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13 Easy Kids Craft Ideas

Comments : 14 Posted in : DIY Kid Projects on by : Carrie Wente

How are we going to keep the kids busy? The easy way would probably be to let them play video games all day and watch TV. But we all know that they need to do something constructive. Give them something to show for their time and make something useful, fun, or both. Here are 20 things you can make together to stay entertained.

1. No-Sew Sock Bunny

These cute little bunnies are quick and easy to work up in about 20 minutes. Socks, chenille pipe cleaners, twine, and buttons should get you well on your way.









 2. Cloud Dough

This dough only needs two ingredients. This stuff looks like fun and smells way better than the traditional Playdoh. It’s made with hair conditioner and cornstarch. Any kind of hair conditioner works, just make sure you like the scent and it’s cheap.





3. Penny Spinners

Simple to make for hours of fun. You can cut out a circle from card stock, or use a paper plate. Decorating is half the fun. Each one will have a unique spin on things.






4. Fun With a Kazoo

Yes, you can make your own kazoo from an empty toilet paper roll. What kid doesn’t want to make music? An with this they will be playing you your favorite tunes in no time. If you’re interested in other things to make with empty toilet paper rolls, you can visit Things to make with Toilet Paper Rolls.





5. Homemade Lava Lamp

Kids these days don’t know about the simple things that kept us entertained. Here’s a way to give them a sample of the groovy ways of the day. Then if you’ve already done this experiment, you can click on this link to find out how to make a real lava lamp.  (Responsible adult supervision is needed for the real one due to the chemicals involved.)









6. Overnight Crystals

Who knew that science could be so much fun? Making real crystals overnight is even more fun. Borax can be turned to crystal and will cling to whatever shape you make of your pipe cleaner.





7. Homemade Bouncy Ball

Superballs, they seem to bounce forever. And can be entertaining for just as long, or until they bounce right out of your life. (That would be under the refrigerator) LOL! Click on the ball for the recipe to making your own bouncy ball with glitter glue and borax

8. Slime

Slime is back and kids love it. Now they can make their own in just about any color they want. Glitter glue makes some really blingy slime.








9.Easy DIYFairy House

Fairy gardens are adorable. But let’s face it, those little tiny figurines can be expensive. Here’s a Fairy Mushroom House that the kids will enjoy making for your garden fairies.








10. Moon Sand

I love it. You can mold it and if you’re really desperately hungry – eat it. Yes, its safe for your toddler to play with because it’s made from flour and vegetable oil. So you most likely already have the ingredients in your cupboard. But beware, this stuff can be messy.


11. Easter Egg Doily Crafting

With Easter right around the corner, maybe the little ones would like to help make paper Eggs. These easy to make eggs are made with colored construction paper and doilies. Have your toddler paint a paper doily with watercolors, being careful to not tear the doily. Let it dry, cut out your construction paper in the shape of a large egg, then trace the doily to be the same size. Glue the doily to the construction paper and your little one has just made you a work of art worthy of the refrigerator.



12. Firefly Glow Jars

Summertime will be here before we know it and it brings back memories of catching fireflies and putting them in a jar. But if you don’t have any, you can use glow in the dark paint dotted inside a large clean jar.




13. Easter Eggs Dyed with Shaving Cream

This hack is super simple and gives your eggs a terrific tie-dye look. Simply spread the shaving cream into a sheet pan, drop food coloring into it and swirl. Then add your eggs after they have soaked in vinegar and dried, completely covering them and let them sit for a little while. Then take them out, let dry and rinse any excess.





Have Fun

Some of these ideas I might have to try myself, just because I feel like being a kid. Please feel free to leave me a comment or if you have any other fantastic ideas you can leave me a comment below or send an email to carrie@paintpinecone.com. I would love to year from you!


Disclosure: Some of the above links are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. The links in the photos are links that will take you to the original site I found these projects and give credit to the photo.


