We like our children to be well rounded and explore different sides of their personalities, and arts and crafts projects is a great way for them to express their creative side. When choosing an art project for your kid to do, it is important to pick something that will be of interest to them or it will seem impossible to actually get them to sit down and try it. Here are four crafts projects that almost any kid can do, no matter what their skill set is:
Making an airplane is a great way to get a little crafty, but still have something that they can personalize and play with. To make an easy crafty airplane, all you really need a is clothespin for the body and three popsicle sticks for wings and a rudder. You can have your children paint them however they want, and then decorate with foam shapes, stickers, paint, sponges - whatever! You might need to help them glue everything together with hot glue, but it will give you a chance to spend some quality time with them.
Jewelry Box Decorating
Jewelry boxes aren’t just for girls - they can be used to store cars, game pieces, or even just little mementos that they don’t want sitting around. The good thing about wooden jewelry boxes is that they work well with almost every craft material you have: paints, paper, glue, crayons, and even stickers!
Once you purchase your wooden jewelry box, you can pretty much have your kids go crazy with whatever they want! Depending on what you do, it is easy to even change it in just a few years!
Melted Crayon Art
This is another craft that will likely need a little help from mom and dad, but it is almost impossible to do wrong. All you need to do is take a piece of paper or, if you want to use it as a decoration in your child’s room and really make him feel special, a canvas. Buy Crayola or similar quality crayons and hot glue them to the top of the canvas. Once everything is cooled and solidly on the canvas, take a hair dryer on its lowest setting and start blowing evenly across the crayons. Eventually, they will start to run. You will want to do this on top of a newspaper or a drop cloth because wax will fly.
If your kids are a little older, you can even glue the crayons in a shape like a heart or an anchor.
Now that most of us have gone digital, we all have things sitting around that we don’t really use anymore - namely CDs and DVDs. If you aren’t going to use them, you can recycle them into something really fun: fish! Take the silver side of the CD or DVD and have your children adorn it with glitter, rhinestones, paints, or even Mod Podge it with paper. Then, use construction paper to make fins and an eye. Hang the fish using the hole in the middle and some fishing line, and watch how it glistens like it is swimming.
No matter what you do, spending quality time with your children and giving them something that will make them proud of what they made is the best part.