Unleashing the creativity within with your kids


I was so tired of hearing “I’m bored!” from my mini-me’s? Then, I thought to encourage their inner artist and watch them blossom into a mini-Picasso. Right now, they would give up food for a time to create what their imaginations give them. Well, you’re in luck if you want to be like me and your kids like mine!

So, let’s dive into the world of fun and easy DIY crafts that will make your kids go from “meh” to “WOW!” With these creative projects, your little ones will be begging to get crafty and make things that are truly amazing!

Here are some fun and easy DIY crafts for kids to express their creativity, suitable for children aged 5-12:

1. Finger Painting: Set up a space where kids can paint using their fingers, making art with different colors and techniques.
2. Paper Mache Animals: Create animal masks or figures using paper mache techniques, glue, and water.
3. Recycled Material Robots: Gather recyclable materials like cardboard, bottles, and cans, and let kids create their own robots.
4. Yarn and Pom-Pom Animals: Use yarn, pom-poms, and pipe cleaners to create colorful animals, like sheep or monkeys.
5. Popsicle Stick Bird Feeders: Build bird feeders using popsicle sticks, peanut butter, and seeds.

Here are the step-by-step guides for each DIY project:

1. Finger Painting

– Paper (large sheets)
– Paint (various colors)
– Smocks or old shirts
– Paper towels

1. Cover the work surface with paper or a plastic tablecloth.
2. Set up paint stations with paper and paint.
3. Encourage kids to experiment with different techniques (e.g., swirling, dotting, stripes).
4. Let them create and explore!
5. Clean up with paper towels and soap.



2. Paper Mache Animals

– Newspaper strips
– Glue (flour and water mixture)
– Water
– Balloons or paper plates
– Scissors
– Paint and brushes

1. Blow up balloons or use paper plates as bases.
2. Dip newspaper strips in glue and wrap around balloons or plates.
3. Add layers, letting each layer dry before adding the next.
4. Pop balloons or remove plates to create animal shapes.
5. Paint and decorate.


3. Recycled Material Robots

– Cardboard boxes
– Bottles
– Cans
– Glue
– Scissors
– Markers or paint

1. Gather materials and encourage kids to think creatively.
2. Cut out body parts and assemble robots.
3. Decorate with markers or paint.
4. Add glue and attach parts.
5. Display their robot creations!


4. Yarn and Pom-Pom Animals

– Yarn
– Pom-poms
– Pipe cleaners
– Scissors
– Glue

1. Choose animal shapes (e.g., sheep, monkey).
2. Wrap yarn around a pipe cleaner to create the body.
3. Add pom-poms for features (e.g., eyes, nose).
4. Use glue to attach parts.
5. Display their colorful creations!


5. Popsicle Stick Bird Feeders

– Popsicle sticks
– Peanut butter
– Seeds
– String or twine

1. Assemble sticks into a box shape.
2. Spread peanut butter on the sticks.
3. Roll in seeds to coat.
4. Attach a string for hanging.
5. Hang and enjoy the bird visits!

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