Ideas for Arts & Crafts to Do With Children

Updated April 17, 2017

Taking a "back to basics" approach to spending time with children can create hours of fun. Instead of tossing a hand-held game device at them or sitting them down in front of the television, have them use their imaginations. There is a plethora of arts and crafts out there to do with kids. Many arts and crafts project done with kids are cheap, easy and, best of all, fun.

Salt Dough

When looking for an appropriate project to do with kids, you do not have to spend an enormous amount of money. Many art projects can be done using items found around the home. A main staple in many art projects for kids is salt dough. Salt dough is cheap as well as simple to make. To make the dough, simply combine:

1 cup of flour

1 cup of salt

½ cup of water

Popular crafting ideas with salt dough include ornaments and figurines. Salt dough can be baked quickly in the microwave or the oven.

Absorbing Artwork

If you are looking for a quick craft to do with kids that has a virtually painless set-up as well as cleanup, try absorbing artwork. For this craft, you will need:

Waxed paper

Card stock


Sea salt

Food colouring

Eye dropper

Put the waxed paper down on a flat surface. Put the card stock on top of the waxed paper. Draw a design on the card stock with the glue and then cover the glue with sea salt. Fill the eye dropper with food colouring. Use the eye dropper to colour the sea salt with food colouring, and watch the colours drain into the glue. This creates very pretty artwork that kids will be proud of.

Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

Recycling can be fun when you use recyclables to create artwork. Toilet paper roll crafts are inexpensive as well as fun for younger kids. For toilet paper roll crafts you will generally need:

Toilet paper rolls

Construction paper


Safety scissors

Crayons or markers

One of the most popular toilet paper roll crafts to make is an animal. Use the roll for the body of the animal. Use the construction paper to make arms and legs for the animal and then draw a face on the roll to complete your animal.

Paper Bag Puppets

A great craft that can be used over and over again is the paper bag puppet. Paper bag puppets are fun and easy to make for any age. To make paper bag puppets, you will need:

Paper bags


Construction paper (various colours)

Glue stick

Googley eyes (optional)

The bottom of the bag will be the face of your puppet. A hand inside the puppet will be able to open and close a mouth that is drawn where the bottom of the flat closed bag meets the side of the bag. Cut out animal parts such as arms, legs and ears from the construction paper and glue them to the bag. You can glue googley eyes onto your puppet or you may simply cut eyes out of construction paper and glue them onto the bag. Once the paper bag puppet is dry, kids can have hours of fun putting on plays with their puppets.

Arts and crafts for kids do not have to be expensive or hard. By using a little bit of imagination, many harmless household products can be used to create amazing artwork and hours of fun for kids.

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A.N. Pike has been a professional writer since 2006. She has worked for the "McKinney Courier-Gazette" and her campus newspaper, now freelancing for various clients. Pike earned her associate's degree in mass communications and journalism from Collin College.