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43 Fun and Easy Little Kids Craft Ideas

Updated on March 7, 2017
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I love arts and crafts. I used to volunteer teach an elementary art class and love sharing tutorials for fun crafts to make with kids.

No one loves doing crafts more than little kids. My little grandkids call it "doing projects," and I haven't found one project that they weren't thrilled about. I'm always looking for new crafts and spend a lot of time looking on the internet for the best little kids crafts that I can find.

In this article I'm going to share with you craft projects for little kids that I found in my searches. Each of the projects includes a nice picture and instructions and supplies lists for doing the craft. By clicking on the site name of the craft, you'll be taken directly to the project.

The directions for the Garden of Flowers, shown above, can be found at I HEART CRAFTY THINGS.

1. Comic Balls

Use Mod Podge, or slightly thinned white glue, to make these comic balls. Although the extra smooth look of these balls are very pretty, the less than perfect ones that kids would make would have a beauty of their own. Go to favecrafts for the instructions to make these comic balls.

2. Tulip Painting

I love this little kids tulip art. The little ones will find using a plastic fork for a paintbrush a great deal of fun. Go to the KIDS PLAY BOX site for the instructions.

3. Bear Pencil Toppers

It's so much fun to make things out of felt and buttons, and this project making pencil toppers will keep the kids busy and happy for a long time. Go to One Crafty Mumma! for the tutorial.

4. Tyrannosaurus Rex

See if the kids can pronounce that huge word, or tell them it's a T-rex. Either way they'll find it easy to understand the directions at Preschool Crafts for Kids.

5. Silly Faces Pencil Holders

I think these are such cute pencil holders and that the kids will love making them. Follow the instructions at somewhat Simple to make these silly faced pencil holders. You could even have the kids paint the cans first.


6. Easter Chick

When you go to the Luntiks site, you'll not only find the directions for making this crumpled paper chick, you'll also find other cute projects. Also find a couple of bunny projects and a handbag.

7. Foam Package Fish

This is a super easy, but a lot of fun, project for the little kids. You'll use disposable plastic trays to make these fish. Follow the instructions at Luntiks .

8. Heart Suncatcher

Next to making crafts, maybe the thing that kids like best is to see their craft displayed. Find the directions for this heart suncatcher at Making Merry Memories and proudly display the kids' project.

9. Making Masks

When you go to the CAPTAIN CRAFTY site, you'll find the template for the masks and ideas for decorating them. Kids love to make and wear, or hide behind, masks and to play games wearing them. A great activity for a group of kids.

10. Hen and Chicks Lacing

This hen and chicks lacing project includes teaching kids to do basic stitching. Find the instructions at CAPTAIN CRAFTY and enjoy a fun project with the kids.

11. MOM Picture Frame

Mom will love this MOM framed picture of her little sweetie. Find the directions for this easy to make frame at Busy Bee Kids Crafts.com.

12. Shoebox Swings

I love the use of shoe boxes for making this project. I'm sure the kids will spend lots of time playing imaginary games when they finish making this paper doll play yard. The instructions for this craft project is found at KROKOTAK .

13. Tissue Paper Tree

This tree looks like it would be so much fun to make. This inexpensive craft can be made using the instructions found at Preschool Crafts for Kids.

14. MT Fish

The MT stands for "moving tail" and you know how little kids love to make projects that have moving parts. HANDMADE4ALL has the directions for making this MT fish.

15. Penguin or Happy Feet

Just think, you and the kids have the whole winter season to make penguins. They aren't just a Christmas craft. See how to make this cute little penguin by going to kolcraft for the instructions.

16. Rainbow Mobile

For St. Pat's Day use the coins like shown in the picture, but for spring make raindrops falling from the clouds. 4 Crazy Kings share the directions for this outstanding project.

17. Flying Fish

This is a Japanese koinobori, or flying carp, project. The Japanese celebrate a boy's day when they fly carp windsocks. Each carp signifies a son in that household. Girls get a day of their own in March. Find the tutorial for making these flying fish at SQUIRRELLY MINDS.

18. Personalized Pencils

The kids will love making these personalized pencils for themselves and to give as gifts. You'll find the instructions for making them at DIY CANDY. Also think of making these pencils to give as teacher gifts.

19. Easy Bunnies

20. Inch Worm or Book Worm?

When taped on a piece of paper, this is an inch worm. But imagine using it as a bookworm and writing on the back, "I Love Books" or "Bookworms Are Smart." Find out how to make this little worm guy at All Kids NETWORK.

