For some reason that I never understood, boys are not supposed to like crafting, or so the old stereotype goes. However, in my experiences, this is not true at all. For the past few summers, I have worked as a camp counselor with kids ranging in age from 5 to 15. In my experience, crafting is one of the best things to do with a group of boys no matter what age. Everyone can participate without feeling left out. There are no winners and losers so everybody feels good at the end of the activity. Every child gets to express their creativity in a fun, non-threatening environment. No matter the personality type, boys, at least the ones I have worked with, enjoyed crafting. The key to successfully crafting with boys is finding the right crafts. Here are a few ideas that have worked well for me in the past.
The camp that I worked for always had a plentiful supply of hemp string, but any kind of yarn or string would have worked too. With hemp, we would make all sorts of jewelry, from bracelets to necklaces. With some basic knowledge, the kids could make visually stunning designs with the string. My campers would sit quietly and spend hours perfecting their hemp necklaces. For a great hemp jewelry project, try this Island Blues Choker.
This craft project worked perfectly as an evening-time activity. The kids would put old toothbrushes in a boiling pot of water. After a few minutes, the water would warm the plastic handle and make it malleable. While the plastic was soft, I would take the toothbrushes out and bend them around the wrists of the campers to form unique bracelets that all the boys loved. We would make them at night outside over a campfire, which meant the bracelets were inevitably followed by s’mores. For more great toothbrush craft ideas, check out our 10 Crafty Uses for an Old Toothbrush.
As typically expected, many boys love sports. When a group of boys play sports together, often negative results occur, from broken bones to broken feelings. Sports crafts are great because they allow boys to express their love for sports in a format that ensures everyone has fun. For younger kids, a really fun sports craft is to have them make their own pennants. Take two triangle-shaped pieces of paper and glue them to a wooden dowel. The child can then decorate their sports pennant however they see fit. This All-About-Me Baseball Cap is another great sports-related craft.
Kids love any craft where they get to use their hands and where they get a souvenir. Tie-dye is a timeless craft project that is relatively inexpensive, plus everybody loves making tie-dye clothing. Even the surly teenagers that I once worked with loved making tie-dye shirts. Let these Tie-Dye Creations guide you in making your own tie-dye clothing.
Boys can also create an Etsy Soccer Ball Hat.