Paper crafts for kids extends way beyond scribbling or painting colour onto paper – though we do love that! But there are so many other craft ideas for kids with paper that you can enjoy with your family, whatever their age. We’re showcasing 16 easy paper crafts for kids in this article, with lots of free paper crafts for kids available right here on Gathered.how. You don’t need a lot of extra materials to make these paper crafts for kids – these ideas use craft supplies and waste items you likely already have around your home. Make the most of these paper crafts for kids to keep your family entertained at home – including you! We’d enjoy crafting most of these easy paper crafts for kids just as much as the tots and tweens will. So browse through these craft ideas for kids with paper and choose the one you are going to craft right away – with 16 paper crafts for kids ideas, we know you’ll be back for more easy paper crafts for kids again soon.
Once you’ve got some projects to do with your little ones find one for yourself in our free daily craft patterns and 50 five minute crafts. If you’re still looking for ways to entertain your children, explore our pick of the best art sets for kids.
Easy craft ideas for kids with paper
Paper crafts for kids with paper mache
We love a classic bit of paper mache, and modern mache doesn’t use wallpaper paste anymore! We show you how to make your own paper mache paste using PVA glue – and for perfect paper crafts for kids make, build up a mini pot using a cookie cutter!
Fold easy origami cats
It only takes four simple folds to turn a square of paper into this cute cat shape. Use newspaper or any magazine pages you have to hand – or colour in details on a cat folded in plain paper for added fun with paper craft for kids .
Paper crafts for kids origami cat
Making tissue flowers with printable templates
Here’s our favourite of the craft ideas for kids with paper that goes way beyond scrunching tissue paper to make a flower! Use Lia Griffith’s free templates to cut tissue paper into simple shapes to assemble together as beautiful anemone flowers.
Print and fold a mini planet Earth
Looking for craft ideas for kids with paper with an educational angle? We feel you! Keep home schooling fun with these colourful mini planet Earths. You can download and print the template in 7 different colour combinations, and get kids cutting out, folding and sticking to see how the countries sit together on the real planet Earth.
Craft yourself a puppet theatre
Our puppet printables are one of the most summery easy craft ideas for kids. Print and cut out the pieces you need for your puppet theatre, then stick the puppets onto lolly sticks to make them move on the stage. Why not add your own hand-drawn puppets, too?
Colouring in snoozy cats printables
We’ve got line art colouring sheets and a coloured in version of these cute snoozy cats available to download and print. Download the line art one for colouring in, and the coloured in one for a copying guide if your kids would like an example
Build a colourful rainbow mobile
Use our easy templates to craft the brightest of the easy paper crafts for kids! This rainbow mobile has hanging 3D umbrellas for extra decoration and fun. Make the most of craft ideas for kids with paper by trying this out tonight!
String up a flower garland
Use any papers you have at home and our easy templates to string up your one flower garlands and make your home feel really special. Use plain paper and colour your own for added creativity with craft ideas for kids with paper. Bloom where you are planted!
Spread colourful stripes with paint scraping
This so so much fun to do and great for making your own brightly-coloured papers and backgrounds! All you need is some liquid paints and a plastic scraper – a credit-card-style plastic card will do in a pinch.
Make a tissue paper sun catcher
Here’s a really versatile paper crafts for kids idea that you can make as simple or as fiddly as you like for different ages. Choose your background frame and fill with colourful squares. Here’s our video tutorial showing how easy and fun this is to make with your kids!
Make mini bookmark paper pals
These must be the very cutest of our craft ideas for kids with paper! Lia Griffith’s downloadable templates let little ones craft a sweet animal page minder to keep their place in their bedside book.
Make your own cat or dog notebook cover
Be practical with your paper crafts for kids and get them to make their own notebook cover characters so they can quickly spot whose notebook is whose with a bespoke cover. We have the templates and guide to help.
Fold your own paper pinwheels
Here’s a vintage classic of the craft ideas for kids with paper – the pinwheel! Fold your own spinning paper wheel with our free templates to make outside playtime even more fun.
Make your own fabulous festive specs
Designed to be worn with your Christmas jumper, you can craft fabulous specs for all seasons, too! The only rule is that they have to be a bit silly. Use our templates to make your own set of specs. For more festive projects check out our Christmas crafts section.
Upcycle an elastic band guitar
Make the most of recycling in one of our our top environmentally-friendly paper craft ideas for kids. Decorate an old tissue box and adorn with colourful elastic bands for a super-quick and easy craft ideas for kids with paper.
Print and craft king and queen crowns
Here’s a fun free printable from our friends at Made for Mums – paper crafts for kids reaches a whole new level with these regent crowns for little kings and queens!
Colour in rainbow templates
These rainbow templates are designed for making a punch needle cushion or embroidered rainbow clothing, but the line art templates make super-quick rainbow colouring sheets, too. If you’re loving all these colourful projects then head to our rainbow craft ideas which are full of incredible makes.
Glue gun makes with kids
If you’ve got a glue gun, you’ll find dome brilliant up cycling makes that kids will love in our Best glue gun crafts article
Make more with paper mache
Put your paper mache skill to use in more paper crafts for kids makes with these great paper mache projects in our paper mache ideas for kids article. Check out these brilliant dinosaur piggy banks from Red Ted Art!
Craft an easy paper basket
Not just for Easter, you’ll find the templates and instructions to make these sweet little baskets free on Gathered! They’re perfect for filling with homemade sweets or baked items for kids to give to their friends or fun paper crafts for kids to make as party bags or accessories for toys. We have loads more easter crafts for kids over in our blog post!
Make your own kaleidoscope
The simplest paper crafts for kids project for the littlest crafters, with a brilliant upcycling focus too! Check out our walkthrough showing you how to make your own kaleidoscope from cardboard tubes.