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5 Easy Crafts to Make for Pre-Schoolers and Kids

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5 Easy Crafts to Make for Pre-Schoolers and Kids

Behind the pompoms, pipe cleaners, glitter and googly eyes lie lifelong benefits for your little one.

Crafting develops a rich skillset in pre-schoolers as they learn to listen, clearly communicate, use their imagination, refine their focus and practice patience.

And that’s not all. When kids craft they:

Develop coordination and fine motor skills

    Both hands are used when crafting meaning muscles are strengthened. Cutting, colouring, tearing, squeezing, pulling, threading and so much more all contribute to developing that key coordination.

    Learn shapes, colours and textures

      Working with different materials introduces children to a wide range of textures, shapes and colours, preparing them for their school years and beyond.

      Express emotion

        Sometimes finding the right words is tough, that’s where crafts come in. Children can use crafting as an outlet to both express and understand their feelings.

        Build confidence

          Crafting can boost children’s self-esteem as they accomplish projects and take on tasks independently, plus get to see their achievements displayed. Crafting is also a chance for children to understand that it’s okay to make mistakes and, in fact, these mistakes can lead to new creations and accomplishments, a vital lesson to learn early on.


          When something so fun can be equally educational and developmental, it’s a top of the list activity for pre-schoolers.

          But, pre-schoolers aren’t known for their long attention spans.

          Complex crafts with fiddly steps just aren’t going to cut it when you want to keep your little ones busy.

          So, if you’re in search of some easy crafts that’ll keep them still for more than a minute, you’ve come to the right place.

          Easy clothes peg caterpillar craft 

          Caterpillar clothes peg

           

          Fun to make and practical to use? Our favourite kind of craft!

          You only need 4 items to make these easy clothes peg caterpillars. Minimum components with maximum possibilities. Dry your washing, display your children’s pictures, secure open food packets, seal party bags, hang up photos; these clothes peg caterpillars add a touch of creativity to the everyday.

           

          How to make

           

          What you need:

          • Wooden or plastic clothes pegs
          • Bag of colourful pompoms
          • Googly eyes
          • PVA glue

           

          Step one

          Cover the top of the clothes peg in PVA glue and stick on your pompoms.

           Caterpillar clothes peg  Caterpillar clothes peg

          Step two

          Add two googly eyes to the pompom at the top of the clothes peg and leave to dry.

          Caterpillar clothes peg

           

          And there you have it!

           

           

          Easy pipe cleaner butterfly craft

          Butterfly

          With summer well on its way, bright butterflies will soon be fluttering by.

          But now there’s no need to wait for the season to change, you can capture the beauty of the butterfly all year round with this easy craft for kids. Endless opportunity for colours and design are sure to get the creative juices flowing.

          How to make

           

          What you’ll need:

          • 3 full length green pipe cleaners
          • 1 yellow pipe cleaner
          • 1 smaller piece of green pipe cleaner (about 5cm)
          • Self adhesive googly eyes
          • Colourful card
          • Glue
          • Pompoms

          Step 1

          Fold one of your green pipe cleaners into thirds and twist to keep it secured.

          Butterfly Butterfly

          Step 2

          Wrap the yellow pipe cleaner around the folded green pipe cleaner.

          Butterfly

          Step 3

          Wrap another green pipe cleaner around the yellow pipe cleaner, one pipe cleaner should take you about halfway along, so wrap the final green pipe cleaner around the other half.

          Butterfly

           

          Step 4

          Take the smaller piece of green pipe cleaner and twist it around one end of the wound up pipe cleaners to create antennae.

          Butterfly

           

          Step 5

          Add googly eyes to the caterpillar.

          Butterfly

           

          Step 6

          Cut out butterfly wings from some colourful card and stick the caterpillar in the centre of the wings.

           

          Step 7

          Decorate the wings with pompoms.

          Butterfly

           

           

          Easy bedroom door sign craft

          Bedroom door sign craft

          Bedroom makeovers are a top activity for children as they get to experience a real sense of ownership and pride in their space, filling it with all their favourite things to wake up and go to sleep with a smile.

          But what do you do if you’ve run out of wall space? Well, it’s not just the inside of the room where there’s opportunity. This easy bedroom door sign is a perfect personalised craft, plus can brighten up your landing in no time!

          How to make >> See PDF step-by-step guide

          What you’ll need:

          • Thick card (colour of your choice)
          • Cardboard
          • Scissors
          • PVA and glue stick
          • Pompoms, gems, feathers, matchsticks etc. for decor

          Step 1

          Draw out the initial you’d like to make onto the coloured card – by hand or using a stencil taken from the internet.

          Bedroom door sign craft

          Step 2

          Cut round this with scissors or using a craft knife.

