Arts and Crafts for Kids Throughout the Year

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“Kids Crafts” — these two words cause me to shudder whenever I hear them.  Even now as my littles are growing up and can do easy projects by themselves, I still dread these.  But I am growing and learning.  Here’s what I’ve learned about arts and crafts for kids in my 13 years of parenting.

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The Three Step Process to Enjoying Arts & Crafts for Kids

  1. Surrender to the activity.
    Go all in.  Don’t worry about what is next on the list of daily tasks.  Dive deep into whatever craft for kids you have decided to try.
  2. Prepare yourself.
    Make your meal plan and your clean up strategy.
  3. Go simple. 
    Start by making paper crafts for kids that requires only paper.  Throughout the years, FFTC has collected some craft ideas for kids, and we have linked to those in this article.  Also, in this article, we have listed fun crafts that take only a handful of supplies.

 


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Arts and crafts for kids in the winter is all about being creative when we are stuck indoors.

January Arts and Crafts for Kids

More Crafts you can enjoy in the Winter

February Arts and Crafts for Kids

    • DIY Rolled Paper Roses Valentine
      Supplies Needed:  Colored Craft Paper – 4-5 different colors including white, Scissors, Craft Glue, Pencil, Black Maker Pen
      Get Directions Here
    • Valentine Love Journal
      Supplies Needed: An old hard-cover picture book, The pages for your journal, One sheet of paper twice the size of your other sheets, X-ACTO Knife, Paper cutter or scissors,  Mod PodgeBinder clips or a vice, Books by Hand pH Neutral PVA Adhesive other glue for binding.
      Get Directions Here
    • Chinese Paper Lantern
      Supplies Needed:  pipe cleaners, paper (solid or printed), scissors, ruler, hole punch
      Get Directions Here

March Arts and Crafts for Kids

Spring arts and crafts for kids celebrate the winter being over.

  • Bunny Butt Paper Plate Craft
    Supplies Needed: 1 large white paper plate, Grey paint, Paintbrush, Pencil, Grey construction paper, Pink construction paper, Scissors, Glue stick or white glue, 1 large white pom pom or cotton ball
    Get Directions Here
  • Handprint Tissue Paper Flower
    Supplies Needed:  Orange Tissue Paper, Green/White Cardstock, Scissors, Pen, Glue
    Get Directions Here

More St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

More Easter Crafts

April Arts and Crafts for Kids

  • Accordian Paper Snakes
    Supplies Needed: colorful paper, scissors, glue, eye stickers or googly eyes (you don’t need these, you can use the next supply mentioned), black marker
    Get Directions Here
  • Painted Twig Bouquet
    Supplies Needed:  Twigs, Acrylic Paint, Paintbrush
    Get Directions Here

May Arts and Crafts for Kids

  • Paper Hyacinths by www.korkotak.com

  • Handprint Lilies
    Supplies Needed: Pink Paper, 6″ green and yellow pipe cleaners, pencil, tape, scissors
    Get Directions Here

Mother’s Day Ideas


June Arts and Crafts for Kids

Arts and crafts for kids in the summer celebrate fun in the sun.

  • Balloon Elephant Card
    Supplies Needed: Latex Balloons, Large Glue Dots, Cardstock, Scissors, Glue Stick, Wiggly Eyes
    Get Directions Here
  • Easy Flamingo Ornament by Red Ted Art

    Get Directions Here

Father’s Day Ideas

July Arts and Crafts for Kids

  • Firework Salt Painting
    Supplies Needed: Table Salt, Black paper, watercolors and paintbrushes or food coloring and eye dropper, White Glue, Cookie Sheet
    Get Directions Here
  • Paper Plate Giraffe
    Supplies Needed: Large Paper Plate, Yellow Tissue Paper, Yellow/Black Cardstock, School Glue, Scissors, Stapler
    Get Directions Here

More Summer Crafts

August Arts and Crafts for Kids

  • Fancy Flowers

    Supplies Needed: Colorful paper, black marker, glue
    Get Directions Here
  • Squirt Gun Painting 
    Supplies Needed: Squirt Guns, Watercolor Paper and Liquid Watercolors (I admit that this group of supplies isn’t a normal thing to have around the house, but it will be worth it, I PROMISE)
    Get Directions Here

September Arts and Crafts for Kids

Arts and crafts for kids in the fall celebrates the harvest.

  • 3D Paper Caterpillar
    Supplies Needed: red or yellow paper for the head, green paper for the body, glue, scissors
    Get Directions Here
  • Colorful Patterned Owls
    Supplies Needed: small paper plates, various colors of acrylic paint, paint brush, scissors, stapler (optional), school glue, colored construction paper, black construction paper, markers (optional)
    Get Directions Here

October Arts and Crafts for Kids

  • Tin Can Pumpkins
    Supplies Needed: Tin Can of various sizes, Nail, Screwdriver, Twigs, Dried leaves from your yard, Variety of Orange acrylic paints, raffia
    Get Directions Here
  • Book Pumpkin
    Supplies Needed: old paperback book, orange paint, paint brush, water, scissors, stick, rafia, marker, glue or paper clip
    Get Directions Here

November Arts and Crafts for Kids

  • Easy DIY Crafty Turkey
    Supplies Needed:  Strips of paper (1–  2 inch x 12 inch, 2– 3 inch x 1/2 inch), Paper feathers in an array of colors, 2 inch circle for head, googly eyes, 1 small yellow triangle paper, 1 small pink/red teardrop-shaped paper, scissors, scotch tape, glue stick
    Get Directions Here
  • Stuffed Paper Turkey Craft
    Supplies Needed:  brown paper bag, newspaper, cotton balls, or other filling, tape or sticky tack, stapler, colored construction paper (at least black, yellow, white, orange and red), scissors, pen or marker
    Get Directions Here

December Arts and Crafts for Kids

  • Paper Plate Christmas Tree
    Supplies Needed: paper plate, green paint & brushes, colored paper we used “paper scraps,” scissors, glue stick, stapler, hole punch, yarn/string/twine
    Get Directions Here
  • Giant Paper Plate Lollipops
    Supplies Needed: Paper plates, Wooden dowel (from the craft store), Cellophane, Ribbon, Green and red paint plush paint brushes, Scissors, Hot glue gun (or tacky glue for kids)
    Get Directions Here

More Christmas Crafts


 

Sometimes it’s easier to do crafts if you can get all the supplies in one fell swoop.  That’s when craft kits are helpful.  Here are some of our favorites from Amazaon.

Fairy Garden

DIY Bouncy Balls

DIY Wind Chime

Sewing Kit

Sun Catcher

Sand Art

And there you have it.  Arts and crafts for kids throughout the year.  If you try any of these ideas, post a picture on Instagram ( @familyfuntc ) or Facebook ( @FamilyFunTwinCities ) and tag us!  We would LOVE to see what you make with your kids!!


 


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