The Best Back-to-School Crafts for Kids to Make

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Get your kids excited for the first day of school with these fun and creative back to school crafts. From fun school buses to pencils to apple crafts and more.

Fun Back to School Crafts for Kids

We’ve been keeping busy this summer with fun crafts and summer science. Although the hazy lazy days of summer are almost done, the fun doesn’t need to end! To help keep the creative juices flowing and hopefully get you and your little one all geared up for a great school year, Ive put together this list of easy and fun back to school crafts for kids. You’ll find school bus crafts, lots of fun and colourful apple crafts, a few countdown crafts, school supplies crafts and more. All great ways to get them thinking about the first day of school in a positive light!

And check out my short form crafting TV series Curious Crafting on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Watch all the episodes here. And look out for season 2 coming in 2023!

Easy Back-to-School Activities & Crafts for Kids

  1. DIY Glitter Pencil Cases, Studio DIY
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  1. Apple Sponge Stamping Craft, Happy Toddler Playtime
  1. Apple Colour Sorting Sensory Bag, Happy Toddler Playtime
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  1. Painted Apple Suncatcher Craft for Kids, Happy Toddler Playtime
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  1. Tissue Paper Apple Craft, Happy Toddler Playtime
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  1. Watercolor & Salt Apple Painting, Happy Toddler Playtime
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  1. Cotton Ball Apple Tree Craft, Happy Toddler Playtime
  1. DIY Back-to-School Photo Frame, I Heart Crafty Things
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  1. All about me spinner craft, Non Toy Gifts
  1. Free Pattern – The Gobbler – A Pencil Eating Monster, Shiny Happy World
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  1. Countdown to Preschool Back to School Craft, Preschool Inspirations
  1. Yarn Wrapped Cardboard Pencil Craft, Our Kid Things
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  1. Beaded Backpack Tags, Handmade Charlotte
  1. Colorful Tin Can Owl Craft, I Heart Crafty Things
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  1. Paper Roll Pencil – Back to School Craft or Classroom Decoration Idea, Easy Peasy Fun
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  1. Recycled Cardboard Tube Desk Caddy, Crafts By Amanda
  1. Unicorn Pencil Holder, Crafts by the Sea
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  1. Monster Bookmarks, One Line Project
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  1. Duck Tape Lunch Bag, The Gracious Housewife
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  1. Magnetic Locker Pencil Holder, Crafts By Amanda
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  1. Back To School: School Bus Countdown Kids Craft, The Suburban Mom
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  1. Popsicle Stick Schoolhouse Picture Frame Craft – Grace, Giggles and Naptime
  1. Back to School Bus Craft with Box Tops, I Heart Crafty Things
  1. Perler Bead Bookmarks, Craft, Create, Cook
  1. Paper Plate Weaving School Bus Craft, I Heart Crafty Things
  1. Yarn and paper plate core apple craft, Non Toy Gifts
  1. Origami Pencil Craft, Red Ted Art
  1. Personalized Backpack Ideas for Kids, DIY Candy
  1. Puffy Paint School Bus Craft, Crafty Mornings
  1. Letter Aa Sticky Wall Craft

Mess Level

This is a mess level varies.

Difficulty to Create

Easy to medium.

Skills Developed in Back to School Crafts

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

Check out My Books, TV Show & Playdough Kits!

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.

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.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids – coming out September 27, 2022

Book: STEAM Crafts for Kids – coming out November 29, 2022

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!

This show is all about fun and easy crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. 

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.

The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids

Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.

Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!

Shop our ready made play kits here.


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