Paper Crafts for Kids

Paper Crafts for KidsIf you are looking for activities to do on a rainy day, paper crafts for kids are ideal. You don’t need to go out and spend a lot of money on crafting supplies, and often they can use things that you already have in the home. Of course, there are also all kinds of fun crafting kits you can get that involve using paper and other items.

If you want to be sure that there is always something for them to do, even on the most boring of days, here is a list of supplies you should always keep on hand:

• White glue
• Construction paper
• Colored paper
• White paper
• Colored pencils, crayons and markers
• Water paints and paint brushes
• Scissors (kids’ scissors with rounded ends for the little ones)
• Glitter (a variety of colors)
• Stickers
• Beads and rhinestones
• Other fun crafting items

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Fun Projects

Whether they are playing alone or with a group of friends, they will love working on a craft project. Here are some of the fun projects you can do with yours (or let them do on their own or with friends):

• Paper Dolls – These were popular long before Barbie ever hit the scene, and many little girls still love playing with paper dolls today. You can get books that have dolls and outfits that kids can cut out and play with or encourage them to draw their own figures and design clothing themselves. Not only will they have fun, but they will also be developing valuable skills they will need later in life.

• Decoupage – If you have paper, white glue and kids’ scissors, your kids can have fun with decoupage. This involves cutting out various shapes and pictures and gluing them onto other surfaces. Younger kids may need your help with the cutting part. This can get messy, so make sure that you have a drop cloth and plenty of towels to clean up with.

• Chinese Lanterns – These are really fun and easy to make, and they are a great rainy day project. Simply fold a piece of paper in half, and cut strips from the fold line to about a half an inch from the end. Unfold the paper and wrap it around something around, taping the ends together. The cut strips should be going up and down, and the fold will be along the center.

• Boats – By using simple Japanese origami techniques, your children can make boats that will actually float in water (at least until they get too wet). You can also use these same techniques to make fun pirate hats.

These are just a few of the paper crafts for kids that you can do. If you go online, you are sure to find hundreds of other fun ideas that yours will love. Any time they are bored, you can just whip out the supplies and they will find that there are plenty of fun things for them to do, even if they can’t go outside.

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Craft Activities for Boys

Craft Activities for BoysCraft activities for boys should have some pretty interesting features or you are going to lose them to other games. Things that involve animals or noise or messiness are key components to getting a boy to sit still long enough to actually work with crafts. If you can throw in hammer and nails or other tools, then they are going to be more than a little interested in the project. One of the favorites of these is making a soap box racer or a pinewood race car. (more…)

Kids Craft Activities

Kids Craft ActivitiesHaving some kids’ craft activities on hand can keep them busy while you are doing other things. When it is raining and they cannot go outside in the summer time or when it is just too cold in the winter time, they can create cards and pictures and little gifts for family and friends. It only takes a few simple things to make the whole day seem so much better. Gather up items in a box and keep them together so that they are ready whenever they are needed. A small plastic tote is a great way to keep everything together and tidy. Have a second tote on hand to store some of the finished projects as well. (more…)

Coloring Crafts for Kids

Coloring Crafts for KidsWhether you are buying a commercially packaged one or putting together your own coloring crafts for kids, there is nothing more entertaining and blissfully battery free. Back in the old days, kids did not spend all of their time stuck to some blinking, babbling battery destroying toy that cost some outrageous price and barely lasted long enough to pay for itself. They played with other kinds of toys or they did things that required a little thing called imagination. How far removed from the world is that these days? If you give them a piece of paper and a crayon, they will be completely at a loss for what to do with them! (more…)