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Make bookmarks, puppets, origami boxes, story dice, noisemakers, paper flowers, and more with these classroom craft ideas your students will love. Click on each craft's title for the full details!

Colorful Fall Leaves

Put away the waxed paper and Vaseline and bring out the coffee filters and markers to create a twist on autumn leaf projects. Kids can use their imagination to fashion leaves of pink and purple and mint green. Bonus: Take young explorers on a nature walk to gather branches and add a hands-on science lesson to this fun, fall craft project. Click here.


Mosaic Pumpkins


1 handy template + a handful of multi-colored beans = a fun and easy pumpkin project kids will love! Simply cut out the template and mount on card stock, ­leaving ¼-inch trim. Glue dried beans, peas, and lentils in desired pattern, and voilà, a pumpkin of another color! Click here.

• Fall Craft Templates (Pumpkin, Turkey, & Leaf)


"All About Me" Hats

Gather a variety of hats (kids can bring their own), as well as scraps of fabric and ribbon, stickers, small trinkets and toys, and magazine and newspaper clippings. Have students choose a hat and then decorate it in a way that reflects them, using school glue or a glue stick to affix items. Wear your new hats at a getting-to-know-you class hat party! Click here.

Memory Mailbox

Welcome the new school-year by creating a “memory mailbox” to document all of the fun times ahead.  Each Friday, students write notes and drop them in the box. Open at year’s end for a back-to-school activity that comes full circle. Click here.


Mini-Garden Keepsake

Celebrate the end of the year with a gift that will keep on growing. Help kids craft mini-gardens out of recycled plastic bags, fabric scraps, and ribbons. Fill each DIY satchel with a half cup of soil and a sprinkle of wildflower seeds. Kids can then scatter their garden-to-go in the backyard or a soil-filled container, water frequently, and watch flowers bloom through the summer. Click here.

Quilt of Knowledge

Have students share advice with next year’s class by decorating templates with sketches, poems, and stories recounting favorite classroom memories. Glue templates to colored paper and use yarn to tie it all together. Click here.

Download the Wisdom Quilt Template from Instructor Magazine




Recycled Egg-Carton Flowers


Watch young artists blossom as they transform egg cartons into colorful flowers. Work with kids to cut out petals and centers, then paint in bright shades. Add pipe-cleaner stems for a one-of-a-kind springtime bouquet.

Watch Instructor magazine's resident crafter Jim Noonan demonstrate this craft:

Eco-Friendly Tote Bags

Decorate reusable canvas totes with fabric paint for a craft project that doubles as a hands-on lesson in conservation. A further green twist: DIY stamps using adhesive foam and recycled bottle caps and jar lids.

Watch Instructor magazine's resident crafter Jim Noonan demonstrate this craft:

Be a Wild Thing

Imagination reigns in Maurice Sendak's classic book, Where the Wild Things Are. Help students create Wild Thing costumes and Wild Thing masks, then see what creative stories they come up with during imaginative play. Don’t forget to practice your rawrrrs!

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Clifford's Party Hats

On February 14, 2013, Clifford the Big Red Dog will celebrate his 50th birthday! Join in the fun by creating these festive party hats with your class. Just download the templates, print, and create.

Watch Instructor magazine's resident crafter Jim Noonan demonstrate this craft:

"Snowy Day" Shape Collage

Use scrap paper to create beautiful landscapes like those in Ezra Jack Keats’s The Snowy Day. Students will practice working with shapes and learn the concepts of foreground, middle ground, and background.

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Six-Pack Snowflakes

Here’s a winter craft project with a green twist. Have kids collect their family’s plastic six-pack rings. Rather than ending up in a landfill, they’ll become larger-than-life snowflakes!

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“Stained-Glass” Mobile

Use up old crayons, create a beautiful classroom decoration, and teach a lesson on the science of melting in this fun project.

Watch Instructor magazine's resident crafter Jim Noonan demonstrate this craft:

Potpourri Science

Kids will love transforming discarded orange peels and spices into potpourri. Along the way, they’ll learn about dehydration, rehydration, and evaporation. They’ll also create a festive gift to bring home.

Watch Instructor magazine's resident crafter Jim Noonan demonstrate this craft:


Monster Bookmarks

Art and geometry come together with these merry monster bookmarks. All you need is some sturdy paper, scissors, glue, and your students’ imaginations. Find easy, step-by-step instructions for this and other unique and fun paper crafts at


Put on a Play

These puppets are easy to create: Collect images of characters from your favorite books (or have kids draw their own!). Add pipe cleaners to form the bodies, then attach to craft sticks with classroom glue or glue dots. Pass them out, along with some favorite fables and fairy tales. They can improvise or write their own dialogue, then act out dramas in pairs or small groups. Click here.

