ESL Kids Crafts Tips
Butterfly Craft. Here is a great little craft - click here for worksheet and instructions. I use this craft with 3-6 year olds as part of an insects theme lesson. I also let Ss add glitter to the butterfly's wings (make little 'glue spots' then sprinkle the glitter over the wings). This craft is on a great website: dltk-kids.com, which has lots of other crafts.
Carrot Craft. This is a lovely craft: Cutie Carrot. Ss have to color and stick eyes, nose, mouth and headband onto a carrot template. Good practice of face parts or part of a food/vegetable theme.
Eraser Clay. This wonderful art product allows students to make their own eraser shapes. Click here for an example. The clay comes in different colors and can be molded like any other clay. After making the erasers they are either baked in an oven or boiled in water for 10 mins (depending on the clay product). Good for making food, animal and vehicle shape erasers. (In Japan you can buy this clay, called 'Nendo-Keshigomu', at Tokyu Hands for around 200 yen).
Helicopter Craft. This is a nice little craft which works well if you are teaching a transportation theme - click here for the craft sheet (you'll need Acrobat Reader). Cut out the helicopter flier and have the students color the shapes. Then fold the wings over, attach a paperclip to the base and drop from a height (standing on a table works well). The flier will twirl around and slowly float down to the ground like a helicopter!
Paper Craft. If you enjoy doing paper crafts in your class then this site has some great, free downloadable craft sheets: Canon 3D Papercraft. The kids section includes some great theme crafts such as animals, harbor, restaurant, airport, aquarium, train station and shopping street. Other categories include toys, biology, natural science, seasons & holidays.
Paper Plate Faces. Paper plates are great for drawing faces on (to teach nose, eyes, hair, ears, mouth, hair, eyebrow, eyelashes, cheeks, moustache, beard, chin and so on). You can get really creative too - use string for hair, paints, play doh for noses, etc. Click here for an example. Stick popsicle sticks on the bottom of the plates so children can hold the faces up and play out conversations between the plate characters. Emotions can also be draw (happy, sad, angry, sleepy, excited, surprised, etc.) and then used in touch games.
Play Doh Recipe. Play Doh (see picture here) is such a useful supply, especially for younger students. It can be used for making food and animals, teaching colors and even used to make alphabet shapes. You can buy it at most toy stores but it can be easily made - either before class or during class as an activity. Here is a worksheet recipe that can be used to make play doh in your class - click here.
Sesame Street Craft. If you use any of the Sesame Street course books or puppets then why not check out this craft page: click here. Many of the characters are here for you and your students to make - print out and glue together.
Sock Puppet Dialogs. Learning and acting out dialogs can be dull, embarrassing and sometimes seem pointless in a young learners classroom. However, dialogs can be a lot of fun with simple sock puppets. Students can act out skits with them (for example, based on a story they read in class) and use them to ask other students' sock puppets all kinds of questions. Students can even make the puppets in class - see here for instructions.