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Easy crafting ideas for Kids To Do Together

Updated on June 17, 2016

Easy crafts for kids with simple materials

Easy crafting ideas for kids to do together. For years I have easy crafts for kids with own my children. They were always involved in projects with me. Now the children are grown and they have kids of their own. Each summer I have the joy of having my grand children visit for the summer. Having seven grandchildren varying in ages, I plan activities and crafts well in advance. This summer is no different, I spend the winter months planning for their visit and have a plastic storage container which I take up to the cottage each summer filled with quick and easy crafts I can do with them. This is how I got the reputation for being the FUN "grandmama" as they call me.

This year I came up with a new craft I think everyone will love. I purchased wooden peg people for all of us to paint and them play with once they are complete. The people peg blanks are easy to find and resemble the old style little people my children enjoyed when they were kids The second part of the plan is to create structures from old cardboard boxes. Houses, stores, gardens, and cars are what I will suggest we make and this should inspire some creativity.

Since the cottage is small, we set up a 17 foot screen tent to keep us outdoors and away from the mosquitoes. We have a large table, mini-fridge, and a table for preparing food. They always need something to eat or drink, so rather than having them come in and out of the cabin we keep goodies in in the refrigerator and a large plastic storage bin with quick snacks inside the screen tent.

One of the older kids downloaded a photo and painted this one using it for the pattern. There are many examples on pinterest if you need some ideas.

Wood Peg Dolls

Things you need to start this kids craft - Easy Kids Crafts

Here are a few items you need to begin you crafts with kids. If you are a crafter you may only need to purchase a bag full of wooden people blanks,

Darice Natural Unfinished Wood Craft Boy Peg, 1-11/16-Inch - 5 pieces
Darice Natural Unfinished Wood Craft Boy Peg, 1-11/16-Inch - 5 pieces

People blanks are a must for this project. Make sure you have enough for each of the kids.

 

Children And Adults Enjoy Crafts - Fun for the Whole Family

When ever we get the kids doing a craft it turns out to be fun for the whole family. It make no difference if theyare simple or advanced it seems everyone gets into the act. I expect that each time I plan a craft for the children and always make sure there are enough supplies for all of us to do one for ourselves.

I like to paint the peg people and will show the kids a sample of one of my finished project before they start. However, I don't want to stunt their individual creativity by insisting that everybody does the same thing. For the younger kids I will have markers, if they choose not to use the paint. But as a teacher I know that each child needs to do their own thing. I will only lend suggestion if one of them asks. This helps to develop the creative side of the mind and any suggestions I make might stop them in their creativity. Art projects for children should be fun and not work.

There is a wide variety of peg people shapes on the market they can be purchased in bags with sets of family members. Worker with hats are available and some come in various shapes, such and dresses on girls and straight designs for painting on pants.

I use standard craft paint and then have sharpies if they need to make small details that might be too hard to achieve with a paint brush in unskilled hands. Always let the child do their own work to give them the opportunity to try first they can always repaint the area and start again. Some children are persistent in their attempts and won't be able to quite until they get it right, while others just want to complete the project

I store my paint in a dish pan

I store my paint for crafting in a dish pan
I store my paint for crafting in a dish pan

Crafting with kids

Will you do this kids craft?

Yes, it looks like fun.

Have Fun With Crafts

Crafting with kids is fun!

Getting Started with Peg People

When making crafts with children it is important to understand that their are no mistakes. With this project it can always be redone. Some adults have a hard time with the imperfections of the end result and may be tempted to redo the painting for the child. Don't be one of those people, children need to learn to accept limitations as this gives them opportunities for grow and development of skills.

There are several ways to begin this project, first you may want to trace the wood peg on to paper and let the children experiment with their designs, or you might want to just let them paint the design and see what happens. Either way keep in mind this is meant to be fun!

If the children are going to paint without a plan on paper it would be wise to have them use a pencil to draw lines where they plan to paint each detail. Let them trace out the hair, the clothing and facial features, this will give them a better sense of where to applied the paint or marker. The details can be as simple or as complex as the child wants to get. No rules, just craft for fun.

The Steps for Wood Peg People:

1. Plan a design

2. Draw design on to wood peg with a pencil.

3. Paint or fill-in details with markers. (washable markers are fine)

4. Spray or paint on clear gloss to seal design and make for easy sanitizing.

Crafts can get messy

Crafting can get messy
Crafting can get messy

But It's a lot of FUN!

But It's a lot of FUN!
But It's a lot of FUN!

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What kinds of crafts have you done with kids?

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    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      The last thing I did was teaching them to decorate some flying toys.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      So far just drawing but I am excited about doing more when my little girl gets a bit older.

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      Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Building things out of Popsicle sticks was always fun. Great ideas here.

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      Coffeebreaker 4 years ago

      I used to do this kind of crafts with my grand daughters, but one has gotten a bit to old to do it anymore (so she says!) but the other...has gotten tired of this kind of craft and asked me to teach her to quilt..so I did...am! She made her first doll quilt and a mug rug! She loves it. Guess what she is getting for christmas!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      We used to craft - I'd say painting was one of our favorites.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I've done all sorts of crafts with my kids. These are really cute ideas.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I've done all sorts of crafts with my kids. These are really cute ideas.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Crafting with kids is so much fun ... and you have put together some great ideas here!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      These are adorable! I can see older kids and artsy types making superheroes, current rock stars and celebrities, all kinds of peg peeps. Too cool.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      I have done many, many crafts with children. I have 7 grandchildren and I used to teach kindergarten. I like to make greeting cards and such with children.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      Toilet paper rolls, shoe boxes and Popsicle sticks are all saved for crafting projects.

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      Rick King 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

      I have done a variety of crafts involving empty gallon milk jugs and toilet paper rolls!

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      Looks like a lot of fun for the kids and adults!

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      mcstacy 4 years ago

      Nice activities for kids. Good information.

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      kenweiss66 4 years ago

      Nice lens for kids activities.

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      noner 4 years ago

      I recently made a lens about making a Birdhouse Suncatcher with my son. I look forward to him getting a little older. I bet we'd have fun painting peg people together!