10 Simple Art and Craft Ideas for Children’s Day

Ten easy crafts for kids to do

Here are a few ideas that that can be easy enough for your tot to do on his own or under your supervision (especially where scissors are involved!). Whatever the case, oodles of fun are guaranteed!

1. Paper Pinwheel

You must have made and played with these as kids – now it’s time to teach your little one how to make a wonderful little pinwheel that moves with the wind!

Paper pinwheel

What You Will Need

  1. A sheet of paper (decorated or plain)
  2. Unsharpened pencil with eraser
  3. Crayons
  4. Scissors
  5. Ruler
  6. Sharpened pencil
  7. Ball pin

How to Make

  1. Start off by cutting a square from the sheet of paper, with each side measuring 15 cm, and decorate the square with crayons.
  2. Mark the centre of the page, measuring or eyeballing it. Using the ruler and pencil, draw two diagonal lines which extend from one corner to the other. The lines should cross at the centre of the page.
  3. Once the lines have been drawn, mark a point on each line (about 7 cm away from each corner). Cut on the line from each corner up to the marked points.
  4. Erase pencil marks (except for the centre point).
  5. Now using the pin, punch a hole in the centre as well as at the tips of the corners.
  6. Use the pin to poke through the point at one corner and curl it towards the centre without folding it (to look like a flower petal). Hold it in place and curl the remaining three towards the centre.
  7. Push the pin through the centre hole. Hold a pencil with an eraser on a flat surface and align the centre of the pinwheel against the eraser, and push the pin into the eraser.
  8. The pinwheel is now ready! Blow at it or hold it against a light breeze to see it move!


2. Paper Plate Mask

These fun and colourful masks are not just easy to make, but your child can always use them to indulge in pretend play later!

Paper plate masks

What You Will Need

  1. Paper plates
  2. Pencil
  3. Sketch pens
  4. Paint and paintbrushes
  5. Decorative materials like glitter, stickers, etc.
  6. Scissors
  7. Ribbon or paper straw
  8. Glue

How to Make

  1. Use a pencil to draw the shape of the mask on the paper plate. The shape and size should be large enough to accommodate your child’s facial features. You can find various designs on the Internet and even print out a design for reference.
  2. Cut out the mask and the eye-holes. To get symmetrical holes, fold the plate in half lightly, and cut along the outlines.
  3. Paint or decorate the mask using sketch pens, paints, glitter and so on. Place it on a newspaper or another paper plate to avoid a mess.
  4. Once done, punch holes on either side of the mask so that a ribbon can be strung through it. Alternately, you can also stick a paper straw (decorated with paint) on a side, for your child to hold up the mask.
  5. Your child can now pretend to be different characters using his mask!


3. Pistachio Shell Photo Frame

Remember this fun activity from your childhood? Time to create new memories with your little one and preserve it in a handmade pistachio shell photo frame.

Pistachio shell photo frame

What You Will Need

  1. A sheet of cardboard
  2. Pistachio shells
  3. Paint and paintbrushes
  4. Sketch pens
  5. Glue
  6. Scissors
  7. Decorative materials like glitter, stickers, etc.
  8. Sheet of plastic

How to Make

  1. Start off by shaping the sheet of cardboard into an attractive shape – you can leave it as a plain square or rectangle or try different shapes like that of a heart, flower, or your child’s favourite cartoon character.
  2. Decorate the sheet using sketch pens, paint, and other decorative materials. Do the same for the pistachio shells. You can paint it with different colours and patterns, and get really creative with it.
  3. Glue the pista shells on to the sheet of cardboard in the pattern you prefer, but ensure that there is ample space in between for pasting a photograph.
  4. Once dry, paste a photograph on the sheet, such that the shells are framing the image.
  5. Cover the photograph with a piece of clear plastic to protect it from any scratches or damage. The piece of plastic needs to be bigger than the photograph so as to cover it from all sides.
  6. Hang up this beautiful creation in your child’s favourite spot at home!


4. The Hungry Caterpillar

This cute little caterpillar takes only a few strips of paper to create – have a look!

Hungry caterpillar craft

What You Will Need

  1. Red, green and black construction paper
  2. Googly eyes
  3. Glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Stapler

How to Make

  1. Cut strips of equal length from the construction paper. One strip of red and 4-5 strips of the green paper should do. The red strip will be for the caterpillar’s head while the green will be for its body.
  2. Cut out features like antennae and a little mouth from the black construction paper.
  3. Make a paper chain using the strips cut – start off by creating a circle with the red paper and staple the end together. Next, thread a strip of green paper through the red circle and staple the ends. Keep doing this till you’ve formed a chain.
  4. Glue on the googly eyes, antennae, and mouth cutouts on the red circle to give the caterpillar a face.
  5. The cute hungry caterpillar is ready! Put out some paper leaves in front of it so it has something to eat!


5. Origami Bookmark

Is your preschooler turning out to be a voracious reader? Help him create these adorable origami bookmarks to help encourage his reading habits!

