Kid-Friendly Items for Any DIY Project

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DIY projects and crafts are a way to spark your children’s interests on a creative level. They are entirely customizable and ultimately turn into beautiful, authentic pieces in the end. Before you start any project, there are a few mediums that should be included in your inventory to use for almost anything! Take these few ideas into consideration for the next time your kids are ready to create a masterpiece.


Try to veer away from the typical finger painting activities and think outside the box for new and fun projects to try. One area that’s out of the ordinary is using picture frames. Start by gathering picture frames of different shapes and sizes, as well as any embellishments, such as pipe cleaners, washi tape, paint, glitter glue, jewels, and more. You could even get battery operated lights! Have the kids adorn the frames and think about what they want to put in it, too. They could fill them with a sign for their bedroom door, like addressing whose room it is or “keep out.” They could also fill the frame with a photo to display in their place. Using craft time to make decorations for their room will encourage them to care for the space they live in and their belongings.


Crafting with an all-time favorite art material like felt is another way to create many different interactive toys and art projects for the kids to use. From finger puppets to play food, the options go as far as their imaginations. To make felt finger puppets, start by tracing an outline of the child’s finger. Cut out two pieces of this same shape, then glue them together. While the glue is drying, collect googly eyes, something like yarn for hair, and anything else needed to make their character come to life. Another craft idea with felt is making items for dress-up. Kids can make crowns, masks, pirate eye patches, and more. Have them decide what they want to be, then dive into creating their character and watch it flourish in real life. They’ll be left with different items that they not only made themselves but can be used to play with time and time again. 


Having canvases on hand is another easy way to occupy the kids for craft time. Typically, you would give them a canvas to have them paint it, but there are other ways to implement creativity in this medium. One way to vamp up this art supply is through using painters tape. Start with a blank canvas and use the tape to spell out their name, create shapes, or abstract lines. Then, have them paint over the tape however they wish. After the paint dries, remove the tape to reveal an upscale piece of artwork for them to display proudly. Find more non-traditional ways to transform canvases through creativity here.

Dive a little deeper into the various items throughout your crafting supplies and find what will have the best results for experiences and lessons learned. Children are continually taking in every single little detail around them. In this case, create fun and individualized crafts for the children as a way to connect with them and spark their creativity.

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