Creative Arts and Crafts Projects and Ideas for kids

Arts and Crafts are a great way to bring out a child’s creative side.

Making crafts is a great way to spend quality time with your kids and make memories.  It’s also a great way to keep them busy.  Crafts made by kids make excellent gifts for loved ones and is also a great way to add some memorable decor to your home.  A great way to display kids art is to put it in frames or laminate it to keep it for years to come.  It’s always fun to save holiday art work and pull it out year after year to remember when they were small.  After all they are only little or a little while.  We at love making crafts.  Check out this page often for newly added ideas.

Try these craft activities listed below:

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100th Day of School

3D Foil and Cardboard Craft

Abstract Art (super fun)

Abstract Circle Art

Accordion Heart Man

Apple Craft/Teacher’s Apple Craft 

Aquarium Craft

Baby Food Jar Candle Holder

 Baby Food Jar Snowman

Baby hand/footprint keepsake

Baby Keepsake/Mother’s Day Craft

Beach Casting

Bath Tub Crayons 

Beach Themed Welcome Sign

Bunny and Chick Handprint/Footprint Craft

Can Stilts

Candy Corn Keepsake Footprint Craft

CD Art

Chalkboard Notebook

Clay/ Play Dough Recipes 

Colored Sand

Colorful Toe Caterpillar

Cool Chalk Drawings

Crayon Melt

Cupcake in a Jar

Dr. Seuss Craft/Snack

Duck in the Water Craft

Duct Tape Folder

 DYI Snow recipes

Easter Bunny Handprint/Footprint Craft

Easter Basket Craft

Easter Basket Egg Carton Craft

Easter Egg Craft

Emoji Faces

Extraordinary Shirts

Fish Bow Craft

Flower Pot Craft

Halloween Crafts for Kids

Heart in my Hands Card

Homemade Spa Recipes

Ice Cube Painting 

Invisible Ink/Glow in the Dark Writing

Leaf Wreath

Light Switches

Lion Craft

Lorax Craft

Marshmallow Building

Mickey Mouse Fall Wreath

Mitten Handprint Craft

Monster Pumpkin

Painting ideas

Paper Beads

Paper Hand Puppet

Paper Plate Fish

Photo Booth

Photo Memory Holder

Picture Collage Flower Pot

Picture Puzzle

Plaster of Paris Recipe

Plaster of Paris Craft

Pot of Gold Craft

Potato Stamper

Puffy Fish 

Rainbow Craft

Sand Castle 

Shadow People

Shamrock Stamp

Shape Monster

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Hat

Snow Crafts

Snowman, Snow Globe Handprint Craft

 Snowman Paper Plate Craft

Snowflake Craft

Snow Globe

Soap Snowman

Sock Bunny

Spring Yarn Butterfly Craft

Tissue Paper Flower

Thankful Turkey Craft

Thanksgiving Keepsake Craft

Thanksgiving Sock Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey Centerpiece Craft

Tree of Hearts Hand Print Craft

Valentine’s Day Handprint Craft

Valentine’s Day Love Keepsake Craft

Water Bottle Snowflake Craft 

Winter Crafts for Kids

You Are My Sunshine Craft

DIY Beach Themed Welcome Sign

DIY Beach Themed Welcome Sign

I love the beach and I love beach themed decor.  A couple of weeks ago I was at the beach with my daughter and we found a bunch of tiny shells.  We filled a sand bucket full of them and brought them home.  After looking at them sit in the bucket for a couple of weeks, I thought they would look pretty on display.  I decided to make a welcome sign for our front door.  It actually was easy to do. My daughter aged 3 helped me.  If you don’t live by a beach you can purchase shells by clicking the link or at your local craft store. This is a fun way to also display shells you brought home from a vacation.  

Materials: Unfinished wood sign (I purchased mine at A.C Moore), wood glue, natural colored sand (we got ours at the beach), shells, stencil letters, pencil, optional wood stain

Step 1:  My wood sign came with the hanging rope attached.  If yours does not, then you will need to purchase rope/strong string and hot glue it to the back of your sign.

Step 2 Optional step:  If you would like, you can stain your wood. Wood stain is available at craft stores and hardware stores. My sign came in a driftwood color, so I left it because it already had a beach feel.

Step 3:  Use your stencils and pencil to write thank you, or whatever phrase you like.  Some ideas can be your family’s last name, beach house, love summer, take me to the beach etc…  Make sure you measure your sign before picking out your stencils.  You want to make sure all the letters will fit.


Step 4: Fill in your letters with a light layer of the wood glue.  Cover your letters with the sand.  Let it dry completely.  I waited 2 hours just to be sure.  When your sign is completely dry shake sand off of the sign. When I did my project I glued the shells on first, but I would recommend completing the letters first.







Step 5: Position your shells around the sign.  When you are happy with your design, use the wood glue to glue them on.  Make sure you use enough glue so that they stick well.  Again let the sign dry completely.  I left the sign our overnight and hung it up the next morning.  I used a wreath hanger to hang it on my front door.

