12 More Funky Crafts for Kids Aged 8-12 Years (Tweens)

crafts for kids aged 8 to 12 years tweens

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

Crafts for Kids papier mache pants pen holder from Lunticks

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

Crafts for kids Marshmallow shooter from discover explore learn

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

crafts for kids button art from simply designing

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

crafts for kids crystal names from playdoughtoplato

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

crafts for kids unicorn poop slime from Mom Dot

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.

You May Also Enjoy: Watching How to Make Slime

#6. Tie Dye Beach Towel

Crafts for Kids watermelon tie dye beach towel from Having Fun at Home

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

Crafts for kids lego candy dispenser from frugal fun for boys

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

Craft for kids duct tape flower pens or 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.

#9. Buggles

Crafts for Kids Buggles

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
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Craft Eyes

#10. Crochet Cat

Crafts for Kids Crochet Cat from The Green Dragonfly

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

Crafts for Kids aged 8 to 12 Rainbow 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
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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

Crafts for Kids galaxy print t-shirt by hand of london

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. 

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