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29 Back to School Crafts Ideas for Kids + 6 New Back to School Crafts

By: Jessica Farris, Editor,

Parents scrambling and scheduling, teachers making lesson plans, kids mourning the end of vacation and skimming summer reading books at the last minute... It's time for Back to School! This time of year is great for new beginnings and making a fresh start, but all the bustling about can make for an excess of stress. Drive away the back-to-school daze with some fun and easy back to school crafts for kids of all ages, from children in preschool and kindergarten to teens going into high school. These 29 Back to School Crafts Ideas for Kids + 6 New Back to School Crafts are a great way to get creative kids excited about learning!

We've taken the headache out of the new school year with these fun back to school craft ideas that will keep kids occupied and parents and teachers sane. Kids will love making these fun craft projects for school, including diy school suppies, teacher appreciation gifts, and great art projects for kids to make in school!

29 Back to School Craft Ideas for Kids + 6 New Back to School Crafts
Table of Contents:

Crafts for Back to School Supplies

Art Projects for Kids to Make in School

Lesson Crafts and Learning Activities for Kids

Handmade Teacher Appreciation Gifts

After School Crafts for Kids and Fun Activities



Super Sculptures   Simple Food Chains    Tiny Apple Refrigerator Magnets


Crafts for Back to School Supplies

Save a dime and make your own back to school craft supplies! This great collection of embellished journals, bookmarks and more are a great way to incorporate kids' artwork into their school supplies to make them unique and exciting for a fresh new school year. Back to school crafts like these are as useful as they are fun!

Avengers Bookmarks


  1. Avengers Bookmarks: Superhero crafts are a great way to get reluctant kids into reading!
  2. Gilded Alphabet Journal: This journal cover shines like it's covered in gold!
  3. Perfectly Personalized Clipboards: These back to school craft ideas are a great way to work with kids to make amazing and unique school supplies.
  4. Paper Bag Journal Cover: Let kids decorate their journals in any way by covering them with paper sacks.
  5. School Eraser Stamps: Convert a rubber eraser into a handy tool for kids' art projects.
  6. Amazing Eraser Monster: Make an eraser out of clay, an unexpected material for back to school craft supplies!  NEW!



Art Projects for Kids to Make in School

These art projects for kids are great back to school crafts kids can make in art class and in the classroom. Art class is the perfect environment for kids to express themselves and learn a lesson. Back to school craft ideas for kids like these amazing pieces of artwork are sure to inspire imaginations and creativity and become lasting keepsakes.

Leafy Green Tree Frogs


  1. Van Gogh Ceramic Landscape: Kids can learn about Vincent Van Gogh and imitate his unique style with ceramic crafts for kids!
  2. Dinosaur Plaster Casts: Become a paleontologist and dig up imprinted dinosaur fossils!
  3. Musical Medley Art Collage: Young musicians will love making cool collage art projects for kids.
  4. Leafy Green Tree Frogs: Take the class outside to collect the leaves for these nature crafts for kids.
  5. Super Sculptures: Teach kids about abstract artwork with hands-on clay crafts for kids like this!
  6. 3D Paper Art Collage: The 3D Paper Heart Collage craft is a colorful way to encourage creativity and expression. NEW!



Lesson Crafts and Learning Activities for Kids

Back to school craft ideas ultimately come back to what childhood is all about – learning! Each of these art projects for kids is oriented toward a subject to cement lessons in their memories. Facilitate learning with fun lesson crafts and learning activities for kids, including science crafts, history lessons, math games, geography lessons and more fun learning tools for back to school crafts.

Global Twister


  1. Global Twister: This fun game teaches kids about geography with a fun “twist.”
  2. Toilet Tube Totem Poles: These recycled crafts for kids teach about Native American culture and history.
  3. Model Human Lung: This model lung demonstrates breathing!
  4. Color Mixing Magic: Learning activities for preschoolers are more fun when they're messy!
  5. Shape Scavenger Hunt: Teach basic shapes to children by having each child point out different shapes around the room.
  6. Budding Bean Biology: A bean in a jar will bud! Lesson crafts like this are great for little scientists.
  7. Dots Candy Counting Game: Kids' crafts for preschoolers like this are easy to make but teach fun lessons.
  8. Simple Food Chains: Introduce kids to the concept of food chains with scientific printable crafts.
  9. Storytelling Stones: Tell a story to the whole class!
  10. Color Changing Carnations: Not only is this flower craft for kids fun, but it's also one of the best educational activities for kids of all ages. Kids' science experiments can get expensive, but this simple trick is as budget-friendly as can be. NEW!

Dive into Learning Recycled OceanBONUS: Dive into Learning Recycled Ocean: Kids can help decorate a bulletin board during a unit about ocean exploration! Once the kids learn about ocean life, create an ocean right in the classroom with the kids by making water, fish and whales to adorn an amazing bulletin board design.






Handmade Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Help kids show their thanks to the people who make learning possible. Give these gifts kids can make to their educators for back to school crafts and teacher appreciation gifts and show that everyone appreciates their incredible efforts to mold the minds of children. Kids can make these fun teacher gifts with a group or on their own to express a heartfelt thank you.


Hand Embroidered Cards


  1. Hand Embroidered Cards: Card making for kids can be easy with a little guidance, and kids won't have trouble creating a unique card for their teachers with back to school crafts like this.
  2. Tiny Apple Refrigerator Magnets: Take a bite out of learning!
  3. Teacher Appreciation Books and Cookies: The whole class can participate in back to school craft ideas and teacher gifts like this.
  4. Personalized Hand Sanitizer: Teaching is a messy business, but teacher appreciation gifts like this help teachers stay clean, happy and healthy.
  5. Giant Goody Pencil: Craft your teacher a Giant Goody Pencil as an affordable and adorable teacher appreciation gift. NEW!
  6. Starbucks Cup Teacher Appreciation Gift: Keep your teacher going with the gift of caffeine. NEW!



After School Crafts for Kids and Fun Activities

Back to school also means that kids come back from school wanting to take a mental break and unwind before they dive into their homework. Dispense with the silly cartoons and get kids crafting. These fantastic after school crafts for kids are a great way to engage a child's creativity and ensure they're still learning through play once the school day is over. Back to school craft ideas like these are a great way to zone out after a long school day!

Pear Dragon


  1. Pear Dragon: Kids can make dragon-shaped snacks as healthy, fun and edible crafts for kids.
  2. Circus Rider Toy: Printable toys are a fun way to get creative kids playing when they become tired of the same old toys.
  3. Bottle Cap Catapults: These wood crafts for kids are fun hands-on crafts and homemade toys that kids can use to play like knights without trashing the house!
  4. Ring Toss Game: This fun ring toss game is easy to make from recycled materials, and games for kids like this are a good way to help active kids unwind after a long day.
  5. Popsicle Stick Skateboards: These finger skateboards are great craft ideas for kids to make as homemade toys for indoor fun.
  6. Edible Artwork: Unwind after a day of school with after school crafts for kids that you can eat. Kids' crafts have never tasted so delicious! NEW!


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