14 thoughts

  • D Buckley
    March 30, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    I really like this site, it’s just right for my little one’s at home.  I am actually going to order some of these items from our favourite store and see if we can produce the same results.  The rabbits look great, as do the lava lamps and the foam stuff is a must.

    My only small issue is the spacing between the items is a little large but its nothing to worry about.  Well done, great job.

    • Carrie Wente
      March 30, 2020 at 4:26 pm

      Thank you, I had a good time finding these items so that I could provide links. I don’t have any kiddos of my own at home but thought during this time people might be looking for things for them to do.

  • Yongli
    March 30, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    This post comes just at the right timing. Due to the pandemic, my 3-year-old niece has got so bored staying at home. I have to think of creative ways to entertain her… so that she doesn’t keep watching TV and use digital devices too much. Kazoo is so cute, it properly can keep her busy for an hour or two, perhaps we can create different characters with a story. Lava lamp is also interesting, I am sure she will be amazed. Moon sand is good too, she can create sandcastle of her own, kids always like to play with the sand… Thanks for the great ideas, I will share it to my friends too.

    • Carrie Wente
      March 30, 2020 at 4:26 pm

      I hope she doesn’t drive everyone too crazy with the kazoo, LOL! 

      Have fun!


  • Patrick
    March 30, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Greetings!  I would say you nailed it with providing valuable content!  My sister is a huge arts and crafts person…with lots of Grand-babies…I am going to pass this article on to here…I know she is going to love having some fun activities to do with the little ones.  Such excellent ideas, and you provided so many different choices!  

    • Carrie Wente
      March 30, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      I hope your sister has fun with the grandkids. I thought some of this stuff would be fun for adults as well. LOL! After all, we’re all kids at heart right?


  • Travis
    March 30, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    These are excellent ideas! I am sure that no kid is enjoying being stuck inside so much during this time, but my two boys are chomping at the bits to do something, and I really do not like the idea of them playing video games or watching tv all day! Except the slime, I would much rather them play video games than slime, it get everywhere! 🙂 Some of these I kind of want to do myself, like the homemade lava lamp! I appreciate the ideas!

    • Carrie Wente
      March 30, 2020 at 4:26 pm

      I’m glad you will be able to use some of these ideas. I can understand how the kids are probably getting stir crazy. For our rural area, the weather hasn’t been much help either. Hopefully, it will change soon.


  • Russ
    March 30, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Wow! At a time like this every parent would be happy to see this post. This is not one of your run of the mil craft idea posts. 

    The creativity with these 13 easy kid craft ideas is amazing. I am so impressed I just have to post this to my Facebook page. I can’t wait to get started on something with my son. I will let him look and decide what he would like to to. My guess is he will want to make the homemade bouncy ball first. 

    Thank you very much!

    • Carrie Wente
      March 30, 2020 at 4:31 pm

      I agree with the bouncy ball looking like fun. Especially if you have some of that glitter glue they talk about. Let me know which one he liked the best.

      Have fun!


  • Hector
    March 30, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    I found the ideas you share in this post very great, and more so in these days where it is difficult to have our children busy with different things than video games or tablets. I think that today we will start and later I will share with you which ones my children liked the most.

    • Carrie Wente
      March 30, 2020 at 4:29 pm

      Perfect, I can’t wait to see the results and which ones they liked. 


  • Diana
    March 30, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    A beautiful and joyfully article, which reminds me of my childhood and that of my son, as well. All the craft you choose are easy to make and offer a lot of entertainment, creativity and especially time spent with children, which is invaluable.Some of them like Sock Bunny, Lava Lamp and Firefly Glow Jar I did them with my son. 

    I will always recommend this craft instead of using the tablet or Tv.

    Thank you very much for sharing. You did a great job.

    • Carrie Wente
      March 30, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you for your kind comments. I tried to use projects that everyone would like as well as make it a wide variety. I could have probably gone on to add 100 more, but who wants to sit and look at the pictures when they can be creating, right?


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