Colorful Shape Patterns

What you’ll need: 
Construction paper (in five colors)
Paper-folding template, available for download 
Glue stick 
Cardboard (for backing)

1  Before class, cut construction paper into 1½"-wide strips. Have students fold and crease the strips to form triangles, squares, and trapezoids. For folding suggestions, download the template.

2  Students should cut their shapes out and sort them by shape and/or color. Have them choose one as the “starter shape.” They can experiment with building out from it—what kinds of patterns can they make? 

3  Once students have chosen a design, have them glue down the starter shape on cardboard backing.

4  They should continue to glue their design from the center outward. When finished, display or send home!

“I Feel . . .” Origami Boxes

What makes students feel brave, or curious, or wise? Give them prompts like “I feel curious when . . .” and prepare to be amazed at what they write—and later share with their classmates. To start, download our free templates. After kids have written on them, help put them together with just a few folds and some cellophane tape. 

Use these templates in your classroom. Click here.

Chalkboard-Paint Figures

Transform old toys into whimsical nameplates using chalkboard paint for a conversation-starting back-to-school activity. First, put out a call to parents to send in old toys, or collect them yourself from yard sales or dollar stores. Spray-paint the toys (outside of class), then bring them in for students to decorate with their names and other words or drawings. It’ll quickly personalize their spaces and, perhaps, get kids talking about their interests. Click here.

Colorful Compliment Jars

Turn an ordinary jar into a great incentive for students to be good classroom citizens. Not familiar with the compliment jar concept? Here’s the idea: Whenever a child says or does something nice, place a token in the jar. To up the acts of kindness, use tissue paper–wrapped prizes as tokens. Once students have accumulated a given number—and gotten in plenty of counting practice—reward them with a class party.  Click here.

Match-It-Up Ice Pops

Get students excited about building their vocabulary skills with our colorful ice-pop game. Create matching pairs by writing synonyms, antonyms, or vocabulary words and their definitions on the solid yellow pops. Mix up the pops and have students place them flavor side up on the floor. Finally, have kids flip the pops to find each matching pair. This activity teachers vocabulary, synonyms, and antonyms.  Click here.

Vocabulary Search-and-Find

Turn vocabulary practice into a search-and-find game kids can play during quiet time. First, print vocabulary words on card stock. (Download our beach-, baseball-, and camping-themed lists at Cut the words into strips and mix them in jars with beads or other small objects, and secure the lids with glue. Finally, give students a list of the vocabulary words. Encourage them to shake and twist the jars to find them all. Click here.

Confetti Geo Cards

Studying countries or states? Have students sum up their knowledge with these colorful confetti displays. Begin by creating a representative collage or scene on construction-paper cards. Sprinkle with confetti and cover with a transparency layer, gluing it to the background around the edges. On the back, have students affix a small card on which they’ve written interesting facts. When they’re done, they can present their geo cards to the class. Click here.

Story Dice

Kids love playful ways to generate writing ideas. Gather a handful of wooden cubes and a collection of colorful stickers. Place a different sticker on each side of the cubes. Have students roll one, two, or three cubes at a time and challenge them to include the images that land faceup in a story or a poem. Suggest that they choose one of the images to be the main topic in the story. Other images may provide a setting or perhaps a villain or crucial plot point. Then have students create longer stories, with a roll of the cubes for each new chapter or episode. Click here.

How to Grow a Friendly Face

Instead of growing grass or seeds in a Styrofoam cup this spring, invite students to create their own stuffed friends—and observe as each begins to sport a signature spiky green ’do.

Click here.


Plant a Terrarium

Students can learn about habitats and the water cycle by turning old glass jars and containers into mini-gardens. Begin by placing a layer of stones in the bottom of the container. Fill halfway with soil, then add an arrangement of plants. Layer with more soil, and add moss and plant or animal figurines. Click here.

Make Your Own Galaxy Putty

Mixing up a batch of glittery dough is a fun project for the end of an astronomy unit, or for a discussion of the properties of matter and how those change when sub-stances come together. Combine one cup flour, a half-cup salt, two tablespoons cream of tartar, one cup water, and food coloring. Warm the mixture over medium heat until it forms a doughy ball. Knead in glitter when cool. Click here.

Create a Rock Display

Bring real-world relevance to geology by inviting students to curate their own rock collections. First, gather different kinds of rocks from outdoors. Use the library and Internet to research their names and types. Attach the rocks to the inside of a box lid with glue and then label them. Click here.

