If you’re looking for low-cost, easy ways to keep your kids entertained on a rainy afternoon, paper crafts are a classic choice. If you have paints and glue, these easy paper craft ideas for kids can be brought to life using Plenty household towels you already have around the house and a few basic art supplies.
These card and tissue paper craft ideas do involve scissors. We recommend that a responsible adult does the cutting, and any little assistants can take care of the painting and assembly.
Kitchen roll rocket paper craft
Looking for tissue paper craft ideas that will make time zoom past? It might never reach orbit, but this supersonic rocket recycling project is sure to lift-off your kid’s mood and keep them busy.
Takes about 2 hours
What you’ll need
- Plenty kitchen roll tube
- Plenty kitchen paper
- Empty Lotus tissue box
- Soft Lotus tissues
- Side plate
- Red card
- Grey, blue, green and pink paint
- Paint brush
- White, silver and red pens
- To create the body of your rocket, put the kids in charge of painting the empty Plenty tube with grey paint and leave it to dry. Then help them paint some circular pink windows and a green door, and leave to dry before outlining them with white and silver pens.
- Next, draw and cut out four triangular pieces of scrap cardboard for the rocket’s fins, and paint them blue. Leave to dry.
- Place a side plate on a sheet of red card and draw around it, then cut it out. Fold in half, and then cut along the folded line to make two semi-circles. Take one of the semi-circles and roll it into a cone shape big enough to fit the top of the tube and stick in place with glue.
- Measure and cut four slits measuring 6 cm long at equal intervals around the bottom of the rocket, and slot the triangles in place. Add a little glue along the seams, then allow to dry. Cut a star out of some strong kitchen paper and colour it red and stick it on the front of the rocket.
- Tear another Plenty kitchen towel into thin strips and glue them to the inside of the bottom of the rocket, and you’re ready to blast off.
Painting can get messy! Keep a piece of moistened kitchen paper on hand that’s strong when wet, like Plenty, so you can wipe up spills as you go. It’ll make the clean-up that little bit easier.
Super recycled snake paper craft
For this next paper craft for kids, Plenty The Extra Big One rolls are ideal for maximum effect. It’s time to make a brilliant wiggly snake, featuring everyone’s favourite craft item: googly eyes.
Takes about 1.5 hours
What you’ll need
- 2 Plenty The Extra Big One household towel tubes
- Plenty household towels
- Green, orange, pink and yellow paint
- Red pen
- Red paper
- Wiggle eyes
- Drinking straw
- Hole punch or bradawl
- First, cut each Plenty tube into two or three shorter tubes of equal lengths. Then slightly flatten the new tubes and cut off the corners with scissors.
- Next, paint the tubes green and orange, and leave to dry.
- Use a drinking straw to paint spots on the green tubes with pink and yellow paints. Leave to dry.
- Colour a section of kitchen paper with a red pen, and cut out a forked tongue shape (don’t worry, Plenty kitchen paper is strong enough to hold together, however much ink you colour it with).
- Stick the tongue inside the end of one of the pieces, which will be the head. Then add two wiggle eyes to the top.
- Make a hole in each end of each painted tube with a hole punch or bradawl. Take a length of string and thread it through the head piece, then thread it through the holes in the other tubes to string them all together. Finish off by tying a knot at the end so that the string can be used to drag the snake along.
These easy paper crafts for kids are tons of fun to make and play with, and a great chance to get in an early lesson about recycling. Enjoy improvising with other things you have lying around, seeing what different shapes and animals you can come up with.
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