DIY Ideas to Teach Kids Arts and Crafts
How Arts and Crafts Benefit Kids in their Development
Many parents nowadays rely on technology to keep their children engaged and occupied, entirely overlooking the benefits of kid-friendly arts and crafts. True, technology is beneficial, and children should be exposed to it, but this should never come at the price of their ability to play and create with their hands.
Here are a few advantages of arts and crafts that go beyond merely helping your children express themselves more creatively.
1. Maintains Your Child’s Developmental Skills
2. Training Rods For Future Artists
3. Promotes Self-Expression
4. Builds Character
5. Develops Problem-Solving Skills
6. Enhances Parenting Skills For The Future Of Your Child
7. Boosts Self-Esteem
8. Conserves Natural Resources
9. Creates Empathy With Others
10. Engages The Mind And Creates Anticipation In Your Child
4 Time Consuming Arts and Crafts for Kids
Take a look at these four kid-friendly arts and crafts that take less than 15 minutes to make! These are wonderful as a quick exercise for bored youngsters, a brief distraction, or a creative project for kids with short attention spans. It’s wonderful to keep a few of these on hand for after school, on weekends, or during vacations, or in this lockdown!
Necklace with Painted Pasta
This turned out to be one of those amazing arts and crafts activities that everyone enjoys, from nine to three years old!
- Tubular pasta of any length that can be threaded.
- Watercolor paints.
- Brushes for painting
- To clean your brush, use water.
- Art aprons or smocks, as well as anything to protect your work surface.
How to make:
- Paint along the ridges on the pasta and mix the colors.
- To avoid the pasta becoming too soggy, use a gentle hand with the paint, then spread it out and let it cure overnight.
- It’s time to thread the pasta now that it’s dried!
- Now all you have to do is put on your very fashionable colorful pasta necklace and you’re good to go.
Crabs Made of Egg Carton
With this simple and kid-friendly art and crafts, you can turn empty egg cartons into charming crawling animals. The kids turn the egg cups into shells by painting them, then twisting a pipe cleaner into the charming tiny crab claws. On this one, adults will need to help hot glue the pieces together.
- Brush for painting
- Hot glue or craft glue
- Scissors or a knife for crafts
- To hang, use a fishing line or a string.
- 1 egg carton (empty)
- Pipe cleaners (eight to ten)
- 1 pair of googly eyes
- Acrylic paints
How to make:
- Remove one cup from the empty egg carton carefully.
- To make a circular base for the cup, cut away any extra paper.
- Paint the egg cup in the color of your choice inside and out, such as brick red, sunny peach, or inky blue.
- Allow the egg cup to air dry. The crab’s body is ready.
- Cut your pipe cleaners to size while the paint is drying.
- For the legs, cut eight sections that are 1 1/2 to 2 inches long.
- To make the claws, cut two sections that are 4 to 6 inches long each and bend the wire to shape the claws.
- For the bugging-out eyes, cut two shorter 1/2-inch lengths.
- Paste four legs equally spaced on either side of the painted egg cup’s underside.
- Make the pinchers by bending the longer lengths of pipe cleaners.
- Fold the wire back on itself about three-quarters of the way up, then twist to secure to produce a Y-shaped wire.
- Form grabby claws at the bottom of the length.
- Use another dot of glue to attach the googly eyes to the body.
- Stick the claws to the underside of the crab body using a large amount of glue. These should be put at the creature’s front, closest to the eyes.
- Your crab is ready to play with!
For extra credit, use a black permanent marker to draw lines radiating from the crab’s eyes. These look like broken reflections and will make your DIY toy more lifelike.
You can also replace one of the legs on the body with an antenna made from a pipe cleaner bent into shape using a large glob of hot glue for added detail!
Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
With this arts and crafts activity, toddlers decorate craft sticks with glitter and sequins to make their handmade decorations or magnets. To make them fit for any season, turn them into glittering stars or sparkly sun catchers.
- 3 popsicle sticks
How to make it:
- Take a popsicle stick and drop a dab of glue in the center of each popsicle stick, then arrange the sticks on top of each other to form a snowflake shape.
- After that, it’s time to add the glitter! Apply adhesive to the popsicle sticks one by one.
- Sprinkle glitter in whichever color you like over the wet glue.
- After you’ve finished, brush off any extra glitter and lay it away to dry.
- Place an additional piece of paper under the glitter crafts so that you can fold it up and toss it away after you’re finished, making cleanup a breeze.
- Attach a piece of string to the back of your glitter snowflakes so that you may hang them or use them as decorations.
And that’s how you make popsicle stick luminaries!
The best part is that these glitter crafts are extremely versatile and only limited by your imagination. You can use these as a home decoration for Christmas or any other winter holiday, or turn them into colorful pieces of art to put on display.
Fingerprint Flower Painting
With this arts and crafts painting project, you can bring the garden inside. Fingerprints, thumbprints, and handprints are applied to pre-drawn leaves and stems, resulting in a beautiful field of flowers.
- 2 paint brushes
- Red/black/green/yellow paint
- White paper
How to make it:
- Start by making a circle with your thumbprints by dipping them in red paint and forming a circle with them. It appears that 4-5 thumbprints per flower are the most effective!
- Dip your pointer finger in black paint and dab the center of each blossom once the red paint has dried a little.
- Apply a dot of yellow paint to the center of each blossom using a tiny paintbrush. After that, paint thin green stems.
- The final stage is to make grass at the bottom with a larger paintbrush!
Your fingerprint flower painting is ready!
Children’s self-confidence is boosted through arts and crafts activities that instill a sense of accomplishment and pride in them. The ability for a youngster to construct anything they want encourages creativity. By confronting and addressing creative problems, your kid will learn to make accurate and effective judgments.
These arts and crafts are big on learning and fun and take less time to create! So even with a busy schedule, your kids can actively take part in these activities. So, what are you waiting for? Start crafting today!