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About Helen
My name is Helen and I LOVE getting creative with my kids! Inspired by my kids, Arty Crafty Kids is our home for our artsy craftsy projects and creations and if your kids are anything like mine, then they’ll love getting stuck in with the paint, glue and glitter and at times, getting Super Messy!

Heart Coloring Pages

January 12, 2017 Helen 0

Welcome to the launch of Arty Crafty Kids – Coloring Pages for Adults (and their kids!) – and I am delighted to kickstarting our collection with these gorgeous and unique detailed Heart Coloring Pages for […]

Paper Plate Love Birds

January 9, 2017 Helen 1

It’s the season of LOVE and we’re getting our Valentine’s craft on with these adorable paper plate love birds. They are so easy to make and kids can get really creative with their designs; adding colour […]

Messy Heart Painting

January 6, 2017 Helen 0

What’s not to love about this super fun, super easy Messy Heart Painting art project!?! With a set-up of time of LESS than 5 minutes using materials you’re likely to already have at home, this […]

16 Kids Valentine Heart Craft Ideas

January 3, 2017 Helen 0

From an arty crafty perspective, Valentine’s is one of my favourite seasons –  I just adore the excess of hearts and today I intend to share that love with a gorgeous collection of unique and colourful […]

Handprint Valentine Heart Tree

December 31, 2016 Helen 0

With the season of love approaching, we’ve certainly poured a lot of love into this Handprint Valentine Heart Tree. I adore how it turned out! And for my ambidextrous daughter, who finds scissors rather tricky […]

Paper Plate Santa

December 20, 2016 Helen 0

Throughout the entire Christmas period I have agonized (a little dramatic I know) over how to put together the BEST paper plate Santa. I wanted to make it simple, so kids can actually make it without […]

36 Awesome Christmas Ornaments

November 16, 2016 Helen 0

Deck the halls with bells of holly and decorate your home with these 36 Awesome Christmas Ornaments! There really is something for everyone in this collection of Christmas ornaments, decorations and keepsakes with all of […]

50 Nature Crafts for Kids

August 10, 2016 Helen 0

Why are sticks and stones so irresistible to kids? Beach, woods, park or a simple walk to shops – it doesn’t matter where my children go, they will ALWAYS return home with a pocket or two […]

Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees

December 10, 2015 Helen 0

Cupcake liners have become an unexpected favourite when it comes to crafting and the inspiration for these charming cupcake liner Christmas Trees came from my five-year-old, who turned stacking the cupcake liners into a game. […]

Paper Plate Baubles

December 9, 2015 Helen 8

This year, my kids are totally into making their own Christmas decorations, which means everything is shiny, sparkly and very colourful! Inspired by several readings of Elmer’s Christmas, the kids put together these gorgeous paper plate […]

The Thing About Yetis

November 25, 2015 Helen 0

The Thing about Yetis is a ridiculously cute picture book by Vin Vogel. My children fell in love with the fluffy, sometimes ‘crabby’ character with all its amusing expressions and antics. It’s an easy book for young […]

Toddler Christmas Trees

November 20, 2015 Helen 0

Here’s a toddler craft that’s all about the process and my goodness, our toddler Christmas trees have so much to offer! exploration of paint and colour, playing with different materials to decorate their trees and […]

Clay and Melted Crayon Snowflakes

November 14, 2015 Helen 0

I cannot believe how easy these Homemade Clay and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments are to make! When I stumbled across Happy Hooligans stunning White Clay Dough Ornaments, I had to try it out with Angel and […]

Christmas Doodle Art

November 10, 2015 Helen 0

  We love to doodle, we love simple art ideas and LOVE colour! making this Christmas doodle art idea an instant success with the kids. Using just a few materials and with a preparation time […]

Max and Marla

November 5, 2015 Helen 0

Max and Marla is a gorgeous story about Max and his pet owl Marla. A simple story with a strong message: to become a ‘true Olympian’ it takes teamwork, perseverance and most importantly, friendship. Max and Marla with […]

