50+ arts and craft ideas

Perfect for playdates and rainy days, we’ve compiled our favourite 50 easy art and craft ideas to keep kids busy.

Fun, creative and easy ways to paint


1-5 – Fingers at the ready!

Kids can handprint their way to artistic greatness!

6-10 – Or are you bored of using paint?

Try these 5 arty ways to use shaving foam instead.

11-15 – No brush, no problem!

There are many ways for kids to make their mark.

Here’s one I made earlier! 

These crafts, using old packaging, are traditional and fun.

16-20 – Don’t put cereal boxes into the recycling bin!

Make some fun makes instead!

21-25 – Bored fusilli?

These art ideas don’t cost a pretty penne! (Sorry, not sorry, for the terrible pasta pun)

26-30 – Have an underwater adventure

Dive into the ocean with these ocean-inspired crafts!

Looking for something a bit different?

Alternative crafts to suit every mood…!

31 – Unleash their inner Picasso

This simple activity teaches parts of the face too!

32-36 – Get happy!

Feeling blue? These happy crafts are sure to turn that frown upside down! 

37-41 – Got a racer in the midst?

Make a race track together using one (or all) of these ideas.

42-46 – 5 Monster crafts – perfect for your little monsters

The best part is you can let them do most of it on their own.

47-51 – Tired of explaining why they can’t have a lion as a pet?

Make one or any of these other cute creatures instead.

52-56 – 3 Totally cool cork crafts

We LOVE these ideas from CBeebies!

57 – Let them create art you might actually want to hang up

All you need is paper and some trusty felt tips – thanks Mess for Less!