It’s important to keep activities for kids on hand so you can pull them out whenever needed.
Studies have shown that kids who engage in at least one hour of arts and craft a week will help them get better grades, will make them more sociable, and it will help them grow up to become emotionally balanced adults.
With the rising federal cuts to arts education, parents and teachers should take the time for a bi-weekly or weekly arts and crafts session, because of the many incredible benefits to your child’s development.
Arts and crafts can build confidence, imagination, and encourage self-expression.
Here are 5 fun arts and crafts activities for kids.
One of the most fun, tactile arts, and crafts activities is making a globe out of paper-mâché.
This activity is fun because you actually get to make the pieces you will build with, from scratch.
All you need are some old newspapers, flour, water, and a balloon.
There are a few options to make the strongest paper-mâché, but the most typical is to either boil the water or not boil the water before you mix in all the ingredients.
After you’ve mixed the flour with the water, you can start building your globe.
Take your balloon, blow it up, and start laying strips of newspaper on it (newspaper strips must be mixed in the flour/water mixture until soaked).
Once you’ve gotten your perfect globe shape, let it dry for an hour or so.
After that, you can paint it with all the countries of the world in a typical green and blue fashion.
Make a Picture Frame
Another great activity is to make a picture frame.
This is a great gift for mom or dad’s birthday or even a mother’s or father’s day.
All you need are some inexpensive frames, glitter, noodles, glue, brushes, and whatever pizzazz your creativity might bring to a great picture frame.
Or, if you want to go with the picture theme, but don’t want to make a frame, you can always make a photo book.
For this, all you need is some heavy construction paper, a printer, and some photos.
This is a great art and craft activity that will make a great family photo album and cherished keepsake to share for generations.
Clay is another great tactile art and crafts experience.
Whether you want to make a flower pot for mom or something a little more abstract, working with clay is a great way to expand a child’s imagination.
Once the clay is dry or cured, you can have them paint it with any color glaze they want.
Lastly, screen-printing is a very fun arts and craft activity for kids of all ages.
You can have the silkscreen easily made and prepared, so all you have to do is develop an image of your child’s choice and find a canvas.
That canvas can be an actual canvas, heavy paper, or even a t-shirt.
Watch their creativity come to life when they see the first image printed.
Best of all, they can make multiples of the same image to share with all their friends and family.
All of these fun arts and crafts activities for kids are great ways to get involved and keep their minds active.