Crafts for Kids

40 Creative Paper Cup Crafts and Activities Ideas to Try Today

Turn an ordinary paper cup into a fun craft for kids with these paper cup craft ideas.  These paper cup craft activities include ideas to turn paper cups into fairy houses to woodland creatures to flying reindeer, and so much more. These paper cup craft ideas are sure to delight your children from toddler, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten to first grade and 2nd grade students too.

Turn an ordinary paper cup into a fun craft for kids with these paper cup craft ideas.  These paper cup craft activities include ideas to turn paper cups into fairy houses to woodland creatures to flying reindeer, and so much more. These paper cup craft ideas are sure to delight your children from toddler, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten to first grade and 2nd grade students too. 

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If you don’t have any paper cups in the cupboard, add them to your grocery list!  Buy a large pack of white cups, and your child can paint “the body” of the cup to turn it into any of these 40 fun paper cup craft projects!  These paper cup craft ideas are a great way to keep kiddos busy creating, or make one of these paper cup art and craft ideas to go along with a favorite story! Use these paper cup craft activities with toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and grade 2 students. The hardest part is deciding which cup craft ideas to try first!

Plus you will love that these paper cup crafts use common materials you probably have on hand at home. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – work on strengthening hand muscles while exploring your child’s creativity and expressing their individuality with these fun craft projects for kids!

Paper cup craft activities

Paper Cup Windmills | The Pinterested Parent
An easy craft to make with little ones!  I just love the rainbow color windmill village they created!
Paper Cup Flower Vase | Pink Stripey Socks

This “flower head”  paper cup vase is too fun!  Kind of reminds me of Chia Pets!

Paper Cup Fairy Houses | Artsy Craftsy Mom
This sweet paper cup village reminds me of fairy houses!  Grab some sharpies and start creating!
Paper Cup Luminaries | Little Bins for Little Hands
A great craft idea for Winter solstice or to sneak in fine motor skills!  Create different patterns around the paper cup with a hole punch!  So very simple.
Paper Cup Mini Pinatas | Somewhat Simple
A personal pinata?!  Yes, please!  How fun would this paper cup craft be for Cinco De Mayo?
Kaleidoscope Craft | Kid Friendly Things to Do
Make your own kaleidoscope with a paper cup, paper plate, and tissue paper.

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Paper cup craft ideas

Any TMNT fans?!  Buy green paper cups or paint some green, add a few simple materials, and “CowABunga!,” your little one has four cool turtle dudes for endless play!
Paper Cup Noisemaker | Powerful Mothering
Make a few with different materials in each one and see if your child can correctly guess what is in each noisemaker!
Make Your Own Anemometer | The Activity Mom
With spring on the way, here is a great craft to make to learn about the wind!
Paper Cup Party Spinners | Kids Activities Blog
Love this creative use for paper cups come party time!
Flower Baskets | The Craft Train
Make these simple and sweet paper cup flower baskets and then head outside for a nature walk
Paper Cup Phone | There’s Just One Mommy
Little ones will LOVE this simple paper cup craft!
Paper Cup Castle | I Heart Crafty Things
Learning about knights and castles?  Create your own castle complete with LEGO knights in shining armor!
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Paper cup crafts

Paper Cup Weaving Craft | Laughing Kids Learn
Turn this weaving craft into a pencil holder!  Makes a great and frugal gift idea!
Paper Cup Flowers | How We Learn
Love this gorgeous flower craft.  You could turn it into a collaborative art project if you have many kids different ages.  Create a paper plate flower mural!
Simple Wind Chime | Rainy Day Mum
A fun and simple paper craft you can enjoy all season!
Paper Cup Art Bot | The Artful Parent
Your engineering kiddos will LOVE creating their own scribbling robot!
Frozen Olaf Snowman Craft | JDaniel’s Mom
Any Frozen fans out there?!  (Ooo.. me, me, me!!)  Make this craft as you await the sequel!!

DIY Animal Noses | Pink Stripey Socks
Love this mama’s frugal idea to create animal noses for her son’s birthday!  So creative!

