10 Collaborative Family Arts & Crafts Projects

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Arts and crafts projects are a fun and engaging way for families to bond and create something together! These projects can include painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, and even cooking. Collaborative projects can help children develop creativity, problem-solving skills, and teamwork. They also provide a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together. Check out some fun projects to get your creative journey started!

Family Arts & Crafts Ideas

Note: Be sure to choose crafts that suit your child’s age and understanding. 

Handprint/Finger Painting Art

handprint art

Create a piece of art using everyone’s handprints. You can paint everyone’s hands and press them onto a canvas or paper, or use ink to make prints. This can be a fun way to create a family keepsake. You can use washable paint, or make your own paint using flour, water, and food coloring.

Check out this youtube video to see some cool handprint animal art.

DIY Slime

DIY slime

Slime is a popular toy that has really taken the kids’ toy market by storm in the last few years. Luckily, you can make slime with some simple household items! In most slime recipes, white school glue is combined with water, borax, or liquid starch. But there are other recipes to make slime, depending on what your child likes! You can even add glitter or confetti to make it pop! 

Here is a recipe for DIY slime.

Painted Rock Art/Pets

rock art

This craft may require you to go outside and find some rocks! Grab a handful of smooth and round rocks, head inside, and let the fun begin. You can use markers, ink, paint, or stickers to decorate your rocks with colorful designs. Or add some googly eyes and make them your pet rocks! The fun is endless.

Watch this youtube video to see some rock creations.

Origami

origami

Learn how to make origami together and create a collection of paper animals or other objects. For the best origami creations, make sure to use colorful paper! It is surprising to see what you can make with only a single sheet of paper!

Check out this youtube channel for more origami tutorials.

Sensory Bins

sensory bin

Children can explore sensory bins filled with various materials to stimulate their senses of touch, sight, smell, and taste. This is especially a great way to introduce sensitive children to different textures. Depending on the type of sensory bin you want to create, you will need varying materials. Most sensory bins contain water beads, kinetic sand, rice, paper, and small toys. 

Check out a few DIY sensory bin ideas.

Edible Playdough

edible playdough

Making homemade playdough is a fun activity that kids of all ages can enjoy… But have you considered edible playdough? Get ready for hours of yummy fun! With 4-gluten free ingredients: frosting, food coloring, powdered sugar, and cornstarch, you’ll be on your way to playing with your gooey creations. 

Here is an edible playdough recipe.

Vision board/Collage

collage

Gather a collection of old magazines, newspapers, and other materials to create a fun-filled collage. Each family member can create their own collage or work together on one larger project. Additionally, you can give your kids a variety of stickers to let them create their own collages.

Check out these collages for kids.

Popsicle Stick Crafts

popsicle stick art

Give kids popsicle sticks and glue, and let them create whatever they can imagine, like a picture frame, a house, or a bridge. Or they can color on them and make cool characters (like the superheroes in the photo). Additionally, your popsicle creations can double as bookmarks for your favorite stories. 

Check out this popsicle stick tutorial.

Cut & tie blanket

cuttie blanket

Cut and tie, also known as no-sew fleece blankets, are a simple and easy way to make cozy blankets together or as a gift. All you need to do is cut fringe along the edges of two pieces of fleece fabric and tie the fringe together. So, grab your favorite fleece patterns from your local fabric store and create some snuggly blankets for yourself or others! 

Watch this video tutorial to learn more.

Glowing Fairy Jar

fairy jar

Gather up some glitter and glow sticks for some mythical fun! “Capture” some fairies in a mason jar and watch as the jar glows. Lightly shake it up to see fairy dust fly! 

Check out the glowing fairy jar tutorial.

Here at Cornerstone Academy, we know just how to keep your little ones engaged! They might even bring home some cool crafts and show you how it’s done! Our curriculum is designed specifically by age, with an emphasis on art, imagination, movement, social development, and more.

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