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Fun Crafts and Easy Art Projects for Kids

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2018

For children, creating something becomes both an engaging play time activity as well as an educational experience. For that reason, picking the right art projects and crafts is essential to make the most out of their experience. Plus, you always want the arts and crafts to feel worth it after it’s over and you’re left with the clean up. So if you’re looking for some new and engaging art projects for kids, we’ve got you covered with the ideas below.

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Setting Up Fun Crafts For Kids

When setting up art projects for kids, you’ll want to keep in mind a few extra details. These include things like snacks, ways to clean up, supplies, and more. We’ve broken down a few of them below:

  • Make sure there’s enough supplies for everyone. This may sound like it goes without saying, but making sure that there’s always two blue crayons instead of just one pack to share will help prevent bickering. When someone decides they need to use the blue one at the same time as their sibling, it always helps to have two (or more.)
  • Provide snacks. Healthy snacks like ants on a log, veggies and dip, or fruit plates will keep the mind and body going all through play time.
  • Provide access to a quick clean up. Give the kids napkins, wet-wipes, or access to a nearby sink to quickly clean up during the activity. Setting these things up before starting art projects for kids helps them avoid panic when they suddenly want a snack or want to leave but are covered in arts and crafts.
  • Encourage creativity, but give starting help if needed. Lots of kids love seeing different examples of a project before they start. Guidelines give them expectations to keep moving forward, but diversity in examples allows them to take a deep dive into creativity.
  • Pick your craft corner wisely. Picking the right place for art projects for kids is key. You don’t want to designate a space that you’re worried about keeping clean, and you want the kids to have easy access to a bathroom. Also, including designated art placemats for craft time can save your tables in the long run.

Fun Art Projects For Kids

The following art projects for kids are perfect for every season. Whether it’s gingerbread house kit decorating for Christmas or DIY bird seeders for the spring and summer time, there’s plenty out there to create.

Winter/Christmas Art Projects For Kids

kids decorating gingerbread house

  • Gingerbread House Decorating. The best art projects for kids are the ones where they can snack along the way. This delicious activity is perfect for all ages. Find more details in our resource on gingerbread house decorating.

art project and crafted card

  • Repurposed Art Christmas Cards. Use your kid’s best masterpieces and showcase them to all of your family friends with this kids artwork custom card project. It’s a great way to get your kids involved in a Christmas tradition.

kids artwork on canvas print for mothers day

  • Repurposed Art Christmas Gifts. If you already had a Christmas card in mind, or you just have too much past art to know what to do with, consider turning some of it into special Christmas gifts. Find more details on this fun gift idea and art project with our resource on how to turn kids artwork into gifts.
cereal boc cookie cutter gift tag art project

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  • Gift Tag Cookie Cutters. This art project for kids is not only a great way to recycle used cereal boxes, but it’s also a great way to put personal touches on your Christmas gifts. Just remember to be careful with the scissors when making your gift tag cookie cutters.

Fall Arts And Crafts For Kids

word cloud present for a teacher

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  • Word Cloud for a Teacher. Now that the kids are back to school, make sure to give their teachers a gift of appreciation. Help your child make a word cloud for their teacher using the instructions at Happy Hooligans.

turkey cutouts for an art project

  • Turkey Cut Out Crafts. This craft is a perfect way to express your creativity, write down what you’re thankful for, or just have some fun with cutouts. You can either use fall colored construction paper cutouts, real feathers, or markets to make these little turkeys. And when you’re done, be sure to look through the rest of our fall craft ideas.

Hands unrecognizable child painting leaf with watercolor paint

  • Fall Leaf Art. Using the naturally fallen leaves from the Autumn season, let your kids either use them to build a fun character or scene on paper, or paint over them for some cool and festive designs.

Summer Art Projects For Kids

mason jar lantern art project

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  • Mason Jar Lanterns. Light up the summer sky with this simple and fun art project for kids. All you need are mason jars, paint, glue, and a few summer flowers. Check out the rest of the instructions at Happy Hooligans.
paper plate art project with kids

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  • Paper Plate Bird Feeder. The only thing more fun than crafting with your children is watching birds flock to their creation. Help your kids with these DIY bird feeders and teach them about garden care in the process.

Spring Art Projects For Kids

homemade printable valentines

  • Homemade Valentines. Craft extra special Valentine’s cards with your kids for their classes using construction paper, stickers, markers, and anything else you think might be fun. You can also use our Valentine’s day printables for some other fun and simple ideas.
boquet of candy and cookie flowers project

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  • Cookie Flower Bouquet. Make your kids’ art project into a sweet treat for all. Using candy, cookies, and barbecue sticks, help your kids create a beautiful (and edible) bouquet. You can find instructions at Happy Hooligans.

different hand painted stones for decoration

  • Painted Garden Stones. Welcome back the warm weather with this outdoor activity. All you need are smooth stones from your garden and some environmentally safe paint. And if you want to add a special stone to the new collection, check out our personalized garden stones.

Additional Resources for Arts And Crafts For Kids

If you loved the above art projects for kids and want more creativity and ideas in your life, we’re here to help. The sections below provide additional resources on everything from more art ideas for kids to DIY projects for everyone.

Art For Kids/Art Ideas For Kids

If you’re looking for ways to turn the amazing drawings, paintings, and other art projects your kids have made over the years into household favorites, look no further. Check out our custom gifts where you can take previous projects from home and turn them into pillows, blankets, wall prints, and more.

DIYs For Kids and Family

Who can get enough of DIY projects with the whole family? If you’re like us, you could probably use a few more ideas for your next all family crafting session, so check out our DIY ideas here.