Looking for activities that will unplug your tweens? Fed up hearing “I’m bored” from your older kids? Here are 12 funky crafts for kids aged 8 to 12 yrs, who are ready to move onto bigger and more complicated crafts.
1. Winter Terrariums
These terrariums are a great winter activity, made with salt, animals, pebbles and moss. You could also equally create a summer version, with sand instead of salt.
2. Craft Stick Crows
How cute are these little craft stick crows?!
3. Fall Egg Carton Wreath
Egg carton wreaths are a great way of recycling egg cartons that normally end up in the bin, and would be a fun craft for older kids.
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4. Silhouette Lanterns
Silhouette lanterns can be easily made with jars, spray paint, and a paint marker, and can look very effective.
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5. Parachute Cord (Paracord) Bracelets
Paracord bracelets look great, and will appeal to kids, as they can be unravelled to provide a usable length of parachute cord if ever needed!
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6. Make a Mini Minion
Minions will always be popular and these cute little guys will also allow your kids to get some sewing experience.
7. Cosmic Suncatchers
Your tweens will love the look of these cosmic suncatchers, which are made from recycled materials, and super quick to make.
8. Folded Paper Bracelets
These folded paper bracelets are a neat way to upcycle your artwork.
9. Glue Batik T-Shirt
Let your tween discover their inner designer with these glue batik t-shirt designs.
10. Make a Vehicle
This rubber band powered car will appeal to your young engineers, and apart from the rubberbands, you will probably have most of the materials lying about the house already.
11. Flip Your Lid Upcycle Lockets
Another project which makes use of materials lying about the house, these upcycle lockets would make lovely gifts.
12. Star Wars Tin Can Lanterns
These Star Wars tin can lanterns would be simple for older kids to make, and look great. Any pattern can be created – just draw what you want, and then use hammer and nails to create the pattern.
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Over to you – any projects your older kids enjoy doing? Let us know in the comments below.