Kid Educational Craft Ideas

Crafts can be a great way to help kids learn because they are hands-on activities, which have been proven to help kids retain information. Below are some kid educational craft ideas.

1.      Food and Fractions

Materials Needed:

  •  crayons, markers, etc.
  • 3 paper plates (white)
  • scissors
  • dolls, action figures and other “friends”

Instructions:

Help your child turn the paper plates into fun food like cookies, pizzas, pies, cakes, etc. Then have your child bring in all his “friends” from his room to “eat” the goodies. Help your child determine how many pieces he/she needs for the friends and begin cutting the paper plate food into pieces. You can review fractions by cutting into fourths, thirds, halves, eighths, etc.

2.      Bridge Making

Materials Needed:

  • Toothpicks
  • Mini Marshmallows

Instructions:

This activity helps children learn what all is involved in building a sound structure and can help explore an interest in engineering. Before you begin the project, sit down and look at pictures  of bridges and different tutorials on how to build a strong bridge (you can use books or go online to find age-appropriate material.

Next, use the toothpicks to stick into the marshmallows to begin connecting the toothpicks and forming a bridge. You will have to stick the toothpicks in at different angles and may even need to stick more than one toothpick in one marshmallow. There may be design issues that come up, this is a great opportunity to help your child problem solve his/her way out of it. Be sure to explain why some designs work better than others.

3.      Book Making Craft

Materials Needed:

  • Crayons, paint, markers, etc.
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Brown paper bag
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • White/colored paper (or card stock)
  • Yarn

Instructions:

If you have a child who loves reading, then this is an excellent craft idea! The first thing you need to do is have your child decorate just one side of the paper bag using the crayons, paints and markers. This is where you child should put the title.

Next, take a few pieces of white paper and trim down to sizes that will fit in the paper bag. You will need to title each piece of paper with the name of a color. Then, help your child gather a few small obects of things that represent the colors you have created pages for. Next, list the objects out under each corresponding color page.

Next, take the stapler and staple all the pages together, or punch a hole in the pages with a hole punch and bind them with the yarn. After this is completed, place the book and all the objects inside the paper bag. When your child looks at the book he/she can sort out the objects according to color as he/she reads the page lists.

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