Create a Classroom Library

Use strips of bright masking or painter’s tape to create instant frames that won’t damage walls. Japanese washi tape comes in particularly fun patterns and colors and is available online.

Kids can easily switch out their own masterpieces when you hang clipboards in a square or rectangular grid. A nearby step stool can help little ones reach the top row.

Short on space? Look up. Install a curtain rod a few inches from your ceiling and display students’ creations using shower or curtain clips. Avoid nails or screws by placing a suspension rod in a tight area (such as a window well or library nook).

Cork panels or tiles take up less room than a classic bulletin board, making them a great choice for narrow corners or otherwise unused classroom real estate.

Kids can personalize skirt hangers with paint and other decorations—and you can move the hangers from wall to bulletin board to clothesline.

Natural Noisemakers

Challenge students to use Mother Nature as inspiration for designing their own musical instruments. These colorful shakers were made using only Y-shaped branches, acorns, bells, and neon string. What other musical potential do students see in the world around them? Click here.

Jar -Lid Castanets

Save small lids from food jars and invite students to make their own snappy percussion instruments. First, attach two similar-size lids together using fabric tape. Then, tape a rubber band to each lid to serve as a finger holder. Glue decorative ribbons to the base, then cha-cha-cha! Let the music making begin! Click here.

Aluminum Can Drums

Finish out your crafty orchestra with a set of these adorable mini-drums. Start with clean, washed cans of all sizes. Fill the cans with a few tablespoons of rice so they can be used as shakers, too. Trim the ends off large balloons, stretch them over the cans, and secure with rubber bands. Play the drums with chopsticks or shake for a catchy beat. Click here.

Heart to Heart

Instead of having students exchange store-bought Valentine’s candy this year, help them make their own festive conversation hearts. Students will practice measuring, following directions, and, of course, brainstorming clever messages. You can also have them make scientific observations about what happens as you mix the simple ingredients (including gelatin and powdered sugar) together. Click here.

This DIY treat also makes a great gift to send home to families or share with support staff at your school. For the full recipe, click here.

Wintry Crystals

Make beautiful crystallized ornaments without having to worry about them melting! Share this wintry science experiment with students: First, mix nine tablespoons of borax with three cups of hot water. Then, bend a pipe cleaner into a desired shape (heart, star, letter). Next, fasten a string around one end of the pipe cleaner, and the other to a pencil. Pour the borax solution into the jar and dip the pipe cleaner into the solution so the pencil is resting on the rim of the jar. Let it sit for six to eight hours and watch as crystals begin to form! Click here.

Festive Photo Ornaments

Everyone loves a photograph ornament (do you still have yours from childhood hanging on the tree?). Capture students’ smiles—and the hearts of their parents—with easy, DIY paper ornaments. Just print or photocopy clear photos of students, offer an assortment of colorful paper and decorations like gemstones, feathers, and glitter, and watch as students create authentic keepsakes.

Click here.

Pocket-Size Memento Books

Encourage students to think creatively and practice writing with personalized, pocket-size notebooks. To make the books, simply cut, layer, fold, and staple together festive paper. Assign themes to each book, like “Goals for 2012,” “Holiday Haikus,” or “What I’m Thankful For,” and let the writing begin! Click here.

Perfect Paper Flowers

Put extra scraps of paper to good use by creating colorful hanging wheels. Instruct students to cut the paper into equal-size strips, fold each strip in half, and glue the ends together. Assemble the wheel by putting a drop of glue on the end and middle of each loop and attaching it to the next. Keep going until you’ve formed a circle, and add a string to hang. Click here.

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Forget those problem sets! Get your kids psyched about STEM and STEAM with interactive toys and crafts they can make at home. They'll be amazed to see science, technology, engineering, and math in action in a setting that feels nothing like school. Get templates and instructions at

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Put a camera (okay, a phone!) in your kid's hands, and let her go wild capturing the world around her. Make prints of her favorite photos and then use these techniques to transform them into new pieces of art. These are heirloom projects you'll save for always!

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This statuesque owl was hatched from humble origins -- namely, a cardboard tube and paper cupcake liners -- so you don't need to be talon-ted to make one!

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Looking to make some extra cash? Paper mache is a nice item to sell on Etsy, because these pieces are one of a kind originals and often fetch.

Does your child dream of sailing the seven seas? Help fuel their imagination with this step-by-step guide on how to make a paper boat.

All you need to make paper boats for kids is a piece of paper and materials for decorating. Kids can use crayons, pens, and paints to craft their own pirate ship or fleet of battle ships. Before you know it, they’ll be playing captain in their very own sea adventures.  

