I find that anytime the kids are at home with me for extended periods of time, I am dying for some cool craft projects for them to do so they’re not bored.
I’m not the most “plan in advance” type of mom, but at the very least I like to think I know how to put together an easy craft station from time to time! LOL
Even though my kids are 12, 9, and 7, they still love doing simple crafts with supplies we have on hand.
10 Creative & Fun Kids Craft Projects
If you’re looking for creative arts & crafts ideas for your kids to do on break or while school is closed, keep reading because I found some really cool things to make that are super easy!
These projects run the gamut from paper crafts to slime to faux flowers.
I hope you like them as much as I do – I’m gonna start with the first and fourth ideas, then if my kids like them, we’ll do more as time allows during their time off of school.
1) Rainbow Heart Sun Catchers
These adorable, colorful rainbow heart sun catchers from Fireflies and Mudpies are the perfect craft for kids of really any age.
At 39, I even like the idea of making these for our dining room windows to cheer up the place a bit during the cold weather!
I don’t know why, but making suncatchers is one of my most vivid childhood memories.
I can remember making them and hanging them in the window and just staring at the sunlight as it filtered through.
2) Colorful Galaxy Jars
This galaxy jar project from MomDot serves two purposes – first of all, you’ll have fun making them and second of all, they’re kind of calming to swirl around and stare at.
Many people use these types of jars as “calm down” jars. I don’t know about you, but sometimes as a mom I like the idea of relaxing myself! Something about the colors and textures of these jars is so relaxing!
You may already have mason jars on hand, but depending on the ages of your kids, you may want to get these plastic mason jars for safety reasons.
3) Tie Dye Coffee Filter Craft
These are just the cutest flowers that kids of all ages will love! The Play Based Mom created these coffee filter flowers specifically for preschoolers to make, but I think they’d be pretty in a faux flower arrangement and I would personally like to make them too.
4) Paper Hyacinth Flowers
Speaking of faux flower arrangements, I found a really cool paper craft project for kids – it’s this lovely paper hyacinths arrangement from One Little Project.
I’ve never been one of those moms who likes to do crafts with her kids just for the sake of doing crafts.
I love it when we can make something that I’ll put on display and/or use!
I would definitely put these in an actual flower vase in my office or kitchen! I think they are just beautiful.
5) DIY Felt Ball Coasters
Something about these DIY felt ball coasters from Inspired by Charm screams fun to me.
I think this is one of the COOLEST projects in this list! They are not only pretty, but they’re also practical!
I actually need coasters for my living room, so I think the kids and I will be making this project first!
I love the idea of starting with something that is so easy and useful at the same time!
6) Personalized Name Crayons
I couldn’t believe this is a thing and that I’ve never made these personalized name crayons before!
Upcycle My Stuff came up with an amazing arts & craft idea with this project!
I am a complete sucker for all things personalization and my kids – no matter how old they get – LOVE LOVE LOVE to color.
They would get a real kick out of this craft. It’s an especially good thing to make if you have lots of random broken crayons lying around your playroom like we do! LOL
I doubt you have an alphabet silicone mold like this laying around your house, so this one will require you to order some supplies.
7) Ladybug Painted Rocks
I think these ladybug painted rocks from The Flying Couponer are just the cutest things ever!!
My kids and I are just starting to get into geocaching and
You can make these painted rocks with any old acrylic paint – I already have some in my house, but if you don’t have any, you can get an entire pack or individual colors very inexpensively here >> Acrylic Paint
8) Sidewalk Chalk Paint
This sidewalk chalk paint from Kitchen Table Classroom is just about the perfect “stay at home activity” / craft. That’s because you not only get to have fun making it, but then you get to have fun actively using it!
My kids have always loved sidewalk chalk their entire life – there are just so many ways to use it.
You can draw pictures, outline your sibling’s body or shadow on the ground, make a hopscotch grid, or even for older kids – write messages to your friends on where to meet you when they come over!
You likely already have the ingredients to make this, but here is some extra food coloring if you need it.
9) DIY Sharpie Mug
If you love personalized gifts as much as I do, this DIY sharpie mug from Little Button Diaries is the perfect creative activity to do on a day off at home.
I love how kids of ANY age from preschool to teens can do this and still have fun.
They can give them as teacher gifts or even as a Mother’s Day gifts to grandma or Father’s Day gift for dad!
If you don’t have a plain white mug, I’m pretty sure Dollar Tree carries them or you can just get a pack of these white mugs without having to leave your house!
10) Rainbow Slime
This recipe for rainbow slime from Mama Cheaps looks super simple to make! If your kids are anything like mine (slime crazy), then this might be one of the best crafts you can do with your kids when school is out.
Pre-Assembled Arts & Crafts Kits
If you prefer “done for you” types of arts & craft projects, then I’ve got you covered (this is what I did a lot when my kids were in preschool!).
Here are a few amazing options that are very affordable:
- Butterfly Suncatcher Kit from Etsy – This kit comes with pre-cut cardstock shapes & tissue paper you’ll need to create the craft. If you don’t want to make butterflies, they also offer other designs – birds, turtles, dinosaurs, fish, etc.
- Personalized Beaded Jewelry Kits galore – SO many options here! My girls love making personalized jewelry for themselves and their best friends. This is a great activity for any kid over the age of 4 really.