5 of the best craft ideas for kids
Make Pinyatas together
Make leaf hedgehogs
Make homemade Modelling Clay & have hours of fun in the Arc Assistant Learning Tower
Make a bubble stick and boost their visual skills
Create Paint Art using Glad Wrap and Watercolour Paint
1. Make Pinyatas together
This is a childhood favourite of mine. Mum and I used to get a balloon, stuff it full of our favourite wrapped lollies, then blow it up. We would then make our own glue from simply stirring flour and water into a paste, then paste on small ripped scraps (about 3cm by 3cm) of newspaper, covering the whole balloon with one layer first. We would make sure to leave a slight gap around the top of the balloon where knot was.
2. Make leaf hedgehogs
Crafting with leaves is much more fun than solely drawing with pens as with leaves you get to teach your children about nature too. One of our favourite, super simple projects are these leaf hedgehogs. How adorable are they!
The materials you'll need
3. Make homemade Modelling Clay & have hours of fun in the Arc Assistant Learning Tower
This clay recipe can easily be made at home, and will provide hours of fun for your child at the kitchen bench in their Arc Assistant Learning Tower.
Children can make anything they like. It is a little early in the year (actually never too early)... We used to make Christmas Tree decorations together out of modelling clay when I was young.
- 2 cups salt
- 2/3 cups water
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup cold water
- Stir salt and water in a saucepan over heat 4-5 minutes.
- Remove from heat; add cornstarch and cold water.
- Stir until smooth; return to heat and cook until thick.
- Allow the clay to cool, then shape as desired.
- When dry, decorate with paint, markers, glitter, and so on.
- If you like, finish with clear acrylic spray or clear nail polish.
- Store unused clay in a snap lock bag. Make sure you press out all of the air, before sealing the bag.
4. Make a bubble stick and boost their visual skills
This is a super easy child craft to make at home, all you need are two rods and a piece of rope. Tie together as displayed in the below photo. Then grab a large tray of dishwashing liquid and you're ready to go. (Baking trays with edges work well as a dish for the liquid or a simple bucket)
The great thing about either blowing bubbles in the kitchen sink as Nathan Wallis is doing below opposite the little one in their Arc Assistant Learning Tower, or with blowing larger bubbles outside is it teaches your child visual tracking skills. They learn how to visually track the bubble as it slowly float through the air. Visual skills are needed for learning and these skills take practice develop. What better way than to blow bubbles and learn through play.
5. Create Paint Art using Glad Wrap and Watercolour Paint
The materials you'll need for Watercolour and Glad Wrap Painting
- Art Paper - thicker paper than computer paper as computer paper will warp. If you don't have art paper, a piece of cardboard works too, the backs of old notepads are work well.
- Plastic board - larger than your art paper
- Watercolour paints
- Damp clean sponge
- Glad Wrap
- 2cm tick tape
1. Place your thick art paper in the centre of your plastic board. Dip the sponge into the water and use it to wet the entirety your thick art paper.
2. Dollop on different colours of watercolour paint all across your art paper. Make sure to leave gaps between each colour as the blending starts at step 5.
3. Using a sheet of glad wrap that is slightly larger than your art paper and place it on top of your painting. Make sure it goes to the edges of your plastic board. Scrunch up sections to add wrinkles to the glad wrap. Press it down onto your art paper.
4. Place tape around the glad wrap, taping it to your plastic board.
5. With your fingers move these across the glad wrap, moving and mixing the paint under the glad wrap.
6. Once happy with your colour design, gently remove the glad wrap and allow to dry