Boys Like Craft Too – Craft Ideas They’ll Love

The word ‘craft’ may have somewhat feminine connotations, but boys really do love to craft too! All children are born curious explorers ready to experiment with materials and eager to problem solve, which is why crafting is an activity anyone can enjoy.

At Oglee Poglee, we cater for boys by keeping crafts BIG, interactive, and things they don’t’ need to sit still for long to do – here are some ideas to try at home:

Junk sculptures

Boys stay engaged the longest when they’re allowed to get their whole body involved. Creating large scale junk sculptures out of cardboard boxes and other recycling bits is a great way to facilitate this. The bigger the sculpture the better as they search through oversized boxes and work with big pieces of fabric, use their bodies to lift large objects, stretch to reach stick things up high, crouch down to paint lower details – it’s physical work.

If you want to help them make their structures sturdy we recommend using Makedo screws – clever cardboard screws as used in our Oglee Poglee party structures.

Catapults + Targets

What boy does love the chance to play with a catapult! Well a brilliant craft idea is to let them make their own. Give them the supplies lollipop sticks and elastic bands or loom bands and see if they can problem solve to build it themselves. We also love pom pom shooters (like above). At Oglee Poglee we switch paper cups for strong tubes.

If you’ve got a large piece of card to hand, cut holes and make a target wall to go with these. They can make bigger balls from screwed up newspaper taped to secure, and a cut up milk bottle can make a great little catcher with handle.

Encouraging them to make their own ramps to roll things down to hit a target is also fun!

DIY Marble Run

Another physical activity, a DIY marble run craft. There are lots of different ways you can make a marble run, but we think boys will love this large scale marble run using cardboard tubes (like wrapping paper or toilet roll tubes) and lots of coloured tape. Making a marble run out of paper plates is another great challenge.

Dressing up

One top tip for holding your boy’s attention while they craft, choose something they can play with after. Anything they can make and then wear always goes down a treat – such as, masks! Providing a basic mask shape with all the elements for them to create a superhero alter ego or become an animal is always a fun one too. You’ll find lots of dressing up ideas on our Dressing Up Pinterest board too.

Paper plate dinos

For younger crafters who need your help, this simple dinosaur craft is easy and fun. All you need are some paper plates, card, glue, and coloured paint – and an eager helper. Toddlers and pre-schoolers can use paint brushes, sponges, or even their hands to colour the body of each dinosaur. And when dry, it’s another nice craft for them to play with after. Find instructions of this craft here.

Budding builders

If you’re feeling brave, try letting your boys be adventurous with real life building resources and tools. Your supervision is key, of course, but providing a mix of grown-up materials is a great way to peak their excitement and stimulate their creativity. Lumps of wood, nails and a hammer, a saw – it all depends on your child, their age, and your comfort levels, but with a little instruction and a lot of patience they can create incredible sculptures, learn valuable skills and boost motor development too.

Process play

Boys love seeing things happen right in front of them. Things like building a boat and seeing if it will float, getting things out of trapped ice, and potion mixing. To set up a potion mixing activity simply give them access to a range of ingredients and water (perhaps coloured waters if you fancy it!). Things like coloured pasta, oats, herbs, dried rice – all safe and great for a sensory experience too.

Do you know any little boys who love to craft? Why not share this blog with their ‘grown-up’ to inspire creative fun!

What Makes a Memorable Party Bag?

Love them or loathe them, party bags are synonymous with children’s birthday parties. Kids love them. I think it’s the excitement of not quite knowing what you’re going to get inside, but always expecting a fun treat! But I know for many parents, the thought of having to sort a party bag which isn’t just full of short-lived plastic rubbish can a real pre-party stress…

Here’s what we believe makes a memorable party bag and how you can put one together:

Keep it focused on their interests

We’ve all been on the receiving end of generic goody bags. We can’t blame parents for throwing a few pound shop elements together when they’ve run out of ideas, but it’s always sad to see pocket money toys strewn on the floor a day after they’re received. A memorable party bag plays on the interest of the children receiving them, so think about your child and their friends. What are their current interests? Are they sporty? Unicorn mad? Minecraft fanatics? Natural little crafters? Themed party bags are always fun and give you a great starting point for what to include.

Help recipients make more fun memories

A great party bag thinks beyond the initial wow factor of opening the bag and finding out what’s inside. A great party bag helps the recipient make more fun memories, post-party. At Oglee Poglee we know our pre-filled party bags give children the opportunity to get creative when they get home – making more fun memories and allowing their parents to get involved or watch on in admiration too.

We love that party bags can be used as an invitation to bond as a family and children can chat about their creations next time they see each other. Whether you opt for a ready-to-go craft bag, a mini kit of baking ingredients or a pack of seeds/bulbs, think about how you can make the fun last longer.

Keep it simple

Instead of filling a bag with multiple different toys, how about sticking to one gift per child. This could be something that matches your child’s party theme (a pot of slime to accompany a monster party, a bag of chocolate coins for a Pirate party) or a creative gift you know they’ll love. A small pack of Lego, their first watercolour paint set, a book – don’t feel you need to stick to the traditional party bag format. Think about how you can really help them remember the fun they had with a gift they’ll treasure for more than 48 hours!

