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Simple Kids Craft Ideas for Under $10

Fatherhood is a pretty amazing experience. Some of the best times I've had with my kids have been centered around some of the most simple moments. Craft's are one of those simple activities you can do that will etch memories for your kids on the future. However, as a dad, you may not always have a lot of money to spend on expensive craft projects. Don't worry, though! Today I want to give you some simple craft ideas for under $10 that will set you up for some amazing fun.

A couple tips before starting:

- Your local dollar store should have most of the supplies you need for any of these crafts.

- Remember that this craft time is meant to connect and develop creativity in your kids. This doesn't and shouldn't be about making the perfect craft. It's probably going to be in the trash in a week. So lets be serious about having fun and not about the accuracy of the craft.

- Lastly, don't do the craft for your kid(s). Do the craft with your kid(s). Take your time reading the instructions out loud with them (this will help them develop those skills over time).

DIY Photo Frame

Time required: 30 minutes


  • Cardboard

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Paints or markers

  • Glue

  • A photo to frame


  1. Cut out two identical rectangles from the cardboard. The size of the rectangles should be slightly larger than your photo.

  2. Cut out a rectangle in the center of one of the cardboard pieces, leaving a border of about 2 cm on all sides.

  3. Paint or decorate the cardboard pieces as desired.

  4. Glue the two cardboard pieces together, sandwiching the photo between them.

  5. Let the glue dry, and your DIY photo frame is complete!

Paper Plate Masks

Time required: 45 minutes


  • Paper plates

  • Scissors

  • Paints or markers

  • Glue

  • String or elastic


  1. Cut out eye holes in the paper plates.

  2. Decorate the paper plates with paint or markers, creating a mask design.

  3. Let the paint or markers dry.

  4. Cut two small holes on each side of the paper plate mask.

  5. Thread a string or elastic through the holes, and tie it at the back of the head.

  6. Put on the mask and have fun pretending to be a superhero, an animal, or anything you can imagine!

Popsicle Stick Birdhouse

Time required: 1 hour


  • Popsicle sticks

  • Glue

  • Paints or markers

  • String or twine


  1. Glue four popsicle sticks together to create a square base.

  2. Glue four more popsicle sticks to the sides of the base to create the walls of the birdhouse.

  3. Cut a triangle shape out of two popsicle sticks to create the "roof" of the birdhouse.

  4. Glue the two roof pieces together and glue them onto the top of the birdhouse.

  5. Decorate the birdhouse with paint or markers.

  6. Tie a string or twine around the top (roof) of the birdhouse to create a hanger.

  7. Hang the birdhouse in your backyard and watch the birds come to visit!

Paper Airplanes

Time required: 30 minutes


  • Printer paper

  • Scissors


  1. Fold the paper in half lengthwise, creasing it in the center.

  2. Fold the top corners down to the center crease, creating a triangle shape at the top of the paper.

  3. Fold the top edges of the paper down to the center crease again, creating a pointed tip at the top of the paper.

  4. Fold the paper in half along the center crease, creating the wings of the airplane.

  5. Fold the wings down at a slight angle to create lift.

  6. Test fly your paper airplane and make adjustments as needed.

Fingerprint Art

Time required: 30 minutes


  • Washable ink pads

  • Paper

  • Markers or colored pencils

Instructions: (Pretty Self Explanatory but just in case lol)

  1. Place the ink pad on a flat surface.

  2. Press your finger onto the ink pad, making sure to cover the entire fingerprint.

  3. Press your on the paper and repeat to create your masterpiece


These five crafts are just a few examples of the many affordable and fun projects that you can do with your kids. Spending quality time with your children is something that you won't regret, and crafting is a great way to do it. Not only will it bring you closer together, but it will also help your children develop important skills that they can use throughout their lives. So, don't hesitate to try out some of these crafts with your kids, and enjoy the quality time spent together!

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