Summer Camp Arts and Crafts Emoji Faces

Fun Emoji Faces 

Emojis are small digital images or icons that are used to express an idea, feelings etc… in electronic communication.  They are mostly used during texting or in social media.  Kids, tweens, teens and  even adults love using emojis. They are so popular that there is even an emoji movie.   I knew that doing anything with emojis the kids in our camp would love, and I was right.

We did this craft in our summer camp program for ages 5-16 and it was a big hit with all the age groups.  It’s a great camp craft or fun to do with the kids at home.  The kids really enjoyed being creative by coming up with the different emoji faces.  This craft is fun for the big kids yet easy enough for the little kids.  Follow the step-by-step directions below to make fun emoji faces.

Materials: Large yellow construction paper (we used 12×18 for large faces but you can use smaller), colored construction paper, glue, hot glue, scissors, wide popsicle craft sticks

Step 1:  Have the kids trace large circles on the yellow paper for the emoji face.  For the younger kids I had pre-made some circles.

Step 2:  Have an adult hot the popsicle sticks to the back of the yellow circles.  Again, I had the circles cut and the popsicles sticks glues on before the kids came in to do the craft.  Do, whatever works for your group.

Step 3:  Have some pre-made shapes  or let the kids cut out shapes to glue on their emoji faces from the colored construction paper.  Here where it gets fun.  Encourage the children to use their imgaination and come up with fun ideas to add to their emoji faces.  One of our kids made hair on his, another made there’s look like it was wear lipstick and eye shadow and had lots of bows.



Snowman in a Snow Globe Handprint Craft for Kids

Snowman in a Snow Globe Handprint Craft


This snowman craft is a cute memorable winter keepsake.  It’s the perfect craft to do with that special baby or toddler in your life.  This craft is a great activity to do in a day care, pre school or Kindergarten class.  It’s so cute that you will want to keep it for years.   Follow the directions below to make a snowman is a snow globe handprint craft.

Materials: blue and brown construction paper, white paint, glitter, black sharpie, glue, scissors


Step 1: Draw a large circle on a piece of blue construction paper.  It should take up half the page of a 9X12 (standard size) construction paper.  Cut out the circle.  I am not good a drawing circles free hand so I cheated a little bit.  I googled snow globe template, printed it out.  Cut the circle and the bottom out separately and traced them.

Step 2:  Next you are either going to draw the bottom of your snow globe on the brown piece of construction paper or use the tracer to draw one like I did.  After you draw the bottom of the snow globe, cut it out.

Step 3: Glue the circle onto the bottom of the snow globe as shown in the picture below.









Step 4: The next thing you are going to do is paint the fingers, thumb and top part of your child’s hand with the white paint.  You only need to use a little bit of paint.  You should still be able to see their fingerprints through the paint.  Stamp their hand onto the bottom of the blue circle.  Let dry.









Step 5:  Help your child make little snowflakes around the globe.  To do this, place small drops of glue around the inside of the blue globe.  Have the child sprinkle glitter on top.














Step 6: Draw faces, buttons and hats on the handprint snowman.  Each finger will be a separate snowman.  You can also add scarves to your snowman.

Step 7:  Write your child’s name on the bottom of the snow globe in glue.  Sprinkle glitter over the glue.  Shake off excess glitter.


How to Make a Shape Monster Halloween Craft for Kids

How to Make A Halloween Shape Monster


This cute shape monster is a creative way to help children learn their shapes. It can be used as a fun Halloween craft or an anytime craft because who doesn’t like making a monster!  These shape monsters make an great classroom display or a cute decoration to hang up at home.  It’s simple to make and only requires a couple of materials.  Follow the step-by-step directions below to make a cute and scary Halloween shape monster.


Materials: construction paper (a variety of colors including black and white), glue, optional googly eyes, glitter


If doing this activity with young children you can prep by cutting out all the shapes before hand.  If working with older children, you can let them cut out their own shapes.

Prep: Cut a variety of shapes (square, circle, rectangle, diamond, triangle, hexagon  etc..) out of construction paper to use as the monster’s body.

Arms and legs: Cut out long strips of construction paper

Mouth: Black rectangle

Teeth: White triangles

Eyes: Circles

While doing this craft with the children make sure you talk about all the different shapes they are using to create their monster.

Step1: You can lay out all the shapes on the table and like an assembly line let the kids pick out the pieces for their monster.  If working with older children you can give them paper and let them make  their own shapes.  I did this with younger and older children.  The older children got very creative with their shapes when I let them know it was a creative contest.






Step 2: Have the children glue their eyes and nose onto the monster.







Step 3: Have the children glue the black rectangle onto their monster.  This will be the monster’s mouth.

Step 4: Glue the white triangles onto the black rectangle.  This will be the monster’s teeth.  It’s fun to make the monster teeth (triangles) a variety of sizes.

Step 5: Use the long strips of construction paper to make the arms and legs. To make the accordion effect fold one piece of the strip down, turn it over and fold another piece down continue this until the entire strip is folded.  Unfold the strip and it should look like an accordion.  Have the children glue the arms and legs to their monster.

Step 6:  If your feeling creative you can add hair or glitter to your monster.  You can also add googly eyes to the monster’s eyes