Being at home with the kids more than usual has meant that many of us are looking for ways to keep everyone happy and entertained. If this sounds like you, don’t despair! There are so many fun and easy craft ideas for kids that will not only whittle away the hours but will result in some fantastic decorations and gifts too.
With some simple supplies and an abundance of imagination, these fun and easy craft ideas for kids can be done at home. So, stock up on fabrics, glues and dyes and get ready to have an afternoon of creativity! Here are just some of the very best easy craft ideas for kids.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have seen DIY tie-dye outfits popping up left right and centre. Both Instagram and Pinterest are full to the brim with tie-dye inspiration, and what better way to have a fun afternoon with the kids than by creating your very own outfits!
The process of tie-dying is actually relatively easy and depending on your pattern and colours of choice, there are so many different designs that you can create. All you need are the following items:
- An apron or old clothes
- Fabric dye in colours of choice
- Elastic Bands
- White t-shirt
- Bucket or container with water
If you’re wanting a specific design or style, it’s a good idea to follow one of the many tie-dye tutorials on Youtube, but if you’re happy to just go with the flow, here are some simple instructions!
Even the smallest of children can get involved and help with making a tie-dye t-shirt that has a “nebula design” as it’s super simple and easy to create.
- First, wet the t-shirt with cold water and lay it flat on the ground
- With your fingers, scrunch and wrinkle the fabric, gathering it into a tight disk
- Wrap several elastic bands around the disk you have created to hold it in place
- The tighter you bind it, the whiter the final design will be
- Squeeze your dye onto the t-shirt in sections
- For best results, leave the t-shirt to dry out overnight
- Unravel your t-shirt and wash on a cool wash
We all know that getting our little ones to eat their fruit and vegetables isn’t always an easy task and sometimes they need a little persuasion! Oh-so adorable animal-themed snacks are a great way to involve the kids in the snack making process, whilst also creating something fun and engaging that even the fussiest of children will enjoy.
There’s a huge selection of animal-shaped-food ideas out there, with everything from rainbow unicorns to teddy bear toast. To make your teddy-bear toast, you will need the following:
- White or brown toast
- Peanut butter or chocolate spread
Making slime is an easy and really fun project that kids of all ages will love to be involved in. Whilst there are a whole load of recipes and ideas out there, once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll be able to create any slime creation your child dreams up, from green alien slime to unicorn glitter. Here’s what you will need to make your very own slime:
- 100ml PVA glue
- ½ tbp bicarbonate of soda
- Gel food colouring
- 1 tsp contact lens cleaning solution
- Glitter (Optional)
The making process is also pretty simple, there’s a fantastic step by step guide on BBC Good Food which you can check out here. To make slime, follow these simple steps:
- Empty the glue into a large bowl
- Add the bicarb and mix well
- Add the content lens solution and mix well. At this point the slime will begin to form
- Once fully formed, add your glitter or toppings of choice and enjoy!
These adorable little fabric birds can be hand sewn, making them the perfect beginner’s craft project for kids. Not only are they a fantastic way to keep the kids entertained, these little birds actually symbolise peace, make perfect gifts for loved ones, particularly those who we may not have seen throughout this difficult period. They’re super simple to make, all you will need is a selection of blue fabric, a needle and thread, some stuffing and an eye!
To make your bird:
- Using a template (such as this fantastic one from Hobby Craft!) trace the bird pieces onto white card
- Cut two five inch squares of blue fabric and place the right sides together
- Place the bird shape on the fabric and carefully draw around it, marking where the opening will be
- Take a piece of contrasting fabric, such as green, and draw around that template too
- Always leave a ¼ inch seam allowance
- Sew around the bird shape by hand and trim the seams
- Turn the bird the right way out and sew on it’s additional features
- Stuff the bird firmly
- Attach the wings by hand sewing a couple of stitches, or if you prefer use fabric glue
- Sew on a black bead for the eye
We’ve teamed up with Terrys Fabrics for a chance to win a bundle of five different fun fabrics worth an RRP of £50 to help you get creative and crafty with!
Picture credit: School photo created by jcomp – www.freepik.com