Below you will find many wood crafts for kids. These crafts made with wood, such as woodsies, toothpicks, blocks of wood, craft sticks (popcicle sticks), and other types of wood are a great way for kids to learn about safe woodworking. You might want to start with our Woodworking Techniques Guide.
(PARENTAL HELP NEEDED) If you are younger than a teen, then you will need an adult to help you with this project. 8 small 3" wooden spoons like those used with ice cream cups; 5 round toothpicks; 1 cork 1" in diameter; 4 corks 3/4" in diameter and 1" to 1 1/4" long; 5 very small corks (1/4" to 3/8" diameter) or 1 large cork from which 10 smaller pieces 1/4" thick can be cut; 2 red thumbtacks; 2 gummed reinforcements; 1" square black construction paper; 3 1/2" length of black fringe; 1 pin; 1/2 yd. black yarn; knife; small drill; glue. Drill carefully (to avoid splitting) a hole in both ends of each spoon : 1/2" from wide end and 34" from handle end. To make head and neck of mule, push a toothpick through large end of largest cork, then attach a spoon (wide end) on each side. Cut smallest corks in half (or cut small pieces from large cork) and fasten a piece on each end of toothpick. Cut off toothpicks so they extend about 1/16" beyond cork pieces. Place medium-size cork between narrow ends of spoons and insert toothpick (sketch a). Push toothpick through cork from top to bottom. To make body, attach narrow ends of 2 spoons to neck spoons (sketch b). Place cork between opposite ends of spoons and insert toothpick. Make legs by fastening 2 remaining corks between wide ends of spoons (sketch c). Add small cork pieces and trim toothpicks as when making head. Attach legs to body (sketch d), adding cork washers and trimming off toothpicks. Fasten the red thumbtacks in head cork for eyes and paste a gummed reinforcement over each. Cut 2 slits in cork above eyes and insert ears cut from pattern given in sketch e. Cut yarn in 4" lengths and loop over cork for tail (sketch f). Attach piece of fringe to head with pin, then glue other end to shoulder cork. If necessary, trim fringe for suitable mane.
Woodworking Techniques - Some basics that you should know about woodworking such as hammering, making a bench fork, and cutting inside shapes.
How to Whittle Wood - Now this is a dangerous craft so you have to know the right way and the wrong way to do it. Safety is very important so you ALWAYS need to have ADULT SUPERVISION for whittling wood.
Make Your Own Wooden Upholstered Dollhouse Furniture - Make your dollhouse furniture with wooden blocks, cotton balls, and fabric or felt.
How to Make a Wooden Ring the Stick Game - Make this fun game with a wooden stick and a cardboard tube.
Wooden Tin Can Bird Houses - Learn how to combine a tin can with wood to make an amazing birdhouse. This is a great project to do with Mom or Dad, at woodshop, or at Summer Camp. Bird will love their new home.
Wooden Sailboats - This is a great first-time woodworking project to make with your child...easy enough for first-timers. The sail can be made out of wrapping paper or sheet cork.
Square Weaving Looms - Find out how to make a square wooden loom with nails...then learn how to weave on it.
Mini Chinese Checkers Game - Here is another woodworking project - find out how to make this child-size Chinese Checkers game.
Autograph Covered Log Wagons - Make these log wagons at Summer Camp and have everyone sign it on your last day so you can always remember your friends.
Wood Pocket Checkers - Have your parents help you with this woodworking project to make a pocket set of checkers.
Toss The Ring Game Making - Make this fun toss the ring game with spools and a block of wood.
How to Make a Wood Cup Catching Game - This is a fun boredom-buster type game...find out how to make it with the following instructions.
How to Make Real Wooden Tambourines - Use wood, nails, and metal bottle caps to make these tambourines. This is a woodworking project to do with an adult.
Viking Ships - Learn how to make this viking ship out of real wood, toothpick oars, cork shields, and popsicle stick prow.
Making Wooden Hole-in-One Game - A great first-time woodworking project for kids. Use a cork, bead, or ball as the object to catch.
Wood Pocket Tic-Tac-Toe Game - Learn how to make this fun woodworking project.
Wooden Poodles - Taking a block of wood and cutting a poodle shape out of it...and then whittling it down to look 3-dimensional is difficult to do. Find out the techniques with this step by step tutorial.
Make a Stern Wheeler That Has Working Paddles - This boat really runs on a motorized paddle ... that works with a rubber band. This is a woodworking project and requires parental assistance.
Paper Twirler - Make this fun paper twirler with some wood blocks and some paper. It can be made in minutes but you can play with it for hours.
Dog Tags & Zipper Pulls - Find out how to make zipper pulls and dog tags out of wood...great for a Summer Camp Craft.
Wood & Plastic Tube Thermometer Banks - Make a unique thermometer-looking bank using wood & a plastic tube.
Make Wood Rings - This is a terrific craft idea for woodworking class at school or for Summer Camps.
Multiple Candleholder Crafts - Learn how to make a few different types of candle holders.
Wooden Christmas Trees - Here is a christmas tree to make in wood shop or with one of your parents.
