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Arts & Crafts Projects for Kids

Arts & Crafts

A to Z Projects

Crystal Ornament
Start this project at least 3 weeks before the holidays, and you’ll have a lovely ornament made from Epson Salts. From your Homeschooling Guide.

Face Paint
To make a good face paint, one that you can use water with, you have to have a base of WHITE, and use more cornstarch.

Gak Recipe
A recipe for Gak, a most interesting goo to play with. Page now includes recipes for oobleck and glorax and silly putty.

Library Paddles
Kids simply insert the paddle next to the book they want, pull out the book, sit down, and look at it or show it to Mom.

Boy selling his clay crafts at homeschool conference.

Boy selling his clay crafts at homeschool conference.

Art Education

Artsy Education
Artsy’s unique variety of tools make it an ideal educational resource for educators and students.


Art History

A. Pinura: Art Detective
This is the Case of Grandpa’s Painting. Does he indeed have a work of a famous artist? If so, which one?

Inside Art
Before I could step back, I was sucked feet first into the vortex! Colors swirled and howled. Then..nothing. Until I opened my eyes again. An art history adventure.

A Journey Through Art with W.H. Johnson
Let your imagination and interests be your guide at this Smithsonian exhibit. Selected paintings from the retrospective exhibition have been organized into six units (Journeys, The War Effort, Fighters for Freedom, Scenes of City Life and Country Life, Women Builders, and Family and Friends).

Smithsonian American Art Classroom Activities
Students can learn by viewing media or taking part in various online activities.

Camp Crafts

11 Classic Summer Camp Crafts for Kids
Now that summer is officially underway, I’ve been getting nostalgic for classic summer camp crafts. You know, the ones that you would make every year — things to wear, hang on your wall, and gift to your parents at the end of summer.

Boondoggleman.com
I used to love idling away summer afternoons making a lanyard of long, plastic strips to hold a key or a whistle.

Camp Art Projects
The activities you will find here will provide fun and exciting camp art projects for young campers.

Make Your Own Nature Journal
Here’s a very cool, but also quite easy project that I learned about in my twins’ homeschool science class at the local nature preserve last year. You’ll need the materials I’ve pictured above: 1 stick, 1 rubber band, and a small stack of paper for each journal.

Craft Recipes

Apple Cinnamon Dough
This aromatic play clay makes great-smelling brooches, pins and ornaments.

Baking Soda Play Clay
Cook your own fun clay from common household ingredients.

Bread Dough Sculpting
Baked dough creations painted in bright colors can easily pass for ceramic.

Card Templates
From Paper Crafts Online. Most of these folds can be done by kids, and then decorated and displayed or mailed to friends.

Hidden Hazards: Health Impacts of Toxins in Polymer Clays
These clays are not safe for children or pregnant women.

Kid Stuff
Make your own Window Clings,Invisible Ink,Eggshell Chalk,Papier Mache,Soap Crayons,Corn Starch Goo,Slime, Paints for Kids,Clay / Baker’s Clay, Soap Blowing Bubbles, Silly Putty, and holiday craft projects.

Make Your Own Papier Mache
You can make all kinds of things with papier mache! As it dries it hardens over whatever mold you form it on. We’ve made puppet heads (using small balloons as molds), pinatas, dolls, boxes, bowls, even papier mache houses (made in pieces and glued together).


Non-toxic Craft Material Recipes
Recipes for finger paint, water color paint, playdough, clay, glue and paste.

Models

Origami Animals
Advanced projects. All sorts of animals. Download and print out the step-by-step directions. Site also has dinosaurs and a complete chess set.

Origami Diagrams on the Web
If you follow along with these handy guides, you can make your own beautiful models in just a few minutes.

Paper Toys
Simple to complex patterns to print out on heavy paper and assemble and glue into toys and models. These folks have cars, famous monuments, even dinosaurs. Must be 100 patterns here.

TGV Card Models
Print, Cut Out and Assemble your own scale models of the TGV, France’s high speed train. Take your time, take breaks, and be patient; the result is worth your effort! Younger kids might need a little bit of help.

Project Ideas

All Free Crafts
Free crafts, free craft patterns, free printables, nature crafts, gifts in a jar, recycled projects, lightbulb ideas, kid’s crafts, seasonal crafts, knitting, crochet and needlework patterns, folk art painting, free gift tags, and other freebies.

Balloon HQ
From how to twist balloons into sculptures to the science of balloons, it’s all here.

Broogly
A forum where people can find and share ideas for inspirational projects to do with kids. All the projects are organized into categories that are easy to search and navigate.

Early Elementary Crafts
Especially for kids age 6 to 9, but many of these projects are fun for all ages. From Free Kids Crafts.

Crafts on Disney Family
Grab your scissors, grab your glue! Find hundreds of Disney-inspired art and craft ideas for kids of all ages including holiday and seasonal crafts, decorations and more. Includes “Frozen” projects.

Crayola’s Kids Playzone
Craft ideas and pages to print and color. Come see how crayons are made.

Doodle Ball
To cut the expense, make a doodle ball by putting paper maché around a cheap, round balloon of any size.

Family Projects
Handy projects for parents and kids to make, such as wall cubbies, a sandbox, a fort, a toy chest, a stepping stool, etc. Includes Workshop Safety for Kids.

Imagination Factory
There is no machinery at The Imagination Factory, and smokestacks don’t pollute the air. Instead, we teach children creative ways to recycle by making art.

KinderArt
All sorts of ideas for arts and crafts projects, or learning about famous art. Has a “Fridge” for you to post your creations and a board to share craft ideas.

Learn to Weave using a Cardboard Loom
Free instructions for making a loom using a cardboard box and learning to weave.

Making Friends and Other Crafts for Kids
You’ll find lots of creative activities for kids ages 2 through 15. Stuff for scouts as well as lots of holiday ideas.

Making Handmade Felt – All Fiber Arts
You can easily make your own felt in your bathtub or sink.

Michael’s Kids Club Projects
Ideas for craft projects, complete with supply lists and instructions.

Paper Making
Instructions on how to turn scrap tissue into a piece of paper right at home using things found around the house.

A Pinata For You To Make
Pattern and directions for making this holiday treat holder, and how to play the game to break it open.

Runner Duckling Kids Corner
There are lots fun projects for you to do. Many of these projects have been featured in our newsletter from time to time. We hope you have a fun time here and come back often.

Tie-Dye – The Soda-Soak Tie-Dye Method
With experience, the end result can be predicted and controlled to some extent, but surprise is part of what makes tie-dye an exciting and interesting art form – and there will be plenty of surprises.

Web of Angels Class
Take an easy online “class” and make yourself some angels to watch over you today. Part of CraftyCollege.com.

Publish Your Art

Book Assembly Photo-Journal
This isn’t the only way or the best way by far, but it’s how I made my books for MoCCA. There are tons of great books on bookmaking and bookbinding.

Global Children’s Art Gallery
Natural Child Project site for children to submit their art and view what others have entered.


KidLit
We offer all kids an opportunity to see their works of art or literature published on the worldwide web.

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