Fun Arts and Crafts Projects to Do With Your Children

Rarely does a child exclaim “Mom, I’m bored!” and not suddenly change their mind when mom replies, “OK, then let’s do an arts and crafts project, together.”

Perhaps what the child is actually saying is that they would like mom or dad to spend a little time with them. Now that you have gained their attention, and they yours, here are some ideas and tips for getting started on that arts and crafts project.

Let’s begin with a few ideas for materials that may be used, many of which can be found around the house. Other supplies may be purchased from your local craft store.

Basic Craft Materials

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Glue
  • Paper Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Magic Markers
  • Clay
  • Play Dough
  • Foam Craft Sheets
  • Plaster
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Tape
  • String
  • Felt
  • Yarn
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Wooden Clothes Pins
  • Pipe Cleaners

Recycled & Household Items

  • Packing Peanuts
  • Dryer Sheets (unused)
  • Coffee Filters (unused)
  • Hair Ribbons
  • Bottle Caps
  • Fabric Remnants
  • Cardboard Canisters (Oatmeal, Grits etc.)
  • Plastic Soda Bottles
  • Coffee Cans
  • Buttons
  • Wall Paper Scraps

Kitchen Cupboard Items

  • Dried Beans
  • Dried Peas
  • Raw Pasta (macaroni, spaghetti, rigatoni, shells etc.)
  • Flour (for home made play dough) Cookie Cutters
  • Food Coloring

Nature’s Items

  • Stones
  • Small Rocks
  • Sea Shells
  • Pine Cones
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Flowers

Decorate with Beads
1. Find objects around the house or from the dollar store, such as a picture frame, beauty hand mirror, vase, or anything that can be fancied up.
2. Spread glue on the surface to be beaded, a white glue works best.
3. Sprinkle or place the beads onto the glued surface and allow to dry.
4. Shake off any loose beads.