Easy, 10-Minute Crafts for Kids

Illustration of little kids' crafts

Illustration: The Spruce / Elise Degarmo

Check out all of these fast and easy, 10-minute crafts for kids. These are great to use as an instant activity if kids are bored, as a temporary distraction, or as a craft project for kids with short attention spans. It's great to have a few of these up your sleeve for slow moments after school, on weekends, or on holidays!

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    Paper Pinwheel

    paper pinwheel

    We like to think of these as the original fidget spinners. Paper pinwheels are a timeless craft and a great STEM project for kids. These even make a pretty craft for adults; think: adorable baby shower decor!

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    3-Ingredient Play Dough

    3-ingredient play dough

    Make and Takes

    Think play dough takes hours to make? Think again! This recipe only requires three ingredients and can be made in mere minutes. For the little sculptors in your house, this craft is a quick fix to stop boredom any day!

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    DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft

    caterpillar made of paper rings

    Where Imagination Grows

    If your kids love "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," they'll love this easy craft for making their very own fruit-loving critter. Made with paper, scissors, glue and some googly eyes, this craft is perfect for any slow moment in the day!

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    Glitter Glue Counting Sticks

    glitter glue counting sticks

    Where Imagination Grows

    When your kids are learning how to count, it may be difficult to motivate them while they're still trying to get it down. Make teaching and learning a fun tactile activity with this super easy and under-10-minute craft to make glitter glue counting sticks.

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    Recycled Milk Jug Watering Can

    milk jug watering can

    Make It and Love It

    Don't let empty milk jugs go to waste–turn them into cute and eco-friendly watering cans! Just poke some holes in the cap, maybe even use some paint or washi tape to decorate, and you're all set for some gardening fun!

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    Magnetic Cardboard Tic Tac Toe

    magnetic cardboard tic-tac-toe

    Make and Takes

    Recycle boxes lying around the house with this easy magnetic cardboard tic tac toe craft. Make your board in under 10 minutes for a fun fridge game your kids can play anytime they want!

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    Watercolor and Oil Pastel Tape Resist Art

    Watercolor and oil pastel tape resist art

    Where Imagination Grows

    Tape resist art is a longstanding favorite craft for kids. It looks cool and seems like magic to your little ones! It's unbelievably easy to set up and so quick to make. Just lay down tape in a fun pattern, or maybe go for something more abstract, and start painting!

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    Garden Pinwheel Craft

    Garden pinwheel craft

    Make and Takes

    Thinking of tossing your kids' old art projects? Instead of throwing them out, help your kids turn them into adorable pinwheels that take only minutes to make.

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    Origami Finger Puppets

    Origami finger puppets
    Chrissy Pk

    Origami finger puppets are super fun, amazingly quick, and make for tons of fun once they're decorated! Your kids will love making their own kitties and puppies to play with on long car rides or just around the house!

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    Painting With Trains

    kid painting with toy trains

    Where Imagination Grows

    If you have an old train sets lying around, or maybe a new one that you don't mind getting dirty, this is a super fun and super fast art project to do with kids. It's like finger painting without the mess, and provides the same sort of tactile learning experience!

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