Tin Can Bookends - These bookends are made out of plywood and flattened tin cans. This is a craft hat requires parental supervision.
Remember Camp with a Log Wall Hanging - Remember camp forever with this log wall hanging.
3x5" Recipe Card Holder Craft with Wooden Craft Sticks - My son made this for me in Kindergarten, and here years later it is still the most used gift I have ever received! Also check out the 4 x 6" Recipe Card Holder Craft.
Angled Photo Frame Making Project - Kids can display their favorite photos or pictures in an unusual way by crafting this quirky angled photo frame. A piece of craft wood and some simple tools will yield a delightful result.
Block Buildings Craft Activities - Help your kids create their own miniature city with block buildings that look just like the ones in your town.
Building a Boat with Your Kids - How to build a sailboat with your kids and hit the water.
Business Card Holder Craft Instructions - Kids can decorate these charming Wooden Popsicle stick business card holders with stars, other Woodsie shapes, markers, felt, paint or construction paper.
Candy Box Wooden Craft Sticks Easy Directions - This is a box built up by stacking layers of craft sticks. Ask your kids what else they could make with this technique. A house with rooms? Could they make other shapes? How about a hexagon box? What about a triangle? The possiblities are endless.
Car or Train Tunnel to Make Tutorial - Your child can add tunnels to their train setup for a fraction of the cost of store-bought tunnels. Craft foam trim adds a colorful rainbow effect.
Crayon Sticky Note Holder Guide - This Crayon sticky note holder craft is not only practical, but it makes a great gift for your parent or teacher!
Chinese Juggling Sticks Making Direcitons - Three hardwood dowels become cool Chinese juggling sticks in a few easy steps. Enjoy creating a new craft and watch your kids' confidence grow as they learn a fun, new skill.
Cross Necklace with Wooden Popcicle Sticks - Our church has Easter crafts each year for the younger children. This craft was very popular with the children. I have typed up the directions to help groups set this craft up. The project requires the use of a drill. Once the project is assembled, it is easy for young children to make.
Marionette Puppet Toy for Kids - With a little practice, your kids can perform their very own puppet show with these marionette puppets.
Felt Tree Advent Calendar Activities - Children can actively take part in counting down the days until Christmas with this felt tree Advent calendar craft.
How to Make a Scooter (Dad or Mom Will Need to Help With This One) - This scooter is an example of how something mechanical can be made just by using standard materials that can be purchased from most building supply stores. This project should be undertaken in conjunction with a capable adult. This basic project involves cutting the pieces of wood to length, marking where the holes are to be drilled, drilling the holes and simply bolting the pieces together.
How to Make a Yo-Yo Woodworking Plans for Children - Here is a great example of the power of doing it yourself. Despite also owning a few high-tech yo-yos, this homemade yo-yo is the one I use most often. The size and shape are all custom fit to my hand. Most importantly, the fact that I made it incorporates a level of satisfaction to yo-yoing that a manufactured yo-yo cannot match. This is a simple and classic project that also makes a great gift, and you won't believe the functionality that you can create.
Make a Wooden Toy Battle Fleet Ship (Mom or Dad Needed) - Toys similar to these can be made almost completely from scrap wood materials. Add in a few screws and one small dowel, and you can have a fleet of boats.
Model Sailboat Craft with Wooden Craft Sticks - This ship-shape little sailboat is a snap to make. Kids will love how fast it comes together and how sturdy the finished product is.
Posable Action Figure or Doll Project for Children - This little buddy stands, sits, and bends every which way. Kids can twist it around a desk lamp, hang it from a doorknob, and make it hold up pencils or markers. How will your child use it? Make with Wooden Craft Sticks.
Pumpkin Block Heads Project Ideas- If there are odds and ends of wood around your house, these pumpkin block heads are a creative and unusual craft to make use of them. Kids will enjoy coloring and painting the pumpkin faces for Halloween.
Snapping Alligator Activity for Preschoolers & Toddlers- By making this alligator, kids will have a chance to measure and cut wood, sand, paint and add finishing details. They will learn to make a joint that springs open, and joints that flop around when they shake their alligator. See if they want to try to use these techniques to make other animals they design themselves.
Snowmen Fence Activities - If one snowman ornament just isn't enough, try this snowmen fence. This Popsicle stick craft is a fun winter or Christmas activity for kids.
Stacking Tic-tac-toe Making Project- Add a third dimension to plain old 'X's & 'O's with this stacking tic-tac-toe craft. Makes a great kids' game for long car rides.
The Free Catapult Plan (Parental Supervision) - this plan shows the layout and design of the Table Top Troll Catapult. It is an easy to make catapult that is powered by rubber bands and has a base that is twelve inches (12") in length.
Toothpick Shark Sculpture - You need patience and a steady hand to create this toothpick shark sculpture, but your kids' amazement is well worth the effort.
Toothpick Snowflake Ornament - Who knew toothpicks could look so pretty? These lovely sparkly, fuzzy ornies are all ready for the holidays.
