Art and craft activities for the whole family

Whether you're prepping for the impending school holidays, or you're looking for something different to keep you and your kids busy on weekends, arts and crafts can entertain the entire family for hours.

Getting creative with arts and crafts not only keeps the mind active, but can also help children develop fine motor skills, improve hand-eye coordination and encourage self-expression.

Here are some of our top picks for crafty activities the whole family can enjoy.

Drawing is great for enhancing your imagination and creative skills, and gives children the opportunity to freely express their thoughts and emotions.

Keep things simple with a combination of drawing and painting in a watercolour pencil drawing. Use the pencils dry like normal, or wet them to create a watercolour effect. Mix them together for depth and texture.

Alternatively, if you want to try something different with the kids, charcoal or pastels can be used to create captivating artworks, and you don't have to wait for them to dry in-between applications. Layer the colours and experiment – the sky is the limit.

 

Craft kits can provide everything you need for a busy afternoon of creating, as well as educational games and toys.

Other fun activities you can take part in with the kids include STEM + STEAM kits, diamond art kits, modelling clay designs and candle making.

There's something special about seeing your child's eyes light up when they see the cakes they have created themselves – not to mention when they get to eat them!

Cake making and decorating is not only fun (and delicious), it also encourages kids to explore their creative flare. Get them involved by letting them add and mix ingredients, spread the icing and decorate the finished product to a theme of their choice.

Take a trip down memory lane with tie-dying. Despite making its debut in the 70s, 80s and 90s, the trend is making a huge comeback with kids today. Get yourself and the kids some white shirts, shorts, tracksuits – anything really – and get set for a whole lot of colourful fun.

Another fun activity that's making a comeback from the 1980s, lino printing, uses specialised lino cutting tools to carve a pattern onto a printing plate. This is then inked with a hand roller, and when the print is removed, you're left with high quality designs. There are no limits to what you can design – from small stamps to large wall prints that you can hang around your home.