Animal Paper Cup Craft Ideas

Take a peak at these cup crafts of cute animals!

Paper Cup Penguin Poppers | School Time Snippets
Paper cup penguins turned into a popper toy!  So creative and fun!
Paper Cup Horton the Elephant Craft | I Heart Arts and Crafts
Love this fun Dr. Seuss go along craft!  Watch the movie or read the book, and then make this adorable and simple elephant craft.
Fine Motor Jellyfish | Buggy and Buddy
Grab your stash of paper clips and make this fun jellyfish paper cup craft!  Great way to sneak in fine motor skills, counting, and patterning!
Paper Cup Octopus | Easy Peasy and Fun
Talk about emotions as you create this adorable paper cup octopus craft.

Little ones can easily make this adorable bee paper cup craft.  Add in a few books for more bee themed learning!

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These paper cup art are sure to be a hit with your kids! Use them as a summer craft for kids or summer project.

Paper Cup Fishing Game | Handmade Charlotte
Turn a few ocean animal paper cup crafts into a fun game for little ones!
Paper Cup Farm Animals | Kids Activities Blog
This chicken, pig, and cow are just the cutest.
Yarn Wrapped Owl | Kids Craft Room
I love the added twist of yarn being used in this paper cup craft.
Woodland Creatures Cup Craft | Simple As That Blog
These adorable woodland creatures can be used multiple ways.  Head on over to grab printable templates to make a raccoon, fox, and/or owl.
Lion Craft | I Heart Crafty Things
Use some of that left over yarn to create this paper cup lion’s mane!
Fire Breathing Dragon | Sturdy for Common Things
Here’s a fun craft to go along with your favorite dragon book!
The paper mache clown fish is too cute!
Paper Cup Dog | 123Homeschool4Me
I love how the paper cup dog craft was just a lead into a fun, hands-on reading game!
Paper Cup Peacock Craft | School Time Snippets
My daughter LOVED this craft! Turn a simple paper cup into a colorful and jazzy peacock!
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Holiday Paper Cup Craft Ideas

We have lots of great creative paper cup craft ideas for Easter, fall, Thanksgiving, and other holidays too!

Yes, reindeer can fly!…  Well, in this craft they can!  Try it!
Paper Cup Pumpkins | Non Toy Gifts
Create adorable pumpkins with light up noses.  A perfect paper cup craft for fall.
Paper Cup Turkey | Non Toy Gifts
Another weaving craft to work on fine motor skills and would make a great Thanksgiving table decoration.
Patriotic Flameless Torches | Desperately Seeking Gina
Make these fun patriotic torches for any and all red, white, and blue celebrations!
Pop Up Spring Puppets | In the PlayRoom
These paper cup puppets will be a hit among the little ones!
Make and use these simple paper cup Easter baskets as party favors.
Jumping Bunny Cup Craft | Creative Little Explorers
Little ones will enjoy this spring paper cup craft.  And, yes!  The bunny really jumps!

So have I challenged you to try a one of these paper cup art and craft ideas?  I promise you’ll never see a paper cup the same way again!  Cup crafts are endless!  Enjoy!If your child enjoyed this fun list of paper cup craft ideas, check out 30 fun process art activities!

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Which of these creative uses for paper cups will you try first?
zoo animal crafts Teaching kids about famous artist Monet with this fun Monet art projects. This  easy-to-make tissue paper craft makes a beautiful Monet Art Project for Kids that will brighten up any room while helping to explore a famous artists for kids while having fun creating beautiful art, slowing down to appreciate the pretty things around us, and learning to express themselves too. This art projects for kids is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. handprint alphabet Printable alphabet crafts

Crafts Ideas for Kids

Looking for more craft projects for kids? Check out these fun ideas!

A to Z Letter Find Worksheets Playdough Letters Looking for a fun abc printable to help kids learn their alphabet letters, learn vocabulary, and work on phonemic awareness. These hugely popular alphabet hats are a great way to introduce students to the letters in the alphabet from A to Z. There is a different hat to make for each letter - perfect to go with a letter of the week program for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, and kindergartners. Kids need lots of practice tracing letters to improve handwriting! These super cute,  free printable alphabet worksheets are a handy tool for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, or first grade students. With these alphabet worksheets children will get the practice writing alphabet letters they need to write letters A to Z. Simply print pdf file with free alphabet worksheets and you are ready to practice upper and lowercase tracing letters.