How to fold a paper boat: picture guide

The picture guide below should make it easy to explain how to make a boat out of paper to kids – just ask them to carefully follow each step and fold where shown. Click here to download the full-size step-by-step picture guide. It might be best to try one out yourself first – once you’ve got the hang of it you can help your child fold their own paper boat. To start, you’ll need a rectangular piece of paper. A sheet of A4 is ideal.

How to make a paper boat: step-by-step instructions

Making a paper boat can seem tricky, so it’s good to have some written instructions to follow alongside the pictures.

  1. Lay out a rectangular piece of paper. If you are using patterned or printed paper, begin with the decorated side facing up so it will show on the outside of the boat
  2. Fold the sheet of paper in half from top to bottom to create a horizontal crease in the middle – the non-patterned side of your paper should now be visible
  3. Fold the top corners in towards the middle so that they meet. Leave 1-2 inches of space at the bottom. You should now have a triangle shape
  4. Fold the flaps at the bottom of the triangle shape up on both sides
  5. Pop out the middle to make a hat shape
  6. Using your fingers, open the hat shape out even more until it forms a square. Tuck the corners of one flap under the other
  7. Fold up the bottom flaps of the square on both sides so you are left with a triangle shape
  8. Pull out the middle of the triangle to form a square
  9. Pull out the middle of the square
  10. Press the shape flat
  11. Open out from the bottom to assemble your boat shape
  12. Ta-da! You now have a paper boat which your kids can decorate however they like!

Keep scrolling for ideas on how to decorate your paper boat!

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Besides keeping you up on all the need-to-know current events, a hefty newspaper is downright useful to have around the house—whether you’re using it to cushion easy-to-break items or to line your garden beds. While you can probably rattle off the most common ways to recycle newspaper, why not take a crack at a few ingenious project ideas that you’ve never considered? You can’t do these with a digital subscription. Viva la paper!



We’ve all had those moments where we’re running late to a birthday party and desperately searching for a gift bag—only to realize that we forgot to buy one. You can avoid the last-minute scramble out to the store when you try your hand at the user-friendly directions from How About Orange for making your own newsprint gift bags. A few quick cuts, some strategic folds, and a glue stick all help to get the job done in no time flat.



Move over kids’ tepees, because this newspaper jungle gym will be the next indoor play area to sweep the nation. Brainchild of Modern Parents Messy Kids, the shape only looks like complex construction. All it takes are rolled newspaper pages taped and stapled to form triangles, all linked together in a geometric shape of your and your child’s choosing. Voilà, instant place to play!


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There’s no need to spend the time and money to pick up seed starter trays when you have last week’s newspaper lying around. Simply follow the step-by-step from Instructables, and grab a can to fold your paper into tiny biodegradable pots for seedlings. Just remember to make sure your fold is thick enough to support the soil you’ll be pouring in!


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What home doesn’t need catchalls for life’s miscellany—the craft supplies, tiny toys, spare change, you name it—that always seems to be floating around? Weave a sturdy, recyclable basket to store and organize any size collection with strips of folded paper in this craft from Instructables. While newspaper is great for this, you can even upgrade to glossy magazine pages or bright patterned paper for a dose of color.



For a quick and quirky room update, add some reading material to a switch plate with this sweet idea from Josie Jones & Company. Simply remove your standard plate from the wall, cut a rectangle of newspaper to fit, and tape it so that it wraps around the back. A finishing coat of decoupage paste will both add sheen and keep newsprint from rubbing off on you every time you turn on the lights.

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Have your child experiment with crayon-like items (oil pastels, a stick of lip balm), sticky things (adhesive vinyl or other tapes), or anything else she thinks might.

37 Amazing Craft Ideas

We love paper plate crafts for kids! Nothing beats crafting with a frugal material and we can all agree paper plate craft fits the description. And there are so many fun things you can create with a bit of paint and some cutting.

Our collection of crafts with paper plates is rapidly growing (do check back as we often add new ones). We love the versatility of this crafting material as you can make it fit for any age group – from ideas easy enough for toddlers to do, through preschoolers, kids in kindergarten and even older kids to enjoy.

We have paper plate project for every season and most holidays, so I am pretty sure you will find just the right idea to make with your kids at home or in the classroom.


Some of our latest art and craft with paper plates ideas

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Cool Paper Plate Activities to Make all Year Round

Above all we love making fun animals (we even have a post dedicated to paper plate animal crafts), you can do these all year long although some are more suited to some seasons than others.

