Handicrafts for 6,7, and 8 year old

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  • Could you give me handicraft ideas for my kids. I have 1 girl and 2 boys in school this year and would like us all to work on the same handicraft. Ideas for inexpensive handicraft ideas. I don’t really want to buy a whole curriculum.


    For a beginner handicraft, we have really liked weaving loops on a potholder loom.  They can use random colors or make a pattern.  Uses counting, sorting, and patterning math skills.  Two or more potholders can be handsewn together to make a purse, bag, rug, placemat, etc.  The cotton loops at Rainbow Resource by Harrisville Designs are high quality, made in USA.  RR has the best price on loop refills, too.  We can make one potholder in an hour now that we have gained experience with the first one or two.


    Purse kit:


    We have also used plastic canvas and yarn for small needlepoint projects.  My 11 yo dd now makes custom items for her dolls, like a small Kleenex box.  My son made ornaments as gifts for grandparents.  RR has a beginner kit for that too, if you need one.


    This is also a good age for paper projects, using Paper Sloyd.  SCM has recommended some free ebooks for this, which you can search for through older forum posts.



    Melissa and Doug have a nice weaving loom for kids. My son has enjoyed learning how to embroider. He’s 8 and is great at French knots! 🙂


    Some ideas: origami, planting and caring for a garden, baking, bead jewelry, handmade soap, handmade candles, flower pressing, rubber stamping, simple leather crafting, watercolor painting, chalk art

    I’m going to use a few of these with my 8 yr-old. I have not followed through with our handicrafts this year. 🙂


    Paper Sloyd!  Paper Sloyd for the Primary Grades is a public domain book.  You just need some rulers, scissors, hole punch, and scrapbook paper.  It’s so fun and inexpensive.

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