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family fun craftsAre you trying to come up with things to do with your family? Spending hundreds on toys is an idea, but so is spending an afternoon with your kids making fun paper crafts. You may think the latter is rather uneventful, but there are many more things you can do with paper, printable models and online sources.

Up next, we will take a look at several activities that involve a bit of paper and some ink, and are bound to unite your family for a half hour of innocent and perhaps even instructive fun.

Print Out Custom Coloring Pages

Just a few months ago, a post on tech-oriented DIY holiday gifts 5 More Tech Ideas For Cheap Holiday Gifts You Can Make Yourself 5 More Tech Ideas For Cheap Holiday Gifts You Can Make Yourself The holiday season is still around, brimming with reminders at every store we go. All the sales and decorations might make a lot of your children excited when you’re out shopping with them but maybe... Read More was published, providing a variety of ideas to MakeUseOf readers , including one on how to make a coloring page for a child in your family. This process, detailed in Instructables, involved a couple of tweaks in Pixlr Easy & Powerful Online Image Editing With Pixlr Easy & Powerful Online Image Editing With Pixlr Read More , a free, web-based alternative to Photoshop.

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As you can see in the screenshots, once you change the RGB levels in your photos to make them look like pencil sketches, you can add your own background and finally, print them out so your child can start coloring!

Create Origami Models

Origami is Japanese for papercraft. From simple folds to advanced origami art, the possibilities with origami are endless. Just check out some superbly interesting papercraft sites listed on this article 4 Great Papercraft Websites To Waste Time 4 Great Papercraft Websites To Waste Time Read More , or take a look at some of the more detailed origami models from Creative Closeup that without a doubt, will propel your child to want to make these right away.

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crafts about family for children

To get your child started, here is a fine example of the printables you can find online depending on the figure or character you are interested in (in this case, Red Bird of the Angry Birds games):

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This Red Bird (and other Bird models) printable can be found on Little Plastic Man’s site. For additional DIY Angry Birds crafts, be sure to read this post 5 DIY Angry Birds-Inspired Crafts For The Upcoming Holidays 5 DIY Angry Birds-Inspired Crafts For The Upcoming Holidays Surpassing half a billion downloads, Angry Birds has become the most downloaded game in the history of gaming. Though there are games with the same play concepts, it’s perhaps the only one that has expanded... Read More , where I’ve included links to Angry Birds-inspired Christmas ornaments to snack ideas. For other papercraft ideas, I’ve found that Disney’s FamilyFun website has a good collection of paper folding craft patterns.

Make Custom Picture Frames

A fun and easy activity is to prepare picture frames using different patterns from which your child can pick his or her favorite. To get started, head to Disney’s Family Fun website and browse through the different designs that range from nature-themed to holiday-themed and more. Here is a sunflower picture frame from the same site that you can easily print on paper or cardstock for your child to further adorn with drawings, stickers, etc.

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The PDF printable suggests that if you’re concerned that your child might be too young to use scissors to cut a center hole for your photo in this project, you can also have him or her glue the picture right on the cardboard. Easy, right? Plus, your child gets to be creative and embellish the frame as he or she sees fit.

Print Your Own Board Games

For your younger child, you can find a couple of simple board games, such as Snakes and Ladders, Butterflies and Bugs, all in printable PDF form from this site. You could use these games to help your child learn new words, numbers or phrases.

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For older kids, there are many printable card games, such as this Doctor Who solitary game, and this Timeline strategy game.

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To learn more, see the original post on printable board games 5 Awesome Free Printable Board Games 5 Awesome Free Printable Board Games If you're on the lookout for a new geeky craft for yourself or the kids you've probably considered making your own board games as an idea. But you probably didn't realise that you can do... Read More by Angela.

Do you know of additional printable family craft ideas? Share them with us in the comments!

Image credit: Coloring Book via PenfoldPlant of Instructables, Exceptional free paper models and toys via Creative Closeup, Angry Birds papercrafts via Little Plastic Man, Sunflower Photo Frame via Family Fun, Butterflies and Bugs via Free Fun ‘n Games, Timeline via Cheapass, Young Mother And Her Son Image via Shutterstock

  1. Liz
    April 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Timeline is an AWESOME game!

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      April 17, 2012 at 8:39 am

      It definitely seems interesting!

  2. Bobbi
    March 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Give http://www.freeprintable.net a shot, as well. He has coloring pages for kids, teaching aids and all sorts of business forms. If you need something and don't see it - just ask. Great site!

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      April 2, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Wow, cool non-flashy site!

  3. Henry
    March 20, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Lots of paper craft projects (in PDFs) from Canon Japan: http://cp.c-ij.com/en/

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      April 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      That's actually a really great site! Thank you for the awesome suggestion. :)

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