You’re around kids enough that you know that they love to make handcrafts. One of the best things about kids’ handcrafts is that they make great gifts to give to parents for birthdays and holidays. It can tough to find crafts that are easy for kids of all ages to make. Here are just a couple craft ideas for kids to make.

Photo Books

If you have old hardback books laying around, they can be turned into delightful photo holders. They’re easy to make and require very few supplies.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • Old hardback books

  • Scrapbook paper of various colors and textures

  • Decoupage glue

  • Foam paint brushes

  • Safety scissors

  • Tape measure

  • Old pictures


  1. Have the children fold all the pages of a book in half lengthwise into the center of the book.

  2. Use the tape measurer to measure the dimensions of the inside covers.

  3. Have the children cut two pieces of scrapbook paper to fit the measurements (for young children, you can do the cutting)

  4. Apply a thick layer of decoupage glue to the backs of the paper.

  5. Place the papers on each inside cover and press down firmly.

  6. Allow the decoupage glue to dry for several hours.

  7. Lay the book flat and allow the folded pages to open freely.

  8. Place pictures between the folded pages for display.

Burlap Handprint Pillows

Handprints are the perfect way to memorialize childhood. These burlap handprint pillows are fun to make. The children will love decorating them with their own handprints.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • Two 12″x12″ squares of burlap per pillow

  • Several bags of pillow stuffing

  • Craft paints in a variety of colors

  • Paper plates

  • Sewing machine


  1. Take two pieces of burlap and sew three sides together. Leave one end open for stuffing.

  2. Give each child an empty pillow form.

  3. Place paints on paper plates.

  4. Have the children place their hands in the paint.

  5. Have them press their hands down firmly on their pillow forms.

  6. Allow the paint to dry for several hours.

  7. Have the children fill their pillows with stuffing.

  8. Sew the pillows closed.

When you run a daycare center, one like Mountainside School, you’re constantly looking for crafts that children of all ages can enjoy doing. Finding handcrafts that can be given as gifts is even better. These easy to make hand crafts are the perfect gift for any occasion. Older children can make these projects on their own. Younger children will benefit from some assistance during these projects.