These craft projects are perfect for the creative little guys in your life. From balloon animals to science experiments, these projects are a great way to spend an afternoon with hands-on projects. While these are great crafts for boys, any little girl would also have fun with them.

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    Gecko Key Chain

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    Is there a lizard lover in your house? This craft is a fantastic way to add some flair to a backpack or keychain. Your boy can pick his favorite colors, whether they be natural for geckos or they match his team’s colors. It’s adaptable to different bead sizes so younger kids may use larger beads that are easier to manipulate and older kids can choose tiny beads.

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    Erupting Volcano

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    Get old-school with a homemade volcano. This project is perfect for incorporating some learning into your play. Your child will have fun mixing up clay to form the volcano and then the common kitchen ingredients that produce the eruption. Just be prepared for the mess. If he is ready to take it a step farther, he can make a paper-mache volcano that is fun to decorate.

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    Paper Ninja Stars

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    If your little boy loves ninjas, this is the perfect craft for him. This easy paper origami ninja star is simple to make with paper found around your home. Get creative with different colors and patterns of paper and finish them with markers, stamps, or stickers.

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    Five-Point Origami Star

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    Ready to take your four-point ninja star to the next level? Here’s a project for your very own shining star. Origami is a cheap and easy craft that will get your kids’ little hands moving. Hang these paper stars in a bedroom or convert it into a sheriff’s badge–the possibilities are endless.

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    Dog Balloon Animal

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    Balloon animals make for a fun and easy party craft. This dog balloon animal is a great project for any puppy-lover. Once your little guy masters it, he may be ready to make a whole zoo of different balloon animals.

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    Egg Carton Snails

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    The classic rhyme says little boys are made of snips, snails, and puppy dog tails. Once you’re finished with your balloon animal pups, try your hand at some easy egg carton snails.

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    Kids’ Caterpillar Craft

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    Whether or not your kids love “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” they’ll love making this cute caterpillar-inspired craft. If you’re reading the book with them for the first time, this is a great craft to accompany it.

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    Homemade Playdough and Glop

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    Homemade playdough or mud-like glop is easy for kids to help make, and then it can inspire hours of creative play. There are many recipes for making it, including those that are edible and those you can bake into permanent shapes. Your child can suggest different colors and see how food coloring combines into different shades. Play with different textures, as well.

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    DIY Recycled CD Fish Craft

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    Put your old CDs to use. Encourage recycling and get creative with this DIY recycled CD fish craft. These are easy to hang and make great room decorations.

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    DIY Recycled CD Crab Craft

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    If your little ones prefer shellfish or just want to expand their craft aquarium, this DIY recycled CD crab craft is a great follow up to the CD fishes. Spend an afternoon under the sea with this easy project.

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    Papier-Mache Bowls

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    If your kids are too young for clay or want to make an easy gift, papier-mache bowls are a fantastic alternative to heavier material like ceramic. These bowls can be made from old newspaper, magazines or any paper of your choice.

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    Toy Car Balloon Racers

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    For another fun science activity, have your boys make balloon-powered racers. All you need is a few balloons and your kids’ favorite toy cars for a great rainy afternoon craft.

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    Tornado in a Jar

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    Are there any little storm-chasers in your house? This craft is a great way for kids to learn about weather patterns and experience a tornado up close (but in complete safety). It’s also easy to customize this craft either with food coloring or glitter. Little boys will love being able to hold a storm in the palm of their hands.

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    Lego Batman Finger Puppet

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    For the “The Lego Movie” fans in your house, try these Lego Batman Finger Puppets. They can also be taped to a straw or a popsicle stick for hand-held puppet fun.