Kids Crafts for Occupational Therapy

We love to create with crafts. By making crafts with kids, they are not only creating, but also building essential skills. Many of the kids crafts on this site use recycled items or items you’ve already got in the home. As a special resource, I’ve added additional OT crafts and ideas that use items in the home, making schooling at home or telehealth services easier when it comes to coming up with occupational therapy teletherapy activity ideas.  

Occupational therapy crafts to help kids build skills like fine motor, direction following, scissor skills, bilateral coordination, and more.

Occupational Therapy Crafts

There are so many developmental benefits to crafting with kids. Use the occupational therapy craft ideas in planning in person or OT teletherapy services. Other crafts can be sent home as an OT home program idea. Children can create while working on skills like fine motor dexterity and strength, line awareness, scissor skills, language, self-confidence, problem solving, tool use, and more.

What’s more, is that kids can create within their interests and will not even realize they are working on skill areas as they craft. Some of these OT craft ideas can pair nicely with homeschooling or schooling at home unit studies and classroom lessons. The best news is that I’ve strived to include loads of recycled crafts so using recycled materials in craft creation is easy.  

Scroll through our collection of crafts and choose a few to do with your children.  Have fun crafting! And don’t forget to stop back soon, we’ll be adding more crafts soon.  

Make these kids crafts using items found in the home

Kids Crafts With Items in the Home

Items in the home can be used in crafts Try some of these items:

  • Paper bags
  • Newspaper
  • Paper towels
  • Shredded paper
  • Plastic food containers
  • Clothes pins
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Tissue Boxes
  • Wrapping paper
  • Post-It Notes
  • Coffee Filters

Newt Craft

Recycled Materials Crafts

DIY Zipper Pull Craft

Very Fun Crafts that Build Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills with Felt Scraps

Olympic Rings Craft

Felt Scraps Fairy Wands

Yarn and Washers Jewelry Craft

Scarecrow Math Craft 

 Germ Craft

 Pirate Puppet

Circus Tent Craft 

Jack Be Nimble Nursery Rhyme Craft 

There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Craft 

 Sun Catcher Crafts

Fire Truck Craft 

Backhoe Craft 

Big Rig Craft 

Grand Old Duke of York Craft

Concentric Circles Stamp Art

Sparkle Collage Art 

 Creative Painting Art Ideas 

 Monster Cupcake Liner Craft

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More Craft 

My Many Colored Days Feelings Calendar 

Math Art Crafts 

Crayon Shaving Art

Recycled crafts and craft ideas for kids using recycled items like bottle caps, newspapers, toilet paper tubes, and other craft ideas.

Recycled Crafts for Kids

Kids can use items like recycled plastic bottles, bottle caps, egg cartons, newspapers, and so many other items in occupational therapy crafts that build skills. Consider some of these recycled items that can be used in crafts for kids:

  • Plastic water bottles
  • Bottle caps
  • Paper Towel Tubes
  • Toilet Paper Tubes
  • Bread ties
  • Egg cartons
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Takeout containers
  • Food containers
  • Tissue paper
  • Cereal boxes
  • Worksheets or printer paper
  • Old crafts or artwork
  • Junk mail

Coffee Filter Crafts 

 TMNT Stamp Craft 

TMNT Cupcake Liner Craft 

TMNT Egg Carton Craft

Robot Crafts 

Sensory Tambourine Craft 

Painting With Yarn 

Painting With Yarn 

Kids crafts and activities designed to build skills in occupational therapy sessions.

Year-Round Crafts for Kids

Empathy Beads Craft 

 Potato Stamp Crafts 

  Bernoulli’s Principle Glider

Soap Shaving Bookmarks

 Solar System Craft

Miniature Rhythm Sticks 

Baking Soda Paints 

 Superhero Craft 


Animal Crafts for Kids

Animal crafts for kids







Summer Crafts for Kids

Fall Crafts for Kids


Winter Crafts for Kids








Spring Crafts for Kids



More Craft Ideas:

Chain Link Crafts

Love Bug Crafts

Frog Crafts

Creative painting Crafts for kids:

Creative Painting ideas for kids

Creative painting is such a fun way to explore the senses and create with color theory.  Kids will love these creative painting activities:   

Feather Flower Craft

Stamped Art Flower

Noodle Garland

Goop Painting

Gift Bow Stamp Art

Painting With Yarn

Concentric Circles Stamp Art

Sparkle Collage Art

Creative Painting Art Ideas    

These are crafts we’ve created!  We love to add fine motor and sensory details into each of our crafts.  Colleen’s background as an occupational therapist provides expert input about the visual, fine motor, and sensory aspects of our crafts.  We love to have fun creating and hope you get a few ideas from our list!  We’re always creating, so stop back often to see more ideas.


Make Your Own Textured Paint
Make Your Own Colored Sand
Stamp Roll Painting
Random Acts of Kindness Banner
Olympic Rings Craft
Clay Rocks Outdoor Decoration Craft
3D Drip Paint
Multi-Age Learning With Color Art Projects
Honey Bee Pinch Pins
Twinkle Little Star Potato Stamps
Glitter and Button Sun Catchers
Process Versus Product focused art for Kids

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to