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10 Fun and Simple Back to School Crafts for Kids

by Rebecca Eanes

Another summer is coming to an end, and back to school is just around the corner. I’ve gathered 10 fun and simple crafts your child will love! Enjoy!

1. These monster felt pencil toppers from Red Ted Art are sure to bring a smile to your child’s face, and they’re really simple to make. You’ll just need felt, googly eyes, scissors, pencils, and a hot glue gun. Curl the felt around your pencil to determine the length needed. Cut strips into the felt lengthwise, leaving the last 2-3 cm uncut. Glue around your pencil with the hot glue gun. Repeat with a second piece of felt of a different color. Add googly eyes! Simple and cute!

2. This adorable bookworm pencil holder found at Easy Crafts for Kids is made with a toilet paper roll, green paint, construction paper, pipe cleaner, glue, scissors, and markers. First, paint the toilet paper roll with green paint and let dry. Next, fold a white sheet of paper in half and cut a circle, leaving a small section uncut so the two circles stay attached. Draw black pupils in the centers. Then, make glasses out of the pipe cleaner. Cut two hand shapes from your green construction paper and then a rectangle for the book cover in the color of your choice. Glue your bookworm pencil holder together and fill with pencils.

3. Let your child make her own back to school photo frame with Popsicle sticks as seen at I Heart Crafty Things. You’ll need 8 jumbo craft sticks, black paint, silver paint, yellow paint, red craft jewels, tacky glue, a 4 x 6 photo of your child, along with a paper plate and paintbrushes. The license plate printable is found here, and follow the instructions for putting the bus frame together here.

4. Your child will love marking his place in his book with this monster bookmark from One Little Project at a Time. You’ll need a jumbo craft stick, googly eyes, a large pom pom, pipe cleaner, craft paint, and craft glue. Paint the stick whatever color your child chooses. Glue a pom pom to the top for the monster’s head. Glue a googly eye onto the pom pom and cut pipe cleaner pieces for the ears (or horns) and glue one with the hot glue gun.

5. This footprint school bus found at I Heart Arts and Crafts is a sweet keepsake that is fun for your child to make. Dip your child’s foot in yellow paint and make a print. Let dry, and then draw on windows, wheels, and a door.

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