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12 Easy Paper Craft Ideas For Kids To Make

Encouraging your children to use their imaginations and be as creative as possible is something that is hugely important for their development, and something we are keen to support here at Play Like Mum.

Coming up with new and exciting creative projects for your little ones can become challenging if you are super busy or just running low on ideas, so we thought we would give you a little guide full of ideas that you can draw inspiration from.

This guide is full of fun crafty things that you and your little ones can do together using paper and card, which range from super easy to some quite impressive creations. Read on for some ideas you can try today!

Origami transforming stars

These fun transforming stars are actually quite simple to put together, but the fact that they transform makes them seem a lot more complex than they really are. They’re also a lot of fun for your little one to play with after they’ve been made. They can transform from a ninja star to a frisbee and back again by pushing the pieces you’ve put together!

Folded paper bracelets

These are a really fun way to repurpose any old artwork you may have lying around and turn it into something cool and wearable with your kids. Often if you have really creative children who create a lot of paintings and drawings it can become difficult to keep absolutely everything, so this is a nice way to give artwork new life. And if you don’t have any artwork to spare, coloured paper works just as well

If you really wanted to, you could even make a bigger version and turn it into a crown!

Hanging paper stars

The hanging paper stars in this tutorial almost look like they’re shop bought they’re so pretty, but really easy to put together yourself with your little ones. These can then be hung up in your home, which is a nice cheap way to update your decor while getting the kids involved and having a fun afternoon of crafting.

Even if you don’t have the space to hang them up yourself, they make lovely gifts for family members, and you could even make special themed designs around different holidays throughout the year.

Paper fans

This craft project couldn’t be much more simple and easy, and are a lovely thing to make on a hot day when you’re keen to stay cool. You can keep them plain and simple or decorate the paper, and there is really no limit to how creative you can get with it.

These simple instructions from WikiHow show you the basics, but you can use your imagination to make them even more exciting. Why not add a colourful border to your fan before you fold it up, or even cut out some shapes to stick on?

Paper weaving

Paper weaving is super fun, a great way to use up scraps of paper, and produces some really cool and colourful art. It’s also a good activity for developing your child’s fine motor skills, and letting them get creative.

You little one can experiment with different colours and sequences, so it’s as great for their development as it is fun! 

Paper dinosaur hat

This simple craft project can produce hours of fun, as not only is it a fun little project to make in itself, it also becomes a costume once it is finished, allowing your child to spend many fun hours playing make-believe.

Imaginative play is so important for your little one’s development, and what better way to encourage them than to make a fun dinosaur hat together? 

Medieval crown

If dinosaurs aren’t really their thing, you could even make this rather impressive looking medieval crown together. It’s really easy to put together, despite how amazing it looks when it’s finished, and you could even create a whole kingdom of dragons and royalty if you fancied a more epic game with your child’s friends or siblings.

Paper lanterns

Paper lanterns are very easy to make indeed, and they’re often associated with festivals. You won’t need many supplies, and it is suitable for all ages as long as you supervise really little ones.

These lanterns are typically associated with Japanese and Chinese cultures, so they make for a great opportunity to teach your little ones about the world too.

Stained glass kites

These stained glass kites make a really fun window display, and they’re a lovely and creative thing to make with your kids. They’re so easy to make, and there is no end to the creative ways you can make different patterns and shapes out of the ‘stained glass’ tissue paper.

Paper chain people

This is a timeless crafting activity that most of us will have enjoyed at some point during childhood. Paper chain people are easy to make, and your little ones can colour them in afterwards, creating each individual person.

Kids will love making their family, or even a friendship group, and then playing with them afterwards. You just need paper, scissors and some pencils or crayons and you’ve got a great way to spend an afternoon!

Snowflake ballerinas

Making paper snowflakes is a rite of passage during childhood, and most of us have probably made plenty of them over the years. They’re so much fun to make, and a great way to get creative with different shapes, plus the symmetry makes them really satisfying to unfold.

These snowflake ballerinas take the magic of snowflakes one step further, turning the snowflake itself into a fabulous skirt for your ballerina to wear. They’re easy and beautiful, and you can turn them into a garland once you’ve made a few.

Paper mache piggy bank

No list of paper crafts would be complete without including a little bit of paper mache, and these paper mache piggy banks are lots of fun to make with your children. They are definitely one of the more messy craft ideas on our list, but probably one of the most fun, too.

Plus, these piggy banks are a good way to introduce your child to the concept of saving money, which is a valuable skill to instil in them from a young age.

We hope this has given you a few great crafting ideas that you and your little ones can make together out of paper. Here at Play Like Mum we are passionate about encouraging imaginative play and creativity as much as possible, as we know just how important it is for your little ones’ learning and development.

Need more inspiration for things to keep your kids entertained? Check out our post on 8 perfect party games for kids of all ages here.