Looking for more creative ideas to do with your kids? Presenting your child with an exciting invitation to create doesn’t need to be complicated. The most memorable creative opportunities often come from trying something new! Here are 20 kids craft techniques and activities every child should have a go at before they turn 12:
Kids love the freedom of collage. Rip up paper, cut pictures from magazines, use stickers – then glue and layer to create whatever they like! Add details with pens and paints.
A lovely activity to take creativity outdoors. All you need are some wax crayons and paper. Challenge your kids to get outside and spot textures they can rub the crayons over to create an interesting print.
Woodwork tends to be something parents leave for the kids to do at school, but there’s no reason you can’t make this a family bonding activity from as young as toddlerhood! With the right tools, and plenty of supervision, children will boost gross motor skills and learn problem-solving as they learn how to use hammer and nails, saws etc.
Watercolour (watercolour resist)
Don’t just stick to kids poster paint! Watercolours are lovely because they’re easy to use, easy to wash off and allow real scope for our kids to do both realistic landscapes/portraits or abstract masterpieces. Watercolour resist is a really fun activity too. Before painting, draw on paper with a white wax crayon. Your invisible drawings will be revealed when you paint over the top.
Oil Pastels & chalks
Both nice materials to use as an alternative to crayons or paint. Chalk is great for using on dark coloured paper for a different canvas.
Tie dyeing is a must for when you’re feeling brave and don’t mind the kids making a mess! Learn how to do tie dyeing with this tutorial video here.
Use a cotton bud or pencil tip dipped in paint to paint using only dots.
A classic messy-fun activity they can do as soon as they can sit up! Grab the child-friendly paints and let them make prints with their fingers/hands/feet.
A good one for mindfulness. Simply braid coloured threads to make a bracelet they can wear or share.
Sewing is such a handy tool in adult life, but it’s always a fun way to be creative. You could design simple puppets out of felt and show your kids how to stitch them together, or give them a piece of cotton and see what shapes and images they can stitch.
Origami is the art of paper folding – something which looks far easier than it is! Kids can start simple with paper airplanes and boats before trying the many traditional animal shapes possible with paper. This looks like a brilliant little kit to get you started.
Tape resist painting
For a fun technique to wow toddlers, add tape to paper before painting over the top. When you remove there will be white space where the tape once was.
Don’t over look the magic doodling! It’s such a fun way to get lost in the creative process and all you need is pen/pencil and paper. Invite your kids to doodle with you, creating wiggles/shapes and whatever else springs to mind. Try not taking the pen off the paper until the whole page is full.
A childhood classic. Cut up potatoes to produce simple stampers and dip in poster paint to make prints.
Show your kids how to create symmetry by adding blobs of paint or painting an image on one side of a piece of paper. Fold in half and watch as the paint spreads on the other side in a symmetrical shape.
Weaving is an ancient art and addictive when you get started. You can use strips of paper, ribbons, wool, or natural finds from the garden.
Tracing is a really handy artistic technique and will allow your child to have a go at recreating images with greater accuracy and realism. Use tracing paper over magazine cartoons or photos, or use a lightbox.
Make the most of your recycling box and let the kids raid it to make a sculpture. Let their imagination run wild!
This one promises a giggle. Get your kids to sit in front of a mirror and draw or paint a picture of themselves!
When your kids are old enough not to slurp up paint, add a straw to your art sessions and let them use their breath to make art. Drop a blob of watercolour paint on paper and see what shapes they can create by blowing the paint in different directions, or blow bubbles in a cup of paint and then press paper over the top to make a bubbly print.
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