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Some common art & craft activities for kids

Updated on July 12, 2017
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Radhika's hobbies include making art & crafts in which she is highly fond of doing fabric painting.Her kid is also an art&crafts enthusiast.

Kids always get entertained with so many indoor and outdoor activities. Playing games, singing songs, drawing pictures and many other activities keep kids involved in doing something they like. Crafts making is another activity that gets counted in this list. Ranging from a large number of paper crafts to an endless number of gluing and stuffing crafts, this activity enhances creative skills, constructive abilities, hand power and much more.

There are 2D and 3D crafts that attract kids in many ways. The stuff and color of the material used in weaving crafts have significant influence in cultivating interest among them. Origami, clay modeling, quilling, collaging and glass painting are some common art & craft activities usually taught to the kids.

1. Origami

This is a traditional Japanese art form that was popularized into other countries. Origami literally means ‘paper folding’. Different shapes are sculpted by means of folding paper in this art. Paper boats, flowers, birds, animals are some of the paper shapes kids are being taught basically.

Making a tulip flower

This is a simple paper craft that any kid may find easier to fold.

Tulip flowers made from Origami
Tulip flowers made from Origami | Source
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A square paperTriangle shapeFolding from bottom to the topReverse sideFolding the edgestulip flower glued to a straw
A square paper
A square paper | Source
Triangle shape
Triangle shape | Source
Folding from bottom to the top
Folding from bottom to the top | Source
Reverse side
Reverse side | Source
Folding the edges
Folding the edges | Source
tulip flower glued to a straw
tulip flower glued to a straw | Source

  1. First, take a square sheet of paper and fold diagonal-wise as in the picture.
  2. Fold both edges of this triangle shaped paper from the center to the top. This forms the petals.
  3. Now, turn this shape to its back side and fold its edges as shown in the picture. This is to give shape to the flower.
  4. Turn it to its front side and tulip flower is ready!!

Crane bird is the common Origami craft that kids get trained to do. It requires a little more fold to obtain the final shape.

Peacock craft
Peacock craft | Source
Crown | Source

2. Cardboard cut crafts

Cardboard is a wonderful medium for making 3D as well as 2D crafts. Both sturdy and thin cardboards are available for cutting the required pieces that make up the core body of an object.

Making a peacock

Here, four pieces in the shape of the fan tail in descending size are cut out. Then, the neck and stomach part is cut in the proper shape and design of a peacock. It is then inserted through a long cut made through the bottom center of the joined fan pieces.

Decorate the peacock using glitter powder, golden lace and stones. How does this peacock look?

Making a crown

The cutting process is very simple in the making of a crown. Here, a red velvet paper is glued to the cardboard before cut to make it shiny. Then, decorative materials such as stones and sequences make up this crown.

Jasmine flowers
Jasmine flowers | Source

3. Clay Modeling

This is a 3D craft making activity that kids enjoy doing it. Different shapes are molded to make them look alive. The exact shape of objects is obtained in this art form. The texture and color of clays allure kids to get involved in this kind of activity for a longer time. Molding and sculpting fruits and vegetables are the earlier lessons in clay modeling for kids.

Making jasmine flowers

White colored clay is flattened to form a circle first. Then petals are molded and joined to this circled piece. A cluster of jasmine flowers modeled using clay gives a starry appearance.

A quilling art
A quilling art | Source

4. Quilling

This art form uses strips of papers that are rolled into a circle or oval shape. These shapes are then glued to a picture design for decoration. Quilling gives a 3D effect of the picture on the eye because of its outward projection.

An umbrella made from collage
An umbrella made from collage | Source

5. Collaging

This is another art form that makes use of several visually appealing materials for stuffing a picture. These materials can be bits of papers, ribbons, clothes, newspaper clippings and so on. Collaging makes a picture beautiful and lively.

6. Glass painting

A scenery in glass painting
A scenery in glass painting | Source
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A glass pieceA scenery outlined using a markerGlass painting colors and brushThe kid enjoying paintingFinished glass painting of a scenery
A glass piece
A glass piece | Source
A scenery outlined using a marker
A scenery outlined using a marker | Source
Glass painting colors and brush
Glass painting colors and brush | Source
The kid enjoying painting
The kid enjoying painting | Source
Finished glass painting of a scenery
Finished glass painting of a scenery | Source

Painting can be made interesting among kids with this kind of painting. Pictures shine like crystals in glass painting. Using a marker, the design is outlined in a glass piece. Then glass painting colors are applied to it.

Look at these crafts that my kid did in his school last year. The different materials used in decorating the pictures give them a distinct visual appearance.

Glitter gluing
Glitter gluing | Source
Stuffing with pencil shave
Stuffing with pencil shave | Source
Decorated birthday gift box for their teacher
Decorated birthday gift box for their teacher | Source

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What craft activity does your kid enjoy doing most?

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      6 years ago

      Hi radhikashreeee very Interesting activities for kids. It Is Very Much Useful. But I am looking for Janmastami festival craft for class 1. If you have any idea kindly share with me.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi Vellur,

      Thanks for the nice compliment. I told Sriram about this.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Great activities for kids, great photos of Sriram's creations. Voted up.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thank you teaches12345 for that wonderful comment. The child has lot of interest in doing such craft activities.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Oh my goodness, your child is also talented! What beautiful craftmanship you have. I would love to do quilling. It looks so pretty. I enjoyed your post and it was so well done.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi ishwaryaa22,

      Thanks for making such a good comment. Sriram did these crafts during this year's summer vacation. Thanks for the votes and for the share.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wonderful hub packed with helpful points and vibrant photos. It is important to keep children engaged in creative activities. Your son Sriram is indeed multi-talented. It is so good that you encouraged your son so much in his creative pursuits. Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, pinned & shared

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi peachpurple,

      Glad to see you here. Making crafts is a time-pass, but at the same time learning something creative and useful. May your kids enjoy doing these craft ideas.

      Thanks for the comment and for the votes.

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      7 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wonderful craft hub. I love to teach my kids crafts. Your hub is helpful for my kids since the haze is hitting our country now. No point going out inhaling the smoking air. Might as well spend some time at home crafting. Voted useful

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi Ruby,

      It's always a pleasure to see you in the mornings and thank you for making such a pleasant comment. Hope you're doing fine.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi livingsta,

      Glad to see you too. Hope you're doing well. Thanks for making the comment, for the votes and for the share.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Welcome back. Good to see you. Interesting activities for kids, painting glass is especially beautiful...

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      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Radhika, nice to see you back after a long time. Thank you for sharing this with us. Very interesting. Voted up and sharing!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks rebeccamealey for reading and for making such a great comment. Take care.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These are great for the kids to do over the long summer. Thanks for sharing!


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