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If you’re not as naturally creative as you’d like to be, finding ways to inspire the kids into getting craft or expressing their arty side can be tricky. Where do you start?! Well, wonder no more – here are our top picks of creative influencers who will give you plenty of ideas the kids will love!
Growing A Jeweled Rose – Messy Play Ideas & Recipes
This is my absolute ‘go to’ website for messy play ideas and recipes! Find out how to make coloured rice, your own play dough or start making slime (always a favourite). This site is full of simple things to do but that the kids will play with for hours. I love that all the recipes and instructions are clear and straight forward, even if you’re not used to getting messy and crafty. Plus, there are many more adventurous ideas for when you get more confident too. Play dough is fun but wait until you try wonder dough, scented dough and galaxy dough!
Growing A Jeweled Rose also has activity ideas and tips for setting up messy play opportunities at home, like popping them in the bath to keep mess contained or using outside toys.
Tinkerlab – Monthly Art Challenges + Process Art Ideas
If you’re home creative opportunities have become a bit predictable, Tinkerlab is fab for really helping you think outside of the box and just play with art. Their focus is on process art (enjoying arts and crafts techniques for the fun of it rather than the result) and sensory fun. For example, using nature to make art, finding new ways to use glue and paint, and testing out creative science experiments.
They also do a monthly art challenge for sketchbooks, providing a word prompt for everyday with news ones each month. A great way to inspire your kids to draw!
Red Ted Art – Arts & Craft Ideas
This was one of the first craft websites I found when I started my creative adventure with Oglee Poglee. It’s packed full of kid’s craft ideas and fun makes! A nice place to start if you’re looking for more traditional crafty ideas your kids can make and proudly display around the house (or play with as part of their imaginary games). They also have a brilliant book if you want to get the creative juices going without logging on to the web.
For more creative book ideas, read our blog: Brilliant Books To Encourage Creative Thinking
Handy with Scissors – Creativity with Recycling
If you’re kids love making models and imaginary creations, this site is a must visit. Colourful, fun and exciting is how I would describe Suzie’s Handy with Scissors blog. It’s well worth following her Instagram page too, it will brighten up any dull day!
My favourite section of the website is “From the recycled bin”. It has loads of simple ideas that you can make from things we throw away. Get ready for cereal box spinners and egg carton mouse finger puppets, finished in bright colours to make you smile.
Molly Moo Crafts – Simple, fun crafts
For more really fun but simple crafts to add another element to their role play, this site is amazing. I love the photography. Take a look at their simple toilet roll crafts, who knew you could make such fun things with everyday rubbish!
Art Bar Blog
If you’re looking for art ideas for the whole family, you’ll love the Art Bar Blog. More about craft/art prompts than individual crafts so great for introducing “invitations to create” into your kids lives.
Not sure what an “Invitation to Create” is? Read our blog to find out!
Love, love, love this website! Loads of great kid’s paper crafts and ideas that you can print off and make quickly. All you really need is paper, scissors and a glue stick. Most of the crafts are things the kids can play with too so a bit of craft time can turn into hours of playtime. You won’t think of the possibilities of paper in the same way again.
The Crafty Cow
A collection/round-up of kids crafts from across the web – so great for a one stop option if you don’t have much time to search around for ideas. Their newsletter is great as well as it’s a round up of kids crafts straight into your inbox.
Really clever ideas presented in beautifully. Great for birthday party inspiration and kids’ interior ideas too. The crafts are so good you will be desperate for the kids to have a go so that you can get involved and make your own too! Plus, everything looks beautiful, so you won’t mind having their creations dotted around the house.
Inner Child Fun
This website is a bit different to the other crafts sites, it still has lots of crafts but it displays them as activities to do with the kids, so more being creative through play rather than just pure crafting. I love the Boredom Busters and Pretend Play ideas that would be great for a rainy day or winter months.
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