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Fun Paper-Crafts To Make With Your Kids

‘Making’ can be a great activity with children, not just to entertain them, but also to improve their coordination, encourage self-regulation and patience, and boost self-esteem.
 
But if you’re not a natural crafter, it can be tricky to know where to start. Fear not! We have some handy hints for easy activities you can do with the kids.

Potato Stamps

You will need:
  • 2-3 medium potatoes, cut in half
  • a sharp knife for carving (your role!)
  • cookie cutters (optional)
  • paper
  • paint
  • dish
  • sponge
  • newspaper 
  1. Using a knife carve simple shapes into the flat side of the potato halves. Please do not allow your child to do this step – this is where you adults can really shine! We suggest starting simple with a triangle, a heart, or a tree, then get more advanced once you get the hang of it. Another option is to press a cookie cutter into the potato, then run the knife around the edge to cut out the shape.
  2. ​Cover a table or work-space with newspaper. Put some paint in the dish and wet the sponge with paint.
  3. To stamp, press the potato stamp onto the painted side of the sponge.
  4. Once inked up, firmly press the potato stamp onto the paper.
  5. Repeat the process. When painting make sure you have an apron or old clothes for your child.

Next Steps: Want to put your new skills to good use? Buy some fabric paint, and use the same technique to print onto white cotton. This can then be made into curtains or cushions. (Follow the manufacturer's instructions to make it washable.)

Mouse Finger puppets

You will need:
  • 1 mug
  • large pieces of white/yellow/pink and blue paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • felt tips pens
  • black thread 
  1. Lay a mug on a piece of your preferred colour of paper. Draw around the mug, then cut out the circle.
  2. Cut a piece, the width of two of your fingers, off the circle. To make a straight edge.
  3. Spread glue halfway along the straight edge, then bend it around to make a cone.
  4. Draw a nose, whiskers and eyes on the cone’s pointed end with felt-tip pens.
  5. Cut two long ears out of the paper you cut off the circle. Fold their ends over to make flaps.
  6. Draw pink shapes in the middle of the ears. Spread glue on the flaps and press them onto the cone.
  7. Cut a piece of black thread for the tail. Then, tape the tail inside the top of the cone, so it will rest on the back of your hand.
  8. Cut a narrow strip of paper (about 1"  wide) and wrap it around your finger. This will be how the mouse puppet stays on your hand, so tape it in the centre of the cone pointing toward the nose end.

Next Steps: Want to vary the animals? By using different colours, and changing the nose/ear shape, you could make a dog, pig, or rabbit with the same basic technique!

Paper Chains

You will need:
  • Pencil
  • ruler
  • different coloured sheets of paper
  • scissors
  • glue, a stapler or sticky-tape 
  1. Using a ruler and scissors, measure and cut strips of paper that are approximately 1" wide by 8" long, and even in length and width (as long as they are rectangular and match each other, the exact dimensions don’t matter too much.) Cut as many as you need, depending on how long you want your chain to be.
  2. Paste, tape, or staple the ends of the first strip together to form a loop. If you are using glue, hold the two ends of paper together until the glue properly dries.
  3. Place the second strip of paper through the newly made loop. Again, join the ends of the strip together with glue, tape, or staples.
  4. Continue until you have reached the desired length.
  5. Hang your paper chain from the walls or ceiling and enjoy!

DIY bunch of daffodils

You will need :
  • Paintbrush
  • Egg box
  • Orange paint
  • Yellow card
  • Glue
  • Green drinking straws
  • Sticky tape

 

  1. Use a paintbrush to paint the bottom of an egg box orange. Leave to dry.
  2. Cut out six petal shapes from the yellow card.
  3. Cut the egg box into the individual compartments, glueing them to the centre of the flower shapes as the trumpet part of the daffodil.
  4. Tape a green straw to the back of each daffodil and place into a vase.

Next Steps: If you like, you can also add green card ‘leaves’ to the bottom of the straw, facing in the same direction. Daffodil leaves are long and thin. You can also make different flowers, by changing the colour of the card, and by painting the egg box yellow instead of orange.

Let us know how you get on! What else do you like to make? For more ideas, check out our Crafts and Activities section.


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