Coloured card is found in every child’s home or play area. Using card and paper is an economical way to achieve real creativity at all ages, and with only a few extra items, card can be transformed into all kinds of scenes, limited only by the imagination!
We’ve come up with 4 fun craft ideas to make all year around – from rainy days, to hot days and school holidays. Don’t forget to have your coloured card available, with scissors, glue and sticky tape on hand. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!!
Coloured card: Top 4 Kids Card Craft Ideas
4. Button cards
Button cards are one of the easiest and most enjoyable crafts to make and they’re great for any occasion too. It is simple enough to make the basic card shape by just folding the selected colour of A4 card in half to create a front cover and interior.
You can use buttons to make interesting card designs. For younger participants, help them to choose two or three buttons and glue them onto the card, then use crayons and pencils to draw around them. Buttons make perfect centres for flowers, wheels for vehicles of all kinds or even bodies for abstract animals or monsters.
Bookmarks suit all ages! As preparation, simply take a piece of card and cut into strips approximately 5cm wide and 15cm long. Using a hole-punch, make a single hole at the centre top too. Children can now decorate their own bookmarks using paint, glitter or crayons, or by cutting shapes from other colours of card to glue down in a pattern.
When the design is finished and dried, take a piece of ribbon and pass it through the hole, tying a knot to secure it. Cutting the ends of the ribbons on an angle will help to prevent them from fraying. Making bookmarks is a great way to encourage children to read!
2. Stained glass windows
Stained glass windows always look stunning when finished. Using the card, cut out a frame shape of the desired size. This works well at A5 or A4 size. Ensure the frame is at least 3cm wide, to make sure it remains strong. Strong black card is just perfect!
Take a piece of sticky-backed transparent plastic and cut it to the same size, sticking the frame down onto it so that the central area is empty and resting on the table sticky-side up. All that’s then left to do is to fill in the central gap with pieces of tissue paper, creating a collage of overlapping pieces which when held to the light create an amazing effect.
Some children prefer to tear their tissue paper, others to cut using safety scissors, but either way it is easy to press the pieces into place on the plastic. It’s also an opportunity to talk about colours that are complementary and contrasting.
1. Favourite animal & character masks
Making a mask stimulates the imagination. The supervising adult should make a simple template in which they can decorate – this can be any cool design such as scary monster faces using bright colours, to recreating a favourite animal or character. Once the design is finished, attach a piece of elastic or two pieces of string which can be tied behind the head – they are now ready to wear!
So whether you have children aged 2-4 or 8-11, coloured card can be used in all kinds of ways to help make any craft project.
Have you tried making one of our ideas? Why not send us a picture; we would love to see your creations!