Try these 9 amazing PROCESS craft activities for kids that encourage creativity and experimental attitude!
We do a lot of process art activities around here, where the experience of creating is more important than the finished product and kids learn about materials, techniques, themselves, and their ideas as they create and experiment.
That’s obviously awesome, right?
But what about when you want to do a craft with a finished product that you’re aiming for and step-by-step instructions to get you there?
I still encourage you to take a process-oriented approach!
With the craft activities for kids that follow, you can follow the step-by-step instructions to make your own fairy houses and rock art, but you can be creative, take an experimental attitude, and make it your own. Every step of the way.
For example, with the fairy houses, you get to decide the size of the house, the shapes of the windows and doors, the decorations to use, and more!
There’s always room for creativity, even within the structure of a craft with step-by-step instructions!
9 Process Craft Activities for Kids
1. How to Make A Fairy House with Air Dry Clay
Everyone loves to make fairy houses! The details are just adorable: tiny little doors and windows, pitched roofs with miniature chimneys, little gardens for the make-believe inhabitants. It’s the kind of craft activity guaranteed to encourage hours of imaginative play.
And it is an achievable clay project to try at home–even if you’re new to ceramics.
As there are lots of materials pressed into the clay, these pieces can’t be fired so we use air drying clay for this project.
2. Painted Rock Houses Are an Easy Nature Activity for Kids
Want to make some charming little rock houses for your garden or for play?
These cute houses are super fun for kids to make (using rocks as a canvas is surprisingly satisfying!) and a cute addition to your garden. You could also use them for pretend play, of course, or gift or display them.
3. How to Make a Cardboard Castle from a Box
Here’s how to make a cardboard castle for kids’ pretend play QUICKER and EASIER than you thought possible. You’ll want a cardboard box, cardboard tubes, a glue gun, and some paint sticks.
4. How to Make Cardboard Robot Puppets that Move!
Learn how to create fun robot puppets that actually MOVE using cardboard and other recycled materials in this make and play project for kids
5. Make a Nature Mobile for Kids with Air Dry Clay
Go for a nature walk and gather natural materials to use for this beautiful nature mobile. Painted air dry clay beads add the finishing touch!
6. Creative Cardboard Masks
These vibrant cardboard masks are so fun to make AND inspire hours of imaginative play for kids. Create multiple creatures out of upcycled materials for a whole set!
7. A Happy Handmade Unicorn Craft
A simple unicorn craft for kids made from toilet paper rolls. Plus a pegasus or three! And a way to weight the feet so they don’t tip over. The kids had so much fun making and playing with these!
8. How to Make Flower Fairy Dolls
Clothespins, air dry clay, and artificial flowers are what we used to create these whimsical flower fairies! After finishing these, why not try making a fairy house as well?
9. A DIY Fishing Game
This simple DIY fishing game for kids is easy to make with cardboard and magnets. Includes instructions for making your own magnetic fish and fishing rod plus ideas for pretend play. (We used the fishing game with a Fort Magic canoe.)
Kids Craft Kits by Kid Made Modern
Looking for some fun craft supplies? Read our review of Kid Made Modern’s open-ended craft kits and maybe try one out with your kids!
Here are some of our favorites:
- Arts and Crafts Supply Library – Basically the mother of all craft kits. It has all the good stuff, including pom poms, sequins, beads, felt, pipe cleaners (fuzzy sticks), googly eyes, jewels, craft sticks, embroidery floss, and more. As you can imagine, it’s BIG.
- Metal Mash Up Craft Kit – Metallic everything! This kit includes wire, metallic pom poms (my kids loved them), metallic card stock, pipe cleaners, beads, and sticker tape.
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