8 Easy Paper Crafts For Kids

Isn't it amazing how a small piece of paper can be folded to make almost anything? Here are easy paper craft ideas for your child. We assure you once they learn, your house will be an origami zoo!

By Sarika Chuni  • 8 min read

8 Easy Paper Crafts For Kids
Kids playing with their paper crafts

A lot of us must have folded paper boats as children. Paper folding, however, is so much more than mere paper boats. It is known as Origami in Japanese, which literally means “ori” (folding) and “gami” (paper). It is an ancient art form that is not only incredibly exciting for children to do, but also great for their cognitive and motor development skills. In fact, there is an interesting traditional story in Japan that says that if a person folds 1000 paper cranes, they will be granted one special wish.

Practicing paper folding stimulates the child’s imagination, improves their spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, improves their memory and concentration, and is a great way to build the values of patience in perseverance. And the best part about this craft is that all it requires is a piece of paper and some deft fingers. No glue, no mess and you get a beautiful piece of craft, that you kids would love to display in their room.

Here are some great paper folding craft ideas for you to practice with your children:

For all the crafts below, all you require is some colour paper that is thin enough to be folded easily and thick enough to not tear while you’re making the folds. Go on, let's make some paper crafts!

1. Chicken baby face paper craft

8 Easy Paper Crafts For Kids
How to make a Chicken baby face

Step 1: Take a square piece of paper and fold it in half, twice, to make a crease.

Step 2: Fold to make a crease and fold back.

Step 3: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 4: Fold in the dotted line.

Step 5: Turn over.

Step 6: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 7: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 8: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 9: Turn over.

Step 10: Draw the eyes and finish.

2. Paper fish craft

8 Easy Paper Crafts For Kids
How to make a fish 

Step 1: Take a square piece of paper and fold in half.

Step 2: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 3: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 4: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 5: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image

Step 6: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image

Step 7: Fold backwards in the dotted line.

Step 8: Turn over.

Step 9: Draw the eyes and finish.

3. Paper dog craft

8 Easy Paper Crafts For Kids
How to make a dog 

Step 1: Take a square piece of paper and fold it in half, to make a crease, and fold back.

Step 2: Fold in half.

Step 3: Open the dotted line part and flatten. Like the above image. 

Step 4: Turn around

Step 5: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 6: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 7: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 8: Fold inside the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 9: Fold backwards the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 10: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 11: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 12: Draw a face and finish.

4. Paper craft fox

8 Easy Paper Crafts For Kids
How to make a fox 

Step 1: Take a square piece of paper and fold it in half, to make a crease, and fold back.

Step 2: Fold in half.

Step 3: Fold to meet the centre line.

Step 4: Fold in half.

Step 5: Open the dotted line part and flatten.

Step 6: Turn around.

Step 7: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 8: Draw a face and finish.

5. Paper pig craft

8 Easy Paper Crafts For Kids
How to make a pig 

Step 1: Take a rectangular piece of paper and fold in the dotted lines to meet the centre.

Step 2: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 3: Fold forward in the dotted line.

Step 4: Open the dotted line like a pocket and flatten it.

Step 5: Follow the same step as 4 to the other three sides.

Step 6: Fold backwards in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 7: Fold forward in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 8: Fold the pocket in the dotted line.

Step 9: Fold forward in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 10: Open the dotted line like a pocket and flatten it like a square.

Step 11: Draw the eyes and finish.

6. Paper snake craft

8 Easy Paper Crafts For Kids
How to make a snake 

Step 1: Fold in half.

Step 2: Fold in the dotted line to meet the centre line.

Step 3: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 4: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 5: Turn over.

Step 6: Fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 7: Hood fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 8: Pocket fold in the dotted line as shown in the image.

Step 9: Draw eyes and finish.

7.  Paper craft turtle

8 Easy Paper Crafts For Kids
How to make a turtle 

Step 1: Fold in half.

Step 2: Fold in half.

Step 3: Open the pocket from the dotted line. 

Step 4: Flatten the square.

Step 5: Turn over.

Step 6: Open and flatten the pocket like figure 3 and 4.

Step 7: Fold to make creases and fold back.

Step 8: Lift the corner to make pockets.

Step 9: Flatten the pockets.

Step 10: Cut with a pair of scissors and fold them in the dotted lines.

Step 11: Step fold.

Step 12: Pocket fold in dotted lines.

Step 13: Fold in the dotted lines.

Step 14: Fold in the dotted lines.

Step 15: Fold in the dotted lines.

Step 16: Turn over.

Step 17: Finished.

8. Paper craft star

8 Easy Paper Crafts For Kids
How to make a star 

Step 1: Fold in half.

Step 2: Fold in the dotted lines to make a crease.

Step 3: Fold in the dotted lines to make a crease.

Step 4: Fold to reach the star on the other side.

Step 5: Fold in the dotted lines.

Step 6: Fold in the dotted lines.

Step 7: Fold backwards in the dotted lines.

Step 8: Cut with a pair of scissors.

Step 9: Open.

Step 10: Fold in the dotted lines to make a crease and fold back.

Step 11: Fold in the dotted lines to make a crease and fold back.

Step 12: Finished.

These origami shapes are perfect for children as they involve a few easy steps and can be mastered after a few attempts. So the next time you are looking for a relaxing activity to do with your child, pick some coloured paper from around the house and get folding! 

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