5 School Holiday Craft Activities for Kids

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Written by Cassie (Teach Starter)

Boredom is a gift in disguise. It gives young minds the freedom to get creative and it’s often the catalyst for magical open-ended play. However, school holidays also give us the opportunity to engage our kids in some really fun activities. These guided activities are extra enjoyable because they come without the pressure of school expectations and assessment! Here are five printable craft activities that are perfect for kids on school holidays.

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(1) Puppy Dog String Puppet

free printable puppy dog puppet template

This adorable puppy dog string puppet is so simple to create! All you need is this printable Dog String Puppet Template, six brass brads, some string, and two craft sticks or a ruler.

The puppets can be made using regular paper or cardstock.

  1. Decorate and cut out each part of the puppet.
  2. Punch holes through each of the small circles on the template.
  3. Fold the body of the dog along the two dashed lines (the fold becomes the dog’s belly).
  4. Glue the ears onto each side of the face. Use brass brads or glue to attach the legs, the head, and the tail to
    the body.
  5. Tape one piece of string to the back of the head and another piece of string to the back of the body near
    the tail. Attach the other end of each string to a wooden ruler or craft sticks.

A decorative version of this resource was created for Lunar New Year! You can download the Year of the Dog String Puppet Template as well.

Free Year of the Dog String Puppet Activity


(2) Create a Creature Cut-Outs

create a creature cut-outs template

Another fantastic craft printable, these Create a Creature Activity Cut-Outs can be used in a few different ways!

  1. Download and print the cut-out templates (kids can share one print out between two if needed).
  2. Choose the body shape and other body parts needed to make a crazy creature.
  3. Cut out the template pieces and assemble the creature either on the paper body or on a 3-D object such as an empty tissue box.
  4. Students can decorate their crazy creatures any way they would like to!

create a crazy creature with printable cut-outs


(3) Paper Bag Pirates

Avast, me hearties! Why not make some paper bag pirates during the school holidays? Download our Paper Bag Pirate Template to create a whole pirate crew!

paper bag pirates freebie printable template

  1. Fold a regular sized, brown paper lunch bag in half vertically and glue the two sides together.
  2. This forms a long, rectangle shape with a hole at the bottom for students to use as a puppet.
  3. Color in the cut-outs on the template.
  4. Design your pirate’s outfit.
  5. Cut out all of the pieces you need.
  6. Glue the template pieces and clothing pieces onto the paper bag!

paper bag pirates freebie printable template


(4) Jellyfish Craft Activity

Did you know that the collective noun for jellyfish is a smack? Use this Jellyfish Craft Template to create a smack of jellyfish!

sea jelly or jellyfish craft activity

  1. Color in the jellyfish.
  2. Cut out the jellyfish and fold on the center line.
  3. Staple the edge of the top half of the jellyfish, leaving the bottom open.
  4. Scrunch up the scraps of paper to stuff inside the jellyfish.
  5. Use streamers, ribbons, colored paper, yarn, or any other suitable material as tentacles.
  6. Staple along the bottom of the jellyfish and hang to make a fun Under the Sea-themed classroom display!

sea jelly or jellyfish craft activity


(5) Monster Corner Bookmark

This another of our school holiday craft activities that kids really enjoy! These monster corner bookmarks look SO effective and are deceptively easy to make.

monster corner bookmark template

  1. Print the Monster Corner Bookmark template.
  2. Cut along the outside of the template design.
  3. Fold each triangle on top of each other and paste the two triangles together, creating a pocket.
  4. Decorate your design by coloring the template or by printing onto colored paper and adding googly eyes.


Have fun with these great craft activities!

 

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