Q-tip - scrub, dot, or use it
like a brush. It's a good coordination exercise because Q-tips
are small around, but it also provides a lot of interest for the
4. Glue Art: Draw squiggle lines on a piece of paper or
let the child use their finger to make random glue spots or
patterns on a piece of paper. Experiment with adding different
objects to the glue. Sand, glitter, cotton, yarn, feathers, and
tissue paper all work well.
5. Salt Dough Sculpture: Make a batch of salt dough and
turn the kids loose with it. You don't have to worry about them
eating it (it's safe and tastes terrible) and clean up is easier
than play dough. If you want to keep their creations, let them
dry overnight and then paint them the next day.
6. Toe Painting: If it's a warm summer day, put on the
swimsuits, put some finger paint into pie tins, lay out large
sheets of poster paper, and let them 'paint' all afternoon. They
will have a ball and all you have to do is hose them off when
they are done (that's my kids' favorite part actually!)
7. Found Object Art: This project is always a sure
thing because kids love to 'discover' things. Let your child
gather up leaves, sticks, flowers, etc. and then glue them onto a
piece of paper. When they are done, let them tell you about their
8. Peanut Pictures: Every kid loves to play with
packing peanuts -- but it makes such a mess. Let them create
pictures with them instead. Kids can draw on them, glue them to a
sheet of paper, or glue the peanuts to each other to make a
sculpture. The kids will love it!
9. Sticker Play: Turn your child loose with a bunch of
stickers, markers, and a sheet of paper and let them create. It's
good for little ones to work on their coordination, and it's
10. Stamping: Kids love to use any kind of stamps. My
favorites are the self-inking stamps or the double-sided markers
with the stamps on one end. This may sound like pure play, but is
also teaches young children cause and effect.
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