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  CRAFTS FOR KIDS
Note: Grade levels are given as a guideline only. Lessons are always adaptable.

Welcome! Below is a list of fun and crafty ideas. If you are looking for ART LESSONS (drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, etc.), CLICK HERE.

HOLIDAY/SEASONAL CRAFTS all ages
Here you can find lots of great monthly crafts for kids of all ages. Search by month or holiday. [read more]

CAMP CRAFTS all ages
Learn how to make cool crafts using recycled materials, create critters from natural objects, make beads, mix up cave paint and much more [read more]

ABSTRACT ART T-SHIRTS Gr. 3-8
April Scurlock uses t-shirts as canvas. This is a great way for students to express themselves. [read more]

BIRD BINOCULARS Pre-K to Gr. 2
Teach your students how to look for birds with their own crafty binoculars. Jackie shows you how. [read more]

BOTTLE CAP LOCKET Pre-K and up
Cheri Lord shows you how to create clever lockets using recycled bottle caps. [read more]
More Valentine's Day Crafts

BOTTLE OF TREASURE Pre-K to Gr. 2
Learn how to make your own glittery treasure bottle with the help of Ayla, Vaughn, DezaRae, KiAsia and Kirema. [read more]

BUBBLE FRAME All Ages
Here's a fun and creative way to frame one of those classic bubble bath shots! Grab some old puzzle pieces, paint and some craft gems and you are on your way. These easy and personalized frames make wonderful gifts for relatives. [read more]

BUG VILLAGE K and up
All you need for this craft are a few sticks, some acorn tops, rocks, and imagination! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

BUTTERFLY BAGGIES Pre-K to Gr. 2
Lee Popham shows us how to create butterflies using tissue paper and sandwich baggies. [read more]

CLAY POT SNOWMEN all ages
This darling snowman and snowwoman make the perfect couple. All bundled up for a cold winter's day, and so easy, younger kids can make them too! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]
More Christmas/Holiday Crafts

CLAY POT WINTER FRIENDS all ages
These winter friends are looking cool in their ice blue outfits, just waiting for the ice rink to open! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

CLOTHESPIN MAGNETS all ages
Amanda Formaro shows you how to create treasure from trash. [read more]

CRAFT STICK TREES all ages
This simple craft is a great way to celebrate the coming of fall, even for the younger set. No patterns are required, just sticks, foam or felt and a little imagination. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

COFFEE FILTER BUTTERFLIES Pre-K and up
Angela Hopkins shares a terrific butterfly making lesson for the little ones using coffee filters. [read more]

CUTLERY WIND CHIMES K to Gr. 5
Recycle plastic cutlery and a paper plate to make a set of wind chimes. [read more]

DINOSAUR EGGS Gr. 3-8
Create your own game while you dabble in discovery and history. From Craftbits. [read more]

EASY RECIPE HOLDER K to Gr. 5
Have a look at Tami Allen's crafty idea which turns flower pots into recipe holders. [read more]

EGG CUP FLOWERS K to Gr. 5
Create fabulous flowers by recycling egg cartons! [read more]

FALL LEAVES T-SHIRT all ages
This adorable shirt can be made for either a boy or a girl. So colorful and vibrant they are definitely going to love it! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

FLOWER PEN Gr. 3 to 5
Make this unique garden pen with instructions from Raelle. [read more]

FLOWER POWER JEWEL BOX Gr. 3 and up
This adorable box is all "girl" with its flower motif and fun fur lining. Find out how to make it with Amanda Formaro. [read more]

FRIENDSHIP PINS Gr. 3 and up
This is a tried and true craft which is great to give to and trade with friends and family. From Maria Lillard. [read more]

HAND PRINT ANGELS Pre-K to Gr. 2
You can create angels using your child's handprint. Carol Ingram shows you how. [read more]

JELLYBEAN SWEET JAR all ages
A sweet gift idea! From Craftbits. [read more]

LITTLE BOATS AND SHIPS K to Gr. 5
Walnut shells or egg carton cups are used to make cute little ships that float. From KinderArt.com [read more]

MILK CARTON PENCIL HOLDER Gr. 3 and up
Micky Carline shows you how to create a one-of-a-kind pencil holder using an old milk carton and some magazines. [read more]

MINI VASE all ages
Recycle paper (or plastic) drinking cups to make this mini vase. [read more]

NAPKIN RINGS all ages
Recycle paper towel or toilet paper rolls to make these napkin rings. [read more]

MUFFIN LINER FLOWERS Pre-K to Gr. 2
Your students can use muffin liners and magic markers to create 3-D flowers. From KinderArt. [read more]