21. Magnetic Fishing Game

The little ones will be able to spend lots of time fishing with this magnetic rod. For the instructions on making this game, go to Positively Splendid.

22. Fish F(Ph)oto Frame

Purchase clay, or make your own salt clay dough, and then go to the KROKOTAK site to find the tutorial for making the fish frame. A very nice project for the kids to use their imagination to make a one-of-a-kind photo frame gift.

23. This Is Me

I think this is a great project for even the littlest kids. They love to draw pictures and talk about themselves, and this is an excellent tool. Find the instructions for this project at learn create love.

24. Dragonfly

Any project that uses bright colors are favorites of the kids. They'll love making dragonflies and you can find the directions for this beauty at CRAFT 'N' HOME.

25. Tree Weaving

If the kids are too little to do this project exactly like it is shown in the tutorial at Cassie Stephens, use the idea of the slots on a paper plate and weaving. Different colors of yarn will make any weaving beautiful.

26. Apple Tree

This is a really nice kid's craft that is simple and easy. You'll find the instructions and pictures of this craft at Preschool Crafts for Kids.

27. Winter Snowman

I really like this project because the template for the snowman can be used for other projects also. For the kids to make this fun project, find the supplies list and directions at CRAFT 'N' HOME.

28. Paper Cup Chick

This cute Spring or Easter project, with the directions from Housing A Forest, also includes other suggestions for embellishing this little chick.

29. Aquarium

You can almost use any kind of cardboard box that you want to make this aquarium. Find a nice shoe box, or even a Kleenex box, then go to MollyMoo for the instructions.

30. Mad Hatter

Use a large cereal box to make this Mad Hatter's hat. You'll find the instructions at Dizzily Dreaming for making this outstanding project.

31. Giraffe

This little giraffe is just too cute for words. Wouldn't you love to display it on your refrigerator? See how to make a giraffe like this one by going to the Busy Bee Kids Crafts.com site.

32. Paper Plate Christmas Characters

These cute Christmas characters made using paper plates, is a project from KIX.com and you can find the directions there.

33. Candy Cane Ornaments

34. Shapes Angel

Not only is this project a cute angel, it is also a lesson about shapes. A very simple, fun craft from the DLTK website. Find the instructions there.

35. Bead Wreaths

Pony beads and chenille strips are inexpensive supplies, so let the kids make enough of these wreath ornaments to fill a Christmas tree. The directions are found at Red Ted Art.

36. Tic Tac Toe Fishing Game

This is an easy game for little kids to play. They'll love helping make it and then playing. For the instructions to make this tic tac toe game, go to favecrafts.

37. Cool Bug Craft

Making bugs using plastic spoons and pipe cleaners will keep the little ones busy for a long time. Find the instructions for making these bugs at Paging Fun Mums.

38. Hoot Owl

The kids will be able to use their motor skills with this project. It has cutting, gluing and using brads. The brads make the owl's wings movable. The instructions for this project are found at The Crafty Crow.

39. Easy Package

How many times wouldn't you like to have an inexpensive and easy way to package a gift? Check out the tutorial for making this easy package at One Crafty Mumma!

40. Reindeer Ornament

Whenever making ornaments, you'll want to plan on the kids making more than just one. The direction are found at CRAFTS-FOR-ALL-SEASONS for making these ornaments.

41. Starry Night

This project will keep the little ones occupied for a long time on a rainy or dreary day when they have to stay indoors. Use finger paints, magazine pages, scissors and a glue stick to make art. While waiting for the finger paints to dry, the kids will have lots of time to cut shapes and strips of paper for their artwork. Go to Cassie Stephens to see her methods for this project, and then make the concessions necessary for the ages of your kids.

42. Roll Bunnies

All kinds of fun activities in this project. Painting and using glue dots.....yeah!! Go to the ecoscrapbook to find the instructions for these tp roll bunnies.

43. Craft Stick Snowmen

So very cute and easy to make. You and the kids will love making these craft stick snowmen. Go to the Preschool Crafts for Kids to see how to make them.

© 2013 Loraine Brummer

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Those are some great ideas. My daughter would love the penguin! Thanks for the lens!

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      tracy4 lm 4 years ago

      Love the pictures in your lens their beautiful. I can see that they were all handy crafted which makes it very authentic. I like the Rolls Bunnies. Nice Lens

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