10 Crafts for Non-Crafty Moms and Dads

Author: one tough job

In this new world of social distancing, moms and dads are busier than ever. We scoured the internet for some of the simplest crafts you can do with your children, using materials you probably already have lying around. Even the non-crafty parents will appreciate these!


Source: Happiness is Homemade

1. Streamer Rainbows

With only five items, this activity is simple and sure to cheer you up! Pro tip: Make the cloud a smiling sun if you prefer, just add paint or markers to your supply list.

What you’ll need:

  • Paper plate
  • Cotton Balls
  • Tissue paper or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Source: The Best Ideas for Kids

2. Paint Rocks

Tried and true, this activity is sure to keep your little one busy for a while. Depending on where you live, you’ll be able to find plenty of supplies right in your own backyard!

What you’ll need:

  • Rocks (make sure to wash them first!)
  • Paint
  • Imagination

Source: The Realistic Mama

3. Shaving Cream Art

Another simple yet messy idea to let your kids be creative! Set this up in a baking sheet to try to contain the mess, drip drops of food coloring about and mix with a paintbrush or fork.

What you’ll need:

  • Shaving cream
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Food coloring
  • Fork or paintbrush

Source: Typically Simple

4. Bubble Painting

Do you have half open bottles of bubbles lying around? Mix 3 parts bubbles with 2 parts paint and have your child blow the bubbles onto a piece of paper to create some art. Pro tip: Wait for a nice day and do this project outside!

What you’ll need:

  • Bubbles
  • Non-toxic paint
  • Bubble wands
  • Paper

Source: Nora Nalle for The Spruce Crafts

5. Colorful Macaroni Necklace

Making your very own colorful macaroni necklace is a fun activity for children of all ages. You can dye the pasta (similar to dying eggs) or have your children paint them and make designs.

What you’ll need:

  • Uncooked pasta: Macaroni, Rigatoni, Penne, Ditalini, Ziti
  • String
  • Scissors
  • To dye your pasta:
    • Jar or bowl(s)
    • Vinegar
    • Paint or food coloring
  • To paint your pasta:
    • Paint
    • Paintbrushes

Source: Easy Peasy and Fun

6. Paper Plate Turtles

A fun way for kids to be creative and decorate a turtle’s shell in many different ways – they can use crayons/markers, paints, construction paper, tissue paper, pom poms, or something else!

What you’ll need:

  • Paper plate
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Source: One Little Project

7. Fire Breathing Dragon

Let your kids become fire breathing dragons! This is a fun craft that can keep them entertained well after the craft is complete!

What you’ll need:

  • Paper roll (toilet paper roll, paper towel roll, or wrapping paper)
  • Construction paper (red or green)
  • Tissue paper (red, orange, and yellow)
  • Glue
  • Optional: pom poms and googly eyes (can always just draw them on)

Source: Laughing Kids Learn

8. Cupcake Flowers

Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate than bringing flowers indoors!

What you’ll need:

  • Cupcake liners (different sizes if available)
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paper plate
  • Crayons, markers, or paint

Source: RoseArt

9. Bow Tie Pasta Butterflies

Another spring activity – create pasta butterflies and decorate them however you choose. Pro tip: Add glitter to make your butterflies sparkle, or paint on polka dots and stripes.

What you’ll need:

  • Paint or markers
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Bow-tie pasta

Source: Teaching Mama

10. Recreate the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Author and Illustrator Eric Carle created the Very Hungry Caterpillar in his signature style. Here are 15 ways you can create your very own Very Hungry Caterpillar right at home!

What you’ll need depends on which caterpillar you’ll be creating. Create one or create them all!

Show us what you create by sharing a photo on social media and use the hashtag, #OneToughJob.

Happy Crafting!

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