Are you looking for Mod Podge crafts for kids that are easy and GUARANTEED FUN? Here are 20 fun and simple kids crafts they’ll love!
Scroll down to the bottom to see a video of 9 bonus craft ideas for kids too.
If you’re looking for arts and crafts for kids that use Mod Podge . . . you’ve come to the right place! Some of you have come to the end of summer – and some of you aren’t quite there yet. If you aren’t quite there yet, don’t worry, the kids are going back to school soon! Ha.
Easy Crafts for Kids
It just so happens that I picked 20 of the most fun craft ideas for kids ever. They all use decoupage medium, of course – which is perfect for children because Mod Podge is non-toxic and safe for them to use.
Before I jump into the projects, I wanted to share some tips for crafting with children.
Tips for Successfully Crafting with Children
Prepare the area.
Crafting in your formal dining area with white carpet probably isn’t the way to go – a kitchen with linoleum floors is perfect! Get kids set up in a place where the furniture and surrounding area can easily be cleaned. Newspaper makes a great, budget friendly floor or table covering.
Make sure your kids are wearing the right clothes.
Murphy’s Law says that if you put your child in their (or your) favorite shirt, it’s going to get ruined. Have kids wear old t-shirts or dress shirts, or even smocks if you want to get really fancy.
I know a lot of moms who put their children in oversized t-shirts and underwear only. Then they place them directly into the bath right after crafting time!
Keep cleaning supplies on hand.
Don’t forget to have the right cleaning supplies available in case someone makes an “oopsie.” This includes plenty of paper towels and/or rags. A lot of art supplies are easily cleaned up when they are wet – let them dry and you may have a permanent problem on your hands.
Make sure you have the right craft items.
Look for paints and glues that are washable from children’s skin and clothes. Don’t allow your little ones to use anything toxic – read the ingredients carefully to make sure that the supplies are completely safe, even if ingested. You never know when an errant finger might go into a mouth. Suggestions: tempera paint, Mod Podge, crayons, and construction paper are all safe kids’ craft supplies.
Do them when you won’t have time constraints.
Do you like to be told to stop having fun after 15 minutes? Neither do kids. While you can’t craft forever, allow children time to be creative and finish their projects. Don’t try to squeeze in crafting between appointments. It just becomes stressful and not fun for everyone.
Let them have fun.
Picasso didn’t come out of the womb knowing how to paint, and your kids didn’t either. Let them experiment and try new things. Don’t worry about what they are doing as much as if they are having a good time. These arts and crafts for kids are going to guarantee that!
Be patient – don’t try to control.
This may be the first time that your child has ever used an art supply or tool. If they ask, show them how to use it. Otherwise, let them try first. Encourage and don’t take over. Mixing blue glitter and black paint might be wrong in the adult world, but it’s okay for kids.
Be present – no electronics.
Your iPhone might be important, but your children are more important. Set the phone aside for an hour or two so that you can fully engage with the kids. It will be a special time for you and them, and it’s easier to interact if you aren’t trying to text and answer emails while you are crafting.
Praise your child.
Even if that big black blob that your child says is Uncle Joe looks nothing like a human, tell him or her that they did a great job. We all like praise – that doesn’t change even when you are an adult. Give copious amounts of it to children.
Prepare your children for the end.
Kids love creating so much that they probably aren’t going to want to stop. When the end is near, give them a warning like “15 minutes until cleanup time.” Let them know at regular intervals when the fun is going to end – then they won’t be upset that you sprung it on them.
Are you ready to see some awesome arts and crafts for kids? Keep reading!
Mod Podge Crafts for Kids
Your kids are going to love these arts and crafts ideas! This is a great collection of Mod Podge ideas that are perfect for kids of all ages; and adults will love most of these as well.
EASY Egg Carton Art on Canvas (for Kids)
Don't throw those egg cartons away - turn them into floral art with paint and Sparkle Mod Podge. This is one of those craft ideas for kids you'll want to make in various colors for every season and holiday.
