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Craft Ideas for Kids

Shashank Nakate Mar 12, 2019
Different craft ideas for kids is one of the best solutions to make good use of their leisure time. Here are some decorative arts for the kids that help develop their skills and enable them explore their creativity.
Art and craft is a way to express ourselves in a fun-filled and playful manner. There are multiple types of art and craft works, some of which have been practiced traditionally, while a few others have developed in recent times. Let's have a look at a few craft ideas suitable for children.

Different Craft Ideas for Kids

Potato Prints

Material required for this is paper, potatoes, paint, pencil and a knife. Cut the potato in half and with a pencil  make a design on it. With a knife, carve out the design. Pour a thin layer of paint in a tray and press the potato onto it and then on a paper to create potato prints.

Making Stamps

The material required is cork-board, erasers, inner tube rubber, styrofoam, cardboard, felt squares, ink pad, utility knife and glue gun. In this activity, rubber pieces are used to make stamps. A rubber eraser could be used to create different shapes.
If one wants to make stamps from cardboard, the pieces of cardboard with desired shapes need to be glued to wood blocks. The rubber or cardboard designs should be pressed on an ink pad and then onto a paper to create the desired impressions.

Straw Sculptures

One would require bendable straws, paper clips, tape and a cardboard for this activity. The straws need to be cut at different lengths for creating different designs. Slits should be made at the ends of the straws in order to form desired shapes out of these straws.
One can use paper clips to keep the angled joints intact. The clips could be bent to 'U' or 'S' shape to serve the purpose. For making tree shapes or fireworks, the slits at the end of straws should be curled with the help of a pair of scissors.

Bubble Painting

The items required for this painting activity are bubble solution, blowing wand and powder tempera paint. The blowing wand could be prepared with the help of plastic rings, tube, straw, etc. A six pack of soda should be used to make the bubble solution. The trays required for this painting activity would depend upon the number of colors one wants to use.
The colors should be prepared by pouring the bubble solution by adding the powder paints (1 teaspoon per tray). The blowing wands should be inserted in the colored bubble solution in order to blow the bubbles on the paper. The bubbles after exploding would make designs and finally a unique pattern of bubble painting is created.

Colored Rice

The material required for this craft is uncooked rice, vinegar and food color. The rice should first be placed in a bowl followed by the addition of ½ teaspoon of vinegar and 5 drops of the desired color. Vinegar is used for the color to set.
The rice should then be baked for 45 minutes on a baking sheet. These rice grains should be glued onto a paper with the help of white glue to create the designs. Letters, number and many other designs could be prepared using this trick.

Envelope Art

Envelopes, markers, crayons, paper and glue are the materials required. The envelope should first be sealed and then a drawing should be done to decorate it. A face with nose, eyes and in case of a cat, whiskers could be drawn. Papers cut in the shapes of ears, hair and hat helps in further beautification.
There are many different craft books available at bookstores that are very useful and creative, and could give us various new ideas. The aforementioned kids' crafts are easy to carry out and one doesn't need to spend a lot money. This could be made with items easily available in the house.