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Kids Craft: Fairy wands and baddie blasters

Mother-of-three and blogger Nicola Simpson shares her arts and crafts ideas, which are suitable for two to six year olds. Find more great crafts from her at Crafty Kids at Home.

Kids Craft: Fairy wands (A.K.A Baddie blasters!)

To make a craft activity suitable for both boys and girls it really can be as simple as changing the name of the same item. My two sons are big into superheroes and my daughter loves fairies, so this activity was perfect for all three of them to enjoy together.

You will need:

  • White paper or card
  • Craft sticks
  • Paint Brushes
  • Glitter glue
  • Goggly eyes
  • Sparkly gems
  • Ribbons
  • Feathers
  • Sticky tape


1. Cut star shapes out of the white card. This job is best done by an adult or an older child if they are competent with scissors.

2. Hand each child a star to decorate.

3. Let the children have free rein to decorate their wands or Baddie Blasters, offering assistance where needed with the younger ones.

4. Once the stars are complete help each child to attach ribbons or feathers with sticky tape.

5. Finally help each child to stick their star onto a craft stick using sticky tape.

More like this:

Sock puppets
Pom poms
Pretty paper hot air balloon


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