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Looking for more abc printables for kids? You have tons of free alphabet printables

30 EPIC projects to explore simple machines for kids! These are such fun, hands on science projects for kids of all ages #simplemachines #scienceproject #scienceisfun This fun hands-on human body for kids project is such a fun way to learn about our amazing bodies! These Human Body Playdough Mats are a fun way for kids of all ages to learn about what is inside our body. Learn about human body parts for kids by completing the free printable playdouh mats. Children will learn about body systems for kids as they make bones, skeletal system, muscles, organs, and more! Use these playdough mats as part of a study of anatomy making human body model for kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade students. Simply print the playdoh mats and learn about my body parts for kids with a hands-on science activity. capillary-action-science-experiment-for-kids 100 Amazing Food Experiments for Kids - so many clever edible science projects for kids of all ages to explore chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science! #scienceexperiment #scienceproject #kidsactivities

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Make teaching kids about weather fun and EASY with this free weather unit. These Weather Worksheets help kids explore a variety of weather topics as well as some weather themed worksheet for early math and literacy too. Use these free weather printables as preschool, 1st grade, 2nd, grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and kindergarten weather worksheets. Simply download pdf file with weather worksheets for kids and you are ready to learn! Look-Inside-a-Volcano-Activity  Hands-on activity to learn about constellations using pipe cleaners, beads, and constellation flashcards for an engaging STEM activity! Use to teach preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and more about stars, solar system, astronomy or as a fun, educational science activity Get ready to WOW your kids with a super EASY science experiment for kids!  This simple rising water experiment uses common household items to demonstrate a couple scientifc principles such as fire and oxygen as well as air pressure for kids. This burning candle in water experiment is fun for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and  6th graders. Olders students will benefit using the free printable burning Candle in Water Experiment Worksheets as they explore why does the water rise in the candle experiment.

Science Exeriments for Kids

Looking for lots more fun, science experiments for kids? You’ve GOT to try some of these outrageously fun science experiments for kids! We have so many fun, creative and easy science experiments for elementary age children:

Learn how energy is transfered from one object to another in this newton's cradle activity. For this physics experiments for kids, you will make a newton's pendulum to explore how what happens when two objects colide. This newton cradle project is fun for all ages from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students. With a few simple materials I will show you how to make a newton's cradle; this is a SUPER cool and easy science experiment. This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever! Learn about the Parts of the Brain for Kids with this fun brain activity for kids and handy brain worksheets! Children will learn about the functions of the brain for kids as part of our human body lesson. Use this brain project with elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th garde students. Simply download pdf file with brain diagram for kids and you are ready to play and learn with hands-on human body activities for kids! Looking for a super cool kids activity that combines art and science? This super cool drawbot is as fun to make as it is to play with. The scribble bot is quick and simple to put together with things you have laying around the house.  Then make some really cool art projects with the help of your scribble robot. This electronics experient is fun for kids of all ages from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders too. We've included instructions to make this summer activity for kids or use it in your school as an electricity experiment for kids.

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Looking for more fun, creative ways you can begin your free homeschool? We have over 1,000,000 pages of FREE Printable Worksheets including resources for: pre k worksheets, kindergarten worksheets, 1st grade worksheets, 2nd grade worksheets, 3rd grade worksheets, 4th grade worksheets, 5th grade worksheets, 6th grade worksheets, and more. Plus see our history lessons for kids, hands-on countries for kids, printable math games, language arts worksheetssight word worksheetsfree alphabet printables, and cvc word activities for kids of all ages! And our hugely popular Pipe Cleaner constellation activities

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Kristina

Kristina once thought of going into education, but changed her mind a few years in to her degree. Ironically, she now has her hands full as a homeschooling mother of four. With children of various ages from infant to 7, she shares a variety of educational and play activities for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary aged children on her blog,

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