Toy Boat Woodworking Easy Guide - Toy boat, toy boat, toy boat! How'd you do? This week we have a wood project for the kids that will need an adult's assistance. We made these toy paddlewheel boats as kids and played with them in the big pond we had at the back of our property. You can have that same kind of fun with this easy to build paddlewheel boat. Make these with your friends and have boat races.
Toothpick Architecture Easy Guide - With toothpick architecture, you and your kids can create a tiny city, geometric shapes, or a circus tent with clowns. This art craft lets you build whatever your imagination dreams up!
Toothpick Dolls - These tiny toothpick dolls can keep your kids company wherever they go. Slip them into your kids' pockets, notebooks, or schoolbags for a friendly hello during the day.
Toothpick Treasure Box - Learn how to make a Toothpick Treasure Box.
Trick-or-Treat Witch - Bring a smile to the face of your neighborhood ghouls with this trick-or-treat witch. For kids this craft will require patience and some supervision, but the finished results are worth it.
Wooden Figure Key Hanger - This is a great project to celebrate a special occasion such as Mother's or Father's Day. In this example, the children have portrayed their parents as an anniversary gift.
Wooden Scrapbook Craft - Nature becomes natural storage with this attractive Wooden Scrapbook. Kids can decorate this durable album and store their favorite camp photos.
Wooden Traffic Signs Ideas - These traffic signs are fun art crafts to make for toy cars. They're also a great way to teach kids all their road signs.
CRAFTS WITH WOOD & WOODWORKING FOR KIDS CRAFTS - VARIOUS CRAFTS FOR CHILDREN
Christmas Card Christmas Tree Craft - Turn your favorite Christmas cards into a wood-based Christmas tree centerpiece that your family can enjoy for years to come.
Firecracker Decorations Craft - Spark up the dinner table with these festive wooden Firecracker Decorations. Kids can show their red, white and blue pride with this Independence Day craft.
Handmade Menorrah Craft for Kids - Light up someone's Hanukkah table by making this golden-accented menorah with wood.
How to Make Clothespin Dolls Craft - Clothespin dolls are a crafter's favorite and have been around for years. Here you will learn how to make one of these simple dolls for yourself or for gifts.
How to Make a Scarecrow Craft - Learn how to make scarecrows with a broom and a few other simple household items. Tips on materials, instructions and display.
How to Make a Wooden Spoon Puppet Craft - If you are looking for a fun craft to do with your kids, look no farther than your kitchen's utensil drawer. Wooden spoon puppets will keep your kids entertained not only while making them, but for hours while playing with them. Here is how to make wooden spoon puppets.
Magnet Holder Craft - A small metal sheet turns into a useful Magnet Holder craft that's fun for Scouts and kids alike. Post away!
Make a Pinwheel craft - Learn how to make a pinwheel craft with your children with a pencil or wooden dowel.
Make a Sundial Craft with Wood Craft for Kids - An ancient way to tell time was to use the sun and the shadows it casts.
Measure Me Strip Craft for Children - A Measure Me Strip takes only a short time to make, but it gives your kids years and years of measuring fun.
Nail Board Craft for Kids - Hammer nails into a piece of board. Allow your child to create a design by wrapping string or colored elastic bands around the nails.
Picture Frames Craft - Picture frames craft that is a fun and easy craft for both children and adults. You can make these picture frame ornaments from virtually anything in the house.
Popsicle-Stick Sled Craft - If you can remember white Christmases, you probably have fond memories of riding your sled down neighborhood hills. Bring back happy memories with these easy-to-make wooden sleds.
Popsicle Stick Airplane Ornament Craft - Inspire future aviators to build their own planes with this popsicle stick airplane ornament craft--makes a fun addition to any Christmas tree.
Sandpaper Play Craft for Kids - Teach your child about sculpture by letting him create art out of wood scraps.
Tie Rack or Thread Holder Craft - This woodworking Tie Rack or Thread Holder project is a great one for Scouting groups. Surprise Dad this Father's Day with your talents.
Totem Poles Craft for Kids - Native American tribes carved totem poles to record their family histories and legends. Your family might enjoy creating this totem pole that depicts your own legends and accomplishments.
Wheels from Waste Craft for Kids - Your little NASCAR fans will enjoy making these specially designed race cars from dish-detergent bottles, wooden wheels, and wooden dowels. You might want to try making more than one and racing them to see whose car is the fastest.
WOODWORKING FOR KIDS - ARTICLES FOR PARENTS
Wooden Play Furniture Craft for Kids - Your kids can create their very own home with play furniture made from blocks of wood. Work with them to craft a couch, chair, table, television, and clock.
Simple and Easy Woodworking Projects for Kids - Read on for some extremely simple and easy woodworking projects that you can enjoy with small children…
Woodworking for Kids - A seasoned woodworker and teacher explains the importance of setting up woodworking programs in schools
Wood Crafts for Kids - There are tons of different wood crafts for kids out there. Yes that’s right, kids as well as adults can experience the world of wood work with some simple and complex wood crafts. Depending on the age of your child and their skill level will determine what type of craft you will want to look for. Let’s take a look at a few different ideas for younger and older children.
Setting up a Woodworking Workshop for Your Kids - Here are ten inexpensive items to equip budding woodworkers.