Origami bookmark

What You Will Need

  1. A square sheet of coloured paper (15 cm)
  2. Construction paper in different colours (to make decorative features)
  3. Scissors
  4. Glue
  5. Decorative items like glitter, stickers, googly eyes, etc.

How to Make

  1. Fold the sheet of paper in half from one corner to the other, to form a triangle.
  2. Fold the bottom-left corner up to the top corner and glue it in place. Do the same with the right corner.
  3. Turn the paper over. Fold the bottom corner (only the top layer) up to the top corner. Once the fold is made, unfold it again and fold it back into the pocket just created.
  4. Use construction paper to create different features like eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, etc., and glue them onto the bookmark.
  5. As far as Children’s Day crafts for preschoolers go, this bookmark is a very cute and useful thing your child can make, to help him along in his reading as well.


6. Paper Ice Cream Cone

Let your little one enjoy making a yummy-looking ice cream cone that won’t melt when left out!

Paper ice cream cone

What You Will Need

  1. Construction paper (brown and one colour of choice)
  2. Tape
  3. Buttons
  4. Rough paper
  5. Sketch pens
  6. Decorative materials like glitter, stickers, etc.

How to Make

  1. Decorate the sheets of construction paper with different colours sketch pens, glitter and so on. Cut out even strips of the coloured paper (except the brown one).
  2. Fold the brown paper to form a cone and tape it along the edges to secure it in place.
  3. Crumble up a sheet of rough paper into a ball and tape it on top of the cone.
  4. Cover the ball with strips of decorated construction paper to form a colourful ice cream scoop.
  5. Glue a few buttons on to the scoop to resemble sprinkles, and the ice-cream cone is done!

7. Flying Rocket

Here’s a little rocket to excite your little scientist!

Flying rocket craft idea

What You Will Need

  1. Paper towel tubes
  2. Paint and paintbrushes
  3. Construction paper
  4. Aluminum foil
  5. Tape and glue
  6. Scissors
  7. Clothes pegs
  8. Mesh bags

How to Make

  1. Paint and decorate a paper towel tube, and paint the clothes pegs as well. Let them dry.
  2. Cut a semicircle out of a construction paper and fold it into a cone; secure it in place with tape.
  3. Cover the cone with foil. Once done, tape it to the top of the cube.
  4. Clip the clothes pegs at the bottom of the tube.
  5. Cut up the mesh bags into little strips, and tape the strips at the bottom of the tube.
  6. Your rocket is now ready to fly!


8. Bird’s Nest

This craft activity will surely make your little animal lover happy!

Birds Nest

What You Will Need

  1. Brown construction paper
  2. Paint and paintbrushes
  3. Paper plate
  4. Scissors
  5. Tape and glue
  6. Popsicle sticks
  7. Pom poms or cotton balls
  8. Googly eyes
  9. Scraps of different coloured construction paper

How to Make

  1. Cut a paper plate in half and tape the edges together such that it forms a hollow container or nest.
  2. Paint the paper plate brown. Shred the brown construction paper into little strips and stick them onto the ‘nest’ to give it some texture.
  3. Stick googly eyes and little beaks (made out of the scraps of construction paper) onto the pom-poms or cotton balls to make little birds.
  4. Stick the ‘birds’ on popsicle sticks.
  5. Once done, place the sticks in the ‘nest’, such that only the ‘birds’ are popping out from the nest, while the sticks can slide through the gap between the two halves of the plate.
  6. Use the popsicle stick to slide the birds up and down whenever they’re hungry for a little nibble!

9. Paper Plate Bag

This one’s not just going to be fun to make but will also be handy for your child to carry around his little supplies, like his toys and crayons!

Paper plate bag

What You Will Need

  1. Paper plate
  2. Ribbon
  3. Paint and paintbrushes
  4. Construction paper or foam paper
  5. Decorative items like glitter, stickers, buttons, etc.
  6. Scissors
  7. Tape and glue
  8. Stapler

How to Make

  1. Cut a paper plate in half and tape the edges together such that it forms a hollow container or nest.
  2. Paint the paper plates with any colour and decorate it with different things like stickers and glitter.
  3. On the side facing out, add a little piece of construction or foam paper to resemble the latch. You can even stick a little button on it to make it look more like a bag.
  4. Staple a ribbon to both sides of the purse to form a handle.
  5. Place lightweight things like toys or art supplies in the bag, and it’s ready to go!


10. Sponge Sailboat

It’s off to the seas for your little one with these little sailboats!

sailboat craft

What You Will Need

  1. Construction paper
  2. Craft sticks or long toothpicks
  3. Paint and paintbrushes
  4. Sponges
  5. Scissors

How to Make

  1. Cut out small rectangular pieces from the construction paper and paint them.
  2. Stick the long toothpicks or craft sticks into the sponges. You can even cut the sponge into different shapes, if needed.
  3. Insert the toothpicks through the pieces of paper, such that it goes through the bottom end and comes out through the top end, forming a mast.
  4. You can place these little boats in water and see how they float!

We hope you’ll enjoy making these fun crafts for Children’s Day with your little one and will have a blast. No doubt, these are also going to form precious memories for you and your child to cherish in the years to come!