Leaf Chalk Art

October 27, 2015 Helen 1

Leaf Chalk Art is an incredibly simple art activity for kids and a super way to extend those autumnal nature walks, where the kids inevitably return with an arm full of gorgeous yellow, orange and red leaves. […]

Magical Stick Wands

October 25, 2015 Helen 0

With a small amount of prep the day before, we devised the perfect craft for Angel to do with her best friend during their play date. The girls had a blast from start to finish […]

Day of the Dead Mask

October 24, 2015 Helen 0

When our ChalkOla chalk makers arrived through the post, i’m not sure who was more excited – me or the kids! The bright neon colours are so inviting and inspired an abundance of creative ideas. Having learnt about […]

The Day the Crayons Came Home

August 17, 2015 Helen 0

The Day The Crayons Came Home – To be Released on the 18th August 2015 The Crayons are back with a hilarious follow-up to The Day the Crayons Quit! We’ve all found broken crayons lodged […]

Paper Plate Owl

August 14, 2015 Helen 4

If you take a look around the blog, you may notice that we LOVE colour – the brighter the bolder the better! And my kids paper plate owls are certainly colourful, and probably the craziest looking […]

Owl Suncatcher

August 10, 2015 Helen 1

There’s a certain irony about making a suncatcher on a rainy day, but that’s exactly what we did! Our impromptu owl suncatchers were a huge hit with the kids and coupled with a reading of ‘I’m […]

The Day the Crayons Quit + Give Away!

August 5, 2015 Helen 0

Drew Daywalt’s début children’s picture book, ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’  has been comfortably sitting in the #1 New York bestseller position for the past two years for a very good reason. The book is not just good, […]

Calming Watercolour Art

August 3, 2015 Helen 0

One of the things I love about being a parent, is introducing my girls to the art and craft activities I did as a kid. I can vividly recall making squiggles and colouring in all my […]

Paper Plate Triceratops

August 2, 2015 Helen 5

    Right now, our household is dinosaur mad! we’ve been reading about dinosaurs, watching dinosaur programmes and making lots and lots of dinosaurs, and this paper plate triceratops is a firm favourite. I love […]

Rainbow Small World Play

August 2, 2015 Helen 0

My girls love small world play and frequently challenge me to come up with new and exciting ideas. Angel requested something “magical” and after seeing a my little pony play scene from The Imgaination Tree, […]

20 Amazing Animal Paper Plate Crafts

July 27, 2015 Helen 2

I love animal paper plate crafts and the aim of the this round-up is to leave you feeling super inspired and wanting to do each of every one of this amazing collection! They’re all easy […]

Bubble Wrap Stamps

July 13, 2015 Helen 1

With a set up time of less than five minutes, these Bubble Wrap Stamps kept toddler Cakes entertained for hours. She loved them! Perfect for tiny hands to hold, Cakes didn’t waste any time exploring the […]

Scrape Painting

July 12, 2015 Helen 1

Scrape painting is a super art process for colour mixing! using just red, yellow and blue paint the kids created bold and colourful works of art with an amazing range of new colours. They played with shapes […]

Seashell Sensory Shaker

July 6, 2015 Helen 0

Give the Seashell Sensory Shaker a ‘shake shake shake’ and watch the shells and bubbles dance. Shake it some more and it becomes a musical instrument. A wonderful toy and discovery bottle that excites and entrances kids. My […]

Toddler Fingerpainting on Tinfoil

July 2, 2015 Helen 0

Process art doesn’t get better than Toddler Fingerpainting on Tinfoil. My toddler had a blast dipping her fingers into the paint, swirling it and sliding her hands across the entire tinfoil canvas to create a […]

Paper Plate Flower

June 30, 2015 Helen 0

Today we’ve created a Paper Plate Flower Picture and there’s so much to love about this craft. It’s simple, colourful, offers an opportunity for children to practice their cutting skills. The tissue paper centre adds […]

