Crafts for Kids

Felting, knitting, kumihimo braiding, toy making and other crafting projects for children


Homeschooling and crafts Teaching your children (or yourself!) the hand-eye coordination skills involved in crafts has so many benefits. Besides the satisfaction of actually creating something new, it increases our interaction and understanding of the world on a number of levels (see article on curriculum). It has been shown to increase intelligence in seemingly unrelated areas. Recent brain research has shown that knitting and crocheting actually produce much of the same beneficial stress reductions physiologically in the body as meditation or yoga practice. Wow!

a child working on a felting project
It doesn't have to be hard to start. On this page, we've compiled in one spot what we offer for kids and beginners. Pick a simple knitting or corking kit (Corking is the British word for spool knitting). Many of our books offer wonderful projects to do with your children. "Toymaking with Children", is especially good and are below, as well as on our 'Books' page to the left. We have some new titles in on felting with kids.

I'd recommmend starting with any of the felting kits, or the knitting spool and "Corking" book. By second grade age, your child is probably ready to knit and do simple sewing projects. Our knitting book and yarn kit is a good start - offering explicit knitting directions, project ideas, and a starter pack of yarns.


Books on Kids Crafts

Crafts Through the Year

by Thomas and Petra Berger

If you are interested in teaching your children handwork, this is the book! This comprehensive book includes crafts for children to make at home or school. Detailed instructions, diagrams and color photographs on making a range of seasonal items are given: from decorated eggs and pompoms, straw and origami animals, to autumn garlands, lanterns, festive wreaths and paper window stars.

Packed with enjoyable projects, this is the perfect resource for both parents and teachers. This is a fully revised compilation of the Christmas, Easter, and Harvest Craft Books. 172 pages, softbound.
Item # - 710 - $24.95

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Toymaking with Children

by Freya Jaffke

A wonderful book addressing the meaning and progression of play through childhood development as well as instructions for many toys and playthings. Projects cover a wide range of toys from play stands, play clothes, woodcarving, making a variety of dolls, dollhouses and doll accessories, knitted animals, working with roving and nature items. 159 pages, softbound.
Item # - 712 - $24.95

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Creative Wool: Making Woollen Crafts with Children

by Karin Neuschutz

This lively full-colour illustrated craft book shows how to make a range of handicrafts from fleece and yarn, including toys, friendship bracelets and braids, balls, pompoms, dolls, dolls' clothes and animals. With clear diagrams and step-by-step instructions, the book starts by introducing children to basic methods of spinning yarn, crocheting, knitting and felting. There is a broad range of projects for children of all ages to complete, working together with adults.
Item # - 711 - $19.95

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Kids Knit

from Sterling Publishing

The author begins by describing needles and yarns and then moves on to the basics, using excellent explanations and clear illustrations to describe casting on, the knit stitch, binding off, reading a pattern and measuring gauge. There's a wide range of difficulty and skill levels to challenge all abilities. Age range 8 and up. 96 pages.
Item # - 713 - $10.95

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Corking

from Kids Can Easy Crafts

Corking is the English word for spool knitting. An idea book for the knitting spool with simple finger puppets, hair scrunchies, and much more. 32 pages, softbound.
Item # - 707 - $7.95

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Felt Bead Jewelry Kits

Jazzy Beaded Felt Bead Bracelet Kit

  • Each kit completes one bracelet.
  • Item # - 819 - $5.29

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    Felt Bead Bracelet Kit

    These felted wool bead bracelets are fast, fun, and simple to make. Special premium elastic cord eliminates the need for clasps.
    Small glass beads are used a spacers in between the wool felt beads.
    • The bracelet kit includes twelve 1 cm wool felt beads, instructions, a half yard of elastic for stringing, beading needle and small glass beads to complete one bracelet.
    • Each kit completes one bracelet.
    • Please select color scheme from select bar below
    Item # - 818 - $4.99


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    Learn to Wet Felt -- Beads Jewelry Kit

    Colorful roving, yarn, soap and a tapestry needle (all included in kit) are all that's needed to make beads for this necklace and bracelet. Ages 3 and up done with an adult, ages 8 and up independently. By Feltcraft.
    Item # - 972 - $13.99

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    Easy Felting Kits

    Wet Felted Pumpkin Kit

    Created by wet felting, this quick and easy project combines the delights of water play and bouncing balls.Kit includes step by step photo instructions and materials to make 2 pumpkins. Acorns are not included.You will need a 3" bouncy ball, needle, and thread.For ages 6 to adult.

    Pumpkin is intended for use as a decoration, not a toy. Keep away from pets.
    This project was first published by Living Crafts Magazine, Fall 2008 issue, www.LivingCrafts.com.
    Item # - 975 - $14.99

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    Wet Felted Heart Flowers Kit

    Wet-felting heart shapes out of wool roving, parents and children can easily create a beautiful bouquet. Kit includes step by step photo instructions and materials to make three flowers.

    Flowers are intended for use as a decoration only, not as a toy. Keep away from pets.
    This project was first published by Living Crafts Magazine, Fall 2008 issue, www.LivingCrafts.com.
    Item # - 974 - $17.99

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    Learn to Wet Felt -- Little People Kit

    This award winning kit uses a simple technique to create little people from all over the world.. Three skin colors and five hair colors are included in the kit along with colorful wool for clothing. The kit makes 12-15 people. You will need water, scissors and one of the following: sewing needle and thread, low temperature glue gun, or craft glue.

    Winner of 1999 Parents' Choice Gold Award. By Feltcraft. Ages 8 and up with adult supervision.
    Item # - 973 - $14.99

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    Learn to Wet Felt -- Beads Jewelry Kit

    Colorful roving, yarn, soap and a tapestry needle (all included in kit) are all that's needed to make beads for this necklace and bracelet. Ages 3 and up done with an adult, ages 8 and up independently. By Feltcraft.
    Item # - 972 - $13.99

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    Kumihimo Braiding

    Weir Crafts Braiding Disk Kit

    This disk is the 3/8" thick and 5 1/2" in diameter. The foam is high quality, dense and long lasting.
    Item # - 110kit - $3.95









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    Knitting and Spool Knitting

    Learn to Knit: Rainbow Ball Kit

    The Waldorf version of the nerfball. Kit makes six small balls and one larger multicolor ball.
    Item # - 992 - $12.95

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    Learn to Knit: Pouch Pals Kit

    Makes two simple dolls and a carrying pouch.
    Item # - 993 - $14.95


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    Knitting Spool & Yarn

    Make bracelets, pins and other fabulous hair and fashion accessories with yarn. Kit includes yarn in 5 colors, a wooden French knitting tool, wooden buttons, and pony beads. Knits a long 'tail'. For ages 5 and older.
    Item # - 996 - $12.95

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