Rather than let the kids remain glued to screens, inspire their imagination with these 21 easy crafts and DIYs for boys that’ll occupy them for hours. Most of the crafts below can be made with things you already have around the house. If you don’t happen to have something on hand, have your kids’ brainstorm other supplies they can use to help them think outside of the box!
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Toilet Paper Roll Ninjas
These fun and mischievous Toilet Roll Ninjas are a perfect craft for kids to make after school, weekends, at school or ninja themed birthday parties!!
The LEGO Batman Finger Puppets
Here’s a FREE printable for a set of LEGO Batman Finger Puppets. Have fun with pretend-play and these LEGO puppets!
If your child loves Batman, then this Batman craft is the perfect project! They only take five minutes to make and use supplies you most likely have around the house. Spend a few minutes making these cute cuffs and your superhero fan will be courageously saving Gotham City in no time flat.
Page corner bookmarks are cute, practical and deeply under-represented in the world. They’re easy to make, easy to customize, and will set you apart from all those same-same flat rectangular bookmarks. Corner bookmarks are where it’s at.
Beaded Gecko Keychain
This beaded lizard is simple to make and requires no special beadwork skill or knowledge. It can be done by any age level and is a favorite for summer camp craft sessions, scout group crafts, back-to-school crafts or any time you need to keep hands busy. To adapt this craft to different age levels, you can vary the type and size of beads you use.
Milk Jug Storm Trooper Helmet
Your favorite Star Wars fan will absolutely love these milk jug storm trooper masks! They also make a super affordable Halloween costume!
Star Wars Toilet Paper Roll Characters
Here’s another Star Wars craft that’s super easy to make and will be fun for the kids to play with.
Car Balloon Racers
Bring a little science fun into your playtime! You can explore forces and motion with a these balloon-powered toy cars. With just a few basic supplies, create your own speedy balloon racers. Can your car win the race?
Paper Bag Ninjas
If your kids love ninjas as much as mine do, they will love this simple paper bag ninja craft. It’s a craft and a puppet all in one and the repositionable arms and legs make it a fun and interactive activity for preschoolers.
Springtime in our neck of the woods is always accompanied by a lot of wind, so to celebrate the start of our windy season my boys crafted some super cool paper kites.
This easy tutorial will show you how to make a marshmallow shooter. This fun DIY activity will keep the kids entertained for hours and it’s so fun, even you may join in!
Tissue Paper Dinosaur
If your kids are into dinosaurs, this is the perfect craft to let them explore dinos creatively!
Grab a box of spaghetti and craft up this adorable lion with the boys!
Paper Plate Marble Race Track
We just can’t get enough of marble tracks at our house! I almost bought the boys a nice wooden set last Christmas, but I’m so glad I didn’t! Making our own has been more fun, and it’s different every time!
Plastic Bottle Airplane Piggy Bank
Who taught you how to save money? Whether it was Mom, Grandpa or Mint.com, it’s helpful to learn money management at a young age. What better way than with an awesome airplane piggy bank? This easy piggy bank can be made in under an hour with everyday items like a plastic soda bottle.
My boys are football (soccer) mad. They would play morning noon and night it they got the chance, but the British summer time doesn’t always play weather wise. So I made this shoebox table football/foosball table game for the boys to play. We do have a larger one, but it is in our friend’s garage as we just don’t have the space in the house!
Shark Cootie Catcher
Have you played with these when you were a kid? We did – a lot! But this shark cootie catcher is just a bit more awesome than your regular fortune teller!
Toilet Paper Roll Dinosaurs
By cutting and folding toilet rolls (or any cardboard tube) you can make a Diplodocus and Triceratops, here’s how…
Toilet Paper Roll Shark
You’ll have a “chomping” good time making one of these guys!
Clothespin and Button Cars
These fun cars are made out of clothespins and buttons. Now that we have big kids (the oldest two are 11 and 8), the younger two end up doing “big kid” stuff most of the time. It was fun to slow down and do this project with them!
Clothespins make perfect chomping jaws for this fun dinosaur craft. While dinosaurs are often more appealing to boys, I’m sure there are plenty of girls out there that will love this too! So, pull out that bag of wooden clothespins and spend an afternoon making these fun Jurassic characters. Then sit back and watch them come to life with your kids’ fingers!
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