Here are some free or low cost craft activities for 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 year old kids. Create something fabulous and practical that you and your children can enjoy. 

By the time children reach 8 years old, most have a strong sense of what they think ‘looks good’. They enjoy making things they can actually use, and have the motor skills and co-ordination to start creating quite complicated projects.

When you’re thinking about arts and crafts for children in the 8-12 year old age group, think of projects which provide a practical use once the creative part is over. Give your kids the ideas and materials, and then let them explore and experiment on their own. While art and craft techniques can be taught, the only way your child will truly learn is to try it out for themselves.

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Great craft activities for 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 year old kids

Cool Clipboard

It’s about this age that children start to really take ownership of their room, so they will enjoy making this clipboard to hang on their wall or door. The clipboard is like a mini notice board where you can leave them messages, or clip on important notes and things to remember. They can also use it to clip on certificates, photographs, and reminders of their own.

You will need:

  • A Plain Wooden A4 Clipboard (from a stationery store)
  • Masking Tape
  • Blackboard Paint (Available from hardware stores)
  • An empty film cannister or other small container
  • Patterned Paper (Scrapbooking and wrapping paper works well)
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Clothes Pegs or Bulldog Clips
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Ribbons, Stickers, and Embellishments for decoration
  • Small Notepad
  1. Use the masking tape to run a line across the clipboard about 2/3 of the way down.
  2. Paint the bottom 1/3 of the clipboard with blackboard paint. (Blackboard paint comes in either brush on or spray on versions, and both types will require at least 2 coats).
  3. Once the blackboard paint is dry, remove the masking tape to reveal a nice straight line. Make a chalk holder by gluing a film canister to the side of the clipboard using hot glue.
  4. Using double sided tape, stick the patterned paper over the remaining part of the clipboard, and decorate down each side using ribbons, stickers and embellishments.
  5. Using hot glue, stick clothes pegs or bulldog clips across the bottom of the clipboard. If you like, you can also glue pegs or clips down each side.
  6. Secure the notepad under the clip and your child has a ‘cool’ clipboard for their room.

Craft Activities for 8 – 12 year olds‘Do Not Disturb’ Signs

Every child goes through a stage of wanting to keep everybody out of their room, so this sign will definitely come in handy. Simply download our door hanger template, glue it on to heavy card, and then cut it out. Let your child decorate it and add their own words – depending on the message they are trying to get across, and what you think is appropriate. They could make several signs, so they have one for every circumstance (or mood!).

Popular messages are:

  • No Boys Allowed
  • No Girls Allowed
  • Homework in Progress
  • Sleep in Progress
  • Please let me Sleep-In
  • Call Me for Dinner
  • Knock Before Entering
  • Please Knock
  • Tidying My Room – Do Not Disturb
  • Tidying My Room – Help Wanted
  • Booby Trap Set – Enter at Own Risk

Junk Jewellery

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Jewellery Making is undoubtedly popular with girls at this age, but even some boys like to make surfie styled bracelets or charms for their bags. There are great jewellery making kits available to get you started, but you can make some interesting jewellery using everyday items from around the home. These ideas are a great place to start.

  • Stitch or thread buttons on to a piece of narrow elastic, and tie the ends together to form a bracelet. Collect up your loose or spare buttons from home, or rummage through second hand shops to find ones that are really interesting.
  • Make your own charms for a charm bracelet by simply drilling a hole, and attaching a jump ring (from a craft store) to everyday items. Old 5c pieces, board game counters, puzzle pieces, keys, shells and bottle tops all make fun looking charms. If you don’t have a charm bracelet to attach them to, you can buy a blank bracelet from any good craft store or bead shop for about $5.
  • Create paper beads for jewellery making by ripping long strips of coloured paper or magazine pages, and rolling them around a skewer. Paint a layer of PVA glue around the outside to hold everything in place, remove the skewer, and it’s ready to thread.
  • Make an earthly treasures necklace by threading shells, dried or plastic flowers, feathers, and small pieces of driftwood onto a piece of leather.

For more information about Jewellery Making and how to get started, check out the Jewellery Making article in our Activities section.

