There are so many cool things to do with a pencil for frugal fun with kids at home!
If you're in need of some awesome activities that will capture your kids' attention and keep them happy, you'll love these 33 creative ideas for fun with pencils.
Pencils Are Incredible for Frugal Fun with Kids
These utensils have so much potential for exciting learning fun, boredom busters, and, of course, writing.
My boys and I have quite a collection of traditional pencils in a variety of fun themes and colors. We also have mechanical pencils that are nice for on-the-go learning (no fun having a pencil point break when you're trying to get homeschool work done while traveling to a soccer tournament!).
Oh, and of course, color pencils are AH-AMAZING!
But, traditional pencils are our top choices 😉
As I collect ideas for frugal fun with kids, my first step is to do an inventory of what supplies we already have. I'm really trying to reduce how frequently I go shopping. When I do go out, my cart is overflowing with essentials so it makes sense to use what we have.
When I saw part of our collection of fun pencils, I knew that I needed to make a list of all the fun things to do with pencils. These ideas are going to be huge hits with the boys (and I hope your kids, too!).
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33 Excellent Ideas for Fun Things To Do With a Pencil
To make it easier to find fun things to do with pencils, I divided these ideas into these sections:
- Activities & Games
- Snacks & Treats
Pencil Printables for Fun Activities for Kids
Our Free Pencil Alphabet Is the Best Thing to Happen to Bulletin Boards (We Are Teachers): This printable set is adorable! Plus, you'll find ideas for using these cute pencil printables for math fun AND blank templates.
Paper Pencil Tube Craft with Free Printable Template (Hello Wonderful): Absolutely precious printable craft that you can use for party favors or storing back-to-homeschool supplies.
Free Printable No. 2 Pencil Gift Boxes (Lines Across): Another cool printable pencil that you color and fold into a 3D box.
Printable Pencil Calligraphy Worksheet (The Postman's Knocks): Learn and practice calligraphy with pencils. I'll be working on this pencil fun with my older boys 🙂
Pencil Coloring Pages for Kids (Best Coloring Pages for Kids): You'll find a variety of fun pencil-themed coloring pages. Just click on the image, print, and decorate. **I'm going to challenge my boys to create their own fun pencils with some of their favorite themes like Harry Potter and Star Wars.
Notepad and Pencil Coloring Page (Super Coloring): This site has a bunch of coloring page possibilities with pencils.
Pencil Coloring Pages (Get Coloring): Whoa! Lots of coloring pages featuring pencils, pencil boxes, sharpeners, and more.
P is for Pencil: Paper Pasting Activity (The Teaching Aunt): Fun activity that involves cutting out different color shapes and completing a pencil.
Printable Grid Maze for Kids: Track and Color the Pencils (Inner Pieces Gallery): This free printable activity is a cool challenge for kids that makes working on visual processing skills fun.
Awesome Activities & Games for Fun Things to Do With a Pencil
Year of Daily Doodle Prompts (Rock Your Homeschool): 365 ideas for fun drawing (with a pencil!) for free 🙂
Washi Tape Pencil Flags (Make and Takes): This simple activity is a fun way to jazz up your pencil. My boys and I love to dig into my washi tape collection (#plannergirl) and add special pencil toppers made out of washi tape.
Measurement Fun: Have some easy fun by using pencils as measurement tools. How many pencils tall is your refrigerator? Door? You?
How to Make a Crossbow Using Pencils (wikiHow): This cool activity is best for older kids or demonstration by an adult.
How to Magically "Magnetize" Two Pencils (wikiHow): Another awesome activity! You'll totally wow your kids with this one 😉
Keeping Kids Entertained in the Car: 12 Fun Things to Do With Just Pencil and Paper (Instructables Living): My boys and I have enjoyed all of these activities while traveling to appointments, soccer games, and vacations. And #11 involves one of our favorites-cootie catchers!
Creative Crafts Featuring Pencils
Star Wars Light Saber Pencils (Keeping It Simple): This craft combines one of our favorite themes (Star Wars) with pencils. So simple and fun!
Simple Pencil Shape Craft (A Little Dab of Glue Will Do): Just a few materials that I'm sure you have at home are all that you need to make this cute craft.
Back to School Pencil Craft (123 Homeschool4 Me): Cute craft using only a few materials. (And you can totally do this activity any time of year!)
Pencil Topper Craft Ideas (RedTed Art): Maggy shares SO many incredible ways to create DIY pencil toppers that are super cute and cool.
Craft Stick Pencil Bookmarks (Crafts by Amanda): Step-by-step instructions for making bookmarks using woodcraft sticks.
Yarn Wrapped Cardboard Pencil Craft (Our Kid Things): Wonderful pencil-themed craft with texture and color.
Back to School Pencil Frame Craft (Stir the Wonder): Get steps for a DIY picture frame made with pencils!
Craft Idea: Stamping with Pencils (Creative Kids): Awesome suggestions for using pencil erasers + paint for frugal craft projects with kids.
Snack & Treats with Pencil Themes
String Cheese Pencil Stubs Back to School Snack Idea (Arts & Crackers): Healthy snack idea featuring a pencil-theme (and oh-so-cute!)
Graham Cracker Pencil Snack (ProGreenish): Bit of a sweet treat that looks like a pencil.
Back to School Edible Pencil Snacks (Mom Endeavors): Another yummy treat with a bit of sweet and fruit.
String Cheese Pencils (MoneyWise Moms): Delicious pencil-themed snack your kids will love!
Special Videos All About Pencils
How to Draw a Pencil for Kids (Yo Kidz)
DIY Pencil Topper People (Box Yourself)
DIY Paper Roll Pencil Craft (Easy Peasy and Fun):
Go gather up your pencil collection and have some amazing fun with your kids using these fun things to do with pencils! Which of these ideas will you try first?