Children love to be creative, whether it is with a pot of paint or a tablet computer, they can always find a way to entertain themselves. So why should you miss out on all the fun? Mums and dads can have just as much fun making amazing homecrafts with their children and it is a great way to spend an afternoon together. There are so many great choices out there when it comes to picking your next family project so we have listed the best ones right here to help you get started.


It doesn’t take much to get prepared for a painting session, so there is no need to panic about messy paint splotches everywhere. A simple plastic tablecloth or tarp should cover your dining room table adequately and you can buy children’s aprons from most craft stores. Painting is a wonderful way to get your children creative as there are no boundaries – they simply let their imaginations run wild. You don’t even need paint brushes to enjoy it – just use your hands and fingers to create some marvellous finger paintings or try your hand at potato painting!


You don’t need clay and a kiln to get your children sculpting – all you need is household junk! Toilet rolls, egg boxes, cereal boxes and crisp packets can all be used to make amazing sculptures. Stick them together with sticky tape or PVA glue and away you go! Animals are particularly fun to do – make a crocodile with an egg box painted green and a biscuit box for the body, or make a slithering snake using toilet rolls and some string.


Aimed at older children who can be trusted with small pieces, beadwork is ideal for children and adults who want to improve their creative skills. Making jewellery is a fun and engaging hobby for young girls and it is something they can share with their friends. Beadwork also allows you to create bright and fun designs when glued to a backboard. Just remember to use the right type of glue when sticking beads or they will fall apart if they get wet.

Garden Decor

With spring and summer on their way in a few months, now is the time to start thinking about some stylish garden decor. You can use any material that will survive outdoors, such as wood, plastic or glass, and there’s no limit to what you can create. Paint an old lantern with glass paint and you can make a terrific night lantern that lights up the garden with a rainbow. Or use coloured plastic sheets and some garden canes to make a bright and breezy windmill decoration.

Fashion Fixes

Most children have a dressing up box filled with old clothes but why not take it a step further and get your children involved in sewing to design their very own clothes? Using just a needle and thread, and a good pair of fabric scissors, you and your children can make some wonderfully unique outfits to wear. You can also purchase some fabric paint and turn a boring plain t-shirt into a fabulous new design.

This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson.  Follow her on Twitter: @katht35


  1. Karly - Pullingers January 20, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions Jodi! There's some great ideas here to encourage creativity in children without covering the house with mess! If you designate a spot in the house to arts and crafts you can avoid having the dreaded cleaning afterwards.

    1. jodi shaw January 31, 2014 at 3:40 am

      That's a great idea Karly, I never thought of actually designating a spot.

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