Paper Mache Pencil Case

This project will suit both boys and girls, and with a little bit of imagination, they’ll create something truly cool.

You will need:

  • A clean plastic container with a screw on lid.The best kind are the ones that health shakes come in, but if you look in your pantry, you are bound to find something that will work.
  • Newspaper
  • Wallpaper Paste (Available from hardware stores)
  • 2-3 sheets of plain white paper
  • Paints and Brushes
  1. Make up the wallpaper paste using the instructions on the packet, and set it aside to gel. If you don’t have wallpaper paste, you can use a mixture of flour and water, but be aware that your paper mache will eventually go mouldy unless you add a preservative.
  2. Dip the strips of newspaper into the glue, and begin covering the whole container and the lid. Make sure the strips of paper overlap each other.
  3. Once the first layer of paper mache is on, your child can start adding 3D bumps and decorations. Simply roll, bend, or squash up pieces of newspaper to form the desired shapes, and then stick them onto the side of the case using long strips of gluey newspaper, just like you would a piece of tape.
  4. Once all the 3D decorations are ‘taped’ on, continue layering strips of paper all over the pencil case, until it is covered in several layers.
  5. Use your white paper to do a final layer of paper mache, and set the pencil case aside to dry.
  6. After 24 hours, the pencil case can be painted and decorated using whatever you choose.

Giant Game Mat

This activity can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose, and it can keep getting added to as time goes by. All you need is an old tarpaulin, some permanent markers, and lots of imagination.

Lay the tarpaulin out on the floor, and ask your child to draw out their very own NZ city. They can mark in the roads, parks, schools, shopping centres, farms, orchards, amusement parks, lakes, rivers, beaches … you get the picture!

Once everything is mapped out, they can begin building all the bits and pieces using cardboard and collage materials. They’ll need to make things like buildings, fences, bridges, playgrounds, road signs and traffic lights. Finally they get to add their own toys to the mat, like cars, farm animals and play-people, and the game mat is ready to use.

Getting Started

At this age, all your child needs to do arts and crafts is some basic materials and the freedom to use their imagination. Gather a box of card, ribbon, fabric, glue, scissors, wrapping paper, and all sorts of recycled scraps, then let them go to it. You’ll be amazed by what they create, and chances are you’ll wish you thought of it first.

We have loads more crafting ideas that can easily be adapted for this age group, so make sure you check out Cool craft activities for 4, 5, 6 and 7 year oldsand Awesome craft activities for teens as well.

Happy Crafting!

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This information was compiled by the Kiwi Families team.

78 Comments

  1. I love art and I’m 9 years old I want to do some art to put in my room and I don’t have ideas I got lots of things to make it with but don’t know what to do please post a picture I can copy and teach me how to do arty stuff

  2. im bored and my name is kenyiaaa so who went to the fair in margate

  3. Hi I’m 12 and have finished school today and have a 6 week break I’m already bored do you have any solutions.

  4. Maria Breker Reply

    I am 11 years old, I am the artsy crafty type and I love to make things. My friend is coming over tomorrow, I want to think of fun things to do. Can you help?

  5. I am ten and I have nothing to do but go in a site and I really want to do art for a long time I need something to build kinda but like artsy way kinda like a sculpture any ideas

  6. i wish my name was kate Reply

    i like these ideas but if you cant do any of these go,to http://www.RedTed.com there is tons of crafts you are able to do a lot of the things are normally paper towel roles

    • Amazing sexy landshark girl Reply

      I’m like a totally bores girl and it’s summer. Why can’t you have do able projects that are really really simple for me and my special friend to accomplish

  7. I love to craft and I have nothing to craft and I’m 10 years old 🙁

  8. Anavi Basu Reply

    Good, but is there anything which takes less time but is fun? I am 10 years old.

  9. hi you sexy Reply

    i like those ideas but they are a little babyish. i am almost 10 and i am getting bored.

  10. Alicia Greene Reply

    Oh, never mind. Thank-you, Rochelle Gribble. I’ll head over to that website right now. 🙂

  11. Alicia Greene Reply

    Does anybody know of any other websites for craft ideas for the same age group using only household items? I’m 11 3/4 and bored. HELP ME, TOO.

