Easy, 10-Minute Crafts for Kids

paper pinwheel craft

Aleksandra Jankovic / Stocksy United

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 cure boredom any day!

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    Easy Homemade May Day Basket

    colorful may day baskets
    Katherine Lee

    These easy paper baskets are perfect for spring or really any day. With just paper, some string, and a doily, your kids can make this craft in any color they choose. Fill it with flowers in the spring or candy canes in the winter for year-round fun!

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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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    DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

    sidewalk chalk paint cups and child painting

    Make and Takes

    For a craft that takes only 10 minutes, DIY sidewalk chalk paint can last for a whole summer of fun. Whip up some of this chalk paint, and get outside for some creativity in the sun!

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    Bumble Bee Popsicle Stick Puppets

    bumble bee popsickle stick puppets
    Katherine Lee

    Got extra popsicle sticks lying around? Turn them into cute bumble bee puppets with just some paper and glue. These can be used in play, or even stick them in a potted plant to add some spring fun to your house!

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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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    Toilet Paper Roll Butterflies

    Toilet paper roll butterflies

    Where Imagination Grows

    Use some old toilet paper or paper towel rolls for this easy and cute butterfly craft. Paint, glue and some pipe cleaners are all you need to make beautiful butterflies to brighten up any rainy afternoon!

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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!