18 Exciting Crafting Projects for Elementary-Aged Kids

Crafting is a fantastic way for kids of all ages to spark creativity and imagination. This is especially true of elementary-aged kids. Crafting projects can provide hours of fun while helping them develop important skills. In this article, we’ll explore 18 exciting crafting projects that are perfect for elementary-aged kids to enjoy and get creative with.

Paper Plate Animals

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With just a little bit of paint, construction paper, glue, and creativity, paper plates can be turned into a menagerie of cute animals. For example, draw a cute face in the middle of the plate and glue brown and gold fringe-cut construction paper around the edge for an adorable lion. From lions to birds to fish, the possibilities are endless with this fun and easy crafting project.

DIY Slime Station

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Kids love slime, and creating their own slime station can be a fun project – but it will be just as messy as it sounds, so you’ll want to make this an outside sport. By mixing food coloring into just a few simple ingredients, kids can mix and match them to make their own custom slime creations. See the next slide for how.

Mix an 8oz bottle of Elmer’s glue with one and a half tablespoons of contact saline solution and one tablespoon of baking soda. Then separate into different bowls and add various food coloring shades to each bowl. Mix well, and make a mess!

Popsicle Stick Puppets

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Popsicle sticks are versatile crafting materials that can be used to create adorable puppets. Kids can use buttons, fabric, construction paper, glue, and other crafting materials to make their own unique puppet toys. Let their imaginations run wild, creating puppets for puppet shows and storytelling. Take care that younger kids don’t swallow small materials.

Nature Collage Art

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Take a nature walk with your kids to collect leaves, flowers, small rocks, shells, and other natural items to create a beautiful collage. Kids can glue the items onto a colorful poster board with a short description of where each piece was found. This DIY kids project encourages creativity while connecting kids to the world around them.

DIY Bird Feeders

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Help your kids attract feathered friends to the backyard by creating DIY bird feeders. Using simple materials like pinecones, peanut butter, and birdseed, kids can craft their own feeders and watch as birds flock to enjoy a snack. You can also cut large holes into the sides of old milk jugs to place bird seed inside, letting kids use markers to color the outside of the jug. Check the jugs often to make sure the seeds aren’t wet and molding.

Painted Rock Garden Markers

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Get kids involved in gardening with painted rock garden markers. Using smooth rocks and acrylic paint markers, kids can create colorful garden stones to label their plants and add a touch of whimsy to the garden. You can also use much larger, flat stones and allow them to make a garden path.

Homemade Playdough

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Making homemade playdough is a fun and easy project that kids will love. Simply mix 2 cups of cornstarch with half a cup of unscented hair conditioner and gradually add in water as you knead. Once it is the right consistency, kids can mix up their own batch of playdough in any color they choose by adding drops of food coloring. You’ll need to be sure that the kids don’t eat this particular recipe, but there are others online that are toddler-safe!

Cardboard Tube Animals

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Your family will need to save up tubes from paper towels or toilet paper for this DIY kids craft project. You’ll also need construction paper, glue, and googly eyes, or you can use scrap materials from your sewing room, such as buttons and fabric scraps, to create adorable cardboard tube animals. With a little bit of imagination, kids can bring these creatures to life in their own mini-zoo!

DIY Beaded Friendship Bracelets

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Friendship bracelets are a classic crafting project that never goes out of style. Using beads and embroidery floss in a rainbow of colors, kids can create personalized bracelets to gift to their friends and family. Younger kids can simply string beads on their threads, while older kids can learn various braiding patterns. 

Pipe Cleaner Sculptures

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Pipe cleaners are cheap, versatile crafting items that can be twisted and shaped into all kinds of fun sculptures. From animals to abstract shapes, kids can let their creativity shine with this project. Choose pipe cleaners in various colors and thicknesses to make their sculptures even more creative. 

Paper Bag Puppets

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Another great way to put on a puppet show is to turn plain paper bags into colorful and quirky puppets. Younger kids can use crayons or washable markers, while older kids can glue on fabrics and buttons. Then, you and your children can put on puppet shows and let their puppet personas come to life. Kids can have cheap fun for hours with this simple crafting project.

DIY Felt Board

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Create a DIY felt board for kids to use as a storytelling and creative play tool. Older kids can even cut out shapes and characters to use on their felt board for endless imaginative play. Simply glue a sheet of felt to a framed corkboard, and then cut small pieces of felt into shapes and animals. Or you can purchase felt letters and numbers for learning fun!

Yarn-Wrapped Letters

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Personalize a child’s room with yarn-wrapped letters spelling out their name or favorite words. Kids can wrap colorful yarn around cardboard or wooden letters to create unique and eye-catching room decor. Most craft stores sell small wooden numbers and letters, yarn, and glue to seal the end of the yarn once the letter is wrapped. 

Paper Weaving

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Introduce kids to the art of paper weaving with this simple and engaging crafting project. Using strips of colored paper, kids can weave intricate patterns and designs to create their own unique works of art. This is a great introduction to basket weaving and other projects that use this amazing activity to create functional and beautiful works of art.

DIY Dream Catchers

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You can teach your kids about the cultural significance of dream catchers while they create their own with this crafting project. You will need embroidery hoops, yarn, beads, and feathers. Allow the kids to design and decorate their own dream catchers to hang in their rooms. This can also be a terrific help for kids who suffer from nightmares, letting them create their own “trap” to keep their dreams at bay.

Button Art

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Buttons are not just for fastening clothes—they can also be used to create beautiful button art. With a canvas, glue, and an assortment of buttons, kids can design colorful and textured button art pieces to display at home. Draw whimsical animals, fruits, or other cutesy art onto the canvas and allow kids to glue buttons on them. These can also be framed and hung in the children’s rooms.

Origami Animals

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Origami is the art of paper folding, and kids can have fun creating their own menagerie of origami animals. From frogs to birds to cranes, origami animals are a great way for kids to practice precision and patience. There are tons of YouTube videos that you can watch together and learn to make various paper animals!

DIY Personalized Tote Bags

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Most kids have to bring their own bags to daycare or school, so why not make them? Let your kids showcase their creativity and style by designing their own personalized tote bags. They can use fabric markers, paints, or scraps from your sewing room, such as buttons and fabric scraps that can be glued on. Kids may choose to add cute animal shapes or fabric cut into the letters of their names.

Let’s Get Crafting!

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For elementary-aged kids, crafting is a fun way to pass the time. It offers a chance for them to explore their creativity and develop their artistic skills. Whether it’s painting, paper crafts, jewelry making, or using sewing scraps to create art, there are endless possibilities for kids to express themselves through crafting. Encourage your child to try out different projects, experiment with colors and materials, and, most importantly, have fun while crafting!

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