Photo Credit: Frugal Fun for Boys
Crafts -- and all the glitter, beads and brightly-colored construction paper that go with them -- might seem like the domain of little girls. But boys love crafts, too -- you've just got to find the right ones. From superhero capes and masks to robots and race tracks, check out these 12 totally cool projects for crafty little guys.
Paper Plate Marble Coaster
Frugal Fun for Boys
From: Frugal Fun for Boys
Why we love it: Car tracks are always a win -- but ones you make yourself? #occupiedforhours
How to do it: Cut the rims off several paper plates -- ideally, sturdy ones with a design and a smooth rim around the edge. Make sure the rim is about an inch wide, and bend it slightly to increase the roundness of the track. Cut additional rims and glue or tape to the sides of select sections (as shown) to reinforce the track walls. Then create a track design by using paper towel rolls and building blocks to support your structure.
Red Ted Art
From: Red Ted Art
Why we love it: Whether it's a cool science fair project or just an afternoon activity, boys will love this.
How to do it: Using wire, a motor, AA batteries, beads, pieces of foam board and paper clips, you can follow this guided how-to for creating your own robot. It requires concentration, but is a must for budding engineers.
Thread Obstacle Course
Amiguitos Montessori Day School.
From: Amiguitos Montessori Day School
Why we love it: Kids will love building the obstacle course almost as much as navigating it.
How to do it: Simply thread string or yarn down a hallway to make tons of vertical, diagonal and horizontal lines. (Stair banisters can make construction easier.)
Paper Plate Animal Masks
From: Brassy Apple
Why we love it: These easy-to-make animal masks will let your boy's imagination run, um, wild.
How to do it: From superheroes to jungle animals, this go-to craft is one your boy will enjoy doing more than once. Simply cut two eye holes and a mouth from a white paper plate and then let your little artist have at it. When he's done, hole punch each side and thread elastic string around the back for a snug fit.
Lego Balloon Race Cars
All for the Boys
From: All for the Boys
Why we love it: A low-tech way to power a Lego car? Genius.
How to do it: It doesn't get much easier than this: create a mini Lego vehicle and affix a balloon between two pieces -- make sure the balloon's opening isn't squished so air can flow freely -- then blow into the balloon and watch it roll away.
Light Saber Noodles
From: Muddy Boots
Why we love it: It's a cheap and easy craft that's perfect for summer pool parties or a Star Wars-themed bash. Plus, these sabers won't hurt anyone when enthusiastic jedis get rowdy.
How to do it: Cut foam pool noodles in half to make them shorter (you can get two light sabers out of one noodle!). Then wrap silver duct tape completely around one end of the noodle (about ¼ of the whole light saber). Use black Sharpies or black electricians' tape to finish the futuristic design.
Sticky Spider Web
Hands On As We Grow
From: Hands On As We Go
Why we love it: This giant "spider's web" made from painter's tape will help your superhero work on his aim. (It's also a great idea for birthday parties or Halloween!)
How to do it: Simply find an open space in your house -- doorways work great -- and place tape high enough so that kids won't be tempted to run through it. Scrunch up old newspapers or magazines into balls and have a throwing contest. Go Spidey, go!
Suit of Armor
Why we love it: Help your little knight create his own special armor to protect him as he pretends to slay some dragons.
How to do it: This craft may take a lot of help from mom and dad -- cutting cardboard can be tough on little hands. It's not that hard, though -- just cut out the shapes pictured and use blue buttons and wire to piece together. Or you could use glue to make it easier.
Red Ted Art
From: Red Ted Art
Why we love it: Your boy may love Batman (or Captain America, or ...) but he'll love creating his own superhero even more!
How to do it: Use Red Ted Art's handy templates for the basic mask outline that includes all the parts you see above. You can just print them off and glue the pieces together. Just make sure you have some elastic string so your boy can wear them.
No-Sew Superhero Capes
From: Jolly Mom
Why we love it: No superhero is complete without a cape -- and with this one, you can keep your sewing machine in the closet.
How to do it: Grab some bright-colored felt, Velcro iron-on strips (for the neck) and a hot glue gun. Then just put it all together using this easy-to-follow template. Use fabric markers and felt scraps to decorate the back.
No Time For Flashcards
From: No Time for Flash Cards
Why we love it: Now that your little superhero has the cape and mask -- he needs his utility cuff to access all his special powers.
How to do it: Cut open a toilet paper roll so it lays flat. Then help your kid add some cool foam cut-outs and a little paint. After it's dry, wrap it around his arm and tape together.
Rollin' Race Cars
From: Mama Jenn
Why we love it: Your kid can make this cute homemade racecar with items you probably already have around the house.
How to do it: First, paint the toilet paper tube. Once dry, cut a square in the top of the tube for the driver's seat. Hole punch two holes near the bottom of the tube to hold the "axles." Cut straws into two-inch pieces. Slide one toothpick into each straw piece and insert it through the punched holes -- this will help give support. Then use a thumb tack to poke holes in the center of each of the bottle tops (wheels). Push the toothpicks into the hole so that the wheels are attached to the car and voila!
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