21+ Amazing Coffee Filter Crafts for Kids

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Using a coffee filter to make crafts is one of our favourite things to do! There are so inexpensive and accessible and you can turn them into just about another you desire! They are also great for exploring chromatography with kids, in easy and fun STEAM art activity!

Coffee filter art is a creative and simple art activity that involves using coffee filters as a canvas to create unique and colorful designs. The process involves coloring or painting on the coffee filter and then using water to blend the colors and create beautiful patterns. This activity is easy to set up, requires minimal supplies, and is suitable for kids of all ages.

One of the great benefits of coffee filter art is that it is a fun and engaging way to promote creativity and self-expression in children. It allows kids to experiment with color mixing and blending, encourages them to use their imagination to create unique designs, and provides a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when the finished product is displayed. Additionally, coffee filter art can be a great way to teach kids about science concepts such as chromatography and capillary action, which are involved in the color blending process.

Ways to Colour Coffee Filters

There are many many different ways you can colour coffee filters. As you go through these projects and if they list a material or supply that you don’t have, remember that you can still do the craft with coffee filters using a different supply to colour the filters. Here is a list of all the ways you can colour coffee filters:

Coffee Filter STEAM Crafts

Crafting with coffee filters is not only a great art project, it is also a great way to explored the concept of chromatography.

What is Chromatography?

What is chromatography? Chromatography is the separation of a mixture by passing it in a solution through a medium in which the parts of the mixture move at different speeds.

In this case the mixture is the washable marker or dot marker ink that you use on the coffee filter. The solution is the water that you sprayed on the coffee filter. The medium is the actually coffee filter itself. The different parts of the mixture are the various colours that make the marker.

My kids were pretty amazed to learn that markers aren’t made up of just one colour. In fact they mix several different colours together to get the exact shade of colour you see on the marker. 


Amazing Coffee Filter Crafts for Kids

Coffee Filter Frog

This coffee filter frog craft is a fun way to engage kids in an activity that promotes creativity, fine motor skills, & imaginative thinking.

Coffee Filter Flowers

Get ready to add some color and cheer to your home with an exciting coffee filter flower craft for kids!

Coffee Filter Chick

This coffee filter chick is such a cute STEAM art idea for spring or Easter. Its a great way to explore chromatography.d

Coffee Filter Rainbow Fish

Coffee Filter Monster

Coffee Filter Pumpkin Craft

Coffee Filter Pumpkin Craft is a fun Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers. A fun fine motor craft idea using coloured water!

Coffee Filter Apple Craft

Coffee Filter Apple Craft is a fun Fall craft for toddlers and preschoolers. A fun fine motor craft idea using dot markers!

Coffee Filter Flowers

Coffee Filter Leaves Craft

Coffee Filter Leaves Craft is a fun fall craft for toddlers and preschoolers. A fun fine motor craft idea using eye droppers!

Coffee Filter Tree Craft

Coffee Filter Tree Craft is a fun fall craft for toddlers and preschoolers. A fun fine motor idea that creates a stunning craft!

Easy Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft for Kids

This coffee filter butterfly craft is the perfect indoor craft activity for a sponge day! Create unique butterfly wings using coffee filters!

Sea Animal Coffee Filter Suncatcher

Coffee Filter Sunflower

Coffee Filter Fireworks Craft for New Years Eve or Fourth of July

Coffee Filter Fireworks craft is a great way to celebrate New Years Eve or Fourth of July! They are also a fantastic fine motor activity.

Coffee Filter Dinosaur Craft

Coffee Filter Peonies

Coffee Filter Dancers

Coffee Filter Rainbow Craft

Sunrise Coffee Filter

Coffee Filter Roses

Coffee Filter Hot Air Balloons

Coffee Filter Peacock

Coffee Filter Jellyfish

Age Suitability

This crafts are good for toddlers aged children 2 years old and up. My kids are 5, 5 and 8 years old.

Mess Level

The mess level for these crafts varies.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

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Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

Click here for more information: Play2Learn

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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