Present it right

Part of a memorable party bag is in the presentation. Forget supermarket bought plastic party bags and opt for paper bags personalised with their names or beautifully wrapped presents with a balloon attached. At Oglee Poglee, we design each of our kids party bags to be stylish, simple and fun so children (and parents) are excited to bring them home. They’re also compact and resealable too – meaning any bits not used in their first crafty session can be stored in the cupboard for another day.

Oglee Poglee’s pre-filled party bags have been designed for when you’re looking for something different and memorable without having to spend hours shopping for separate bits and bobs! Each of our mini craft kits is filled with coloured papers, shapes, stickers, sequins and glue, ready to let little creators have fun and use their imagination. Our Personalised Party Boxes also include room to pop a slice of birthday cake!

Read what people have been saying about our pre-filled party kits or browse our party bags now.

20 Kids Crafts Every Child Should Try Before 12

Oglee Poglee - Craft Workshop - Child Painting

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:

Collage

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.

Rubbings

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

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 dye

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.

Pointillism

Use a cotton bud or pencil tip dipped in paint to paint using only dots.

Finger/Hand painting

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.

Friendship bracelets

A good one for mindfulness. Simply braid coloured threads to make a bracelet they can wear or share.

Sewing

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

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.

Doodling

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.

Potato stamps

A childhood classic. Cut up potatoes to produce simple stampers and dip in poster paint to make prints.

Symmetry painting

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

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

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.

Junk modelling

Make the most of your recycling box and let the kids raid it to make a sculpture. Let their imagination run wild!

Self-portrait

This one promises a giggle. Get your kids to sit in front of a mirror and draw or paint a picture of themselves!

Blown art

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.

 If you like this blog you may also like our blog: 10 Attractions to Engage Their Imagination

Plus, don’t forget to sign-up to for Oglee Poglee Post to receive creative ideas straight to your inbox.

Creative Heroes Club: Mission Two

Following the success of our launch event, Creative Heroes Club: Mission Two took place on Saturday 2nd February.  Once again the families did themselves proud and worked together to solve what was, quite a tricky challenge.

Oglee Pip had continued his adventure, left the strange planet with the help of a rocket booster back pack (created in Mission One).  But like most of Pip’s adventures all did not go to plan and after being sucked into a black hole he awoke to find himself tiny and stuck.  Trapped in a glass jar on a table laid with food.

So what would  you do in this situation? Time for a bit of a think……….

  • Has Pip shrunk or has the world around him got bigger?
  • Who has trapped him in the jar, are they friendly?
  • What advantages are there to being really small?
  • How can Pip escape form the glass jar?
  • What might make Pip’s time in the jar more comfortable?

The great thing about Creative Heroes Club is that there is no right or wrong answer to any of these questions.  The children can decide what is important to them and how they want to help Pip.  Then with their family for support and a huge array of tools and materials to experiment with, they can turn their ideas into a reality.

Escape

For Charlie it was crucial that Pip escaped and so he invented a super ladder so Pip could climb out of the jar.  This ladder was cooler than most because it also had a slide and a trampoline that propelled you out of danger and onto your next adventure.

Jacob and his mum felt a spot of magic was required and made a very well crafted silver wand for Pip to use.   Luca also believed in a spot of magic and that this challenge needed unicorn power.  His colourful unicorn brought Pip a silver ladder and then together they flew away to safety.

Eve designed a working grapple hook using straws, a tube and string!  I was so impressed.  A quick flick of the wrist and out shot the hook and a long length of rope for Pip to climb up.  A genius idea.

Bjarni was intrigued by the black hole that had got Pip into this tricky situation and decided to use it as an escape plan.  His invention harnessed the heat from some Birthday candles to blow up a balloon.  Once over inflated the balloon would burst with such ferocity that it would create a new black hole into which everything would be sucked including Pip.

Comfort

Martha focused on making Pip’s current situation more comfortable by carefully making a miniature bed and tin foil cutlery.  Gracie-Mae also wanted Pip to be happy and created a very detailed little living space for him complete with bed, fish tank and umbrella.

Danger

Finn  explored the possibility that someone had put Pip in the jar.  He drew around his sister and then painstakingly cut out a cardboard person and added them to the kitchen set up.  A blindfold was added and clever Finn had created the perfect opportunity for Pip.  Pip could escape and his captor would be none the wiser!

A Small Problem

Genevieve and her cousin were a great team and together invented the “Re -Growinator”, which as its name suggests was to help Pip grow bigger.  Georgiana also wanted to help Pip grow and her colourful stilts were perfect for the job.  Bree and Freya’s bouncy shoes were another inspired idea.

As usual Pip was spoilt for choice with all the amazing inventions.  This is only a few of the cool things that were made during that wonderful afternoon.

Each and every thing the children create then goes onto inspire Pips next adventure.  Mission Three is currently being planned and I can’t wait.  Book your family place to experience the magic for yourselves.

So what did I learn from Mission Two of Creative Heroes Club……

  • That my job really is the best job in the world
  • Never underestimate children. They have ideas buzzing around their heads that an adult could only dream about.
  • Balloons are lots of fun!  Adding different materials to your inventing can spark new ideas.
  • Imagination and make believe is not just for little kids, adults love it too.
  • Spending time as a family playing together, listening and exploring new things really is precious.

Click here for more information on Creative Heroes Club and how your family can take part