In honor of National Craft Month, we rounded up 10 of our reader’s favorite craft activities from the Melissa & Doug Blog library of kids’ craft projects! There’s a project for everyone: indoor & outdoor enthusiasts, readers & non-readers, and Neat Nancys & Messy Marvins alike. Plus — as always — tons of smiles, giggles, and learning are sure to go along with these top kids craft picks.
Have story time with Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who!, then construct your own science lab. Budding scientists can use magnifying glasses to hunt for Specks (globs of glitter glue) on clovers (pom-poms). No boring plain-white labs here… The fun all happens in their own rainbow-rich “Speck Discovery Lab,” where little ones learn colors, increase fine-motor development, and practice their sorting skills.
Wouldn’t it be cool if kids could play with a cloud? They can! Check out this post that shows you how to make your own fluffy Cloud Dough — and magically turn it different colors before your very eyes. Kids can shape the dough into anything they can imagine. Works great with our Sand Ice Cream Set.
Here you get 5 for 5 — Five creative play ideas for our REUSABLE stickers that cost just under $5! Learn how to use stickers to create storybooks, play the Never-Ending Story game, decorate picture frames, and more.
Need a homemade gift idea? Here’s 3 simple hands-on gifts that kids can make from the heart. Perfect for birthdays, Mother’s/Father’s Day, or anytime you want to spread some cheer.
Is there a Happy Birthday coming up in your home? Maybe your child wants to have a special playdate, or likes writing notes to family or friends. These easy DIY Origami notes are going to be a favorite of your little note-writer!
Bring paper butterflies magically to life with this clever trick to make them flutter as you balance them on your finger! Get out your net, and get ready to create some beautiful, fidgety, springtime friends.
SPLAT! Watch out for flying sponges. There goes green! There goes blue! Before you know it, you’ve created the WORLD. Learn how to make a cool splatter-painted Earth in your own backyard. SPLAT— There goes another flying sponge. (We told you to watch out!)
For holidays, birthdays, or ANY day, this simple kid-made, love filled gift is the perfect craft for young artists. People say the best things come in small packages, and THIS precious gift idea is proof that the old saying is true! CLICK HERE and our Blog Ambassador Zina will show you how your caring kiddos can easily make this unique and crafty keepsake.
Who’s #1 in your child’s life? Make it known with a hand-painted keepsake card. Using watercolor paper, masking tape, and washable finger paints, kids cover the entire card with paint then then get to peel back the tape to reveal their creations. Have kids roll up their sleeves or put on a smock, ‘cuz this one gets messy.
Wait! Don’t put away that artist’s smock quite yet… Here’s a colorful craft for kids who also want to celebrate springtime! Check out the steps for making one-of-a-kind garden markers. Young artists will love adding their own personal flair to flower and vegetable markers, and will be so proud to see them displayed outside for everyone to see!
There you have it — a bundle of top 10 craft ideas from Melissa & Doug, ready for your family to explore and enjoy during National Craft Month — and year round!
Got a favorite craft idea of your own? We’d love to see your masterpieces! Share your own screen-free crafts and block play photos with us on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtags #TakeBackChildhood, #CountlessWaysToPlay and #MelissaAndDoug.