MY HANDPRINT Pre-K to Gr. 2
Julia Wallace has a fun handprint craft idea, complete with a poem. [read more]

PAINTED ROCKS all ages
Using paint and glue, students can create wonderful works of art while learning about geology! [read more]

PAPER AND CLOTHESPIN DRAGONFLIES Pre-K to Gr. 2
Students will manipulate paper to create a dragonfly. From Coree Snyder. [read more]

PAPER BAG KITES K to Gr. 5
Go fly a kite made from paper grocery bags and paint. [read more]

PAPER QUILLING Gr. 3 and up
Students will learn about paper quilling and the art of rolled paper. From Mary Breveleri. [read more]

PAPER BAG TREES all ages
Grab a brown paper lunch bag and some colored tissue paper to make this easy and fun tree that appears to be blowing in the wind. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

PAPER ROLL BIRDFEEDER Pre-K to Gr. 5
By using paper plates and paper rolls and turning them into bird feeders, children can give back to the environment. From Adrienne Bolles. [read more]

PASTA PICTURE FRAME Pre-K to Gr. 5
A tried and true favorite, Debbie Howard shares a fun way for students and children to make inexpensive picture frames. [read more]

PHOTO CARD all ages
Grab some construction paper or card stock, a photo and some glue and make this adorable little card.From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

PLUSH PAINT PAIL PALS all ages
When your kids have finished off the paint in those little plastic containers, what do you do with them? How about making these darling little magnets! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

POPSICLE® STICK PICTURE FRAMES Pre-K to Gr. 8
Judith Walsh and Ryan Hecker share their idea for making picture frames with wooden craft sticks. [read more]

POPSICLE® STICK KIDS Pre-K to Gr. 5
Your kinderartists will love creating these little characters. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

RECYCLING PROJECTS all ages
Here find tons of idea for making art on a shoestring using recycled materials. [read more]

RECYCLED LID ORNAMENT Pre-K to Gr. 8
This craft shows you how you and your students can create beautiful holiday ornaments using recycled materials. From Connie Miller. [read more]
More Holiday Crafts

SAND JARS all ages
Linda Otis-Gutman shows us how to make colorful sculptures. [read more]

SALTDOUGH LADYBUG K to Gr. 5
Kids love to create things, and so do grown ups! This darling little ladybug makes a great shelf adornment or a welcome visitor on your desk. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

SALT DOUGH FOOTBALL K to Gr. 5
Here's a fun craft to keep your kids busy during the game. Make this fun mini football into a magnet for the fridge or even a good luck charm for watching the game! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

SALT DOUGH SPORTS MAGNETS K to Gr. 5
If the Dad in your child's life is a sports nut, these magnets made from salt dough are a perfect gift for Father's Day. Simple instructions and easy to decorate you can make extras for Grandpa too! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

SKETCHBOOKS! MAKE YOUR OWN Gr. 3 and up
A great way to start the new year is to encourage your students to create a place for all of their clever creations. [read more]

SNOW GLOBES K to Gr. 5
Learn how to make your own snow globes. From Dee Cantrell. [read more]

SNOWMAN WALLHANGING all ages
This cheerful snowman will greet visitors as they come in the door. Hang him on the door, in the entryway, above your kitchen counter, wherever his cheerful face fits best! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

TISSUE PAPER SUNFLOWERS Pre-K to Gr. 5
Students will make their own colorful sunflowers using tissue paper and glue. [read more]

WASTE NOT PICTURE FRAMES all ages
These easy and personalized frames make wonderful gifts for relatives. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

WASTE NOT SNOWMAN all ages
There are plenty of crafts you can make from items found around the house, or even those headed for the garbage can. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

WINDOW CLINGS all ages
Kids (and adults) of all ages can make window clings using fabric paint. From KinderArt.com. [read more]

WINTER WONDERLAND WINDOWS Pre-K to Gr. 2
Introduce young children to landscape painting and give them a hands-on experience with different media. From Felicity Green of the Walters Art Gallery. [read more]

WOOD SCRAP SNOWMAN all ages
If you have access to some small wood scraps, or perhaps a board you can cut up, you can make these cute little additions to your holiday shelves. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

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Creative Kids: Creative Crafts for Clever Kids

Creative Kids: Creative Crafts for Clever Kids

Inspire creativity with 90 hands-on activities that have easy-to-follow directions.

Creative Crafts for Clever Kids features the following activities:

  • Paper Productions
  • Kitchen Capers
  • Natural Necessities
  • Claydough Creations
  • Fabric Finery
  • Hardware Handiwork
  • Trash Treasures
This book also includes suggestions for decorating and using competed projects to provide further enjoyment.



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Craft Fun
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