From preschool to fifth grade, I was quite the crafting kid. There wasn’t a day that I came home from school without sticky glue fingers or paint stains all over my clothes. We made easy paper crafts using paper plates and paint. There would be recycling crafts for kids made from paper towel rolls and empty soda cans. I like to think all these crafts for kids made me the creative adult that I am today. For this reason, I want to share with you and your kids some of my favorite Arts and Crafts I Used to Make as a Kid.
Of course, as I’ve grown older, kids crafting has greatly improved, and there are so many neat kids crafts to make nowadays. However, there are still some crafts that take me back to my Kindergarten days even if they’ve been tweaked some in the past decade.
These coffee filter flowers are a classic kids craft that I’m sure many elementary school and preschools have their students make. We usually made these as homemade Mother’s Day gifts, but they’re great for any time of year. I also used to make them into butterflies using sparkly pipe cleaners. A few that I made are still hanging on the walls of my grandmother’s living room!
While I never made this craft specifically, easy paper plate crafts like this were a major part of my preschool curriculum, and of course, there wasn’t a night I didn’t make my mom read me a Dr. Suess classic right before bed. Book-related crafts are always a fun way to encourage students to read, and Dr. Seuss is a great starter read.
Back when kids had to get creative to earn some cash, the lemonade stand was the perfect go-to and is a great introduction to responsibility for money. Couple those sweetly sour cups of refreshing lemonade with some warm baked cookies and your kids will be the hit of the neighborhood.
If you and the kids haven’t sat down to read The Rainbow Fish by renowned children’s author Marcus Pfister then you’re really missing out. This is a fantastically cute kid’s book that your little ones will love. Besides, who can resist a colorful fun fish craft like this?
For obvious reasons, I was always super excited to celebrate my birthday, but a big part of that excitement was receiving birthday cards in the mail. I vividly remember running down the driveway to the mailbox to flip through our stack of mail in search of letters addressed to me. Your kids can have some pretend fun with this adorable mailbox craft. They can practice writing and learn how to address an envelope. This is a fun learning craft that your kids will love.
As a little girl, my neighbor and I often would build fairy homes and gardens in our front and back yards, usually at the base of a tree. I remember trying to build a swimming pool for the fairies and not understanding why the soil was soaking up all the water! These are some of my favorite memories and your little girls will love making their own with this fun outdoor craft idea.
Playing with bubbles outside is a timeless kid’s activity, and this refill station will allow the bubbly fun to last the whole day through. My sister and I used to chase each other around the house playing bubble wars and spending valuable time outside. Get the kids out of the house with this fun craft and activity.