          Bedroom door sign craft

           

          Step 3

          Glue the card stencil to the cardboard and cut this to the same shape

          Bedroom door sign craft Bedroom door sign craft

          Step 4

          Now it’s time to decorate! Arrange and attach all your decorative supplies to your initial.

          Bedroom door sign craft

           

           

          Easy picture frame craft

          Picture frame

           

          Give your picture the frame it deserves with a dazzling DIY design.

           

          As the sun starts to shine just a little more, you might have a few lollipop sticks going spare. These are just the job for this simple step photo frame. And once the structure’s in place, your children are free to add all the sparkles, colour, glitter and decorations they desire.

           

          How to make

           

          What you’ll need:

          • 4 lollipop sticks
          • Coloured card
          • Pompoms, glitter, feathers, gems etc. for decor

           

          Step 1

          Stick the ends of the lollipop sticks together to create a square.

          Picture frame

           

          Step 2

          Decorate your frame with all your pompoms, glitters, feathers and gems.

          Picture frame

          Step 3

          Cut your coloured card to the size of your lollipop stick square and stick the card to the back.

          Picture frame

           

           

          Easy umbrella buddy 

          Umbrella buddy

           

          Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day.

           

          But maybe it’s not so bad after all.

           

          When you’ve got a smiley umbrella buddy to keep you company, the wet weather doesn’t seem so glum. An easy craft giving children a long-time companion for those drizzly days.

           

          How to make >> See PDF step-by-step guide

           

          What you’ll need:

          • 1 x sheet of craft foam
          • 3 x pipe cleaners
          • Googly eyes
          • Self-adhesive foam shapes

           

          Step 1

          Cut 2 matching umbrella shapes from craft foam. Set aside.

          Umbrella buddy

           

          Step 2

          Take 3 pipe cleaners and twist together.

          Umbrella buddy

           

          Step 3

          Bend one end over and twist to hide ends of pipe cleaner.

          Umbrella buddy

           

          Step 4

          Bend the other end of the pipe cleaners into a U shape to create a handle.

          Umbrella buddy

           

          Step 5

          Taking one umbrella shape, glue the pipe cleaners into the centre with the top of the pipe cleaners showing at the top.

          Umbrella buddy

           

          Step 6

          Apply glue to the rest of the umbrella shape.

          Umbrella buddy

           

          Step 7

          Lay the second umbrella shape on top, press into place and let dry.

          Umbrella buddy

           

          Step 8

          Whilst the glue is drying, create shapes for decorating your umbrella from paper, craft foam or use the self-adhesive Edu-kit foam shapes.

          Umbrella buddy

           

          Step 9

          Once the umbrella is dry, add googly eyes and a smile and decorate.

          Umbrella buddy

           

           

          Easy pipe cleaner flower

          Flower

           

          Create your own indoor garden with these easy to make pipe cleaner flowers. Long lasting, less maintenance and just as pretty, brightening up the home all year round.

           

          How to make

           

          What you’ll need:

          • 5 pipe cleaners – 4 for petals and 1 for the stem
          • 1 pompom
          • Googly eyes
          • Glue dots
          • Pencil

           

          Step 1

          Start by making your petals. Fold your pipe cleaner in half to find the centre. Unfold and bring both ends of the pipe cleaner to the centre. Do this with all four pipe cleaners.

          Flower Flower

           

          Step 2

          Twist two of the petal pipe cleaners together in the centre and arrange them into a plus shape. Do this with the other two petal pipe cleaners, so you end up with two plus shapes.

          Flower

           

          Step 3

          Stick a glue dot on the centre of one of the pipe cleaner plus shapes and stick that to the centre of the other.

          Flower

           

          Step 4

          Open out your pipe cleaner loops to create your petal shapes.

          Flower

           

          Step 5

          Wrap the top of your stem pipe cleaner around the middle of the pipe cleaner flower.

          Flower

           

          Step 6

          To make your stem curly, wrap the pipe cleaner around a pencil and gently pull it out to keep the twist in place.

          Flower

           

          Step 7

          Put a glue dot in the centre of the flower and stick on your pompom.

          Flower

           

          Step 8

          Stick your googly eyes onto the pompom.

          Flower

           

          Sometimes you just need 5 minutes peace.

           

          And with such simple steps sure to keep them entertained, that’s exactly what you get with these easy crafts for pre-schoolers.

           

          Realised your craft cupboard is low on supplies? Check out our Craft Kits packed full of everything you’ll ever need for the ultimate arts and crafts projects. If you’re looking for something specific, we’ve also got a whole host of essential crafting supplies to choose from.

           

          All of our products come with the Edukit guarantee.

           

          That means you can rest assured that you’re receiving high-quality, EN-71 certified, ‘Kid-Safe’ products at great value for money.

           

          Designed to withstand hours of clipping, snipping, shaping and designing, our products are made with premium quality materials to stand the test of time.

           

          Happy crafting and be sure to share your creations with us over on social media!

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          • Farah Farmah