My girls love creating art projects and crafts. It’s easy to encourage kids to enjoy art by regularly planning kid-friendly creative projects. Coloring, cutting with scissors, and creating unique art encourages kids to design using their imaginations and practice their motor skills. We love filling an empty afternoon by creating a colorful butterfly sun catcher or mixing play dough colors.
Create Seasonal Art
Every season is a new opportunity to make pretty art for your home! Craft projects are also a fun way to celebrate a special occasion. Remember the much anticipated solar eclipse? On the big day we made a solar eclipse craft and my kids loved using their creative energy to create their own solar eclipse!
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Colorful Butterfly Sun Catchers
This summer we made gorgeous butterfly sun catchers out of card stock and tissue paper. These colorful butterflies decorated our patio door all summer long! Grab our free printable template and see the full tutorial here!
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Feather Owl Art Project
My daughter designed a furry owl friend all by herself. She asked me to cut a few shapes out for her and designed this owl using the shapes. She had lots of fun gluing on the details and feathers. I love giving my kids colorful paper and glue and discovering what they create!
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Glittery Gel Pens
It’s fun to practice drawing and even more fun to draw with glittery gel pens! You can buy huge packs of gel pens in every color and glittery, shimmery, and metallic hues! My girls also enjoy coloring in their coloring book with gel pens, which allow them to make detailed pictures and aren’t as messy as markers. You can even turn coloring with gel pens into school by practicing handwriting and writing a child’s name.
Kids’ Tape Painting
Tape painting is a fun kid’s project and every piece of art will turn out differently! To make this colorful kid-friendly art, stick thin painter’s tape onto a canvas in any design you’d like. If you want your design background to be a solid color, paint the canvas a color of your choice, allow it to fully dry, and then stick on the tape design. Paint over the tape using any combination of colors you choose. Once fully dry, pull off the tape to reveal the background color beneath the tape!
- Begin with a white or solid color canvas.
- Stick on a tape design using thin painter’s tape, pressing the tape ends and edges down firmly.
- Paint on top of the tape using any combination of colors.
- Allow the canvas to fully dry.
- Pull off the tape to reveal the white or color background beneath!
Color Mixing Play Dough
Mix colored play dough to create any combination of colors. You can even recreate the color wheel and teach your kids about primary and secondary colors, as well as complimentary and contrasting colors. Understanding color will help kids create other beautiful art projects too! Mixing play dough is a fun sensory activity to learn about color.
Easily make this kids’ homemade glitter play dough!
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Which kids’ craft idea is your favorite? We hope you have lots of fun this year creating inspiring projects and learning through fun and imaginative projects!
Katie is a writer and influencer based in beautiful Coeur d’Alane, Idaho. She enjoys DIY projects, photography, decorating and going on family adventures. She feels blessed to be a wife, a stay-at-home mom to three kids and a Pacific Northwest lifestyle blogger.