Easy Craft Projects for kids

3/10/2021 | By: Hilary Behan |

With the Easter holidays on the horizon as well as a number of children not yet back to classroom learning yet, we’re sure you’ll be looking for some easy arts & crafts projects that can help keep the kids occupied.

We’ve compiled a list of some of our tried and tested arts & crafts projects for you to try out!

1. Paper Plate Rainbow Fish

An arts & crafts staple, this paper plate rainbow fish is a simple way to add some excitement to your children’s day.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 white paper plate
  • Blue craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue stick
  • Coloured paper
  • Glitter

1. Paint the bottom of the paper plate blue and let dry completely.
2. Cut out a triangle shaped piece from the right side of the plate which will be the fish’s mouth and glue this onto the left side of the plate where it will form the tail.
3. Cut out 2 small ‘fins’ using coloured paper and glue one on each side of the plate.
4. Glue on one googly eye at the top of the mouth.
5. Using different colours of paper create approx. 25 small circles which will be used to create fish scales.
6. Cut the circles out and fold them in half.
7. Using glue, sprinkle glitter onto one side of the circles.
8. Glue the fish scales in rows from the mouth to the tail with the fold side facing the mouth. Overlap the ‘scales’ putting 4-5 in each row for 6 rows.
9. Let dry and your fish is complete!

2. Rainbow Bubble Snakes

This cool craft will have your children (and yourself) entertained for hours!

What you’ll need:

  • Empty water bottle
  • Duct tape or a rubber band
  • A sock
  • Dish soap
  • Food colouring

1. Cut the bottom of the water bottle off.
2. Slide the sock over the bottom of the bottle and secure using tape or a rubber band.
3. Pour some dish soap into a shallow container with a little bit of water and gently mix. Add some food colouring to the mixture to add a splash of colour.
4. Dip the sock covered bubble blower into the solution and gently blow through the neck of the bottle.
5. Enjoy the fun bubble snakes you create! Be sure to remind your children to blow and not suck! This will be especially important if younger children are taking part.

3. ‘I Spy’ Bag

Transform a windowed pencil case into an at home treasure hunt with this interactive craft project.

What you need:

  • Windowed pencil case
  • Poly fil pellets
  • 10-20 mini items e.g. small animal toys, googly eyes
  • Camera to take an image of the items that will be placed in the pencil case
  • Printer to print the photo
  • Laminator to laminate the photo of the items (optional)

1. Find a windowed pencil case and fill with poly fil pellets.
2. Lay out the small items you have chosen to place in the pencil case on a plain background and take an image of them all together.
3. Print out the image for a point of reference and laminate to increase its longevity.
4. Place the small items in the pencil case, shaking it to disperse the items.
5. If your child is younger then you may need to consider sewing the pencil case so they don’t spill the contents out and cause a mess!
6. Use the image as a guide to help your child find the items. 7. Happy searching!

4. Fluffy Slime

This craft will require a little more prep but is easy once you source the materials and is sure to delight the kids and you!

What you need:

  • 2/3 cup of white glue
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2-3 cups of shaving cream
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of contact lens solution which contains boric acid and sodium borate.
  • Food colouring in any colour(s) of your choice.

1. Add the glue to a bowl and mix in the water and baking soda.
2. Add the shaving cream and mix.
3. Add your food colouring until you’re satisfied with the colour and mix.
4. Slowly add in your contact solution. We recommend adding one tablespoon first, kneading for 5 minutes and then adding the remaining ½ tablespoon and knead again. The slime will feel sticky while you need and that’s completely normal! If you find it’s sticking too much to your hands then add some baby oil or hand cream to your hands.
5. We suggest making a number of colours with various food colourings and kneading them all together to create a multicoloured slime!

Slime can be messy but the level of enjoyment that kids and adults alike get from it is totally worth it in our opinion anyway!

5. Story Stones

Why not take rock painting a step further and use them to tell stories with this crafty project?

What you’ll need:

  • A selection of smooth rocks
  • Paint in various colours
  • Paint brushes
  • Your imagination!

1. Source your rocks either at a local beach, park or your garden.
2. Take time to talk with your children about what story they’d like to tell using their rocks and encourage them to form a beginning, middle and ending for their story.
3. Paint the stories onto the rocks.
4. Ask your children to retell the story using the rocks to illustrate the points.

The great thing about this activity is that it combines both art and crafts with learning as your children learn how to construct and tell stories.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our suggested craft projects. Now all you have to do is decide which one to try first!