Make an Ice Cream Stick Photo Frame
Learn how to make an ice cream stick photo frame in a few steps! This DIY popsicle stick frame is so simple! It's one of those easy crafts for kids that works well for a group. Decorate with fun patterns of washi tape and use Mod Podge to seal.
Easy DIY Window Clings Using Mod Podge
This is one of those Mod Podge crafts for kids that adults are going to love too! Make DIY window clings with your favorite colors of paint and Mod Podge.
Cool Toothpick Cactus for Kids
Arts and crafts for kids that involve toothpicks are probably best suited for older children. These cute toothpick cacti are so fun that I want to make them myself!
Mod Podge a Box with Colorful Paper
Want to try decoupage for kids? Start with a box to store knick knacks and toys! This easy kids craft is fun for children, and they can learn how to Mod Podge in the process.
Kids Art Coasters Make Great Gifts
You probably have a lot of children's artwork stuck in a box somewhere. Let them make a useful project with it by making coasters that you can use.
Birdhouse Craft for Kids with Colorful Buttons
This easy painted birdhouse is such a great craft for kids. They will keep your children occupied this summer - and the buttons are so fun!
Faux Stained Glass House
You can whip up DIY art in less than 30 minutes using this simple faux stained glass technique! Kids will love this idea, and they can store items in the box afterwards.
Bottle Cap Magnets
Learn how to make DIY magnets with bottle caps! You probably have the supplies in your home already. Easy for children and adults will love making them too!
Recycled Paper Bracelets
Use an old cracker box and your favorite scrapbook papers to make a fun cuff bracelet. What other jewelry could you make with boxes?
Easy Painted Rocks
Learn how to paint rocks with this simple tutorial. You probably have all of the supplies needed on hand already, and you can use any size rocks. Children love painting on rocks!
Colorful Frame Using Tissue Paper
This tissue paper frame is perfect for whipping up quickly and adding color to your home. Kids will love this project and can make one for their own rooms.
Tissue Paper Canvas
This is one of those craft ideas for kids that can be adapted to many holidays or occasions. I made this for Easter, but you can use any shape on canvas that you like.
Recycled Pickle Jars to Toy Storage
Keep your pickle jars and use fabric and Mod Podge to turn them into toy, school supply, or craft supply containers.
DIY Book Crate Organizer
Where do your children store their books? Have them decorate their own crate using paint and Mod Podge. I love arts and crafts for kids that parents can do with their littles, and this is one of them.
Paper Mache Hot Air Balloons
This is one of my favorite simple kids crafts! Use a paper mache technique with Mod Podge to make these fun hot air balloon decorations.
Clothespin Magnets with Glitter!
Learn how to make DIY clothespin magnets the easy way! This is a great craft for kids or adults, and no crafting experience is required.
DIY Confetti Vase
Older children can make their own room decor very easily with a glass vase and tissue paper. This is one of those craft ideas for kids that adults will like to do too!
Insect Identification Chart
This insect identification chart is such an easy kids craft. It allows your children (and you!) to learn about the bugs in your environment!
DIY Alien Bank
Turn an old coffee jug into useful money storage - with an added bonus of looking like an alien! Recycled containers make awesome craft ideas for kids.
Slime Recipe Without Borax
All simple kids crafts roundups have to involve slime, am I right? This is a different slime recipe than you've made before - this one uses Mod Podge, and it doesn't have any Borax in the mix.
Want some additional Mod Podge crafts for kids? Check out the video in this post! Just press “PLAY.” Then check out the following articles:
Let me know if you try any of these arts and and crafts for kids in the comments!
Saturday 14th of September 2013
Hi Amy! What an honor to be featured at Mod Podge Rock! Thanks for sharing our confetti vase! :)
Monday 26th of August 2013
what a phenomenal list of crafts, gotta say that the alien bank caught my heart, way too cute
Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade
Wednesday 21st of August 2013
These all look like a ton of fun! Thanks so much for including our kite! Pinning and sharing :)
Wednesday 21st of August 2013
What an awesome round up! Thank you so much for including my puppet theater :) Pinning now!