Nurturing your Child’s Creativity

June 27, 2015 Helen 0

Creativity extends beyond the arts and crafts. It’s a way of thinking. A way of doing. It’s that special little something that drives your child from milestone to milestone, to explore and experiment; combining their […]

Paper Plate Snail

June 27, 2015 Helen 2

Inspired by Sue Hendra’s charming story  ‘Norman The Slug with the Silly Shell’, our Paper Plate Snail is all about letting imaginations sparkle to create snails with very silly shells. Paint zig-zags, spots, splats or stripes. […]

Wallpaper Handprint

April 23, 2015 Helen 0

Having kept rolls and rolls of wallpaper for that inevitable rainy day, we challenged ourselves to create something special for the girls new playroom and I think we did just that, with our very simple […]

Candy Wrapper Butterflies

April 17, 2015 Helen 2

As part of the #junkplay challenge we’ve put together this simple craft using recycled candy wrappers!  I’m a huge fan of simple crafts and our Candy Wrapper Butterflies do not involve any sticking, painting or anything else remotely […]

Messy Handprint Bowl

April 3, 2015 Helen 0

Kids art and crafts come hand in hand with mess and of course, messy hands! I have many photos of my kids covered in paint, mud, flour, chocolate…and the list goes on. I’m sure you […]

Toadstool Fairy Garden

March 25, 2015 Helen 5

This charming Toadstool Fairy Garden is the perfect craft to stimulate imaginations and encourage small world play. Made from a recycled egg carton, kids can take their Toadstool Fairy Garden for a play anywhere! Angel hers […]

Splat Painting

March 22, 2015 Helen 1

Splat painting is an amazingly fun art process for kids! there’s something about flying paint splattering in various directions that leaves kids gripped with anticipation and excitement. Process art is all about the experience of collating […]

Mixed Media Paper Roll Printing

March 17, 2015 Helen 1

Mixed Media Paper Roll Printing is a great art process for kids and super easy to set up. Who doesn’t have an old paper roll to hand? Combing it with mixed media enables children to […]

Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft

March 13, 2015 Helen 6

When it comes to simple preschool crafts, the humble toilet roll often takes centre stage –  who doesn’t have the odd paper roll to hand? Our Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft is perfect for younger children. […]

Wax Resist Art

March 8, 2015 Helen 1

The beauty of wax resist art lies within its simplicity and versatility. It could be a really fun way to explore letters or numbers, patterns or used to create home-made cards, gifts or simply a […]

15 Water Bead Sensory Play Activities

March 1, 2015 Helen 2

I’ve recently introduced my kids to Water Beads and couldn’t believe how much they loved them! A simple activity just exploded into a full blown sensory play extravaganza. I have later discovered how Water Beads may […]

Recycled Plastic Bag Flower

March 1, 2015 Helen 1

Our gorgeous recycled plastic bag flower has been created as part of the 60 Day Junk Play Challenge hosted by Best Toys 4 Toddlers. The Junk Play Challenge is all about recycling common materials usually destined by […]

Sensory Play

February 23, 2015 Helen 0

We’ve only recently discovered Water Beads and oh my goodness, the fun my kids had! What I love about sensory play, in general, is that it’s incredibly open ended. I had no idea their play would […]

Upcycled Magazine Bangle

February 11, 2015 Helen 2

I have to say, we LOVE how our upcycled magazine bangle turned out. It’s the perfect craft for giving some old costume jewellery a new lease of life; for kids to get creative and make something […]

Footprint Ladybird Keepsake

February 7, 2015 Helen 4

Crafting with a very young toddler can be time critical, which makes our 5 minute Footprint Ladybird Keepsake absolutely perfect for short attention spans. My 15 month old really enjoyed the sensation of paint on […]

Watercolour Flower Card

February 4, 2015 Helen 6

Since learning to write, Angel has been making cards for everyone, everyday and for no reason other than for fun. Our Watercolour Flower Card is a heart-warming card perfect for any occasion. With its simple design, […]

