4 Fun-Filled Craft Tutorials for Kids to Try Today!

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Craft tutorials for kids give families a way to keep kids engaged in fun projects that keep the creative juices flowing. As a nonprofit organization, CoachArt provides free lessons in arts and athletics for kids diagnosed with physical chronic illnesses and their siblings. In our traditional programming, these lessons typically take place in person in either a one-on-one or group setting. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, creating art at home is more important than ever. CoachArt knows that families impacted by chronic illness have to have to be especially careful to avoid exposure to the virus due to their greater vulnerability. As a result, CoachArt is providing accessible extracurricular activities online, including our Facebook Live tutorials for kids and teens.

CoachArt provides weekly art tutorials for kids and teens in drawing, painting, crafts, baking, and more! Follow CoachArt on Facebook to participate in our upcoming Facebook Live tutorials. All are welcome to participate. View our upcoming Facebook Live schedule here.

 


1. Papercraft: Make an Origami T-Shirt

Origami crafts are fun to make, and since paper is the only thing needed to create the artwork, they are easy to prepare! In this Facebook Live tutorial, CoachArt Program Manager Emily teaches kids how to make their own origami t-shirt out of a dollar bill. This exciting craft tutorial for kids is guaranteed to bring smiles, and kids will have a special piece of art to be proud of. Families can easily substitute a rectangular piece of paper for the dollar bill in this tutorial.

Directions:

  1. Prepare a dollar bill or cut your paper into a “dollar-bill” shaped rectangle.
  2. Follow the steps in the guided video tutorial below

Materials:

  • Dollar bill
  • Substitute: rectangular piece of paper

Craft Time: 10 minutes

Origami T-Shirt: Watch the Facebook Live Craft Tutorial for Kids (Video)

 


2. Yarn Craft: Make a Rainbow Yarn Art Sculpture

Making 3-D craft projects with yarn is a great way to introduce kids to the art of sculpture! The sky’s the limit for what kids can create, and you’ll only need a few simple art tools to get started. In this Facebook Live tutorial, CoachArt Program Manager Jess teaches kids how to make a yarn art sculpture of a colorful rainbow. Follow along in the guided craft tutorial for kids to create a rainbow-themed yarn art sculpture!

Directions:

  1. Select a few of your favorite multicolored yarns.
  2. For younger children, precut yarn pieces the length of your cardboard or canvas as needed.
  3. Follow the steps in the guided video tutorial below.

Materials:

  • Multicolored yarn
  • Glue
  • Scissors (or use pre-cut yarn pieces)
  • Piece of cardboard (or painting canvas)

Craft Time: 27 minutes

Rainbow Sculpture: Watch the Facebook Live Craft Tutorial for Kids (Video)

 


3. Jewelry Craft: Make a Beaded Bracelet

Jewelry crafts give kids an opportunity to get creative with colors and patterns! Plus, they’ll have an adorable piece of art they designed themselves to wear or to give to friends and family as gifts. CoachArt Program Manager Jess teaches kids how to make a beaded bracelet with step-by-step directions in this Facebook Live tutorial for kids!

Directions:

  1. Have your child select their favorite color and style of beads.
  2. Prepare elastic string, or substitute a thread and needle if needed.
  3. Follow the steps in the guided video tutorial below.

Materials:

  • Beads of any color (size 8/0 or 6/0)
  • Elastic string (.7 – 1mm thick), or thread and needle
  • Elastic string substitute: thread and needle
  • Piece of cardboard (or painting canvas)

Craft Time: 17 Minutes

Beaded Bracelet: Watch the Facebook Live Craft Tutorial for Kids (Video)

 


4. Papercraft: Make an Origami Paper Crane

Have 10 minutes and a piece of paper? That’s all it takes for kids to be able to make an origami paper crane! This is a great introduction to the art of origami, as the paper crane is a classic origami craft. CoachArt Deputy Director Molly Dirr leads kids in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step Facebook Live tutorial to help them create their own beautiful paper cranes.

Directions:

  1. Choose a sheet of paper. Get creative with colors!
  2. Cut paper into a square
  3. Follow the steps in the guided video tutorial below.

Materials:

  • Piece of paper

Craft Time: 10 minutes

 


Origami Paper Crane: Watch the Facebook Live Craft Tutorial for Kids (Video)

Want more art and craft tutorials for kids? Explore our archive of free tutorial videos for kids on Facebook here. Have a tutorial you’d like us to create? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below. 

MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES IMPACTED BY CHILDHOOD CHRONIC ILLNESS

10 Local Resources for Parents of Kids with Chronic Illnesses in Los Angeles | CoachArtSince 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with kids and teens impacted by chronic illness for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Our vision is that one day every family impacted by childhood chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, CoachArt is providing virtual (online) lessons for all group activities and one-on-one lessons. Learn more about CoachArt’s virtual programming for kids and teens impacted by chronic illness.

CoachArt offers free art and athletic lessons to chronically ill children and their siblings between the ages of 5-18 in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, and newly in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New York City, and Portland. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form or get in touch to learn if CoachArt is right for your child.

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