Easy Crafts to do with the Kids at Home

    Easy crafts

    Leonora Bamford and Nanny Anita share a few easy crafts for families to try at home

    Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or currently working from home, you’ll no doubt be looking for a few ways to keep your children entertained over the coming weeks. Crafting is a brilliant method of distraction for kids, and you can conjure up all sorts of creations using the items you already have in your house. Here are a few ideas for easy crafts to do at home…

    Drip painting

    Drip painting

    You’ll need:

    • Pipette
    • Concentrated liquid watercolour paint
    • Paper
    • Tray

    Method:

    • Stand a sheet of paper upright in a tray, to collect any excess paint and avoid mess.
    • Using a pipette, add drips of paint to the top of the paper, then let it run down the paper to form lines.

    Ice-skating Lego

    Easy crafts

    You’ll need:

    • Tray
    • Water
    • Lego figures
    • Ice-cub tray
    • Freezer

    Method:

    • Fill your tray up with water and place it in the freezer overnight.
    • Fill up an ice-cube tray with water and add your Lego people to it; make sure that they are standing up.  Then put it in the freezer overnight. We’ve used a heart-shaped ice cube tray.
    • When it is ready take it out and play.

    Glass bead magnets

    Glass magnets craft

    You’ll need:

    • Glass beads
    • Glitter
    • Glue
    • Superglue
    • Mini magnets

    Method:

    • Cover the underside of the glass beads with glue.
    • Sprinkle glitter all over the glue and leave them to dry.
    • Once dry, add another thick layer of glue and leave them to dry overnight.
    • Using superglue, attach mini magnets to each of them.

    Cotton bud trees

    Easy crafts

    You’ll need:

    • Cotton buds
    • Elastic band
    • Paper
    • Paint

    Method:

    • Secure your ear buds together with an elastic band.
    • Paint the body of the tree onto your paper.
    • Use the cotton buds to stamp the leaves onto your tree.

    DIY bee hotel

    DIY bee hotel

    You’ll need:

    • Bamboo
    • Plastic pot
    • Secateurs
    • Twine

    Method:

    • Cut your bamboo down so that it fits in your pot. Cut enough to fill the pot completely.
    • Tie some twine around the bamboo to secure it together.
    • Place the bamboo bundle back in the pot.
    • Set up the completed bee hotel in your garden, in a spot that gets plenty sunlight.

    Bird cage

    Easy crafts

    You’ll need:

    • Coloured card
    • Scissors
    • Tape
    • Thread
    • Tooth pick
    • Ruler
    • Pencil
    • Colouring pencils

    Method:

    • Turn your piece of card landscape. Measure and cut out one strip that 4cm wide and four strips that are 1cm wide.
    • Loop the 4cm strip into a circle and tape the ends together. This creates the cage’s base.
    • With your four remaining strips, tape one end to the inside of the base, bend them over and tape the other side to the base as well.
    • Cut out a little bird shape and colour it in.
    • Tape the bird to a tooth pick.
    • Finally using some thread, hang the bird swing from the centre of the bird cage.

    Kite sun catcher

    Kite craft

    You’ll need:

    • Sticky-back plastic
    • Black card
    • Scissors
    • String
    • Tissue paper

    Method:

    • Start off by cutting out the shape of your kite.
    • Next, cut the sticky-back plastic to fit the kite, then stick the kite on top of it.
    • Cover the sticky-back plastic with pieces of tissue paper.
    • Finally, attach the string tail.

    Bookworm bookmark

    Bookmark craft

    You’ll need:

    • Paper
    • Pens
    • Scissors

    Method:

    • Draw a worm shape onto your paper and cut it out.
    • Then it’s time to decorate your worm. Use a mix of colours and patterns to make it stand out.

    Paper plate crown

    Paper plate crown

    You’ll need:

    • Paper plate
    • Scissors
    • Pencil
    • Glue
    • Gems
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Cotton wool
    • Black pen

    Method:

    • On the back of the paper plate, draw 4 lines across the flat part, then cut the lines up to where the plate starts to curve.
    • You should now have 8 triangles. Paint these gold, and the rim of the plate red.
    • Once it’s dried, glue cotton wool to the rim of the paper plate.
    • Add the finishing touches by gluing gems on and drawing some black spots onto the cotton wool.

    Build your own London Bridge

    London Bridge craft

    You’ll need:

    • Long paper craft straws
    • Tape
    • 3 loo rolls
    • Scissors
    • Celotape

    Method:

    • Arrange 4 straws in a horizontal line and stick together using celotape, at both ends.
    • Evenly space out the 3 loo rolls, and then place the row of straws on the top.
    • Feed the straws through the row on either side of all 3 tubes, to give you your 3 uprights. Tape these into position.
    • Use different coloured straws to make your ‘V’ shape and celotape where necessary.

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