Craft your kids creative side by making a splash with paint and getting colourful with card, as well as giving them the perfect playroom for inspiring imagination.
Painting with kids
Make a colourful splash
Kids love painting. It's messy and a fun way to encourage imagination. Let your little artists express their artistic side and have fun along the way with paint sets and ideas.
Hints and tips
- - There are more ways to paint than just with brushes. Your little ones will love seeing the different shapes and styles they can create with old toothbrushes, sponges and combs. And if you're feeling extra messy, why not try finger painting or hand prints?
- - It can be a good idea to start them off with only a few basic colours. This way they can start with a simple palette, without mixing too many colours.
- - Painting can be messy! Make sure to paint-proof the floor and furniture with sheets or newspaper, or you might find your home has turned all colours of the rainbow.
Who needs a brush? Finger painting is a classic kids activity and you can get the most out of it by using thick paper or card and wetting it slightly for extra splashy results.
Grab a straw, cut it in half, and they're ready to try blow painting. Use a pipette or paint dropper to add colours to some paper and card, and then use the straw to blow the paint into different lines and shapes across the canvas.
Just as messy as it sounds! Grab a brush and use a flicking action to splatter the paint across the canvas. If the weather's nice, why not try this one outside?
Paper craft ideas for kids
Paper and card crafts
If you're looking for something a little less messy than paint, paper craft is ideal for getting creative with colour. Break out the coloured pens, pencils, scissors, glue, paper and card and see what their imagination can conjure up.
Paper craft checklist
- - Colouring Pens & Pencils
- - Paper
- - Card
- - Scissors
- - Glue
- - Glitter, Beads & Stickers
Hints and tips
- - Make use of cardboard and other recyclables in your crafts. Egg cartons, cardboard boxes and kitchen roll tubes are all ideal items for creating animals, spaceships and whatever else they can think of.
- - If they're colouring or drawing, use stencils and shapes to help them with their creations.
- - Glitter, beads and stickers are a great way to add finishing touches to any paper and card crafts.
Crafty kits for kids
Accessorise with beads, bracelets and beyond
Let them create their own accessories with jewellery and fashion sets. From temporary tattoos, to bracelets and beads, there's everything they need to make their very own fashion statement.
Make slime at home
Stretchy, glittery or neon? Get gooey with a make-your-own slime kit as they can create the glorious gunk any way they want.
Let their imagination run wild with this kid's favourite. Play-Doh lets them make anything they can think of, from fake food to baking and shapes.
Stitches at the ready! Help them start sewing with kits designed for beginners.
Craft room ideas
Creative minds need a creative space to work in. Here's everything you need to turn your home into a workshop for your little ones to craft away in.
Craft room essentials
How to make a fort
Hatch a hideaway
Complete the playroom fun with a handy hideaway for hatching new creative plans. Try a tepee, or make a good old fashioned fort from cushions, sheets and pillows.
Hints and tips
- - Every successful fort needs a sturdy base to keep the sheets up. Try using a table or chairs to drape the sheets, and then keep the sheets in place by using some pegs. Just make sure there's enough space inside.
- - Comfort is key to the best forts. Make sure to fill the inside with plenty of blankets, cushions and throws.
- - Complete your hideaway with finishing touches like toys, beanbags and child friendly lighting.