During the tween years (kids aged 8-12), it can be difficult to get them interested in art and craft projects. We have 12 More Funky Crafts for Kids aged 8-12 years to challenge and engage your tween in some screen-free creative activities.
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#1. Papier Mache Pants Pen Holder
Image from Luntiks
This is so clever and would make a great craft activity for tweens that is also useful. I found it over on Luntiks. Your child can be as creative as they wish with their colours and designs.
#2. Marshmallow Shooter
Image from Discover Explore Learn
Using a balloon, a disposable cup and some duct tape your tween can create this Marshmallow Shooter and challenge friends to a marshmallow shoot out! The battle may be best taken outside.
#3. Button Art
Image from Simply Designing
I love this Button Art canvas from simply designing. You can create anything you want by painting an outline onto your canvas and gluing buttons of all shapes and sizes until you are happy with how it looks.
These would make a lovely personalised gift for friends and family too.
#4. Crystal Names
Image from Playdough to Plato
It is always good to combine a craft with a bit of science thrown in. These crystal names from Playdough to Plato do just that.
Your tween can amaze friends by growing sparkling crystals onto their own name or create a friend or siblings name. The basics for this craft are pipe cleaners, borax powder and patience!
#5. Unicorn Poop Slime
Image from Mom Dot
Anything with the word slime or poop is going to appeal to tweens. It is simply Unicorn poop as everyone knows, Unicorns’ poop is rainbow coloured!
Check out how to make it over on Mom Dot.
#6. Tie Dye Beach Towel
Image from Having Fun At Home
Created using a simple white beach towel and some dye these awesome Watermelon tie dye beach towels are sure to be a hit with both boys and girls. Find out how to make them over on Having fun at home.
#7. Build a Lego Candy Dispenser
Image from Frugal Fun for Boys
Almost every house these days has Lego in abundance. I love this homemade Lego Candy Dispenser from Frugal Fun for Boys, where you will also find full construction instructions.
Easy to create and will give your kids hours of fun.
#12. Duct Tape Flower Pencils
Image from What Will We Do Today?
Create cool flower designs using coloured duct tape, scissors and a pencil or pen. They would make a fantastic gift or pass an afternoon for a group of children.
Image from Making Life Blissful
These cute Buggle Gems are easy to create and make great customised gifts for friends or family.
All you need to create your Buggles is:
- Some clear gems with a flat underside
- Old scraps of coloured/patterned paper or card
- Craft Eyes
#10. Crochet Cat
Image from The Green Dragonfly
Get the free pattern for this colourful crocheted cat from The Green Dragonfly.
Whether you are a beginner or have some experience, you can easily create this rainbow cat or another crocheted creature.
#8. Up-cycled Paper Lanterns
Image from The Swell Designer
I found these really great up-cycled paper lanterns on TheSwellDesigner.com.
All you need is:
- An inexpensive paper lantern
- coloured tissue paper
Your lantern will be instantly transformed into a beautiful rainbow coloured design statement. This would be a great activity for tweens who want to change the look for their room but are on a budget.
#11. Galaxy Print T-Shirt
Image from By Hand of London
Create an out of this world unique galaxy print t-shirt using a dark t-shirt, bleach and fabric paint, along with an empty spray bottle and a paintbrush. Thanks to By Hand London for this cool idea.
Have you tried any of these funky crafts for kids? Please let us know in the comments box below.