Make nature art bugs from leaves and twigs. This creative leaf art really pops on bright painted backgrounds made from recycled cardboard and makes a fun wall art idea. You might also like our paper towel earth sun catchers Insects are fascinating. I’ve always encouraged my kids to indulge their curiosity when it comes to bugs rather than their fear. How have I done this? By buying them non-fiction books
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Today we’re sharing how to make a paper frog inspired by the Green Tree frog species from Tropical North Queensland. It’s easier than it looks, and is part of our series featuring Daintree Animal crafts for kids. Check out our Paper Plate Cassowary and Paper chain Pythons too. This kids’ craft idea was first published in 2019 and has been updated and reshared for today’s audience. Get the template Often
Today we’re sharing a super cute hand-sewn jellyfish craft for kids. Use our free printable template to sew a big jellyfish, a medium jellyfish, or a mini little baby jellyfish. Or all three, because more jellyfish together have more fun! As a special extra, we’ve even included a deadly box jellyfish from Northern Australia. This craft was first published in 2019 and has been updated and reshared for today’s audience.
I’m excited to share this easy 3D cube craft for kids—make a set of garden bugs using our printable templates. Not only are the bugs adorable as a Spring or Summer craft, they are also perfect for kids who are learning about 3D shapes. There is a bee, a ladybug, a green bug, and an orange stripy beetle to make. All templates come in both full colour and a colour-your-own
Here’s an easy finger knit snake craft using chunky yarn, pom poms and felt. Don’t worry, these guys are harmless and will leave you alone so long as you don’t step on them! This easy yarn craft was first published in 2018 and has been updated and re-shared for today’s audience. You might also like these yarn craft ideas Have you tried finger knitting? If not, you should—it’s super easy.
Make an egg carton goldfish craft using this simple technique. This is a fun recycling craft idea for kids of all ages! You might also like our paper roll fish craft. When I was in grade six I had the coveted job of “Goldfish monitor”. This was a fancy title for feeding our class pet, Freddie—an exotic-looking thing with a frilly tail and bulging balloon eyes. Last week I was
Make a tropical reef craft that lights up in the dark! This is a fun Summer craft to help kids learn about and appreciate our planet’s coral reefs. Note: LED tea lights are safe to use with paper because they don’t create heat, but to be extra safe switch it off when not in the room and don’t leave it on for long periods. This will also help the batteries
Make a traditional God’s eye craft using yarn and two sticks with our step-by-step tutorial. God’s Eye weaving, or Ojo de Dios, is a simple weaving technique of Mexican origin which has spiritual significance to it’s original creators, the Huichol people of western Mexico. You can read more about the spiritual meaning here. You might also like our woven yarn butterflies God’s Eyes are also popular the world over as
Today we’re showing you how to make classic braided yarn dolls. This is a simple, traditional craft which is fun and easy to make and the finished yarn dolls make great DIY toys or handmade gifts. Perfect for indoor days when you need a low prep craft using materials you already have on hand! This craft was originally published in 2015 and has been updated and re-shared for today’s audience.
Want to make a printable shark paper bracelet? This easy craft is a fun, quick, no-fuss shark activity for kids of all ages (we also have a dinosaur version). It’s also a good opportunity to talk to your kids about sharks and the important role they play in our Ocean’s ecosystem. You might also like our paper plate ocean animals collection Sharks are fearsome predators that strike fear into the
Today I’m excited to be sharing this incredible collection of over 40 fun and free printables for kids! This round up includes some of our own favourite printables as well as some from bloggers around the world. There are DIY toys, games, colouring pages, puppets, scavenger hunts, animal crafts, STEM activities and more. You might also like these Summer crafts and activities love making things with my kids, but sometimes
Make some super cute printable paper guinea pigs using our free template. This set has a mama with two babies to cut, fold and slot together – no glue needed! This printable craft was first published in 2016 and has been updated and reshared for today’s audience. You might also like our hand-sewn guinea pig pillows Do you have a soft spot for guinea pigs? I do. Last year we
Tie dying paper towel is a fun and easy process art idea for kids of all ages. It’s similar to traditional tie dying, only cheaper, quicker and easier. This kid’s art activity was first published in 2013 and has been updated and reshared for today’s audience. You might also like these 80 Summer crafts and activities Tie dying is lots of fun — I’ve done it with my big girls
Here’s a super easy paper roll fish craft you can make at home. This is a fun recycling craft idea for kids of all ages, preschoolers included! This easy fish craft was originally posted in 2013 and has been updated and reshared for todays audience. You might also like our egg carton goldfish I adore making paper roll crafts using a cut and fold technique. This paper roll fish has
Here is a fun and easy paper pterodactyl puppet craft for kids. The template to make this paper puppet is free! I love puppet crafts because they provide kids with a fun activity along with a DIY toy to play with (keeping them occupied for a little bit longer, haha). This is perfect for dinosaur lovers, and is great when you need a low-mess, low-prep activity to keep your kiddos
Make an easy sponge boat craft DIY toy for kids! These cute kitchen scourer boats with duct tape sails are perfect for hot Summer days or even just for bath time play. My girls loved playing with these outdoors, even though the day we made them was cold and grey. This craft was originally published in 2013 and has been updated and republished for todays audience. You might also like
These cute little pom pom and pipe cleaner dolls are a fun DIY toy idea to make for or with kids. This craft was first published in 2015 and has been updated and reshared for today’s audience This week I made the girls some little pom pom and pipe cleaner dolls. They were a hit! You could turn them into fairies with the addition of a pair of paper or
This paper chain snake craft is based on two exotic-looking species of python which live in Australia’s tropical Daintree Rainforest. The yellow patterned snake (named Pretzel by my daughter) is a Jungle Carpet python, and the green spotted snake is a beautiful Green Tree python. If you’ve never seen one of these snakes in real life they are stunning to look at with the brightest green colouring – perfect for
Ready for some reptilian fun? Here are 20 reptile crafts for kids, from snakes to crocodiles and geckos to turtles – reptiles are some of the most interesting creatures on earth! You might also like these Dinosaur crafts for kids Secretly I love snakes. Why? because they sit around sunbaking all day long, which is something I’d like to do myself if I had the time. They’re also very misunderstood.
Make a super easy frilled neck lizard craft from a paper towel roll! This is a fun Australian animal craft for kids of all ages. It’s perfect to make as an Australia Day craft or as an anytime activity for kids who love reptiles. This craft was originally published in 2015 and has been updated and reshared for today’s audience. You might also like our paper chain pythons based on species