Quick Crafts for Kids by Age

Whether searching for things to do on a rainy day or the little ones simply love to create, crafts provide the perfect projects. We’ve listed some of our favorite quick and easy crafts, and each is broken out by age group. Enjoy craft time!

 


Mess Free Painting
Age Group: One to three year olds
Materials Needed:

  • Gallon or sandwich size sealable plastic bag
  • Wax Paper
  • 3 or more colors of tempera or acrylic paint

Directions:

  1. Put wax paper in Ziploc bag
  2. Add paint to the wax paper inside the bag
  3. Close the top of the bag
  4. Let child mush, squish, and play with the paints

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Tie Dye Butterflies
Age Group:
Three to five year olds
Materials Needed:

  • Basket-type coffee filter
  • Water based (washable) markers
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Spray bottle with water

Directions:

  1. Flatten out coffee filter onto a paper plate
  2. Color filter with markers. The more the filter is colored in, the better the effect of the tie dye will be.
  3. Spray filter with water – enough to make the colors run, but not too saturated. Usually 2-3 sprays in different areas of the filter works well. Let filter dry.
  4. Fold pipe cleaner in half
  5. Scrunch up filter and place in center of pipe cleaner. Fold pipe cleaner around filter.
  6. Bend pipe cleaner to form antennas and a body. Fluff the filter to create wings.

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Flower Lei
Age Group:
Five to seven year olds
Materials Needed:

  • Construction paper
  • Drinking straws (4-5 per lei)
  • Yarn (about 2-3 feet per lei)
  • Scissors
  • Piece of tape
  • Optional – markers, crayons, colored pencils

Directions:

  1. Draw flowers on construction paper for child to cut out.
  2. Optional – Decorate flowers
  3. Poke holes in center of flowers, big enough for child to string, but not bigger than the diameter of the straw.
  4. Cut drinking straws into segments approximately one inch long
  5. Assist child in knotting a straw segment to end of yarn to begin lei.
  6. Wrap a small piece of tape around other end so it does not fray while threading.
  7. Have child alternate string flowers and straw segments
  8. When desired length is reached, assist child in tying the ends together to complete the lei.

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Flower topped Pencil
Age Group:
Seven year olds+
Materials Needed:

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paper – construction, wrapping paper, copy paper
  • Optional – markers, crayons, colored pencils

Directions:

  1. Cut a strip of paper approximately 6-8 inches in length and 3-4 inches in height
  2. If desired, decorate the paper.
  3. Fold paper in half lengthwise two times
  4. Cut slits in the folded paper leaving a section at the top uncut
  5. Carefully unfold the paper flat onto the table
  6. Tape the bottom corner of the uncut edge to the eraser end of a pencil
  7. Gently roll the pencil along the uncut edge of the paper. When completely rolled, tape the end of the paper.
  8. Carefully push the cut edge of the paper away from the top of the pencil to look like a flower.


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Places to Find Craft Supplies in Long Island:

AC Moore Arts & Crafts
Where:
Locations in Levittown, Carle Place, Hauppauge, and Holbrook in NY
Contact Info:
Please visit website for details

http://www.acmoore.com/e-acm.StoreLocator.aspx

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Ace Handicraft
Where:
314 Hempstead Tpke, West Hempstead, NY 11552
Contact Info:
(516) 292-1478

http://acehandicraft.com/

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Island School & Art Supply
Where:
Locations in Medford, Oakdale, St. James, and Seaford in NY
Contact Info:
Please visit website for details

http://www.educationalmaterial.com/html/locations.html

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Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Where:
Locations in Westbury, West Babylon, Holbrook, and Centereach in NY
Contact Info: Please visit website for details

http://hosted.where2getit.com/joann/

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Lakeshore Learning Materials
Where:
2079 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Contact Info:
(516) 616-9360

http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/home/home.jsp

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Michaels Craft Store
Where:
Locations in Levittown, Westbury, Massapequa, Huntington Station, Oceanside, Manhasset, Commack, and Bayshore in NY
Contact Info:
Please visit website for details

http://hosted.where2getit.com/michaels/


By Pamela Boccia

 

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