How to Do Crafts With Your Child

Four Methods:Family Crafting TipsEducational Craft ExamplesRecycled Craft ExamplesSeasonal/Holiday Craft Examples

Introducing your children to arts and crafts at an early age helps them develop confidence, motor skills and imagination. You and your child may find craft time at home to be extremely valuable. It is an excellent bonding experience, while helping both children and adults learn self-expression. Meanwhile, crafts can also have a focus on education, recycling, celebration and more. The craft projects that are listed below are just a few examples of crafts that are varied and work well at home. Learn how to do crafts with your child.

Method 1
Family Crafting Tips

  1. 1
    Make a regular date for craft time with your kids. Some art projects will be more successful than others. The only way you can ensure your child gets all the benefits of learning art at a young age, is to have a craft date at least every week.
  2. 2
    Start with small projects. The younger your children are, the lower their attention span is likely to be. Start with projects under 20 minutes and work your way up until your child is spending longer than usual developing their artistic style.
  3. 3
    Think like a child when planning the crafts. If the instructions for a craft require detail, specific colors or a lot of focus, it may be too adult-oriented. Choose crafts that don't require children to copy or follow along exactly to achieve success.
  4. 4
    Buy water soluble materials. Watercolors and washable glue is better than tempera paint and strong glue. Your child will make a mess, so exclude anything that will bring you undue worry during the creative process.
  5. 5
    Make your craft station low to the ground. Small children may enjoy working on the floor better than sitting at a craft table.
  6. 6
    Read parenting or craft blogs for inspiration. Doing a craft every week will require some inspiration. Regularly visit sites like,,, or countless other kids craft blogs that you can find on a search engine.

Method 2
Educational Craft Examples

  1. 1
    Make small rafts to play with in the water. Introduce your child to the craft by watching a program about the sea or boats. Show them pictures of boats so that they get excited about making their own.
    • Gather used wine corks, popsicle sticks, craft glue and a skewer stick. Glue 2 sets of 3 wine corks together, for you and your child. Add another set of 3 corks for each other child or parent who is involved. Place a strip of glue onto either side of the middle cork and place it, side to side, between the other 2 corks.
    • Place dots of glue on the top of the corks and attach 3 popsicle sticks perpendicularly. Wait overnight for all the glue to dry, if possible. This craft is 2 days of craft fun.
    • Cut out a small triangle for the sail. Get out some markers or crayons and let your child decorate the sail on either side. Tape the triangle to a 4-inch portion of a barbecue skewer. Stick the pointed end into your cork.
    • Once the glue is dry on day 2, run a bath. Let your child get in your bath and race your cork rafts. Make waves in the bath to show them how a boat floats at sea. Set the raft to dry overnight and use it again for future bath times.
  2. 2
    Create a backyard waterfall. Gather colanders, bowls, empty pots and plates from the kitchen. Place a large bowl or trough at the bottom so that you can reuse the water once it's been poured.
    • Construct a waterfall by creating a tower of bowls, colanders, plastic cutting boards and cups. Your child will likely need to try a few times in order to get the tower to balance. If possible, use plenty of colanders and sturdy cutting boards so that it is stable and allows water to move through.
    • Take a gallon of water and color it with food coloring. You can also use a few different colors in different pitchers. Pour some water into a smaller pitcher or liquid measuring cup. Let your child pour water on the top of the waterfall and watch as it pours down.
    • If the waterfall is unsteady it will fall apart, so you and your child can construct it again. Pour more water over the top. You can also gather water at the bottom with a cup and your child re-pour it at the top.

Method 3
Recycled Craft Examples

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    Save tin cans to make tin can robots. Make sure the edges are not dangerous by feeling in the inside top where the can was opened. Find cans with smooth edges and clean them thoroughly.
    • Search the house for other metal, plastic and paper recycling. Save anything that is in a shape and could be used to make facial features, legs, arms or hair.
    • Lay out all the materials, including a tin can for both you and your child. Play around with the different elements until you plan out a face, limbs and hair. Talk to your child about what they want to use.
    • Attach the elements in 1 of 2 ways. First, you can use silver electrical tape to affix anything onto your can. Also, you can hot glue disk magnets to shapes. If you choose to hot glue your child's favorite items, you can return to the craft later and remake your robot by changing the elements around.
  2. 2
    Save cereal boxes to make sandals. Cut out the large sides of a cereal box. Have your child stand on the back of the cereal box and trace their feet.
    • Cut out the shape around their feet to make your sandal bottoms. Make straps out of leftover cardboard. Cut them out and then measure them around your child's feet. You can use 1 strap or criss cross straps over the top.
    • Attach the straps on the bottom of the sandal base with duct tape. Get craft glue and buttons, ribbons and glitter. Let your child embellish the straps. Let them dry overnight and start wearing them around the house.

Method 4
Seasonal/Holiday Craft Examples

  1. 1
    Choose a different craft that corresponds with many holidays, seasons and celebrations throughout the year. This will teach your child to decorate and associate fun experiences, rather than possessions, with the holidays.
  2. 2
    Make pine cone Christmas trees. Go outside in the fall and gather large pine cones. These can be saved for many other craft projects.
    • Set up a craft station on a low table or by placing a blanket over the floor. Place 1 cup of white rice in a small plastic bag. Add 10 drops of green food coloring and 1 tsp. of water. Shake the bag. Place it on some wax paper to dry for 10 minutes.
    • Give your child glue and a craft stick and tell them to cover the entire pine cone with glue. They should have fun and get fairly messy. Your child will need to wash their hands before the next step.
    • Hold the pine cone over a paper plate. Let your child sprinkle green rice all over the surfaces while you hold it. Don't stop until every surface has been covered. Shake the pine cone off to get rid of extra rice. Let your pine cone dry for 10 minutes.
    • Take a snack break and return to decorate your tree. Glue on sequins for ornaments. Use silver pipe cleaners for tinsel. You can also use ribbons, buttons or candy to add extra embellishment. Let it dry and display it.
  3. 3
    Make a spaghetti spider web. This is an excellent craft that can be done in the kitchen with kids of any age. You will need to cook a package of spaghetti ahead of time.
    • Lay down a cloth or drop cloth for easy clean up. Get out black paint and paintbrushes. Paint a paper plate black. Let the paint dry while you get the spaghetti and spider ready.
    • Place the spaghetti in a bowl and cover it with 1/2 cup glue and 1/2 cup white paint. Mix it well. This will form your spider web. Use less glue and paint, with a ratio of 1 to 1, if you make a small batch of spaghetti.
    • Take black pipe cleaners and loop them until you have a spider with 8 legs. You may need to cut the pipe cleaners into smaller pieces.
    • Have your child pick up spaghetti strands 1 by 1 and lay them on the black paper plate. Your child can choose any design they like. When they are finished, place the spider on top of the gluey spaghetti and let it dry overnight.

Things You'll Need

  • Kids craft blogs
  • Washable glue
  • Washable paint
  • Corks
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Skewers
  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Colanders, bowls, cutting boards
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Pitchers
  • Tin cans
  • Electrical tape
  • Magnets
  • Nuts, bolts, key chains and other found objects
  • Cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Buttons, ribbon, sequins and glitter
  • Pine cones
  • Rice
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Spaghetti
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper plates

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Categories: Kids' Crafts