After-School Craft Inspiration

Happy Back To School!
Get inspired by the following fun activities to keep your kids active and engaged after school and in between schedule gaps. Stay tuned for more ideas to come! Got ideas? Share with us here

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Kates Nature Crafts Box
Kate Choi has been inspiring us with clever nature crafts on her Facebook page! Click here to follow Kate. Kate kindly agreed to allow us to feature some of her nature projects on our website. Thank you, Kate! Check out her latest outdoor flower craft project:

Kate's Outdoor Flower Project

Minute to Win It Games - Breakfast Edition

Supplies needed: straw, bowls, spoons, cereal, cereal box, cotton balls (or any other small items)  
1. Using only a straw, transfer cereal from bowl 1 to bowl 2 in under a minute.                  
2. Have a family member cut up a cereal box, you have 1 minute to put it back together puzzle style!                              
3. Use a spoon and your mouth to transfer cotton balls from one bowl to another time yourself or go head to head! 

Boy using straw in his mouth moving to move cereal from one bowl to another.

Collage of girls with a spoon in their mouth moving cotton balls from one bowl to another bowl.

Giant Bubbles Recipe

  • 6 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Cup Concentrated Dish Soap
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Starch
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Glycerine


Stained Glass Chalk Art

  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Painter’s Tape

Add tape to the ground or a fence in a fun geometric design. Next, color each area with a different color. After all areas are filled ina remove the tape.

Stain Glass chalk art on a fence.

Popsicle Stick Bookmarks

  • Large wooden popsicle sticks
  • Pens
  • Paper or washi tape
  • Glue/Tape
  • Any other craft accessory you may want to use to decorate, like buttons, fabric, ribbons, glitter, etc. 

Draw on a face and hairdo using the pens. Use paper or washi tape to make clothing. Draw on legs and shoes then add any other decorations you like. Get creative!

Popsicle stick bookmarks made to look like paper dolls.

Heart String Art


  • 10-inch square barn wood plaque
  • Thin kitchen cording
  • 1-inch wire nails
  • Paper for template
  • Scissors
  • Painters tape
  • Hammer
  • Pliers

See the step by step instructions here.

Collage of 3 different heart string art projects.

Reading Tent

There are many different types and ways to make a reading tent. You can make a temporary tent or a permanent tent. Check out how to make your own tent here.

Girl reading a book in a colorful striped canopy tent in the outdoors.

S.T.E.M Activities

Gear up for all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.)!  

Two kids with a bottle rocket blasting off on a green field.

3… 2… 1… Blast off! 🚀 Reach new heights of fun with a bottle rocket experiment. Click here for Bottle Rocket instructions: .

ice cream

I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream! 🍦 Get a positive reaction when you make your own ice cream at home! Try this easy chemistry experiment with your family and show us your best ice cream faces! Click here for Homemade Ice Cream instructions:…/