Craft seems to be one of those things you either love it or hate it, and most kids love it. Finding something that fills their need for crafting and creating can be hard but not impossible. Here are 3 crafts that are easy for you to prepare and do with the kids that will leave them happy. All of these are great to do at an art and craft party too.
Paper Plate Craft – 3-7 years
There are so many paper plate craft ideas that you can do that are simple, effective and require little assistance or preparation from you. Our favourite is a paper plate puppet.
You will need 2 paper plates for each guest, scissors, glue and whatever you are using to decorate: papers, paint, textas, feathers, beads, googly eyes, glitter, magazines etc
Before the party make the puppet base by cutting one plate in half and folding the other in half. Staple one cut half to the folded plate to make a slot for your hand to fit in. Do the same with the other plate so that it can be opened like a mouth when your hand fits into each slot.
Make one for each guest and then just let the kids decorate. They might do animals, people or monsters but whatever they make it will be marvellous!
Design a Notebook – 6-10 years
My children all have a multitude of notebooks for a multitude of reasons but the ones they love the most are the ones they created themselves. They could be for a diary, science journal, story book, art book or anything else the kids can think of.
For each child you will need a new notebook, papers, glue, stickers, pens etc. If you have scrap booking supplies handy this is a perfect chance to use them. I find non spiral bound books better for this so that the whole cover can be covered with one piece of paper.
Simply let the kids go wild with decorating. Some kids may need help with the initial covering of the book, some may not even want to cover just stick things straight on. Once they are done allow to dry.
If you are worried about things falling off you could contact the books or use a light varnish spray to cover and give a little extra strength. I don’t find this really necessary though as kids can be heavy handed with the glue to start with.
Hama/ Perler Bead Pot Plants – 8 plus years
Hama beads have been around for as long as I remember. They are the little beads you stick on a pegboard and iron together. You can get shaped boards such as cars, princess, fish etc or standard geometric shape boards and a huge assortment of coloured beads so creativity is endless.
This craft requires little preparation namely purchasing supplies and printing out some designs if you feel inclined.
For each child you will need a pegboard, beads, mini pot and decorative rocks.
Each child creates their own design to ‘plant’ in their pot. We have seen and done flowers, cactus and trees but the kids may be more creative and do a baby Groot, Plants v Zombies or Mario Bros. You can find ideas on my Pinterest board. The only thing to note is that each design needs a stem that will stick into the pot and hold it up. Making the stem 2-3 beads wide will give the creation a good base to stand up.
Once the beads are ironed and cooled put them in the pot. Fill the pot halfway with rocks, add the flower then continue filling to steady the flower. My kids swap out their flowers and so like this method of ‘planting’. Another way to ‘plant’ them is to use plaster of paris or an air drying clay, fill the pot halfway, stick in the flower then top with rocks. This is a more permanent way to hold the flower in.
What crafts did you do as a kid that you would do at a party?