What kid doesn’t like to play pretend? The fact is that pretend play is an important part of your child’s development. Children will learn different types of social skills as well as improved language and verbal skills. More importantly than that, is that pretend play is fun!
Crafts are another great activity kids can enjoy. Kid’s crafts will encourage creativity and fine motor skills. Through this hands-on activity, kids will develop higher thinking skills and build their self-esteem. In addition to being a great teaching tool for children, it can also be a lot of fun.
In this tutorial I combined two great activities for kids for hours of fun! Your kids will really love using their creativity to create these super easy and fun crafts. After they have finished they can use their imagination to put these pretend play crafts to use and become anything from a pirate to princess.
Butterfly/ Fairy wings
cardboard/ poster board
different color paper squares
aluminum foil squares
- Draw the shape of wings onto the cardboard and cut it out with scissors.
- Punch 2 holes in the cardboard on each side of the wings for the string to go through. Measure the string to fit around your shoulders and insert through the holes. Tie the string into a knot on each side to secure.
- Add some glue to the cardboard and stick on the paper squares until the entire wings are covered.
- Add glue to the foil squares and stick them onto the wings.
toilet paper rolls x 2
mini cereal box/ cardboard
construction paper x 2
string x 2
- Cover the toilet paper rolls with construction paper and use glue to secure.
- Glue the toilet paper rolls together along one side to create binoculars.
- Punch a hole on each side of the binoculars to attach the string. Measure the string long enough to go over your head and tie a knot through the holes.
- Cover the mini cereal box with construction paper and secure with glue. If you do not have a mini cereal box, use a piece of cardboard or poster board to create a small rectangular box. Cover it with the construction paper.
- Measure a piece of string long enough to go over your head. secure the string to the sides of your box with tape or glue.
- Draw the camera lens, capture button, and viewing window onto the box with a marker.
- Poke a hole through both sides of the box in the viewing window so that you can look through the box when taking a picture.
large piece of felt
felt sheets x 2 different colors
- Cut the large piece of felt into the shape of a cape, wide at the bottom and narrower at the top.
- Measure the ribbon long enough to go around your neck and tie into a bow. Glue the ribbon along the top edge of the cape leaving extra ribbon on both sides (hot glue or fabric glue works best.)
- Draw a mask shape onto the felt sheet and cut it out. Be sure to cut out eye holes large enough to see through.
- Measure a piece of elastic to go around the back of your head and hot glue it to the sides of the mask.
- Using the left over felt sheets draw out star shapes and cut them out. Use hot glue or fabric glue to glue them onto the cape.
black construction paper
- Draw the shape of a sword onto the cardboard and cut it out.
- Trace the sword handle shape onto the black construction paper and cut out 2 handle shapes.
- Glue the black handle shapes onto both sides of the cardboard sword handle.
- Tie a piece of red ribbon or fabric onto the sword handle.
- Cut an eye patch shape out of the black felt.
- Using the white felt draw and cut out a skull and crossbones to go onto the eye patch. Use a black marker for the skull eyes.
- Glue the skull and crossbones onto the eye patch.
- Measure a piece of elastic to go around your head and glue ends to each sides of the eye patch (hot glue works best).
wooden stick/ skewer/ straw
- Draw out the shape of a crown onto the foam sheet and cut it out.
- Draw a design with glue onto the crown and sprinkle with glitter. Allow to dry and shake off any extra glitter.
- Measure a piece of elastic to go around the back of your head and cut to size. Attach to each side of the crown with hot glue or staples.
- Cut 2 star shapes out of the leftover foam sheet.
- Glue the 2 stars together with the wooden stick in between. Allow to dry.
- Draw a design onto the star with glue and sprinkle with glitter. Allow to dry and shake off any extra glitter.
- Tie a piece of ribbon around the stick.
Which of these pretend play projects did your child make? Share with me in the comments and let me know how it turned out 🙂