Whether you’re trying to find some DIY ideas to entertain your toddler on a rainy day or want some easy crafts for kids that are a bit older, we’ve got you. Looking for green kid craft supplies? Never fear! You can find recommendations for products we’ve tried along with some unconventional craft supply ideas here, as well.
Arts and Crafts for Kids
Some of these are crafts for kids to make, some are craft ideas you can make for your kids, and some of the craft ideas for kids on this lists are activities for you and your kid to do together. Peruse the options, and choose whatever feels like the best fit for you kid’s age and preferences.
Homemade Play Dough – All of these homemade play dough recipes are not just cheaper than their store-bought counterparts. They’re safe enough to eat! Though not all of them taste super great.
Weaving Projects – You don’t need to buy a Rainbow Loom to do fun weaving projects! Check out these more eco-friendly alternatives.
Discovery Bottles – These are great sensory toys for babies and toddlers or science learning tools for older kids. And you can make them with things from your kitchen and recycle bin!
Yard Games – Playing outdoors has all kinds of proven benefits for kids, and these DIY yard games are great for encouraging even the staunchest couch potato to get outside and play.
Recycled Art – There are recycled art ideas on this list for a wide range of ages.
Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers – Entertain your toddler when a thunderstorm has you stuck inside.
Sensory Activities for Toddlers – Even more DIY ways to keep those busy toddler hands happy!
Kids Can Upcycle – Teach your big kids about upcycling and reuse with these fun kid crafts.
DIY Baby Toys – Why buy toys for your little one when you can make cute upcycled and natural toys yourself?
More Sewing Projects for Babies – Make your own toys, clothes, and nursery goodness for your little one.
Free Kid Clothing Patterns – Of course, big kids need clothes too. Get free sewing patterns to keep up with their changing size needs.
Kids Can Sew – Older kids can totally learn how to sew, and we’ve got 13 great kid-friendly sewing projects to help them build their confidence.
Cool Math Games – Older kids can learn as they play these clever math learning activities.
Holiday Crafts for Kids
Valentine’s Day (February 14) – Never buy those terrible multipacks of Valentines again! Your kids can make their own cute class Valentines from recycled supplies.
Easter (on the March Equinox) – Put together an eco-friendly Easter basket for your little ones. And, of course, you want to use natural egg dye techniques. If you don’t do eggs, we have you covered with egg-free Easter crafts so vegan kids and kids with egg allergies don’t have to feel left out.
Earth Day (April 22) – Earth Day crafts don’t have to be labor-intensive. We’ve got lots of easy, recycled crafts for your Earth Day making.
Father’s Day (third Sunday in June) – Did you put off making dad’s gift until the last minute? We’ve got you covered.
July 4th – Try one of these patriotic crafts for the Fourth this year!
Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November) – Decorate your table and complete your menu with some clever DIY Thanksgiving ideas.
Christmas (December 25) – Deck the halls with recycled ornaments! Fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la!
DIY + Free Craft Supplies for Kids
Your recycle bin, back yard, and local park are all great sources for free reclaimed and natural craft supplies for kids. These are some of our favorites.
Toilet Paper Tube Toys – Toilet paper or paper towel tubes are basically free cardboard that you can use to make all kinds of kid toys.
Oatmeal Containers – Cardboard coffee containers will also work for these fun crafts for kids.
Upcycled Art Journals – Step away from the Composition notebook! You can make your kids notebooks and journals for free that are way more fun.
Cookie Boxes – These projects are all using Girl Scout Cookie boxes, but we will never judge if you use other cookie boxes instead. Or cracker boxes.
Wood Slices – After the next blustery day, collect some fallen branches and use that free wood to make something with your kids!
Markers and Pens – Dried out writing implements are really just free craft supplies.
Homemade Finger Paint – You probably have everything you need to make finger paint right in your kitchen.
Art Supplies – Check out this mega list of DIY art supplies for kids!
Decorative Tape – Washi tape is expensive, y’all. Make your own on the cheap.
Kid Craft Supplies from the Store
We always advocate for making or reusing before you buy new, but there are some cases where you just need a specific craft supply. Here are some of our resources on store-bought kid craft supplies that we’ve tested.
Green Art and Craft Supplies – A lot of kid craft supplies are just…craft supplies. Check out our guide to shopping for green craft supplies, broken out by type of craft.
Choosing Safe Crayons – A recent report found asbestos in some brands of crayons. Find out which ones are asbestos free.
Rolled Beeswax Honeycomb Sheets – Make some candles with your kids, and blow their minds!
Safe Finger Paints – Not all finger paints are created equal. If you don’t make your own, try these natural brands.
Elephant Poop Paper – No, for real.
Zutter Bind-It-All – Your kids will love how fancy binding makes their upcycled books look totally professional.
India Tree Food Coloring – Natural food coloring has its pros and cons.