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

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

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

Felting for Kids

by Sif Jacobsen, Gry Hojgaardp

Let Gry and Sif take you into the wonderful world of wet felting! These sisters are well known for their appealing designs made of felted wool. This exciting collection of more than 44 fun projects contains everything from whimsical toys to desk accessories - including an entire collection just for boys. Learn wet-felting techniques and find projects you can make both for and with kids. 128 pages, softbound.

Item # - 722 - $16.95

Felt Bead Jewelry Kits

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 - priced below

Easy Felting Kits

Learn to Wet Felt -- Rainbow Heart Kit

Colorful roving, yarn, soap and a tapestry needle (all included in kit) are all that's needed to make this necklace. Ages 4 and up done with an adult, ages 8 and up independently. By Feltcraft

Item # - 972 - $13.99

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,

Item # - 974 - $17.99

Kumihimo Braiding

Braiding Disk Starter Set

  • Braiding disk
  • 8 EZ bobs to keep threads from tangling
  • 25 plastic bobbins to keep threads from tangling
  • counterweight
  • 4 skeins cotton craft thread (colors will vary)
  • Braided Disk Instructions
Item # - 1141 - $12.95