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Playful Pup Newspaper Art Project

October 19, 2017 Hels Bells 2

They say that you’re either a cat person or a dog person, and following the success of our recent ‘Cool Cat Newspaper Art Project’ post,  it would appear that more than just a few of you […]

Autumn Leaf Painting

July 22, 2017 Helen 2

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 […]

Black Glue Jellyfish Art

June 6, 2017 Hels Bells 4

Resist art is an amazing process for kids to try and having experimented with oil pastels, hot glue and crayons, I can tell you with absolute certainty that black glue rocks!  Just take a good look […]

Weather Changing Cloud Craft

May 10, 2017 Hels Bells 0

Here in the south west of England, our April showers have extended into May and we’ve had lots of conversations about the rain and why it falls, how does it fall, what creates thunder storms and […]

Colourful Spring Paper Plate Flower Craft

February 27, 2017 Hels Bells 1

Today I have the pleasure of showing you our Colourful Spring Paper Plate Flower Craft – it’s simple, vibrant and perfect for little hands! The kids will LOVE the process of tearing, scrunching and sticking; offering a […]

Cherry Blossom Handprint Tree

February 22, 2017 Hels Bells 0

If you’ve been following Arty Crafty Kids for a while, you may have noticed that we LOVE our tree crafts. Craft is a fantastic way for children to interpret their observations of seasonal change and […]

Craft Stick Canvas Art

February 15, 2017 Hels Bells 1

The clue is in the name, but craft sticks are not often associated with ‘process art’ and subsequently, this months craft stick theme for the monthly process art challenge left me scratching my head. I […]

22 Rainbow Kids Crafts

February 11, 2017 Hels Bells 1

Rainbows, Rainbows and more Rainbows, 22 of them to be exact! We love rainbows at Arty Crafty Kids and I have put together a collection of the happiest rainbow kids crafts around. I hope you […]

Bubble Wrap Spring Blossom Tree

February 8, 2017 Hels Bells 0

Bubble wrap is one of our favourite materials to craft with. It’s fun, dynamic (it’s also very cheap to buy or can be recycled from packaging), and combined with paint, the prints are fabulous! As […]

Easy Butterfly Kids Art

February 3, 2017 Hels Bells 0

This easy butterfly kids art project is one of those that happened off the cuff, on a dark rainy afternoon. We had the paints out and my preschooler poured herself some paint and began spreading […]

Easy Paper Plate Rainbow Craft

January 29, 2017 Hels Bells 2

As an adult, I still get excited when a rainbow appears in the sky and my children, literally, shriek with delight. We love rainbows and if you haven’t already guessed, they’re a huge source of […]

Rainbow Scrape Painting

January 27, 2017 Hels Bells 0

Today’s Rainbow Scrape Painting is inspired by the gorgeous book “My Color is Rainbow” written by Agnes Hsu – a mum, entrepreneur, author, creative and the mastermind behind the awesome, Hello Wonderful blog. My Color […]

Toddler Valentines Heart Bouquet

January 22, 2017 Hels Bells 2

There’s a certain charm about toddler and preschool crafts, and this kid-made Valentines Heart Bouquet is guaranteed to melt the heart! I love the random sprinkle of glitter and button here or there. And you will […]

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 […]

Paper Plate Rudolph Reindeer Craft

December 17, 2016 Hels Bells 0

“Rudolph the red nose reindeer, had a very shiny nose” or a very fluffy nose, like our paper plate Rudolph Reindeer Craft. I adore the simplicity of this festive craft and it’s one that children […]

Winter Bubble Wrap Tree Kids Craft

November 3, 2016 Hels Bells 10

Winter is on its way and snow is expected to follow. Well that’s what my kids think and if yours are anything like mine, then they’ll be super excited by the prospect of snow. Unfortuantely, there’s […]

Watercolour Yarn Kids Process Art

September 15, 2016 Hels Bells 4

Forget the end product, kids art projects are all about the process. The messy sticky hands, the endless brown toddler creations, the tactile exploration of texture and different mediums. It’s simply a hands-on process of figuring stuff […]

20 Easy Halloween Crafts

September 12, 2016 Hels Bells 0

Halloween is on the horizon and soon the monsters, ghouls and all things spooky will come out to play. Well I say spooky, I don’t actually believe that Halloween has to be spooky – especially […]

Spooky Twilight Handprint Tree

September 5, 2016 Hels Bells 1

It’s September, which means it’s officially AUTUMN! The season of glorious twlight nights, harvest and our favourite holiday – Halloween! My kids love the idea of Halloween and our Spooky Twilight Handprint Tree is designed to […]

Paper Plate Scarecrow

August 31, 2016 Hels Bells 1

When it comes to craft materials, I am a self confessed hoarder of anything that ‘could’ be reused later on. And that ‘later on’ could be days, weeks or even years! The kids love rummaging […]

Fine Motor Circle Art

August 27, 2016 Hels Bells 1

Fine Motor Circle Art is all about the process and less about the end product. My six year old is ambidextrous and bizarrely, this tends to put her at an advantage when it comes to gross […]

Handprint Apple Tree

August 25, 2016 Hels Bells 3

Apple stamping is a classic Kid Craft. I bet this is something you did as a child and have tried with your own children? I know that I have fond memories of this activity and […]

Autumn Handprint Tree

August 12, 2016 Hels Bells 23

I LOVE how this Autumn Handprint Tree turned out! Isn’t it pretty? My girls are loving Autumn crafts right now, especially when there’s paint involved. I think it has something to do with all the fun […]

Tissue Paper Rainbow Fish

August 11, 2016 Hels Bells 3

I’m sure you’re already familiar with the picture book ‘Rainbow Fish?’ If not, it’s a really sweet book that’s established itself as a preschool classic. The illustrations are stunning, inspiring this simple Tissue Paper Rainbow Fish. Used […]

Paper Plate Dinosaur

July 31, 2016 Hels Bells 1

Following a recent visit to the Natural History Museum in London, the girls became dino mad! We’ve read a ton of books about dinosaurs. We’ve watched documentaries about them and pretended to be stomping chomping T-Rex’s […]

Paper Plate Baubles

December 9, 2015 Helen 10

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 2

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 […]

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 3

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bubble Wrap Stamps

July 13, 2015 Helen 2

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 4

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 1

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 1

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 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 […]

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 9

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

I first published Cling Film Art on our former site ‘Craft Ideas for Kids’ in 2014 and it’s inspired a huge stream of mess-free processes that can widely found across Pinterest. We’ve used this process time […]

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 […]

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 […]