  12. I got another great message for the door hangers!
    No boys allowed! Espically brothers!(except for dads!!!

  13. To all of you looking for crafts, i am thirteen and share your problem. but always remember that there is nothing complete. you may, for example, see a paper plate as a paper plate, but i see it as a piece to cut out and make a mask of for my younger siblings. any family member will do. i also know that there are the days of absolute BORINGNESS. grab a friend and have a drawing contest, or get some oils paint and make a mural. even by using just paper, you can create a 3d book to call your own! Dont see the day as having nothing to do and having done everything.,.. there is always something to discover when crafts are involved

    • I wish that if since I am 9 ther sholde be at least three activities for this age grup becuse I am bord with thes craft

  14. Betsy Isenhower Reply

    this is stupid there is nothing easy here for me or my children.

  15. Shadowblaze167 Reply

    I’m a tomboy girl (11) with 2 other girls. What should we make/do??? Something simple and worth keeping

  16. I’am just trying to get an idea for me and my sister she’s 8 and i’am 10 gosh this is so complicated NO HELP AT ALL I DONT LIKE THIS SITE get ideas that are easy next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. followerofChrist02 Reply

    I’m 11 years old and I really like to do crafts, and this site gave me some fabulous ideas. Thank you so much!!!

    Something I do request adding on here, though, is new ideas on duck tape. I haven’t been able to find any other projects that involve that sort of thing.

  18. hiba kourani Reply

    can you add pictures inorder us to see it and do the same please, thank you

  19. im really bored so please think of some i deas for me
    please help!!!!
    this might help but i love owl dont mind what size or shape just love owl
    please hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllpppppppppppppppp
    mee

  20. Erin Blah Blah Reply

    Is there anything i can do quickly? Im 10 and supe4 bored- Help!

  21. I want to make a necklace that is a dream catcher and am 9 years old

  22. hi i am 12 and at vacationcare i have nothing to do.. and i was thinking maybe you have some craft ideas for me and my group!

    • Sally @ Kiwi Families Reply

      Hi Sarah. Thanks for dropping by. Have you seen our Make It At Home blog for some more great craft ideas? http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/blog/make-it-at-home/ – the good thing is we are continually adding more stuff like this to the site, so keep checking back and we will have new things for you to try. Good on you for keeping busy!

  23. this site has so much free and creative thing to do with your kids and teens!!! i know this because I am a mom and kindergarden art teacher and i always come here!!

  24. i am 8 years old and i just love crafts but wen i am bored i cant think of anything! can you help?

  25. HI MY NAME IS IGGLE PIGGLE I DROPPED INTO THIS WEBSITE AND I DIDNT FIND ANYTHING TO DO WITH ROCKS AND MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW IS IN THE NIGHT GARDEN THANKS 4 READING MY COMMENT
    – LUV IGGLE PIGGLE
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    • sorry if this doesnt help… but you could invite over some friends or go shopping with ur mum or dad

  26. Gwendolyn Fecteau Reply

    I’m 10 years old, and I’m super bored. I love owls and sewing. HELP!

  27. i want somthing to do i cant find anything and i dont want to do this stuff

  28. i am 10 i have no brothers or sisters. i no no one in the neigbor hood.
    i have NOTHING to do! other then the computer and the tv mostly!!

  29. Add some more crafts. I’m 10 years old and my parents aren’t letting me out of my room, ’cause I was “bad”. I’m extremely bored!

  30. Miranda5625 Reply

    Is there anything able to do for free?? im 12 years old and bored, HELP ME

    • Hi Miranda5625, 

      HEAPS you can do for free!! Are you looking for crafts? Have you looked here: http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/topic/school-age/school-holidays-school-age/school-holiday-activities-school-holidays-school-age/ 

    • followerofChrist02 Reply

      FYI- – these are great ideas, and the materials are probably ones that you can find around the house. So, suck it up and try something new! You may just like it! If the materials aren’t around your house, though, I would suggest stopping by a possible nearby dollar store. If that doesn’t work, then you should probably look online and buy something from eBay or craigslist. They probably have better deals then other craft stores.

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