Easy Newspaper Crafts for Kids
I promised that I would bring you a super easy craft that takes only a couple of supplies. Even if you have zero crafting supplies in your home, you likely have these things. These easy newspaper crafts for kids are so simple, most kids will finish one in about 5 minutes. So, plan to make lots! Make an entire collection of drawings that you can then tell stories with or use for open-ended play. Time to create some newspaper art!
Here are some recommendations for supply replacements if you do not have the items on the list. Instead of newspaper, you can use really any paper that you have on hand…printer paper, construction paper, or even those ridiculously long CVS receipts (hah!) If you do not have markers on hand, use highlighters, crayons, colored pencils, water colors, paint, colored pens. Now, no more excuses…get to crafting!!!
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Glue stick (or stapler)
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Step 1: Draw a Picture
- Lay out 2 pieces of paper, one on top of the other.
- For the top piece, try to choose something with mostly print, minimal pictures and minimal headings.
- Use your markers to draw a large picture. Take up as much of the newspaper as you would like. My pictures are each at least 8 inches across or bigger.
*For little ones who cannot yet draw, that’s okay. They can still participate in this craft. Even scribbling will work. Let them scribble away and then turn it into a “scribble monster” by adding a couple of eyes, arms and legs with a black marker. Simple as that.
Step 2: Cut Out Your Picture
- With the 2 pieces of newspaper sandwiched together, cut out around your picture, leaving a border of about 1-2 inches for the glue.
*For little ones, they may need help with this step. But only help as much as is absolutely needed. Allow them to be as independent as possible, even if their work is not “perfect”. We learn best by trying (and even failing…especially failing). You can always draw another picture. What’s the harm?
Step 3: Secure the Seams
- Open up the 2 pieces of newspaper like a book.
- Then add a strip of glue around the outside of one side, leaving a section unglued…about 4-5″ or so. If you prefer, you can also use staples for this step, placing them about 1/4 apart around the outside.
- Now put the book back together and press around the outside with your index finger to seal it up and help the glue to set.
Step 4: Get to Stuffing
- Tear some small strips of newspaper and crumple each one up. This will be the stuffing to make your newspaper craft 3D.
- Gently place the crumpled up balls of paper into the opening one at a time until your newspaper craft for kids is puffy. *Be careful not to overstuff.
Step 5: Finish Off Your Newspaper Craft
- Once you have stuffed your newspaper art, get your glue stick (or stapler) back out.
- Seal the opening shut and give it a little press and squeeze so that the glue takes hold.
I cannot wait to see your newspaper craft creations. You can always share your finished projects with use at hello@inthebagkidscrafts. Or drop in on us on Facebook or Instagram. It makes our hearts happy to see you making crafts with your family!
Check out the video tutorial for these newspaper crafts for kids…