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10 easy crafts for young children

With half term upon us, it’s great to have a few craft activities to turn to when the children need entertaining. I’ve done a few craft projects this year and I’ve also seen some amazing crafts from other bloggers. So I thought I’d share 10 of my favourites. These are all really simple crafts for young children. None of them take any specialist equipment and children can really get involved.

1. Paper plate birds

Jenny from The Gingerbread House has been making paper plate birds with her little ones. This is a super easy craft that involves folding a paper plate in half and decorating it as you like. Head over to her blog to find out how they made this gorgeous paper plate robin.

2. DIY Daffodils

Laura at Dear Bear and Beany has been making beautiful yellow daffodils with her girls. You’ll need to grab some yellow paper, glue, yellow cupcake cases, green lolly sticks, scissors and a pen. Once you’ve got them, Laura will show you step by step how to turn them into these gorgeous flowers.

3. Jazzy spaceship

My children had a go at creating a space themed craft. This was made in two parts so not only was it easy to make, they could both join in without getting into an argument about it. Here’s how to make a spaceship.

This spaceship is a simple and effective craft that toddlers can make themselves with great results. You'll only need a few cheap craft materials to get started, and children will be so proud of themselves for making something that looks fabulous.

4. Flying themed mobile

This mobile from Someone’s Mum is ideal for children who get fed up of things quickly. It has birds and insects hanging from it, but all the little characters are on pegs. This means you can just unclip them and change them for a different character whenever you like. Danielle will let you know what craft supplies you need and talk you through how to make this brightly coloured mobile.

5. Upcycled pencil holder

There’s nothing better than recycling something you no longer need and turning it into something fabulous. This pencil holder is made from an old tin and a few craft supplies. Let Clare show you how to make a trash to treasure pencil holder.

6. Picture frame to masterpiece

I had a go at some upcycling with my girls last month too, with an old picture frame that the children turned into their very own masterpiece. Even if you don’t have a picture frame, you can pick one up for £1 at a charity shop and this is how children can create their own framed picture.

Upcycling an old photo frame to create a masterpiece

8. Animal handprints

Children love nothing more than making handprints. They’re something even the youngest children can get involved with too. So grab some paint, paper and babywipes and Hannah will show you how to create cute animals from your children’s handprints.

8. Bunch of paper flowers

The problem with fresh flowers is they never last for very long. So next time you need a gift for someone, forget the fresh flowers and set to work making a gorgeous bunch of paper flowers instead. They last forever and they look gorgeous. Hannah has put together a fab guide and video to show you how to make stunning craft flowers.

9. Sensory shaker crafts

Young children learn with all their senses. That’s why things like sensory shakers are such a great idea. They’re fun to make too, and a great use for recycled plastic bottles. So save a drinks bottle, grab some glitter and other bits and pieces that would fit into a bottle and head over to Leanne’s blog to learn how to make a flower sensory shaker.

10. Bird tree

Some days I struggle to know whether to get my girls outdoors or do crafts with them. Both are so beneficial and yet there’s rarely time to do everything. But this bird tree craft involves both outdoor time and crafts. So go and collect some sticks from the local area and let Leanne show you how to make them into a tree, complete with birds.


Crafts for preschoolers | young children will love these 10 simple crafts. Whether you are crafting with babies, toddlers or primary school age children, you will find something that is easy enough or challenging enough for them to enjoy making. All these craft projects only need basic craft supplies.



  1. May 29, 2017 / 7:51 am

    So many fab ideas to keep us entertained over half term. Hopefully it will be sunny and we can do some crafting outside. Thank you for including me x

  2. May 30, 2017 / 11:47 am

    Love love love a bit of simple crafting. My favourite is definitely the pen pot x

  3. June 1, 2017 / 7:58 am

    Love all these ideas, I will be referring back to this post when we are stuck for crafting ideas. Thanks! X

  4. June 2, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Love all of these. I think James would especially love making them

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