It can seem like a constant battle to keep the kids occupied. You don’t just want to put them in front of a screen, but sometimes they struggle to entertain themselves. If you want to help make sure they don’t get bored, it’s helpful to provide them with some things to do. On a rainy day, staying inside and doing some crafts is ideal. Paper crafts are often the perfect option. You only need some paper or card to get started, and perhaps a couple of other items. They’re usually safe activities that the kids can do unsupervised too, as long as you don’t mind a little mess. Try out these crafts for a fun time with the kids.

 

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Card Making

Making cards is always fun, and there’s always some reasons you can find to give them. Maybe it’s Christmas, someone’s birthday, or a new baby in the family. You can also encourage the giving of cards just because, as a sweet way to show affection. There are all sorts of things the kids can do when they’re making cards, from cutting and sticking to drawing and breaking out the glitter. Some robust card is often best, but paper will do in a pinch. Employ a range of other materials too and even consider making some 3D designs or perhaps even some pop-up cards.

Paper Mache

Paper mache is a great craft for using up any paper you’ve got and for getting a bit messy too. It works well with newspaper because it’s thinner, but you can use other paper. All you need to do is get some glue and start layering paper and glue over a mold. Balloons are great if you want to make anything round, giving you the ability to make it any size you want, as well as easily remove it by popping it. You can experiment with all kinds of shapes, but this might be one craft that requires supervision.

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Origami

Origami might not immediately seem like the ideal paper craft for kids. It can be fiddly, which makes it hard for small fingers. But the fact that it can be a little tricky is great for developing dexterity and accuracy. There are plenty of easier projects to try too. If you want to try some origami, thin origami paper is best. If you use thicker paper, a couple of folds in you’ll be wishing you had something thinner. Try starting with these origami crane instructions to make an iconic origami figure. Once the kids have got the hang of it, they’ll love making them again and again in different colors. Slightly larger pieces of paper can make it easier.

Holiday Decorations

There’s always a holiday around the corner. Holiday crafts are a great way to get the kids excited and keep them occupied. Paper decorations have long been a favorite kids craft, so why not keep the tradition alive? Paper chains are easy to make, but there are so many other shapes and designs you can try. Try cutting out some decorations to hang on strings or stick around the house, or maybe to hang on your Christmas tree.

If all you have is some paper and glue or scissors, there’s still so much you can do with the kids. Give them some crafts, and they’ll have plenty of creative fun.