Crocodile or Alligator

This paper plate crocodile is one of our silliest (and favorite) projects we made, and it’s certainly one that entertains the kiddos.

Perfect for older kids who already have a good grasp on scissor skills.

Twirling Fox

Our twirling fox isn’t only fun to make but also super fun to look at as it twists and twirls in the air.

Monkey Time

This paper plate monkey is ready for some monkey business. Trace the little hands and use them as monekey’s feet and hands. Perfect for a jungle theme.

Fish Perfect for Kindergarteners to Make

Rainbow fish or a regular fish, this paper plate activity is great for fine motor skills. Not to mention kids will love punching those circles.


This owl paper plate craft will have your little ones punching and gluing paper circles too. Sounds fun? It sure is!

I Scream for Ice Cream

Ice cream craft is fun all year round (although extra fun in the summer). There are so many ways you can decorate these, pom poms, tissue paper, glitter and more!


Make a rainy cloud, snowy day, sunshine… So many possibilities!


If you’re making weather crafts, umbrella paper plate project is a must too. You do need something to keep you safe from the rain drops after all.

Everyone Needs a Rainbow

This is a wonderful rainbow craft and it also helps with the color sorting. You can easily swap buttons with tissue paper, torn paper, pom poms or any other more frugal materiel.


Paper plates just scream to be transformed into turtles. You can either decorate the shell with markers or use torn paper, depending on the age of kids making this easy activity. Preschoolers will love making it with torn paper while older kids will be decorating the details on their own. This one can be easily modified to make with toddlers too, the paper plates can be decorated with do a dot markers or by painting them with their fingers – a cute art and craft with paper plates is it not?


Two paper plates make a fun looking cat. We made this craft tutorial for Halloween, but cats are fun all year round. No need to stick with a black one either, there’s all kinds of wonderful kitten color combos out there.

Bunny But

Next in our selection of crafts with paper plates is this cool looking bunny but paper plate craft. This one is insanely easy and quick to make, so it’s a perfect project for kids of all ages. Kindergarten and preschoolers will be able to make this one on their own, if working with a toddler though you will need to cut the feet. Still a very low prep activity to do with your kids or class.

Sheep – A wonderful Sensory Paper Plate Craft for Preschool

Making a paper plate sheep craft with cotton balls is fun! For a more frugal, yet less fluffy, alternative, this paper plate craft can be also made using punched paper circles or by wrinkling and gluing tissue paper.

I Heart a Heart

What we love the most about this paper plate heart craft, is that it focuses on fine motor skills. Not only will your little ones be cutting and punching holes with a hole puncher, threading is also involved.

Busy Bee

Love a busy bee craft? We have one made out of paper plate crafts too.

Wobbling Penguins

These wobbling paper plate penguins are adorable. Make them, poke them and watch them wobble.

Make a Snowman

It does not have to be winter to make a paper plate snowman.  There are many cool ways you can go about decorating this one.

Hedgehogs Paper Plate Crafts for Kids to Make

Make a paper plate hedgehog, this one is great to make in fall time when you can get crafting with leaves, but replace leaves with triangles cut out of paper (or any other material that comes to mind) and you can make this fun project all year round.


Dive into the ocean with this fun looking paper plate octopus! You can make it’s tentacles with paper like we did, or use any other materials like ribbon, pipe cleaners (for very, very thing tentacles)…


Turkey paper plate crafts are best suited for fall, but this animal can easily be made at any time of the year – replace the real leaves with fake ones or use paper to make the tail.

Swirly Kitty

We do love our swirly crafts with paper plates, this kitty included.  Not only is this one super easy and quick to make, it will also make the most wonderful decoration for your home or your classroom. Let the kids color these in their favorite cat colors, as they will make quite a view.


Make a paper plate peacock! This one is really cool as it stand’s on it’s won as a true peacock would.


Making a ghost that swirls in the air is the only natural thing to do. This paper plate activity is great for scissor practice and as it does not require any real painting of the paper plates it’s an insanely quick one to make too!

Paper Plate Watermelon Activity

A wonderful paper plate fruit craft to make with the kids. This one can be used as a toy too, as it opens up nicely to show the watermelon inside. You can adapt this one to make many different kinds of fruits.

Another Fish to Make

This paper plate fish craft combines two popular crafting materials, the paper plates and cupcake liners. Fun!

Make Flowers

Another fun paper plate activity to do with kids is to make flowers.

how to make craft items with newspaper

All you need to make paper boats for kids is a piece of paper and materials for decorating. Kids can use crayons, pens, and paints to craft their own pirate ship or.

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