Paper Plate Heart Crown

January 31, 2015 Helen 0

Angel declared herself a queen the other day and since every queen needs a crown, we created our rather super Paper Plate Heart Crown! with just a few materials, this craft couldn’t be easier. Great for […]

Sensory Art for Babies and Toddlers

January 30, 2015 Helen 6

Adapted from our very popular Cling Film Art technique, babies and toddlers can now enjoy this sensory art process too! Cakes is 14 months and loved smoothing out and moving the lumps and bumps of the […]

Sensory Play Monster Pizza

January 29, 2015 Helen 5

Wowee, where do I start! My girls loved their Sensory Play Monster Pizza session. Cakes enjoyed exploring the different textures and colours, whilst Angel whipped up wriggly worm pizza’s with eyeball sauce and spider crunchies! Her bat […]

Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake

January 28, 2015 Helen 4

As a mummy to girls with a three and a half year age gap, I’m well aware that time passes quickly and as such, I love to create everlasting keepsakes. Cakes is 14 months old […]

Handprint Heart Kid Art

January 27, 2015 Helen 1

I love process art, you never quite know how it’s going to turn out or how it will be received by the arty kids. Angel took complete control of her Handprint Heart Kid Art and I’m sure you’ll […]

Valentine Heart Suncatcher

January 25, 2015 Helen 6

This year, for some unusual reason I cannot explain, Valentine’s day has captured Angel’s imagination (maybe it’s do with all the lovely crafts about!), she’s requested to make everything from Valentine’s cards to Valentine’s Jewellery; her […]

Paper Roll Penguin

January 24, 2015 Helen 0

What is about Penguins that make them so adorable? We love a good penguin craft and our easy peasy Paper Roll Penguins, with their heart shaped faces definitely have the ‘cute’ factor! Paper Roll Penguin: Materials […]

Love Rocks

January 21, 2015 Helen 0

We spent the first day of 2015 making footprints in the sand, chasing waves and collecting stones off the beach; coming away with at least a pocket full (or two) of special finds. Within the […]

Paper Roll Cats

January 20, 2015 Helen 0

Paper toilet rolls are just awesome. We have used the humble loo roll in so many of our crafts and always find something new to make. Today we’ve created a family of paper roll cats! […]

Rainbow Colour Mixing

January 20, 2015 Helen 0

Supporting World Prematurity Day – 17th November 2014. Angel was born seven weeks premature with a condition called Tracheo Oesophageal Fistula. Within a few short hours of birth, she received life saving surgery; the scariest most […]

Watercolour and Ink

January 19, 2015 Helen 0

We’ve applied Watercolour and Ink to recycled book pages many times to create gifts for loved ones and they always go down a storm! everyone loves them and we love creating them. I affectionately regard […]

Autumn Leaf Painting

January 19, 2015 Helen 1

Autumn is the season of colour and leaves. This craft is an exploration of Autumn colours and my little lovely adored mixing the paints to match the shades of our leaves; experimenting with different ratios […]

Painting with Nature

January 19, 2015 Helen 0

A section of our garden is currently full to the brim with wild flowers, showcasing various shades of reds, yellows, violets, pinks as well as orange and white – we love it! Angel can never resist […]

Cling Film Art

January 19, 2015 Helen 4

Cling Film Art is a fabulous art process for little kids and great one for parents too, as it is virtually mess free! Crafty kids adore spreading out the lumps and bumps, merging the colours to make […]

Circle Print Art

January 19, 2015 Helen 0

Who knew that such magic could be made from old bottle tops and toilet rolls? The perfect preschool craft to explore shape, colour and texture, creating a spectacular piece of art in the process! It […]

Homemade Natural Playdough

January 19, 2015 Helen 0

When it comes to homemade playdough, I love to keep things natural. To experiment with naturally occurring colours and scents, to heighten the sensory and play experience for the girls. I have to say, once […]

Paper Plate Lion

January 19, 2015 Helen 0

Our Paper Plate Lion is not only cute, but really easy and fun to make! Using a range of scrap materials, preschoolers can explore and experiment with different textures to create a wacky and wild lion’s […]