When I was a child, I was a very visual learner. I loved reading, writing, and geography, but my math or science lessons required more mental effort. Why? If I couldn’t visually explain what was happening, I simply didn’t understand the concept.
That’s why my favorite lessons always involved some kind of game, coloring page, or experiment—I got to take my learning into my own hands and understand concepts in my own way.
As the editor of AllFreeKidsCrafts.com, I share a wide variety of kids’ craft ideas on my site, but I pay special attention to crafts with an educational twist. Adding a little dose of creativity to your lessons isn’t just fun for kids; allowing kids express their creative side actually reinforces the things they’ve learned.
Crafty Learning Activities Kids Love
Engaging (and often entertaining) lesson ideas are a great way for kids to practice new concepts, memorize new words, and process new information in a way that makes sense for them. Educational crafts don’t have to be complicated or expensive to be effective; in fact, the simplest learning activities were often my favorite when I was a kid.
We thought this roundup (and so many more roundups here on True Aim Education) was full of great ideas, but having a few extra crafts at your disposal is always a good idea…and that’s where we come in! The best thing about these learning activities is that most of them are open-ended enough that once you guide your little ones through the instructions, they can expand upon them and play in totally new ways.
Bring one of these ideas to your little learners, and you’re sure to earn an A+.
Teach Kids About: Language
Reading and writing open children up to a world of imagination, so it’s time we made learning the alphabet fun! Exposing children to language in fun and innovating ways is sure to make the knowledge stick and turn hesitant page-turners into enthusiastic readers. Share these activities with your children now, and watch them disappear into the wonderful world of books as the years go on.
- Flower Garden Alphabet Activity
- Secret Message Sight Words
- Phonics Flip Book
- Story Cube Reading Game
- Sight Word Fortune Tellers
- Touch ‘n Learn Alphabet Cards
- DIY Bananagrams
Teach Kids About: Science
Is your little one a budding scientist? Hands-on learning is probably one of the best opportunities you can offer your child, especially when it comes to teaching kids about science. With the help of a few clever science experiments and activities, your kids can learn about chemical reactions, gravity, and even physics! The simplest science experiments are often some of the most beneficial learning activities, so you truly can’t go wrong with any of these ideas.
- Mini Engineer Bridge
- Galaxy Lava Bottles
- Simple Ways to Teach Matter
- Magical Milk Experiment
- Under the Ocean Biology Jar
- Simple Raindrop Experiment
- Soap Clouds
Teach Kids About: Math
Tackling a child’s least favorite subject can be tricky. Oh, wait, your child loves math? It must just be me, then. Math was (and still is) my least favorite subject, so when my teachers came up with math games or entertaining story problems, practicing my arithmetic was much more bearable. These simple math activities cover a few different mathematical areas, from counting to multiplication to simply learning shapes, so you can use them with just about any age group.
- DIY Geoboard
- Knock’em Down Bean Bag Toss
- Egg-o-Math Game
- How to Teach Multiplication the Easy Way
- Paper Dice Game
- Straw Shapes Activity
How do you work creativity into your lessons?
Emily Timmons is an editor at AllFreeKidsCraft.com. She graduated from Augustana College with a degree in English and Creative Writing and a minor in Art History. Her interest in crafting came from her grandma, who was patient enough to let her experiment with her craft supplies. Working on AllFreeKidsCrafts.com gives her the chance to give people a little dose of happiness, much like what her grandma did for her. Although she doesn’t have any kids yet, she loves the energy and spontaneity that she experienced with them while working as a lifeguard for seven years.