Arts & Crafts

31 Arts and Crafts for Kids to Make at Home

By: Highlights Editorial
Three pompom ice cream treats.
For All Ages
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor Skills


Break out your scissors, glue sticks and googly eyes! Here’s a list of 31 arts and crafts for kids to make with just a little help from you.

1. Pompom Ice Pops

Make these fuzzy and fun pompom ice pops for a colorful play-pretend treat!

Three pompom ice cream treats.


2. Homemade Clay

Make your own clay with four simple ingredients. It’s that easy—and that fun!

Funny creatures made of clay.


3. Dinosaur Feet

Be the first to roam the earth—or the first to roam the house in the morning—wearing these three-toed dinosaur feet!

Dinosaur feet made from craft foam.


4. Flower Pens

Take an ordinary pen and transform it into something beautiful—a bouquet of flowers!

Ballpoint pens with sunflower embellishments.


5. Ooey Gluey Suncatchers

Who knew you could make such cool crafts for kids with just glue and paint!

Framed sun catcher art.


6. Mail a Hug

Download these free printable patterns so your little one can mail a hug to someone special!

Foldable cards that look like sloths holding hearts.


7. Goofy Robots

Kids can sharpen their fine motor skills by transforming rectangular boxes into rootin’-tootin’ robots.

Robot toys made from small cardboard boxes.


8. Homemade Finger Paint

Mix up a batch of finger paint with ingredients you already have at home.

Homemade finger paints in small containers.


9. Water Microscope

Get crafty and build a DIY microscope out of recycled materials!

A disposable cup turned into a magnifier.


10. Create a Castle 

Use this free printable to create your own desktop castle, complete with two dragon friends.

A printable castle and dragon characters to play with.


11. Cardboard Tube Telescope

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! This play-pretend telescope will help your kids look at things in a whole new way!

A play telescope made from decorated cardboard tubes.


12. Recycled Guitar

Upcycle an empty shoebox and watch your little ones explore making music with their very own homemade guitar! 

A child playing a guitar made from a box and rubber bands.


13. Paint with Bubbles

Take art time outside and make bubble-paint masterpieces.

Splatter art made with bubbles colored with food coloring.


14. Paper Plate Spin Art

Spinning a plate to make art? Yes! It’s one of the easiest (and most fun!) crafts for kids.

A painted paper plate and bottles of paint.


15. Easy Sidewalk Paint

When paper isn’t big enough for your little artist, move to the sidewalk.

A child painting with homemade sidewalk paint on the pavement.


16. Decorate a Time Capsule

Can’t save time in a bottle? The next best thing is to save some of your family’s memories today to enjoy in the future.

A neat box holding keepsakes.


17. String Puppet Plane

Help your kid take off with this plane marionette craft.

Two airplane marionettes.


18. Make Your Own Block Prints

These easy-to-make prints produce a beautiful, finished product.

An art print made from shapes cut out of foam trays.


19. Colorful Butterflies

When children make little butterflies, it’s a fine-motor-skills celebration, packaged as pretty play.

Butterflies made from painted watercolor paper and chenille stems.


20. Toy Camera

This toy camera is perfect for little ones who are not quite ready for the real thing.

Toy cameras made from cardboard boxes.


21. Paper Filter Flowers

Encourage your kids to experiment with different combinations of colors in this classic craft.

Large paper flowers made from coffee filters.


22. Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk

Who knew that making chalk was so easy?

Homemade sidewalk chalk.


23. Monster Puppets

Maybe the monster under your child’s bed is just an old sock waiting to become a star in monster theater! 

Hand puppets made from socks and old gloves.


24. Beachy Creature Feet

Make funky flip-flops to match your favorite beach creature.

Flip-flops with foam add-ons that look like creature feet.


25. Green Gobbler 

Your kids will learn about joints and hinges by putting together this make-it-yourself green gobbler craft.

A hinged grabber toy made from cardboard and metal paper fasteners.


26. DIY Building Blocks

These interlocking cards are simple to craft and have lots of construction possibilities!

Interlocking cards made from cardboard with slots cut in the sides.


27. Bubbles and Bubble Wands

Make a soapy mix and wands from items you have around the house, then head outside and blow!

A jar of homemade soap bubbles and homemade wands.


28. Make a Mailbox

Use this mailbox to send your kids reminders and cheerful messages!

A cardboard mail box.


29. Paper Bag Village

Download our free printable pages and tape them to bags to build a tiny town your little ones can call their own!

Paper bags with printed shop fronts glued to them.


30. Paint Up a Storm

Here is a fun way for kids to ride out a rainy or gloomy day: let your little artists paint up a storm!

A child peeling washi tape from a watercolor painting.


31. Pool-Noodle Village

What kind of village do the kids want to create? Just use your noodle!

Can't get enough crafts? Find 500+ more activities for your kids to discover, explore, and create in our Highlights Book of Things to Do!

A preschooler playing with buildings made from pool noodles.
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By: Highlights Editorial